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 Craig Martin Getz

I was born on 17th November, 1964 in Willingboro, New Jersey (USA). I grew up in Moorestown, NJ, Thousand Oaks & Agoura Hills, California. I got a BA in Humanities at Cal State Northridge and Universidad Compultense in Madrid, Spain. (POETRY) Poems of mine have been published in print and online journals in the US and abroad. I have self-published four poetry collections via Amazon; three of these with presentation videos you can check out here. (PHOTOGRAPHY) I've had several exhibitions in Spain. I tend to work on my lines of discourse when travelling. (POETRY & PHOTOGRAPHY) While I prefer to not mix the genres, for example, attempting to "illustrate" a poem with a photo or juxtapose the two for the sake of some sort of "dialogue", I do admit they borrow from each other often. Photographic/filmic references make their way into my poetry at times & my way of photographing often seeks a dialogue between juxtaposed elements, akin to many poems. (DAY TO DAY) I've been living in Barcelona since 1989. I make a living as an English teacher. I'm married to the Spanish poet and novelist José Ramón Ayllón Guerrero.

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