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 Rachel Marco-Havens

Rachel Marco-Havens is a multiplatform “solutionary” artist, performer, community activator, facilitator and storyteller. She jumped onto the fast moving merry-go-round of this movement in response to an emergency effort to protect the her community’s water from a corporate water grab. On the heels of that unprecedented success, she has been working to bridge the intersections within the environmental, social and spiritual justice movements in her own region and beyond. As well, Rachel sits on the Advisory Board of the Center For Earth Ethics and was recently appointed as a Representative for Wittenberg Center focusing on Indigenous and Environmental issues at the United Nations. With a strong focus on Women’s Leadership, Youth Empowerment and bridging intergenerational connections, Rachel inspires us to connect the silos of social, environmental and spiritual justice movements. Fostering the expansion of young leaders wherever she travels, she also works closely with youth driven activation, primarily with members of The International Indigenous Youth Council, incredible young leaders across the country and Water Protectors and Earth Guardians across the globe. “A lot happens when we change our mind, and even more happens when we bring creative flow to the movement. We all have gifts to bring to the work, and only together will we weave the strongest threads of our safety net!”

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