Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

Youโ€™re going to publish a post today. Donโ€™t worry about how your blog looks. Donโ€™t worry if you havenโ€™t given it a name yet, or youโ€™re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the โ€œNew Postโ€ button, and tell us why youโ€™re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what youโ€™d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think youโ€™ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

Youโ€™re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another โ€” but itโ€™s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Canโ€™t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a โ€œcrappy first draftโ€. Anne makes a great point โ€” just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When youโ€™re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blogโ€™s focus โ€” writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is โ€œzerotohero,โ€ so other new bloggers can find you, too.

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