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 Joe Stevens

Joe Stevens is in his 13th year as a high school English teacher in Southern California. He is an award-winning writing instructor and was an award-winning journalist in his previous career. For the past 12 years, he has written a blog, the Snooze Button Generation, that has a dedicated audience and has received more than 1.3 million views. Reading and writing has been a part of Joe’s entire life. During college, he freelanced stories into his hometown newspaper, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, then was a staff writer at Newsday and the Long Beach Press-Telegram for 12 years. His work has been published in numerous publications including The Village Voice and Salon. Joe has taught undergraduate and graduate writing and reporting at USC's Annenberg School for Communication. He has master’s degrees in journalism from New York University and education from California State University Dominguez Hills. He resides in Southern California with his wife and two teenage daughters and has been a lifelong Cleveland sports fan.

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