This is my very first blog post and it might be a bad piece. I know that. So, I’m updating this every week. You’ll see some missing sections, updating topics or unfinished paragraphs because I’m doing all this updating on the live blog. I wish you would see the best version of this article.
Yeah!!! For the first time in my life, I started writing to the public. I’m really thrilled about that. You’ll understand the feeling when you have defeated your fears and started writing your first blog post.
In my whole life, I was worried about my writing. My grammar is not perfect. My vocabulary is not enough for a good article and I don’t speak flawless English.
I was thinking too hard endlessly on these same things.
This endless battle against my mind drives me to a very helpless position. Fortunately, I finally won the battle. Maybe I didn’t defeat the fears entirely, but I achieved what I wanted to achieve at that time.
How did I do that? I just wanted to tell you my story.
Haters are going to hate. People will laugh at me. Should I worry about them? No. Not at all. We just have to control our own minds. It is where the whole world lies.
And we can’t command the world. When we command ourselves, we already have commanded the world.
I realized that ignoring is one of the best answers. I no longer worry about anything people think about my work. However, I do respect what they have to say. Because we can learn good things even from the haters.
So, the story or the strategy I’m going to tell you now is based on my personal experiences. Expert bloggers might think or see things differently but, I just wanna show you how I thought as an absolute beginner and defeated the fears of writing.
So, this may or may not work for you. Even if you tried my methods for your first blog post, no harm would come. At least I can promise you that.
1. Read Top to Bottom. Not Only the Bullet Points
We are busy. I know that but, you have to find time for this if you want to overcome the writing fears.
Most of the readers (including me) read only the highlighted points or skim through the bullet points. Don’t do that again. At least until you could up the confidence level and started writing your first blog post.
Find related articles from top authors and read from the first word to last.
You should do this not to learn what they wrote about. You are reading to understand how experts write.
How they express their thoughts simple and clean. How they solve the problems of their readers?
First, we have to learn writing right? Here are the four remarkable blogs to learn about writing/blogging. Read these blogs regularly. These blogs helped me a lot to overcome my fears.
So, let me suggest a few articles from top bloggers for you. When you read these articles, you’ll feel like “I can write as they write.” That feeling is good.
- How to Start a Blog
- Just Write Something: How To Get Over The “Newbie” Jitters
- How to Write First Blog Post (+ 63 Effective Tips from Experts!)
- 4 Ways to Diversify Your Blog Content to Engage a Huge Audience
- How to Blog: Blogging Tips for Beginners
I have written an article about the 25 best social media marketing blogs that everybody should follow in 2020.
By following these blogs, you’ll be able to learn how to write and social media marketing, content marketing, email marketing, SEO, blogging and more at the same time.
Isn’t that great?
Even if you are a beginner, authenticity is a must. Authentic writers and authentic content survive on the internet for a very long time. Others will definitely collapse very soon.
2. Find a Better Word Processing App
This is genuinely the most important point for beginners who are struggling to write their first blog post. So, I published an article on this topic too.
Related article: Develop a Writing Habit With These Amazing Writing Tools.
I have heard that people say, spend money on an advanced word processing app is not necessary as a beginner but, I think differently.
Having a better writing app than Microsoft Word or Apple Pages (MacOS) will help you to write and organize your reference materials.
Experienced writers may not want any other app. They can even write their article on a notepad but, as beginners, we are in a fragile stage.
Writing should feel like a fun game for us. If not, the mind will give up writing even before you start your first blog post.
So, don’t worry. Please spend a few bucks on a good word processor. It is an investment, and It could be the best decision you have ever taken.
I am writing this my first blog post on Scrivener. I can recommend that to any blogger from beginners to professionals. It is not the cheapest, but it is one of the best.
Most of the professional bloggers are using that according to my research. I don’t know much about most of the paid software out there. Do your research and find a better one.
However, Microsoft Word and Pages are not enough because those provide a very distracting environment to the writer.
Let me mention some software. But, please read reviews, watch a few YouTube video tutorials, and even try free trial versions before making your decision.
These are few paid word processing apps specially designed for writers.
- Scrivener $34 (Mac/Windows)
- Ulysses $45 (Mac)
- Bear $14.99/Year (Mac)
- Byword $12 (Mac)
- iA Writer $10 (Mac)
- Desk PM $20 (Mac)
- Slugline $40 (Mac)
3. Use a Grammar Checker
Even pro content writers always make critical grammar errors and typos. These days we have smart and well-developed software and mobile apps for any task.
So, why wouldn’t we use a grammar checker for that?
I have tested almost all the grammar checkers in the market today. According to my experience, Grammarly is the best digital writing assistant.
This is not just for beginners. Even pro content writers can get the benefit from this amazing app and save a lot of time and money that you waste on an editor.
I’m not saying that Grammarly can replace a pro editor 100% but, for beginners and bloggers who do not make any money from their blog, Grammarly is the best choice.
