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 StudioGillian

Born and raised in Corbeil Ontario, I lived a very simple life. Not rich nor poor but just comfortable. Working in the bush every evening and weekend if my parents could help in, I was very knowledgeable of the ecosystems from an early age. I enjoyed all aspects of nature which slowly seemed to out cast me from my peers. I would instead turn to art to take me away from reality. Art had always been there to listen and to show me all the places I could imagine. At an early age, art had a huge part in my life. Even before I could hold a paint brush I was still painting; whether it be with my hands or even standing on the table painting with my feet. The colours were magic and my limbs draw the path. The thing that truly peaked my interest in the arts was cartoons. Where rules didn’t exist and proportions were a myth. Characters and their many exaggerated expressions were so fun to illustrate and made my friends excited to have their characters drawn next. I started doing what I would like to call graphic novels, based off of some toys my brother and I had. They were little mice Littlest Pet Shops. Mine was grey and white and named Snowball, my brother’s was pink and we named Patch. Through grade 5 to grade 8 I illustrated comics and stories that I named “Facepalm.” It was loved and ridiculed as the characters of my classmates were animals instead of people. It wasn’t until I started working as a lifeguard that the comics of the characters really became popular and see for just how great they could be. The comic series was then named “WorkPlace Shenanigans” as most of the comics were exaggerated incidences from my work place.

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