There are no less than 597,000,000 websites that are trying to tackle the question “how to write your first blog post.”
I will guarantee that 99% of them are going to get it wrong.
In fact, some of them spell out some serious doom and gloom – end of the world type stuff. Here is an excerpt from shoutmeloud.com’s opinion of writing your first blog post:
You will not get your first blog post wrong, and your first post will not doom your blog to failure.
Your post doesn’t need to be complex or overly planned out. More importantly, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
It just has to get done.
Sorry Snowflake, but not many people will read your first blog post…
Outside of your immediate friends and family, not many people are going to read your first blog post, so don’t worry about crafting one of those in-depth posts that come from one of those “57 great blog post ideas.”
This post right here, this is my first blog post.
Do I expect anyone to read it? No (if you do end up here by some fluke, please tweet me, and let me know you were here).
This post is literally just stream of consciousness from my brain to my keyboard. That is all you need to do. That seems way too simple right?
Let me clarify: Your first blog post just needs to get done.
That’s it. Get it out of the way. Just open up a text editor or login to your WordPress dashboard (if you have created your blog already) or wherever you write and just start writing.
But what do I write about?
You write about your plans for your blog. You ramble on and on about what your dreams/plans/desires are for your blog.
Here is my first blog post example:
A Starting Blog Post within my First Blog Post
I’m a blogger through and through.
I have started many, many blogs since around 2008, and each and every one of them has had the same fate: failure. This isn’t because the blogs were not good, in fact, quite the opposite. Each blog had a strong following and a good, steady stream of traffic.
The failure came from my spirit animal, the Crow
I continually chase shiny objects and have a short attention span. This “awesome” trait has led me to abandon blog after blog.
So, why will this blog be any different than the others? Well, there are a few reasons which I will outline below:
Blogging about blogging is something I really enjoy
This blog is going to be a resource for bloggers and people looking to create secondary income with an online side hustle.
I plan on covering the standard topics from starting a blog, to driving traffic, how to make money from blogging and tons of information from the depths of my brain that will help bloggers and people looking to use the internet to add a few dollars into their pocket.
The difference between my blog and all the others is that it will likely go against the grain as much as I can. I don’t want to regurgitate the same recycled jibber-jabber that many of the generic bloggers are cooking up. Also, with a blog name like “Simplrr,” I’ll have to ensure that anything I post will remain simple, clear and actionable.
I have a crazy ambitious goal
My goal is to be generating $50K/month from my blog within 7 years. Can it be done? Of course it can. I have started and abandoned so my blogs in my life, and each one was approaching critical mass, before it was ejected for something much more shiny. My ability to dream and reach for the stars is only outweighed by my lack of persistence and consistency.
I’m inspired by both Marty and George McFly (from Back to the Future) when they said, “When you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.”
I am a “Web Swiss Army Knife”
That is literally my title for my “day job.” I am a web developer, web designer, programmer, WordPress aficionado, social media marketer, analytics junkie, SEO guy.
I have all the skills I need to be successful at this.
My job is content marketing and blog consultation and I actually get paid to help people grow their businesses via blogging. My “day job” is actually dependant on the success of other people’s blogs.
So, it’s not like I don’t have the experience or credibility, I just don’t have the level of commitment that I should.
As I mentioned before, my only downfall is my lack of persistence. I am a crow. I get distracted by shiny objects.
I know my shortcomings, and I am ready for success.
I Will Track My Goals and Make Them Public
While, the goal is to have the bulk of my income come from my blog, I do plan on also including all the other projects that I have that make money. Some are online and some are offline. All of these income generating activities will be tracked and reported on. My plan is that this public display of actual earnings compared to goals should make be feel accountable to my readers and keep me going.
Ok, Chris, so why are you so sure you can make $50K/month in 7 years?
I was inspired to get back on the blogging train after stumbling upon a blog called Making Sense of Cents. Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, the blog author, has chronicaled and shared her income on her blog since the very beginning. She has tracked and shared both her income, expenses, and saving plans, and it was very inspiring to see her journey.
The blog was started in 2011 and is generating over $100K/month from blogging (at the time of writing).
Is she legitimate?
I am 100% positive that she is. As I mentioned already, she has been documenting her earnings since 2011, and I have gone through and charted her income progression, which has steadily increased over the past 6 years.
I am going to use the information from Michelle’s income reporting to chart my goals. I’m aiming to replicate 50% of her success. Meaning where she is averaging 100K/month, I will aim to be making $50K/month, which honestly is more money than I really need for my family’s modest lifestyle. I don’t want to be living in a mansion or driving around in a Lamborghini, like some of the online gurus I floating around the internet. I just want to make enough money to comfortably support my family, and possibly some extended family, or friends.
Below is my progression chart showing the goals from blog launch, all the way to August 2025.
To further back up the legitimacy of the Making Sense of Cents blog, I have also reviewed the site using my favourite SEO tool, Ahrefs, to determine how accurate the claims are.
A few points to consider about the data from Ahrefs:
- The site has almost 3000 referring domains, which gives the site a lot of credibility in terms of SEO.
- Nearly 90,000 visits from organic traffic each month. The site is likely getting traffic from other sources, so the total traffic is much higher.
- Ahrefs clocks the traffic value at 89.0K, which nearly matches the income reports provided by the blog author.
So how did she do it?
There are likely a lot of factors that contributed to the success of the blog. I would venture a guess that persistence, consistency and dedication were the main contributing factors. These skills are my weaknesses.
I don’t think she has any special internets skills or had any major influencer connections (at least to start). I believe she worked extremely hard, was persistent and grinded it out for 7 years and is now living her dream life.
So, with the web superpowers I have developed from my job, I have learned that my kryptonite is persistence.
How will I ensure that I will be persistent?
The answer to this one is easy: My Wife.
For those of you that are wives, or have a wife, you know that a wife has a magical ability to remind people to complete tasks in a timely manner. They also keep reminding people to complete their task until said task is complete.
In short, I asked my wife to “nag” me to continue working at this blog for 7 years.
In different terms, what I have is an “accountability partner” for blogging.
Most people think of having an accountability partner for when they are looking to improve their health through running/fitness/weightloss. Why should we not apply the same strategy to blogging?
I have now shared my Triforce of Blogging, which explains why I am so confident about reaching $50K/month:
- Inspiration from Making Sense of Cents
- My toolbox of internet skills
- An accountability partner
Now let’s loop back to that “how to write your first blog post” thing.
As you can see, writing your first blog post does not have to be complex or involved. You just need to tell your story, formulate your plans and get it done.
Is this strategy the best strategy for your first post?
My answer: Who cares?
Just get your first blog post done and out of the way, and from there you can begin to really focus on your next step: The second blog post. This post will be much easier.