Blog Awesome Challenge Part 2: How to Write Your First Blog Post.

Posted by Dani Gurrie in Blog, Blog Awesome Challenge on Wed, Mar 14, 2012

Taking the Blogging Plunge: Writing your first blog post and keeping the creative juices flowing

This is one thing that used to really hold me up. I would wait for the heaven’s to open and deliver me some amazing, inspirational piece of journalism. And then. Nothing. And I’d wait some more. Then, I realized that it’s not about the impromptu – it’s about the planning. Yes, I realized that to have my blog I would have to plan what I wanted to write about. The plan doesn’t have to be specific and just because you have a plan doesn’t mean it has to be set in stone. In fact, a general calendar of topics that make sense (ie: sticking to your main topic or purpose) is probably what you need to get you started and keep you focused on the task at hand.

Read. A lot. Books, magazines, other blogs. Facebook. Twitter. All provide inspiration for topics of discussion.

5 tips for writing your first blog post and hitting “PUBLISH”

1.       Now that you have decided on your purpose – stick with it (basically).

2.       Draft your outline with simple bullet points about what you to cover (this helps to keep you on track). Include any keywords that are going to help with your SEO (search engine optimization).

3.       Do some quick searches on Google to see what key words people are using about your key subject. For instance – for me with Tots2Tweens, I have a ton of categories: Birthday Party Ideas may be one we decide to focus on, or Fun in Maryland, or any of our other categories or locations. Then I do some searches on Google to make sure I am using wording that people are looking for. This will help get you free traffic.  Just make sure you select things you have something to say about!  Writing about a topic needs to be natural and authentic otherwise, no one will want to read!

4.       Try to figure out why you like the blog posts you like – are they funny? Creative? Easy to read? Don’t reinvent the wheel – duplicate the things you like, but be sure to add some of yourself into every post.  You want to develop a distinct voice that makes people need to read your blog every day.  And then, you want to enhance it.  Grow it, develop it, but make sure it’s you.  Your voice is the most important element of your blog.  So own it, and don’t compromise it for a few extra page hits!

5.       Write and Revise. Don’t feel like what you put on the screen the first time has to stay that way. Write. Read. Revise. (and repeat if necessary)! It’s like packing for a trip – put everything you think you want to take in your suitcase and then cut it in half!! What you may find out is that your first draft actually contains information for 3 different posts.

Read to hit publish?!

Check out these last minute Dos and Don’ts before you do!

  • Do be sure to proofread.  Or, if proofreading isn’t your thing, ask a friend!
  • Don’t make your post too lengthy.  Most people suggest less than 500 words.  I like to say less than a 2 minute read.  Most people don’t have a ton of time to spend on your blog, so don’t discourage them by being verbose!
  • Do share photos in your post.  Even if you don’t have your own, think about using Creative Commons on Flickr or even Pinterest for great images.
  • Don’t use images without permission.  No one likes having their photos ripped off, plus, it’s illegal!
  • Do spend time commenting on other blogs.  It’s a great way to get people interested in commenting on yours!
  • Don’t leave mean or annoying comments!  If you don’t like something you see on a blog, feel free to just navigate away!  It’s okay to disagree with someone, just be sure to be respectful in this space.  You don’t want to get a bad reputation from the beginning!

Your assignment for the week: Write your first post or your About Me page and add it to the linky.*

Already been blogging awhile?!  Share your BEST post so we can see what you’ve been up to!

Good luck and we can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with!!

*Please note: You can join our challenge at anytime up until the final deadline (3/7/12).  Just be sure you link up to last week’s linky to catch up!

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About Dani Gurrie

Dani Gurrie is the founder of Tots2Tweens, a wife to Ashley and mom to Cooper and Brodie. She spends most of her days trying to find the ultimate kids-related thing that mom's will love...just to share it with her world.

11 Responses to “Blog Awesome Challenge Part 2: How to Write Your First Blog Post.”

  1. Great challenge. I’ve been blogging for awhile now but seriously blogging for less than a year. It’s time to change my About Me page to better reflect what my blog is all about. Thanks for this challenge!

  2. Thank you for all the blogging tips! I’m having a great time with the challenge.

  3. Writing now! Thank you so much for the inspiration and guidance! Everyone needs a boost, and this has been a huge help in getting my blog to have focus and content worth reading! Thanks!

  4. So glad to have you guys joining us in this challenge!! And hopefully, one of you will be coming with me to Philly!! :)

  5. I just rewrote my About page. Harder than I thought but feels good now that I have more focus. Now to just blog more…

    Enjoying the challenge! Thanks Dani!

  6. great tips! sticking to a theme is something that i definitely need to work on.

    also, about “about me” pages… i think it should be advised to avoid cliches there. even though i know people are being sincere, i about break out into hives when i read “i am mom to the most beautiful kids and the most amazing husband ever and i love making our house a home.” why does that drive me crazy? i don’t know! i feel that way about my family too. i guess i’d rather read, “i love to make secret handfuls of indulgent trailmix for myself in the kitchen when no one is looking- chocolate chips, craisins, marshmallows, cheerios… i don’t care what’s in it so long as i don’t have to share it with little hands. also, the trailmix must pretend to be calorie free.”

    i just re-read that sentence and have discovered that i am a bit random. don’t listen to me. :-)

  7. Fantastic tips! Proofreading is a biggie!

  8. Love this idea. I really need to organize my blogging/writing. Units is perfect!!

  9. These are some very helpful tips! The planning part of a post is my kryptonite. I think I’m more of a start writing and see how messy it gets kind of girl. But most definitely I agree with proofread, proofread, proofread! I’ve hit publish too soon before and it wasn’t pretty.

  10. P.S. Did I mention that you shouldn’t hit publish when distracted by a teething toddler? lol

  11. Thanks for the advice again! Can I tell you, I had 7 drafted posts but no idea when I’m going to put them up, something else always pops up instead! I guess I need to work on that!

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