I always read about people having trouble pressing publish for the first time. They stress about putting that first post out into the world for everyone to read. I always advise people to just start writing and don’t worry about it. Because honestly? Unless you are pushing that post and sharing it on social media, only a handful of people are going to see it anyway.
So just publish it! You need content to see how things display and work out your categories. It helps to have something to work with when setting up your site. Check out my amazing thought-provoking very first blog post: Mama, Mama Mama…
Feel better about your first post now? lol
That was before I bothered adding photos every time and a Pinnable image was not even a thought. I didn’t have any backlinks to add. I didn’t even think about adding links at all! I just had something to say and I said it. I talked about a Facebook group that doesn’t exist anymore and how everyone was too busy to help. I had started this blog hoping to involve lots of moms until I realized everyone is too darn busy to help and I needed to get it done on my own if it was ever going to happen.
So I did, and here we are.
I started with a free WordPress account and wrote what I wanted, and as I wrote I learned more about blogging, SEO and social media. As my blog knowledge grew, so did my blog. I wrote sporadically for a year before I ever saw more than 200 views in an entire month! It wasn’t until I started posting regularly and had a decent archive of older posts that I started getting good traffic.
Once I started getting good traffic, I upgraded to a paid account because I wanted to remove those ugly ads and have more options to add plug-ins and widgets. I started paying attention to SEO and making better, more search engine-friendly titles. With the new influx of traffic came offers for free things to review and then later sponsored posts where I actually made money blogging for the first time.
And it all started with that one post. So if you are thinking of blogging, and don’t know where to start, it’s time to just sit down and write that first post. Then start your journey for real by pressing publish. And if you’re wondering what NOT to do, check out my post ranting about why I just can’t read some of the blogs out there.
Good luck! And feel free to post blog questions if you have them 🙂