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 Antsy Nomad Travel

Erin has spent more than 15 years traveling the world. She’s been to almost 60 countries, hitch-hiked through some of them and traveled first-class to others. Originally from the US, Erin got her passport at the age of 19… and promptly moved to Spain. After 6 months “studying Spanish” in the coastal resort of Alicante, she moved to London to “study English”. She rounded off her first overseas trip by backpacking the old fashioned way (no phone, no iPad, no clue) through continental Europe. She quickly became fluent in Travelers’ Sign Language and explored 12 countries in 3 months. She experienced the green fairy in Prague, got chased by geese in Namur, accidentally wandered onto a restricted military training ground in Sylt, got chased by police in Zagreb, hitch-hiked across the Swiss Alps and ultimately had her passport stolen in Edinburgh. After finally making it back to the US in one piece, Erin finished off her time at university… and promptly moved to Australia. She spent a year down-under taking in the culture (beaches, bars and barbies). She took a very stinky bus through the Outback, narrowly avoided being swallowed up by a snow storm in New Zealand, ate kangaroo in Sydney, was almost kidnapped in Kaikoura, accidentally swam with crocodiles near Alice Springs and worked for a butcher (as a former vegetarian) in the Town of 1770 in order to pay for her bus fare out of town. After again returning to the US, she was determined to keep up her traveling lifestyle, but with not a penny to her name, she saw only one solution: she became a flight attendant. Erin worked as an international flight attendant for 5 years, spending most of her free time flying first-class to far-flung destinations and learning the ins and outs of the travel industry. She now works for a West London-based children’s and youth charity and spends her free time learning to lose the “amateur” in amateur photographer, planning her next exploration and helping those with wanderlust avoid some of the same travel mistakes she made.

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