Your blog is live. The world is your oyster. The sky is the limit.
Yet a blank canvas stares you in the face.
“What do I write about first? Will it be good enough? Crap.”
Taking the plunge and making that first post can be brutal. The desire to create “the perfect initial post” can cause people to lock up in fear.
The best piece of advice I can give to any first-time blogger is that the perfect post does not exist. Even people who have been blogging for years can come up with lackluster posts from time to time. Don’t let that first post slip through your fingers due to an irrational fear. Just go for it!
Here are some tips I have found to be useful in past blogging efforts for conquering the fear of making that first post:
Do Your Homework
Believe it or not, regardless of the type of blog you are aiming to establish, there is a 99% chance that similar blogs already exist. Start by checking them out and familiarizing yourself with the kind of content they are posting. Pay attention to the voice they are using and the frequency at which they are posting. You will get an idea about what is working and what is not.
By looking around, you will also find inspiration for some great posts you can add to your own site. Take key points from the content you like and expand upon it with your own flavor and tone of voice.
Write Multiple Variations
Once you have decided on a topic, consider writing multiple variations simultaneously. At some point during the process, one variation will feel right and you will be able to scrap the others. By taking this route instead of constantly revising the same post, you will avoid tunnel vision and wind up with a stronger piece in the end.
Don’t Overthink It
The biggest mistake bloggers can make is to overthink their posts. For the same reasons I recommend simultaneously writing multiple variations of your post in its early stages, stubbornly overthinking a single approach to your topic can put you in an endless cycle of edits that results in your final piece being completely different from its original scope.
Don’t Second Guess Yourself
After finally finishing your post and giving it a thorough proofreading, don’t start going back and editing core pieces of the post. Don’t rewrite paragraphs; don’t make major changes to your main ideas and key points. You could spend an eternity in the editing process if you let yourself. Be confident in what you have written and run with it!
One great way to keep yourself from dwelling on that initial post is to come up with your next post ahead of time. Doing this, you will find that as you are writing that initial post, your mind will already be racing with what comes next. This will take away some of the nerves you are feeling about your first post because you will be thinking about the entirety of the blog and its future rather than this one individual post.
The more you can start thinking about your blog as a collection of posts, the less you will have to worry about your initial post.
Set a timeline for finishing the initial post and move on to the next one!
Your initial post is not going to make your break your blog’s success. Don’t worry. As long as your first post is in line with the goals you wish to accomplish as a blog, you have nothing to be concerned about. Have faith in your abilities, write it, and move on!
Time to make it happen! 🙂