Bill Slawski asks the question on his blog, “How do you start a blog post?” Then he proceeds to give a list of possible approaches. All of them good.
One thing struck me as I read through the list. Many of those approaches I have not tried myself. Though many of them I have. And it dawned on me that it doesn’t really matter. Every blogger has methods that he or she feels most comfortable with and at some point those methods may actually work against you. It is sometimes good to try something new and move outside of your comfort zone.
For instance, if you’ve been known to use the journalist inverted pyramid style of writing quite often then you might lead off with something personal about yourself that your readers don’t know. Or you might address a specific individual and write your post just for them (be careful with that one though; you don’t want to ruin a bad approach to blogging).
There is really one rule when it comes to blogging. No one way is THE right way. Do what feels comfortable to yourself and don’t be afraid to try something new.