If you read and followed my first 2 posts, you should be ready to write your first blog post.

If this is your first visit to my blog, I recommend you read my first 2 posts…

Getting Started with WordPress

and Getting Your Blog Ready for Visitors

…before you begin your first blog post.

Also, you might want to check out my post How to Develop Amazing Blog Post Ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

The Mechanics of Starting a Post on WordPress

On the left side menu, click “Add” next to the Blog Posts option as shown below:

New WordPress Post

Next you will be on the post page where you can begin typing. But first…

You need to plan your post at least a little bit by developing a solid title and picking a great picture as your feature image. The title is completely up to you, but I can help a little with your graphics selection.

I get all of my pics from Photopin.com. You can find a lot of great, free graphics there, but make sure to copy the image attribution details so you can give credit on your blog. I usually put this at the bottom below my signature. Also, make sure to select the right size when you download. I always download the 1,024 x 684 option because it seems to show best when sharing to social media. (The ideal size is about 1,200 x 600)

UPDATE: I found this great post on Christian Blogger Community that you should check out 20 Free Stock Websites For Your Blog

Upload your picture using the “Featured Image” menu option on the left side menu:

Blog post menu

Finishing Up

When you are done with your post, select 2-3 sentences that best describe your content and re-type or copy and paste them into the “Excerpt” section as show in the above image. This will be used when your post is shared on social media.

When you are finished, make sure to carefully proofread your post. I’m not saying I never make mistakes, but you really want to keep typos, misspelled words and poor grammar to a minimum.

Finally, don’t forget to hit the “Publish” button so the world can see your first blog post.

Next we will be discussing how to get the word out once your post is ready to be seen.

To Your Success,

Bob

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photo credit: Design Feast Project detail: Image for a blog post via photopin (license)

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