TMCnet Feature
October 01, 2020

How to Write Your First Blog Post

In the internet age, it’s become easier than ever to set up a website or blog to catalog your life or interests. The web has truly democratized media and put publishing in the hands of the many rather than the few.

However, unless you come from a publishing background – or are a particularly gifted, natural writer – often trying to write your first blog post can feel like a daunting prospect. What should you write about? How should you write? Should you choose a formal or informal voice? Should your copy be humorous or take a more educational slant? How should you format your posts? These are all common questions faced by first-time bloggers.

Everyone – even the most experienced authors – experience writer’s block from time to time. Read on for some tips to avoid getting stuck staring at white space.

Setting up your blog

First things first: before you can do anything, you obviously need to set up a blog. In most cases, the majority of bloggers use WordPress as their base platform. Two of the most popular platforms, Bluehost and SiteGround, offer WordPress hosting as standard (click for a WordPress comparison of Bluehost and SiteGround). Both will guide you through the set-up process and have you ready to start posting in a matter of minutes.

Choose your subject

Most blogs are dedicated to a particular theme or subject so a good way to get started is by writing an introductory piece about the point of your blog, explaining your passion for the subject, what you hope to achieve from running your site, inviting feedback/comments and possibly introducing yourself. Remember, if you do a good job with the intro, you’ll have the option to keep this posted to the top of your blog, as an introductory statement.

Keep sentences short

Shorter sentences are far easier to construct and tend to hold the reader’s attention better. When you’re just starting, short sentences will be much easier to form and will stop your mind from straying off subject. As your writing improves, you’ll naturally start to lengthen your prose but keeping things short to start with can help you write more productively.

Find your voice

There are millions of blogs online so you should try to establish a unique voice early in the writing process. Your style of writing will likely prove one of the main factors your visitors come back to read more so try to find ways to inject your personality into your text. Some writers like to take a humorous style while others prefer to keep things more formal. In most cases, your subject and target audience will largely dictate the voice you should use.

Remember to include images, video, interactive content

Many bloggers approach their writing as if they were writing a book, but the internet affords much more than traditional print ever could so you should think about adding other forms of media. Try including interactive content, videos and images in your articles to add supplemental information and make your pieces more interesting.

Write about what you know

Without exception, you will write better, more informatively and with more passion if you stick to subjects that give you a buzz or that you know well. Indeed, writing about subjects that interest you will also help you find your voice, and hopefully, establish an interested audience.

Setting up a blog and writing your first piece can seem quite challenging at first but, once you get started, you’ll soon find the process becomes increasingly more natural. Remember to include links to your social pages and always invite comments and feedback from your readers. Before you know it, you’ll soon find yourself looking back, wondering what all the fuss was all about.

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