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 you 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 Lynn Scott

I have been horse crazy all my life. And I have always loved to spend lots of time outside. By the time I got a horse at 13 I had a roan cow (who did her best to pretend she was a horse) that I could ride at the walk, trot and canter and I was starting to try to teach her to jump. But the day that Lightning and her filly Echo moved into our yard riding the roan cow ended. Echo showed me the freedom that riding a horse can provide. Although we never had any lessons or even parents setting many limits (or perhaps because of this) we soon were galloping bareback up and down the coulees and learning to love our magnificent steeds. Together with my husband David I have raised a few baby horses every year for almost 40 years now. I have showed a wee bit and trail rode a wee bit and for the wonderful years we have had here on the Moose Creek using our horses to ride pastures and check cows I will always be grateful. It was the perfect place to raise our family. I still ride, still raise a couple of babies every year, still love my webwork, still love my life. Buzz and I were trying to warm up with a lively gallop across the pastures one morning and I couldn't help but feel sorry for anyone who never got to feel the thrill of having those 4 powerful legs and that big heart and lungs to call their own for a few moments. Did I mention that with the birth of every foal I secretly hope for a Pegasus? The crazy horse lady?

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