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 poetjude1

FAMILY I consider myself to be deeply spiritual but not very religious. My father was a baptist minister and missionary, so I am steeped in the teachings of Christianity. I have 2 wonderful sons and 3 grandchildren from my first marriage of 17 years. I have been married for 18 years to my wife who is my soulmate and love of my life. DREAMWORK With a wonderful younger woman, I teach a class in Dreamwork. I also participate in a Dream group that helps me understand dreams and creates community among those of us who participate. PERFORMANCE POETRY I am a performance poet and it that role I founded and directed Colorado’s Performance Poetry Festival called SPARROWS that was held from 1999 to 2007. I now produce poetry videos to share this wonderful medium with everyone. FAIR TRADER I also owned a Fair Trade business as a sole proprietor for several years. After several small stores, I started an online drop shipping Fair Trade store selling cultural crafts and other handmade beauty items from around the world. SPIRITUALITY AND POLITICS In 2005 I received my Master’s Degree in Creation Spirituality from Naropa University. I supported Bernie Sanders in 2016 and 2020 in his run for president. I also support AOC with a small monthly contribution.

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