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.

Author: Holly Miller Anderson

Holly is passionate about helping brands become better digital storytellers. She educates marketers, guides junior SEO's, and advises businesses on how to be successful online in the face of a changing digital landscape with practical SEO and marketing advice. Holly also documents her lifestyle from travel adventures, fitness, to every-day fashion inspiration. She has dedicated herself to a few key sports over the years that have shaped her agility and performance capabilities. From her early start as a martial artist (8 years) in the style of Kenpo to her hobby of 10+ years as a competitive ballroom dancer in the American Standard style 5-dance category dancing the Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz and Quickstep. Holly has and continues to lead an active lifestyle. Currently, she enjoys training in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting and being an avid CrossFit'er and enjoys getting her hands dirty at the occasional Spartan Race.

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