Your First Blog Post.
So your website is ready for you to do blog posts but you’re sitting there twiddling your thumbs and engulfed by fear.
You have never blogged before so the part of your brain you have little control over is whispering in your ear “blog post, what is a blog post? How do I start? Where do I put it?”
I know, trust me I was where you are when I first started and let me tell you it’s going to be okay!
So a blog post is merely a short or long story. It can be truth, fact or fiction about any subject at all really but my advice is to write about a subject you know and enjoy as this will make the process easier.
Once you have a subject matter in mind then write your story down as a draft even if you only have a few sentences, it’s okay, you can build on it later,you will do some research.
Now do some research on your subject to see what and if others have written about the same and or similar subject. So when I talk about research I am referring to doing a search on the internet.
How you may ask?
- Look at your draft and what it is about and for this example let’s say it’s about “How to Blog”
- Now type that into your search engine “How to Blog” then click enter
- Look down the list of information on that page and view videos and articles that may be showing.
- Once you’ve had a look at what info is there, write down any facts or info you feel would be useful in your blog post.
- Save/bookmark any video’s or sites so you can refer back to later if need be.
So now your research is done and your draft story is done. Give yourself a pat on the back you have gotten this far, if you haven’t made it this far yet and still procrastinating, it’s okay but really you need to stop that now and get started. Think story, writing a short story just like you had to in English at school.
Remember your blog post/story doesn’t have to be very long and does not need to contain everything about that subject you are writing about, it can just be about a small portion of that subject.
Now you have you information in a draft copy the next thing you need to do if you haven’t done it already is give your short story a title. Just like an Author who writes a best seller will do, all stories have a title, sometimes this title will be specific and lets the reader know exactly what they will be learning about and other time the heading may have nothing to do with the story.
I find the blog posts where the title has absolutely nothing to do with what I am reading very frustrating, the same goes when I purchase a book, personally I like the title to have something to do with what I am reading.
Do not over think your blog post title, as this can lead to overwhelm, frustration and gives you a reason to quit and not get your first blog post published.
My tip for your title is read your draft story and look for one or two words major words that have to do with the subject matter and been used 5 or more times throughout your story and incorporate them into you title. For example the title of this short story/article/blog post is “How to Start a Blog Post” and if you have noticed the words blog and post have been used several times throughout this story.
What’s next for my Blog Post?
Your draft material is ready now take a look at it maybe ad some subtitles if you need to and think about images. What sort of pictures can you use in your blog post, images are important as they can add some depth to your story and help you break up big blocks of text to make the reading experience more pleasant for visitors to your site.
Find a couple, you don’t need many and have them saved on your computer somewhere easily remembered and accessed by you.
Let’s get Started Constructing your Blog Post on your Website…
In the video below I will walk you through a live demonstration in real time on
- where to put your blog post,
- how to add an image,
- how to add a video,
- how to publish your blog post
- and how to share your blog post.
I hope this has helped you get started with your blogging on your website and please leave us a comment below or any questions you might have. Please share this blog post with some-one you know who will find it helpful
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