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.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’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 you’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 you’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?

You’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 — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’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 “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — 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 “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

Published by Shawna Galvin

I’ve been writing in diaries, trying to form poetry and stories since I was a child. I was ten years old when I made my first attempt at writing fiction. The story involved unicorns, a magic ring, and two families that were great friends and trying to escape some sort of evil. No doubt, an escape of my own at an age when we start knowing that things in life (an not always our own, but throughout the world) can get bad. As I moved into adolescence, writing was therapeutic as I tried forming poetry, kept an account about life in general, vented, and wrote down song lyrics that spoke to me. I kept these notebooks beside, and under my bed. They were filled with musings, poems, and stories I had been working on since 5th grade. When I graduated high school and moved off to an unsuccessful first year at the University of Southern Maine (success as a college student and several degrees followed later–much later), I had my notebooks burned in my great grandfather’s teeny wood stove in Millinocket, Maine. I wish I still had those. I do, however, have many handwritten notes from that time to present day, along with my present writing. I look back into it and learn a lot about everything. ​I’m a writer of two novels (one in editing process), poetry, flash fiction, short stories, non-fiction, freelance articles, and I am also co-editor/publisher at Macabre Maine. Another blog site of mine is titled, Ghost of the Woods, which is dedicated to my late Uncle George, a Vietnam Veteran, poet, writer, amazing human being and soul. You can read more about him here and discover his poetry and more.

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