Before I say anything else, just know that I’m really hoping that once I’m a few posts into this, I find out that writing this “first blog post” is the hardest part of starting a blog.
I’ve been dreading it. Not because I feel like getting started is difficult, and not because I can’t think of anything to blog about. I just don’t like feeling like this post has to be a certain way because it’s the first post (if that makes any sense).
I’ve done Google searches for things like, “what to include in your first blog post,” so I’ll be working from that. In fact, maybe I’ll just interview myself.
If you do a similar Google search and end up finding this, feel free to steal this format. It seems less awkward to me, and I’ll just tell myself I’m filling out one of those Facebook surveys that everyone keeps doing now. Or, you know, even if you’re not writing your first blog post, you could still do this.
Who are you?
My name is Rachel and I live in Cincinnati, Ohio with my husband, and my (almost) 18-month-old son. I work full-time as a marketing specialist, and I very rarely have free time. Also, side note: The majority of people who first stumble upon this blog will probably be my Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr followers. The only reason I have any sort of social media following at all is because I used to be a lifecaster on Justin.tv (RIP), and I was a daily vlogger on YouTube for a while.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
I’ve blogged off and on since the days of Xanga, if anyone even remembers what that is. They were always garbage, though, and I didn’t take them seriously. I’m not sure how seriously I’ll take this one, to be honest. However, at my previous job, I was literally writing 4+ blogs a week about the same, boring product, and it was all to (caution ahead: nerd talk) rank certain keywords, increase their domain authority, etc. Then, I became fairly good at it and was like, “Why am I not doing this for my own domain that I’m paying for?” I’ve owned rachelcorinne.com for around seven years, and I’ve always used it for my Tumblr account. Because everyone needs to pay for a domain name every year, just so they can look super professional when they reblog quotes and pictures of donuts.
What are you going to blog about?
Originally, I thought this was going to be a “mom blog.” Then, I realized there are loads of other things I’d want to blog about that wouldn’t necessarily fall into that niche. I don’t really want to feel like I’m limiting myself to any specific topics, and I’m pretty sure that’s called a “lifestyle blog.” There will be some mom stuff, social media stuff, photography stuff, probably a lot of whining, maybe some food/recipe stuff, and I’m really just going to make it up as I go along.
Who are you writing for?
Ideally, I’m hoping that my two best friends, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, will find great pleasure in reading my blog. I hate this question. Next.
How can I get involved?
Not a huge fan of this question, either, but comments are great. You can also link back to your own blog and possibly get more traffic, and who doesn’t love that? There will also be share buttons on everything, so feel free to clog all your social media accounts with links to rachelcorinne.com.
What are your blogging goals?
Right now, I’m setting really low, easily attainable goals. My first goal was to blog at least twice a month. Now that I’m almost finished with this post, I only have one more blog left to achieve my glorious goal for January! I am a role model. Eventually, I’ll set some kind of goal for page views, but I really have nothing to base that on yet, so that will have to wait.
Those are all the questions, which means I’ve completed the daunting task of writing my first blog post. It’s over. Now, I can move on to more important and interesting things like 1,000-word posts where I whine about my daily commute. Just kidding. I do that on Twitter.
Anyway, speaking of Twitter, my social media accounts are most likely plastered all over this page. Follow me, if you want (please do). Also, leave a comment and tell me what you want to read, what you don’t want to read, what your favorite blogs are, what you had for breakfast (I’m starving right now, btw), etc. and so on.