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This is my first blog post. It might be bad. I know that. So, I’m updating this everyday. You’ll see some missing sections, updating topics or unfinished paragraphs because, I’m doing all this updating thing on the live blog. Hope you’ll see the best version.
Yeah!!! For the first time in my life, I started writing to the public. I’m happy about that. You’ll understand the feeling when you have defeated the 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 the readers and I don’t speak flawless English.
I was thinking too hard again and again on these same things.
This endless battle against my mind drives me to a very vulnerable position. Fortunately, I finally won the battle. Maybe I didn’t defeat the fears entirely, but I have achieved what wanted to achieve at that time.
How did I do it? I just wanted to tell you my story.
Haters are going to hate. People will laugh at me. Should I control them? No. Not at all. We have to control our mind. Our mind only. It is where the whole world lies.
And we can’t command the world. When we command ourself, we have already commanded the world.
I realized that ignoring is one of the best answers. I no longer worry about anything people think. However, I do respect what they have to say because we can learn from them 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 Bullet Points
We all are busy. I know that but, you have to find time for this if you want to overcome the 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 must do that because you are not doing that just learn something new in your niche. You are reading to understand how experts write. How they express their thoughts simple and clean. How they manage their readers?
So, you should have read the full article to understand all their tips and tricks on writing. Then we can grab their methods for our first blog post.
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.
Below infographic which is created by copyblogger shows “11 EssentialIngredientss Every Blog Post Needs.” This is not for absolute beginners. You don’t have to worry about the essential ingredients your blog post should have yet. You just have to start writing.
This is infographic is for bloggers who have already started writing and ready to publish.
But, everybody should consider the lats point of this infographic; Be Authentic. Even if you are a beginner, authenticity is a must. Authentic writers and authentic content survive. 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 a whole article on this topic.
I have heard that people say, spend money for an advanced word processing app is not necessary as a beginner but, I think different.
Having a better writing app than Microsoft Word (Windows/Mac) or Pages (Mac) 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 an annoying notepad but, as beginners, we are very fragile.
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 will 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 a decision.
Take your time and find the most efficient and suitable interface for you. Time-consuming huh! But, if you are planning for long-term business, you should have a strong base.
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. 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.
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.
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.
4. 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 or tell your story.
People are interested in 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.
5. 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.
Why are we thinking too much? Are you afraid? To Whom?
If you want to be a professional blogger? Then start right away. Overplanning does not do any good.
6. Lack of New Ideas for the First Blog Post?
Every professional blogger admitted that they were on 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.
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 new writers including me, feel free to share them with us in the comments section.