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 Eternity

Max Eternity is a visionary artist, writer and historian. He is a contributing author to a college textbook, entitled At Issue: Poverty in America, published by Gale/Cengage (2015) and from 2010 to 2017 Eternity was a featured writer at Truthout.org, also being one of the first arts writers at The Huffington Post. Eternity is currently writing three new books whose working titles are From Bauhaus | To Black Mountain, The Agency of Art: War Pedagogy and Social Change in the Western World – 1915 to 1965, and The Art of Oppression: Colonization and the Language of Heroes. Known for his high-caliber feature-length interviews, Eternity has interviewed Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, Barry Bergdoll, Chief Curator of Architecture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Dr. Cornel West of Harvard University, as well as renowned artist, Leo Villareal, and Whitney Museum curator, Christiane Paul. Eternity’s flagship site is MaxEternity.com. He also operates Eternity News Now and Digital Art News, and was for 8 years the editor and publisher of Art Digital Magazine (AD MAG). In 2010 Eternity wrote the successful nomination to the World Monuments Fund (WMF) for the Marcel Breuer designed Atlanta-Fulton Central Public Library - which set a precedent as the youngest public building listed on the oldest international historic preservation registry. A native of Atlanta, Eternity now lives in Seattle with his 2 backyard chickens, Ella and Chanel.

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