I must admit, the thought of having to write a blog had me stumped. I have never written a blog or posted to a blog before, and I was unsure of what to do. So, I did what any unsure-about-something person would do, I googled: “How to Blog”. My search produced many articles on how to blog and I am going to tell you about a few of the points that I have found most helpful.
Firstly, the articles suggested doing a Google search (bonus, I am on the right page!), and reading other websites for ideas. If still at a loss, the article recommended asking someone for help to bounce ideas off each other to get the creative juices flowing. As I read through these articles, I realized that ‘how to write my first blog post’ would be a good topic for me.
After deciding on my topic, I began writing the rough draft. I found that jotting my ideas down on a piece of paper first helped me to solidify my ideas and narrow down the points that I wanted to discuss. I also used a mind map to help me find the common ideas.
One of my takeaways: You need to find your focus, be positive, inspirational and supportive to the community that you’re writing to, and just be yourself!
Also recommended were the following formatting suggestions:
- Use short, organized paragraphs,
- Always check grammar and spelling,
- Use links within your post wherever possible, (this reminds me that I need to reference at least 3 sources).
For my blog platform I decided to use WordPress instead of Blogger or Tumblr. In my opinion, WordPress seemed less user friendly than the others, but it had more and nicer themes available which allowed for better customization. It also helped that I had no trouble finding the URL I wanted on WordPress.
In the end, creating a blog post was not that difficult after all, and I found that I just had to get over my fear; like the Nike slogan, “Just Do It!”, take a risk, and get out of my comfort zone. Just start writing.
The task that seemed daunting, was really not much of an issue when all was said and done. Finally, I hope this blog post was informative and helpful for someone else writing their very first blog post.
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