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 Dennis Stone

Dennis Stone has 40 years experience in space commercialization, management, technology, and international relations. At NASA, he manages technical support to US commercial industry as Project Executive of Collaborations for Commercial Space Capabilities. He helped lead the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program which invested in development of commercial cargo capabilities of SpaceX and Orbital Sciences. Prior to COTS, Mr. Stone supported the International Space Station Program in system engineering, avionics, international relations, risk management, and technology development. Before joining NASA in 1985, he worked for McDonnel Douglas, Ford Aerospace, and Rockwell in civil and commercial space programs. He is CEO of Ion Biotechnology, a startup developing cancer therapeutics. He is also volunteer President of World Space Week Association which coordinates World Space Week, the largest space event on Earth with over 5,000 events in 80 nations each October 4-10. He earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Hawaii in electrical engineering and physics.

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