There are many reasons why people might feel stressed or stuck when it comes to writing a blog post. Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed by the idea of what to write, or maybe you don’t know where to start.
Remember it’s a process.
No one is born knowing how to write a blog post. It takes time for you to get good at it, and the first few posts will probably be sub-par. If your goal is to become better at writing and blogging, then seeing each new post as an opportunity to improve will be much less stressful than trying to write the perfect blog post right away.
Here are a few suggestions for getting started with your blog post and taking some of the stress off yourself.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the idea of writing a blog post?
When I started to write this post, my brain shut off. I wasn’t sure where to start because my thoughts were racing with all the tips to share and there was too much going on in my mind. How was I supposed to give you tips to help you write your first blog post when I felt overwhelmed doing it.
What got me started was asking myself two questions:
- What is my website visitor looking for on my website?
- What questions do they have?
I wrote all the answers down – no editing at this point, just spilled everything on paper.
Some other thoughts followed, which lead to the solutions.
Here are some other ways that can help you when feeling stuck:
- You can start by writing an introduction to your blog post to get the ball rolling. For example, you might say, “Have you ever wondered how to cook a perfect poached egg?” Make it personal and engaging so that the reader will want to learn more.
- If you’re still feeling overwhelmed, go ahead and brainstorm for 20 minutes by writing down any words or phrases that pop into your head when you begin to think about what you want to write about. After 20 minutes, pick the one or two ideas you like best and run with them!
- If there’s something specific you want to say, take a break from thinking about it and do something else for a while. Come back and re-visit tips 1 & 2.
- Five yourself a few minutes of quiet time before you start–maybe even go outside if it’s possible. Then take some deep breaths and try to remember what worked best for the other steps. With that last bit of encouragement, go ahead and get started!
- Once you feel like you’re ready to start writing, pre-write your blog post in a document on the computer by putting down all the basic ideas for your final product. Don’t do any editing. Let it sit for a few hours or a full day, then go through it one more time and see if there are any changes or additions you want to make.
Procrastination is one of the top reasons why people might feel stressed or stuck when it comes to writing a blog post…
- Procrastination can come from a variety of factors, and if you think about what might be causing it, you may be able to find solutions. If your procrastination is caused by a combination of distractions and a lack of motivation, get rid of distractions and provide yourself with the motivation that will allow you to get your work done.
If your procrastination is caused by a belief that what you’re working on has no point in being written down or created, write down the thoughts that are stressing you out so that they don’t turn into doubts. You can also try prioritizing your work so that some things get more attention than others or should happen later rather than sooner.
Here are some ways that you can get started on your blog post and help relieve some of the pressure on yourself.
- Create a time-line of everything that you’re thinking about writing for your blog post. This will help you see what order to write things in and how much time you may need to complete everything.
- Get the first sentence of what your blog post will be about, and then start writing the paragraph. The momentum from starting will allow it to be easier to continue on with the rest of the article.
- If you’re having trouble writing, it may help to write about why you can’t write. This can be frustrating, but it allows you to find out what the problem is and then overcome it.
- Start writing down every idea that might relate to your blog post while you work on something else. Then, when you have a chance to actually work on your blog post, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
- Be okay with the fact that this is imperfect and doesn’t need to be perfect. If you write an imperfect blog post, you can always improve it later. It’s better to let yourself get started than to not begin at all!
Remember it’s a process – no one is born knowing how to write a blog post, and it takes time for you to get good at it.
- Start by drafting an introduction that introduces the point of view that you’ll be taking on the topic in your post. In this intro, don’t worry about being too specific or making any promises about what will happen next. Just introduce the perspective that you will take on the topic in general terms.
Such as: I am so excited to write about the topic of X because of X so you can X.
Example: I’m so excited to share these tips with you because it will help you get started writing blog posts so you can establish yourself as an expert in your field, feed content to Google and bring traffic back to your website.
If your goal is to become better at writing and blogging, then seeing each new post as an opportunity to improve will be much less stressful.
- You can inject some creativity into your posts by including a list of resources that have worked for your, bust a common myth, create a video as part of the post or even answer some frequently asked questions. Don’t be afraid to experiment and don’t give up! Refer to this article I wrote on how to write website copy which really focuses on writing for your ideal customer. Regardless if it’s for webpages or a blog.
Write at a time that works for you.
- You might feel like you need to write at a specific time of day, but the only constraint you really need to focus on is finding a time that works for you. I usually try to write first thing in the morning when I’m feeling the most creative and I never write when I’m tired or frustrated.
Use bullet points and numbered lists to break up the information, so it’s easier to read.
- The idea is that by breaking up a long paragraph into shorter sentences with separators, you’re able to make it easier on the reader’s eyes and their brain.
- It also makes it easier for people who skim through posts (which is most people) to find what they’re looking for quickly.
- Numbered lists are great when you’re providing instructions for an educational blog post.
- Bullet points are great for lists, and if you’re interested in writing a list post then there’s no better way to start it than with bullet points. You can easily see what you need to cover and with the simple bullet points you can start writing it all up.
- It’s also a nice and easy way for your readers to navigate through your post too.
Are you ready to start?
The key to writing a blog post is starting. If you can get the first sentence or paragraph out, it becomes easier and more exciting to continue on with what you’re trying to say.
It’s important not to wait for “perfect” words because none of them exist- just do your best! Once you’ve written an introduction that introduces the perspective in general terms, try using bullet points or numbered lists so that readers are able to process your thoughts better.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with creativity by including different types of content like introductions, questions from readers in comments, etcetera – just don’t give up!
Remember: if this blog post doesn’t turn out how you wanted it to at least write something down rather than nothing at all.
What’s a topic that you can write about in your next blog post?