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 Keri Garner

Keri is an Elementary Special Education Teacher who recently went on hiatus after the birth of her fourth son. As a boy mom , her interests include all things baseball , wrestling and humor. She earned her Masters in Education from Belhaven University . The afore mentioned Masters degree is described by her as the most expensive thing she ever spent money on and ironically , never used. She also collects an absurd amount of books she will never read , doesn’t know how to makeup, and has been described by her peers as “kind of strange.” As a believer in Jesus and an unbeliever in most “Country Club Churches,” Kaye raises eyebrows with her witty comedic observations of mannerisms in her editorials . She’s a Stan - the name given to Eminem’s Army of followers - and says “I can rap pretty good for a white girl from the Burbs.” In a true rags to riches story, Kaye was raised in Horn Lake , MS and reached the “ineligible for food stamps” income bracket at the age of 22. Her status as a middle class, blue voting mom of four kids who lack female genitalia in Suburbia Capitol, Mississippi gives her a unique vantage point of humanity, lifestyles and politics. As the self proclaimed black sheep of her family , she’s not opposed to being opposed and to be frank- she is an “acquired taste.” She also owns a cat- shocker .

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