So you’ve taken the big step. You thought about whether or not to blog and decided it was a good idea. You asked yourself pertinent questions before getting started and you set up your blog. Everything is the way you want it, the blog is live. You’re ready to start.
You have no idea what to write about!
All of those posts are good and you’ll want to read them, but I know they don’t answer all the questions. How do I know? Because I’ve been in your position more than once. I had to come up with the very first post for my very first blog many years ago.
Every new blog has also required a first post. I wish the blogging platform gurus—or someone!—would come up with a plugin to take care of this, but until that happens, there’s no way around it. Someone HAS to write the first post.
You are that someone!
Danielle and I have both started author blogs since starting this blog. Granted, the target audiences for each blog is different, but they all needed that dreaded First Post.
So between us, there are three first posts.
We also listed possible post ideas.
Danielle’s list wasn’t specifically for first posts, but you might still want to take a look at it. She suggested blogging about a real-life place that inspired your fictional setting and abstract things like social issues related to your novel. For instance, her lead character is a fatherless girl, so fatherlessness is one thing Danielle blogs about very well. You may not want to jump right into those sorts of things on your first post, but then again, you might.
My ideas for a first post included a personal introduction (sort of like an informal bio), telling readers what you write and why. If you’re published, you can talk about the books you’ve published and if you’re not published, you can blog a little bit about what you’re working on.
But is that all there is? That’s a pretty short list. Granted, you only need to write one first post, but is that all there is?
5 Ideas for First Blog Posts
What type of story do you write? This includes such details as genre, sub-genre and that sort of thing. If you write more than one genre, there’s a wealth of possible posts in answering just this question.
But even if you specialize in one genre, this is a great place to start. Tell readers why you like that genre and what got you started writing in that genre.
Location, location, location. Where is your current work-in-progress set? Is it an actual location? Talk about that place. Even if it isn’t an actual location, if your setting is based on a specific location, you can talk about that place and how it’s similar—and different from—your fictional setting. Want to see how this is done well? Check out Danielle’s author blog. Her novel is based on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, so you can see how to weave fiction and reality into a very nice tapestry.
If your story world is totally made up—as in fantasy or science fiction—you could post about how the story world came into being. Where did the idea start? How did you develop it?
Do you have maps or drawings? This would be a great place to share them. Personally speaking, I love maps of story world. It gives me a sense of place beyond the story itself.
How do you write? What’s your writing process. Where do your story ideas come from. Some of your readers will be interested in what goes on behind the writing scenes, but be careful. A little bit goes a long way unless your target audience is full of writers.
Works-in-Progress. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve discovered that if I don’t state the obvious, I quite often overlook it. So let’s talk about that novel in progress. Don’t go into deep detail because you don’t want to give anything away, but tell your readers something about the story.
This would be an ideal place for a paragraph summary or back cover copy. Yes, you’ll have to take time to come up with paragraph summary, but what’s the harm in that? It will give you a blog post and define your novel a little more clearly in your mind. That’s a good thing. Trust me.
Current Events Related to your WIP. This works especially well if you happen to be writing a political thriller, prophetical, or legal or procedural thriller, but it works for any novel that has anything to do with current events.
Working on a historical novel? That’s okay. This topic works just as well with past events—recent or ancient. If you are writing a historical novel, you have the added benefit of writing about the ways people lived back then.
If none of those sound right, you can always start like I did by telling people why you write or what gives you inspiration.
If you’re getting the idea that there’s really no right topic for a first blog post, you’re getting the idea. First posts are as unique and individual as bloggers. No two bloggers will begin their blogging careers with the same type of post.
So try on a few posts before you hit the publish button. Write until you find the right one.
But even if you publish the first post you write, don’t fret. You’ll get better at writing blog posts with every post you write. Think of it as on the job training. Write. Learn. Write some more. Repeat.
You’ll do fine!