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 Jirsa

Jirsa is a painter and textile artist whose spent the last few decades plein air oil painting across the US. Their art demonstrates a deep compassion for each place and its own unique beauty. Originally from South Dakota, the artist has lived coast to coast, visited every state in the USA but Alaska and has plein air painted in over half of them! “The grass isn’t greener on the other side it is just a different shade of green.” -Jirsa. Creating the majority of their work outside on location, these thoughts along with the vibrant energy of the outdoor air, inspires colorful brushstrokes that capture the brilliance of a specific place with extraordinary depth. The goal is not just an impressionistic tribute to the beautiful world that surrounds us but normalizing an elite art form and taking it to the streets to be enjoyed by the masses. The power of painting on location is the interaction and bond formed with the community and neighborhoods in which they paint. The painting itself then provides an instant escape to those who behold it. Jirsa originally studied oil painting under Lisa Yuskavage in New York City and graduated from New York University in 1999 with a degree in Art Education. Based out of Oakland, CA since 2010, one will find Jirsa all over the Bay Area capturing historical places and movements, unique people, street corners and watering holes.

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