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 Sofie Khan

Sofie Khan grew up with a Mexican mother and a Pakistani father in a Black'a'Rican neighborhood in inner-city Chicago #AllAmericanPosterChild. At 9 years old, her family relocated to bordertown Brownsville, Texas - where she absorbed her southern twang among a ton of other wild experiences. After 7 years in Texas, her family headed back to Chicago and Sofie burrowed herself in tech and the arts - dance, music, theater, and writing, as solace from her crazy-ass surroundings in inner-city Chicago. Sofie and her sisters enjoyed playing around with their parents Mexican & Pakistani accents which led Sofie to jump into sketch comedy to secretly play with her parents' characters while trying to be pre-med in college. After college #PreMedFail, Sofie began training at Second City Conservatory and other acting schools in Chicago and LA. She is proud to have been a part of Teatro Luna - where she created her first solo show Excuse Me Waiter, There's Tandoori Chicken in My Tortilla Soup! as well as Salsation! Sketch Comedy Troupe, Steppenwolf's Sketchbook Comedy Festival, Rasaka Theater Company, CASA 0101, LA's Funny Women Festival. Most recently, Sofie has been performing her new one-woman show MexiStani: Growing Up Mexican and Pakistani in America since its sold-out, award-winning premiere at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

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