Eeek! Your very first post! It is exciting and terrifying all at once. Most bloggers agonize over their first post for days or even months. But my motto with blogging (learned the hard way), is to just jump in and do it. The best thing about your blog is the big EDIT button. No matter what you write, you can go change it/fix it later. So stop agonizing over your first blog post and just get it written.
First, I want to let you know that your first blog post should NOT be an introduction. Save that work for your About Me page or your Start Here page (or a little bit of both).
I know you want to “introduce” yourself to your new potential readers, but the sad fact is that most people who come to read your blog (especially in the beginning), will be hopping in to a specific post from social media.
Try not to think of your blog as a novel with chapters that build on each other, as your readers will not be reading your posts in order.
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To introduce yourself, you can create a Page called About Me, where you talk about who you are, what your blog is all about and what your mission or goal is with your blog.
How is a Page different than a Post? Your About Me page should have the following info:
• Your name
• Your background/bio
• A few pictures of yourself and your family, formal and informal
• Your contact email address
• Your general location (such as state or country)
• Your Mission Statement
• Links to your popular posts or categories
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Obviously when you are new, you won’t have links to your popular posts. You can edit this page every few months with your popular posts and any new info you want to add. When you are new, you might want to list your Categories and what you plan on posting about in those categories.
Why not write an Introduction post?
It’s very important to remember to have your audience in mind when writing your blog posts. With every single post, ask yourself “What’s in it for THEM?” Do they care about why you started your blog?
Do they care about your introduction? Will they come back for more posts in your niche categories after reading your introduction? No, probably not.
BUT they might read one of your category posts and think “Wow, this blogger seems really cool/nice/fun/knowledgeable.
I would like to get to know them better.” In that case, they might look around your Navigation Menu and see your About Me page. They would be able to learn more about you if they wanted to there.
So what should your first blog post be about then?
Hopefully, you already know what niche your blog will be in and what categories you want on your blog. Your first blog post should be an evergreen article in one of your main categories.
I suggest launching your blog with AT LEAST one blog post published in each category. You should only have 5-7 categories on your site, so that means writing at least 5-7 first posts in each category.
While we are on the subject too, try to schedule another set of evergreen posts in each category to go live after you launch your blog. Being able to schedule posts is a lifesaver when it comes to consistency and staying stress free as a blogger.
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