I’m creating a brand new blog for my first client. And that got me thinking.
The first blog post is a barrier, but should it be any different than any of the other posts.
It seems that whatever I’m thinking of; the hardest part, the most exciting part, and the part where I keep staring at the screen without typing a single word, it’s always the beginning.
And right now. I’m thinking that the beginning can also be the end.
When I start out writing a blog post, thoughts are going back and forth in my head. It’s like table tennis.I’m standing on both sides of the table, and the ball keeps bouncing faster and faster, and I’m running from one side to the other, again and again. But, I’m not tired. No, not at all. I keep hitting the ball, but the pace is so high, I understand that it will be impossible to keep going for much longer.
The beginning is not just the end, but it’s what shapes the future.
The table tennis ball is a metaphor for thoughts, and the beginning of an article, or a blog post.
Thoughts like; is this the right topic, will anyone be interested at all, and why am I writing this? I’m never thinking about this when I start writing a blog post for my own blog. That’s because I know that I have readers, and I know that some might not like it, and some might. It’s not a big deal, because it’s my blog, and not my client’s.
And, what if I don’t have any answers?
Write what’s on your mind
I love to write. In fact, I like to party with my words, without hardly thinking about **the consequences**. I keep pushing them to the limits, and forcing them to dance with me. Many times, it doesn’t feel like a good idea, but I keep doing it. I’m a terrible dancer. And anyone can spot me from a distance. But, I keep practicing, and I know that, even though it’s embarrassing right now; one day, I’ll show whoever’s watching, that my words are like music, and instead of me dancing, they’ll keep playing and people will be dancing on their own, without me being around to see it.
But. The beginning. The birth of a blog. That’s different.
I keep staring. I keep stalling.
I don’t remember how I started writing my blog. I just did. It was years ago. I probably wrote about myself, and why I started the blog. Isn’t that what we all do?
Maybe we should have a pre-defined opening on a brand new blog, “Hello World.” I know what you’re thinking. That’s boring. Write what’s on your mind. Write like the blog is many years old, and don’t think about the consequences. I write a lot better when I don’t think. That’s the brutal truth.
It comes naturally. Because it’s fun. Because it feels like the right thing to do.
But. The beginning. The birth of a blog. That’s different. That’s because I keep thinking that the beginning is what’s shaping the future. And it seems to be too important. If I mess up my first post. That’s it. I’ll mess up everything.
I know it’s not true. But it feels… well, important, and it’s like the first blog post is waiting for me, like a jury, and they’ll stop at the first mistake. The first misspelled word, and it’s over.
I’m starting a brand new blog for a client, and I’m stuck, thinking that the first post is the most important post and that it will define the success of the blog. And, that the beginning can be the end.
I’m sure that my client doesn’t have any thoughts about this at all. It’s just me.
What’s your thoughts?
How should you start a new blog, what should the first post be about? Should you write whatever’s on your mind? Or should you spend extra time crafting your first post, and make it something special, something people will remember for a long time?