4. Build a Personal Blog. Self-hosted is Better
Reading blogs and find a better word processor are critical. So, consider those points before start writing your blog post.
You have to buy a domain name, hosting service and a theme for a self-hosted blog. That means $20-$30 for the 1st year.
Namecheap is the best place to buy a domain name and hosting for an absolute beginner.
Because of two reasons. They have the lowest prices in the market (click the banner below to find their amazing deals) and their live chat (live customer care support) is great.
You just have to chat with support staff and within minutes, they’ll do everything for free.
There are many beautiful free themes available on the internet. Even if you are not willing to spend this much money for a start, you should. That is my personal idea.
I decided to spend $30 on my blog from the beginning based on two reasons.
One, when we have to spend some money, we feel the gravity of blogging, and it will encourage us to write and publish.
Two, we must have complete access to all the functions of our blog and ease of handling. If not, as I said before, you will give up on your blog and ultimately the writing.
Setting up your personal blog is not as hard as it looks. You don’t have to know anything about programming languages or coding.
I did not know and still don’t but, I came up with this simple and clean blog. Isn’t it enough?
I recommend WordPress over Blogger for beginners because, it is easy to handle, learn and make modifications using theme options and widgets.
The above guide is all you need to set your blog up by yourself. It is a very simple and step by step guide. If you didn’t understand anything on that guide, you can search that on YouTube.
Still not ready to set it up yourself, just hire someone who can do that for you. They will deliver your blog within a few days.
Then you just have to write and publish on your blog. Do not worry about SEO or Keywords too much at this point. Just write. You can learn everything slowly with time.
If you really don’t want a set up your self-hosted blog. Medium is the best alternative. It is clean and already has a huge audience. You just have to create a profile on it for free.
I love that platform and sometimes I wrote for my Medium account too. If you could succeed in the Medium, you can earn $ with your articles but, the whole monetization process is controlled by Medium itself.
That is the only drawback of Medium but, it might not be a problem for a beginner.
Everybody has a LinkedIn profile these days, right?
Yes, I know, it is a professional social network. That does not mean you should be able to write like a pro to publish on LinkedIn.
It has a huge audience. So, LinkedIn is also can be used as a WordPress alternative. And the best part is, publishing articles on your LinkedIn profile attract more people into your network and open new opportunities.
If you would like, think about LinkedIn too but again I have to say, WordPress self-hosted blog is the best investment and better as a long term plan.
5. Start With What You Know Best
Don’t even think about the things that you do not know or can’t understand. Start reading and writing about what you are passionate about.
People are interested in inspirational life stories than any other subject in the world. It is not going to be a perfect one but, people will recognize you through your stories.
Confidence for writing grows with what you read and how much you read.
So, start with relevant articles. One bad article can ruin all you built. So, select the blog post to read very carefully. I mentioned five well known reputed blogs above.
6. Nothing to Lose
As a beginner, we have nothing to lose. Some professionals say, writing a blog post is easier as a beginner because nobody knows who we are and most probably nobody will come across our article ever.
Don’t think too much and don’t be hard on yourself.
If you want to be a professional blogger? Then start right away. Overplanning does not make that happen soon or easy.
7. Lack of New Ideas for the First Blog Post?
Every professional blogger admitted that they were at this exact same point in their lives. New ideas come with experience. So, without start reading and writing, ideas will not flow.
Here are some great blog posts to find a new idea to write your first blog post.
- It Is OK To Steal Blog Post Ideas From Others
- 10 Easy Blog Post Ideas To Fill Your Editorial Calendar
- The Ultimate List of Blog Post Ideas
- Starting A Blog? Here Are Ideas For Your First 5 Blog Posts!
- 50 Blog Post Ideas That You Can Write About Today
- Top 35 Blogging Ideas That Are Guaranteed to Be Popular
8. Focus On Process
Instead of focusing on the outcome or the results, you should focus on the process. No rush. Take a deep breath and start writing.
Take your time. As a beginner, you’ll spend days writing and editing. No problem at all. Until you build your writing confidence, you should focus only on the process.
With time, you’ll probably be able to speed up the process.
9. Plan Your Content
When I started writing my first blog post, I didn’t know about this. But, when published a few more, I knew that I should plan the article before start writing.
Take a pen and paper or your mind mapping software or whatever you like, write down your topic and subtopics.
Plan what you wanna write under the introduction and under each sub-topic. The conclusion is another important part many bloggers do not concern about.
Conclusion part says what is the real purpose of writing your article. So, in your first content planning process, do not forget to add a conclusion section.
When you have done writing all the topics and main points, shuffle and organize those to get the most sense.
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I bet you probably start writing on your blog very soon. Do not forget to bookmark my blog and come back. I will post two articles on daglega.com every week.
If you have tried any of the above tips, or have any other suggestions for newbies, feel free to share them with us in the comments section.
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