As a blogger, your initial post marks the most difficult challenge. Not only does this commit you to the promise of more and more content on a regular basis, but it also sets a precedence of quality and establishes who your ‘clientele’ or ‘intended audience’ will be. Can you be interesting enough to capture people’s attention or establish a follower fan base? With one post?
So much pressure in one little act.
But, the truth is… this isn’t my first post. Or my first blog.
See, right before I graduated from Full Sail University’s Creative Writing for Entertainment BFA program, a large group of my friends and I started up a collaborative blog, discussing our differing perspectives on our crafts. The Writer’s Cohort has been going strong since our first post in August of 2015.
And even before that, I blogged about my month-long vacation in France.
So, in some ways, this first post isn’t as scary.
Yes, I’m setting my precedent. I’m establishing here that this blog will be about my professional endeavors. Reviews or analyses of my favorite games or books. Updates on my work in progress games or adventures into learning how to code. Links to my publications and #WritersCohortWednesdays. Quick insights of my experience as a budding narrative designer.
Yes, this is my first post on this blog. I want the grammar to be spot on. I want it to be engaging and fun to read. I want it to be something that people (hopefully you!) will want to follow or add to their (your) RSS reader.
Yes, I’m aware that this is my written contract to keep posting content. Even during the slow months or the really busy ones.
But, the fear isn’t there. Because I’m determined to succeed.
So, this post isn’t going to be a long ramble about my background or my goals and ambitions. I won’t bore you with a list of my favorite things or a lengthy set of 20 Questions.
This post is simply my promise – to you, to myself – of consistent posts to give you a sneak peak into my mind, thought process, or professional development.
And hopefully you enjoy!