If you’re just getting into blogging, you may find that you run up against a wall from the very beginning: what should you blog about? Not knowing what to write about can make you give up blogging before you’ve even begun. Here’s what you should know about getting that blog off the ground and coming up with excellent first blog post ideas.
1. Tell People Who You Are
If you haven’t yet filled out your “About Me” page or if you want to expand on it a bit, your first blog post is a great opportunity to introduce yourself to your audience. According to Get Spokal, think about how you would talk about yourself if you were having coffee with a friend. Who are you? What do you do? What do you enjoy most about your life?
2. Explain Why You’ve Started a Blog
If you write a blog post about why you started a blog in the first place, you can link to it over and over again in the future whenever you get questions from new readers. Explain to your audience why they should come to your blog and what they’ll get out of it. Tell them what they should expect and what they should look for. Overall, explain to your readers what the benefit is of them visiting your blog on a regular basis (or, better yet, signing up for your newsletter).
3. Give Your Readers a Chance to Get Involved
According to Shout Me Loud, your first blog post should include information about getting in touch with you. Tell your audience what you want them to do. Would you like them to email you with questions? Do you want them to leave comments on your posts? Should they send pitches for guest blog posts? Including a call-to-action in your blog post will guide your audience to take the steps you want them to take.
4. Answer Frequently Asked Questions
If you know that your audience is going to have certain questions, answer them in your first blog post (and then add them to your FAQ page on your website). Even if your blog is new, you may know the ins and outs of the industry you’re writing about, which will guide you to anticipate what your audience will be wondering about. Answer their questions before they even get a chance to ask them.
According to I Wanna Be a Blogger, you should brainstorm ideas for your first blog post as well as followup posts. Write them all down, organize them by topic and then choose the one you want to start with. This is also a good opportunity to create a content calendar for the next few weeks.
What topics would go on your list? What do you feel most comfortable posting about for your very first blog post?