This is step three in a four-part series I put together called How To Start A WordPress Blog: A Beginners Guide. Links to all four sections are listed below.
3. How To Write Your First Blog Post (you are here)
Before we jump into this particular topic on writing blog posts, I should preface it by saying that this is only a tutorial on how to use the WordPress editor to physically create your blog post.
I assume since you have gone through the previous two steps that you already have some ideas as to what you want to write about and what sort of content you want to share on your blog. This post is not designed to create content ideas for you..it is designed to help you take your own original ideas and put them in a blog post format. Ready to go?
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ACTION STEP: Log Into WordPress And Open The Editor
1. From the dashboard, hover over “Posts” found in the menu on the left side. From the sub menu, choose “add new”. This will open the WordPress editor. Alternatively, you can choose the “write your first blog post” from the main dashboard window.
2. Now you are presented with the WordPress editor.
This is where all of your writing takes place. Let’s take a minute and get familiar with the layout of the editor, and some of the features it provides:
The top section of the editor is where you will add your headline. This will also be the title of the post and be included in the url of the post. It is the default h1 tag so if you are familiar with using h tags, keep in mind your sub headlines will need to start with the h2 tags and work down from there.
The toolbar itself has a nice layout and provides most of the common functions found in any editor. Bold, italics, underline, changing text color, and adding highlighted links are all done from this toolbar.
The area below the toolbar is your writing area. This is where you will write your first blog post..and hopefully many more to come! To get started, simply click inside the writing area and start typing. Again, keep in mind you do not need to add the title again..it will be displayed by default. Simply start with your first paragraph.
The area to the right of the toolbar is where you will find your “publish”, “preview”, and “save draft” functions. Although the editor will save your work at regular intervals automatically, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of manually saving your work using the “save draft” button..I like to do it after every couple of paragraphs.
To get a good idea of what your blog post will look like when it is published, you can use the “preview post” option. If you are brand new to the WordPress editor, I encourage you to write a couple of short paragraphs, save the draft, and then use this preview function. It will give you a good idea as to how things will look after it’s published, and a great way to get a feel for how things will fit together.
Once you have written your first blog post, you have used the preview feature to make sure it looks the way you want it, and you have used the spell check feature from the tool bar (hint) , you are ready to publish your first post! You do this simply by pressing the “Publish” button located in the right hand side of the toolbar as shown in the image below.
Did you do it? Did you press that pretty blue button for the first time? Awesome!
As with anything, it takes a little time to learn all the features the WordPress platform offers. The key to getting started is to START! Write those first few sentences and publish it! With practice and repetition you will quickly get the hang of it and it will get easier the more you do it.
Once you have your blog set up and you have written your first blog post, it’s time to share it with the world! After all, what good is having a blog if nobody ever sees it?
In the next section How To Promote Your Blog: 10 Ways To Get More Traffic, I will share with you a few traffic generation strategies you can use to get people to visit your blog.
Are you ready?