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 Yannick Pucci

An expat from Luxembourg, Yannick is an independent London tour guide and the founder of London Unravelled. With five years of guiding experience, he can often be found exploring his adopted hometown and developing new tours. From Knightsbridge to Mayfair, London has become the canvas for Yannick's walks. His popular 'Art Deco in Bloomsbury' tour was launched during the Bloomsbury Festival 2013 and he's currently working on a follow-up set in the West End. From telephone boxes to secret gardens, his quirky walks seek out the unexpected and have been featured on the Londonphile, Last Minute as well as other London blogs. Volunteering at the British Museum since 2009, Yannick has been facilitating object handling as well as delivering tours ever since, including the Japan eyeOpener Tour and the Highlights Tour. His team-building efforts have been highly commended in the Renaissance London Volunteers Awards 2011, in the category 'Going the Extra Mile'. You can also follow Yannick's adventures on his website London Unravelled and chat directly with him on Twitter (@ypldn).

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