This Is Exactly What Your First Blog Post Should Be About

So you’ve finally decided to start a blog…

You want a life where no one will have the right to tell you what to do, how to do it, and when to do it.

That’s what we all want, right?

And the truth is that blogging can afford us such freedoms and luxuries.

But in order to be able to get there, we need to make sure that what we’re doing is done right.

So after you’ve set up your blog, you’ll need to start writing posts.

Your first blog post will serve as the primary basis of your blogging business. Get it wrong and you’re doomed to fail. But if you get it right, you’ll lay the proper foundation for success.

It doesn’t have to be anything mind-blowing, but you want your first set of visitors to come back to your blog after reading your first article.

You want to captivate them so much that they can’t help but tell their friends about this excellent blog they’ve just discovered (yours).

Most people don’t worry too much about this in the beginning. After installing WordPress, all most bloggers want to do is to publish anything just to let the world know that they’re online.

Sorry, it does not work like that.

The brutal truth is that if you fail to capture your first visitors’ interest at a deep level with your first article, you will lose them forever.

So with that scary truth bomb out of the way, let’s look at how to write a great first blog post.

How To Write Your First Blog Post

As a blogger who is just starting out, here are some things you should mention in your first post.

1. Who Are You?

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You’ve just jumped into the online world, and no one knows anything about you. If I am supposed to trust you and bookmark your blog, then I will need to know who you are.

People want to connect with you on a deep level. Tell them:

  • What have been your experiences in life?
  • Is this your first blog?
  • Who are you as a person, as a professional, as a blogger?

The more you tell about yourself, the more readers will get used to you, and the more they will trust you and want to hear what you have to say.

Not only should you use your words to talk about yourself, but you should also show some pictures.

Don’t just be “the strange man behind the keyboard”.

Having your own pictures on your own blog will show authenticity, and your readers will start to trust you.

Bottom line, tell (and show) your readers all they need to know about who you are. The more information you give, the easier it will be for readers to connect with you.

2. Why Are You Blogging?

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This is a really important point. If people don’t know why you’re doing what you’re doing, they’ll have no reason to trust you.

One thing you should do when answering this question is to keep your audience in mind.

Ask yourself:

  • Why would someone come to my blog?
  • What would they be looking for?
  • What’s in it for my readers?

Tell your audience why you’re there. They’ll appreciate it.

And they’ll want to connect with you.

3. What Are You Going To Be Blogging About?

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This is similar to the second question. Once you’ve answered that one, this one becomes easier to answer.

Tell your audience what they should be expecting on your blog.

Let them know exactly what they will see every time they come to your site.

It can also be a good idea to let them know how often you’ll be updating the blog and at what days and time (if you’ve set a schedule).

Don’t create yet another generic blog where you will be writing about anything and everything. Make sure your blog is well-focused on a particular topic. This will boost your authority level and allow for your audience to see you as an expert in your field.

4. Who Are You Writing For?

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In your first post, don’t forget to talk about your target audience.

  • Who are the people you will be writing for?
  • What are they like (ambitious, lazy, very busy, etc.)?

The point is for you to empathize with readers so that they will feel welcomed and trust that you understand their problems.

Come up with an emotional story, and let your audience know that you’re there for them.

5. How Can They Get Involved?

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You need to let your readers know how they can get involved.

You need to let them know they can reach out to you if they need to. Also, don’t be afraid to encourage disagreements.

Some of your readers will disagree sometimes, and if they can’t share those disagreements with you, they won’t trust you.

Therefore, do whatever you can to ensure that feedback is appreciated and encouraged.

If you prefer being contacted at a particular time of the day/week, let them know at what time it should be.

6. Clearly State Your Blogging Goals

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This is a no-brainer. You should share the goals of your blog with your readers in your very first post.

Sharing your goals with your readers will make them understand that you value transparency.

When you share your goals with them, they’ll want to help you achieve those goals.

Writing Your Introduction Blog Post

Starting a blog is not always the main thing; you also need to make sure you start right. If your first blog post contains all the elements I mention here, then you’re off to a good start.

Make sure they know that you are an open, honest, and passionate blogger.

Make them understand you’re not here to sell them some snake oil.

Let them know that you’re here to help.

What kind of things do you recommend putting in a blogger’s first blog post? What things do you have in your first post? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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Authored By
A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

52 thoughts on “This Is Exactly What Your First Blog Post Should Be About”

  1. Hi Harsh, Thank you for such an informative piece of writing.
    I already had my website set up to go online but somehow I am stuck as I am not able to figure out what the hell should I be writing on my first blog post. After reading your article the blueprint of my first blog post is getting clearer.

    I have the blueprint, now its time for some research.
    Thank you once again. Keep Inspiring and keep blogging.

  2. Oh my goodness, Harsh.

    Thank you! You do not know how much I needed this post. Countless hours I’ve put in on deciding what my first post should be. Now, I can finally be relieved by such unsettlement.

    Questions:
    1. When is a good time frame to start monetizing my blog with affiliate links?
    2. When do I start constructing my policies i.e. disclosure and private policies? Before or after my first post?
    3. Lastly, what is the average views I should be getting my first few months before considering any type of monetization?

    Curiously,
    Yumi Hae

  3. This is Aakash Gupta, I am NEW Blogger who is Trying to Publish His First Blog in such a way that the People LOVE it at first sight. Through YOUR Link which I found in my EMAIL, clicked-and- got this amazing Guiding Blog. Thank YOU for creating this blog, it IS VERY Helpful for New Bloggers like us.

  4. Amrita Jaiswal

    I am so happy I discovered shoutmeloud !! Thanks u so much Harsh. I really appreciate the post and keep inspiring!! And coming across this article is a great guidance for me when I am prepping up to start my blogging journey. I can’t thank you enough. A big thumbs up 👍!!! Cheers! Thanks a ton!

  5. Hi Harsh,

    I am really inspired a lot after reading your mail. This is so encouraging and engaging.

    I am a newbie, and I am thinking of writing my first blog. Thanks a lot for your help.

  6. Wow Harsh nice post
    I’m a new visitor to your blog and your motive of helping like minded people is great. I was stuck in my first blog as to what to write in it.
    Thanks for this wonderful blog!!

  7. Shantilal Suthar

    Hi Harsh,

    Thanks for the excellent guide for writing the first blog.

    Today, I have completed my very first blog post writing. I have been writing my first blog since 19th April 2020. I am now looking ahead to get some of the good pics and will read the entire blog post again and improve it where ever needed. Hopefully I will be publishing my first blog live by the end of this week i.e. on 2nd May.

    Thanks.

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