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 Christal Wagner

Christal has her BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a teacher and art maker all throughout the Milwaukee area. She spent 6 years as an adjunct faculty in the UWM dance department and has taught for the Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap program for 10 years. In musical theatre she has choreographed 15 productions and won 4 Wisconsin Tommy Awards for outstanding choreography. She gained her start performing professionally with Elizabeth Johnson’s company, Your Mother Dances, spending 4 seasons with the company locally and abroad. She currently performs with Danceworks Performance Company and will have completed 10 years with DPC in the Summer of 2017. She is developing her Choreographic voice through her music and dance trio Cadance Collective. The trio has been making work since 2012 and creates pieces through an unconventional process where music and dance are created simultaneously through improvisational practices and original soundscapes. In addition she has choreographed for Danceworks Performance Company, Community Theatre Works, DSHA Theatre, Shorewood High School Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet II and Milwaukee High School of the Arts.

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