How To Write Your First Blog Post (Template)

Finding a good first blog post template can be pretty daunting. As a writer with 23,000 followers on Medium, I know it’s easy to overthink how to write a compelling article.

So with that, I wanted to send a first blog post template your way that’s easy, simple, and one that you’ll have finished within 60 minutes.

That’s right.

All you have to do is write a short 300-400 word post and then you’re done. I’d strongly consider publishing it on Medium if I were you.

Anyway, let’s start from the top..


Headline: Allow Yourself To _____________, And See What Happens

This is based off my own Medium article of the same name. Instead of being boring and writing about why you started a blog, why not just jump right into the thick of it?

Allow yourself to travel and see what happens.

Allow yourself to run every day and see what happens.

Allow yourself to be emotional and see what happens.

Just throw your own word in there that makes sense for what you want to write about. Also, DON’T WORRY, I’ll write an example article for you at the end of this.

DISCLAIMER: This article got a couple hundred views on the platform–it’s a good first blog post template!


The First 3 Paragraphs (The Introduction)

Here’s what my first 3 paragraphs looked like in the article itself:

“When I got out of college I met a wall of failure.

Literally I found somebody rejecting me everywhere I went. Because of this I started to develop a lot of animosity towards employers and older people in general.

I hated being told what I could and couldn’t do — so I started freelance writing. I had no bosses, I was my own!”

Here’s how to replicate them on your own..

Paragraph 1: When I [Insert experience here], I [failed/succeeded]

Paragraph 2: Give more details on what happened after that. (2-3 sentences)

Paragraph 3: Turning point. What you did in response to your experience. (1-2 sentences)


Paragraphs 4-6 (The Body)

The next 3 paragraphs basically just build on what your “turning point” was.

“However this wasn’t the end of my problems. Out on your own, especially in a field you know nothing about, you need to learn a ton of stuff quickly. I quite honestly had no clue what I was doing, so I started to reach out to people and ask questions.

I can’t tell you how nervous I was to hit the send button on those emails. They’re going to see I don’t know what I’m talking about. They won’t take me seriously, I thought. It was as if my entire life depended on sending this email or something. But you know what I realized?

It doesn’t freaking matter.”

The cool thing about storytelling is that nobody lives happily ever after. In your own life, you’ve made decisions that you thought would fix everything but you ended up still having problems.

Right?

The next three paragraphs are for you to tell everyone how your problems didn’t end there after the turning point.

Fourth Paragraph: This wasn’t the end of my problems, though. (3 sentences)

Fifth Paragraph: Building on what happened. (3-4 sentences)

Sixth Paragraph: Guess what? (1 sentence)


The Last 3 Paragraphs (Conclusion)

Now we have a proper story written. One with a turning point in Act 1 and then another turning point later on down the road (it wasn’t the end of your problems).

Now it’s time to wrap everything up in a bow. Tell us what you know now that you didn’t know before. What’s the lesson you learned going through all of this?

Spend the rest of this article building on what you learned in the end.

Here’s the last of my first blog post template.

“If someone makes you feel inferior for asking a dumb question, or even ignores you, then whatever, you know? There’s literally 7 billion people on this planet — chances are there’s someone out there who wants to help.

I realized that I needed to risk failing, or looking like a moron, to succeed. Fast forward a little bit, and I’m now writing at The Huffington Post just one year later. And guess what? I still cold email people all the time, and I’ve also found that most people look far superior than they actually are.

So go out there and fail. Ask dumb questions. Risk looking like an idiot, because I’ve found that most people won’t treat you bad at all, and will help you without asking for anything in return.”

Seventh Paragraph: Building on the “Big” lesson you learned in paragraph 6. (2-3 sentences)

Eighth Paragraph: Through this I realized _______, so _________. (3 sentences)

Ninth Paragraph: So go out there and __________. Lesson, lesson, lesson. Call to do! (3-4 sentences).


An Example Article Outline

Headline: Allow Yourself To Run Every Day And See What Happens

Paragraph 1: When I tried to run every day in 8th grade, I failed miserably.

Paragraph 2: (Talk about how I failed miserably in 8th grade).

Paragraph 3: But then in 9th grade, I strapped up my shoes and ran cross country… EVERY DAY!

Paragraph 4: This wasn’t the end of my running problems, though.

Paragraph 5: I was running every day, but I’d get sore, and I’d have to persevere through the pain even though every joint in my body wanted me to quit.

Paragraph 6: But guess what? That’s freakin’ life!

Paragraph 7: Running every day was harder than I thought, and it got to a point where I achieved my goal, but wanted to quit cross country so bad.

Paragraph 8: But then I realized that it was giving me confidence, making me healthier, and it was actually kind of fun when I thought about it.

Paragraph 9: So get out there and give running every day a try! You’ll get to a point where running will be much, much easier for you, and you’ll gain a ton of confidence along the way. Good luck!

That’s All You Need

I hope you found this first blog post template useful. It should fit in nicely with anything you want to write about in your rookie blogging debut. Oh, and one last thing..

Heard of Medium.com? It’s a website for bloggers just like you! I myself have about 24,000 followers there. If you want more info on Medium, just sign up for my free online course. It’s called “How To Get Your First 1,000 Medium Followers.”

 

By | 2018-08-22T17:39:19+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Make Money Blogging|4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Monica August 22, 2018 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Hey, I’ll copy this as a guide when I get back to writing again, hopefully soon 😊. Thanks for writing this article outline.

    • Tom August 27, 2018 at 1:00 am - Reply

      No problem at all Monica! 🙂

  2. Barbara Carson Todd August 29, 2018 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Tom, I’ve been reading your Medium posts and found your website. Your advice stands out, so direct and to the point. I always learn something and never feel I’ve wasted a minute reading your posts. You’re a very good writer and a great help to the rest of us. Keep writing!
    I know, when you’re ‘getting known,’ some people will trash you or pick apart your words but I hope you just let that slide right by. Very impressed with your insights and I really hope you’re enjoying the journey.
    I have a question: when you started doing videos, did you have someone help you with the techie side of it? And how do you figure out where to look when you’re filming? Sorry if those questions sound very basic but that’s where I am when it comes to video.
    Again, thanks!

    • Tom August 30, 2018 at 1:54 am - Reply

      Barbara, I SO appreciate this comment. Thank you!!! I’m going through the process of teaching others how to write better, and sometimes it’s not always apparent to me exactly how I do what I do. I just do it, you know? So it’s nice to hear someone else’s view of my writing to help me pinpoint what makes me actually stand out.

      Okay so I actually didn’t have anybody help me with the techie side when I began making videos. The reason being I already knew how to edit videos/etc. when I got started. I used to make videos all the time when I was young, so I had that leg-up on it from the get. And as for where to look, I always try to look deep into the lens of the camera. Video creators say this is so important–nailing this one aspect of making videos–and I try to always maintain eye contact with the lens. I hope this answers your questions–let me know if not! 🙂

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