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.

By zacharydeanjones

ones, a Southeastern Ohio Native, pours his real-life experience into his work, which represents both the natural and holistic need to escape, as well as the many layers of the human experience.

Attracted to the visual arts as a boy, Jones sketched, painted and took photographs to see the world beyond his fractured home, wracked with alcoholism, in a government-subsidized apartment. Jones struggled in school. He skipped classes in middle school to venture to the art courses taught at Ohio University and sneaked into the back to glean all he could from professors.

His escape became his passion.

While picking up freelance photography gigs and selling an occasional piece, Jones became a car salesman and then finance manager in order to support a wife and children. The “real world” beckoned — and nearly broke him. At 46, Jones understands that one can not get time back. He has sacrificed, but his creativity continued to burn.

Conjuring the artistic influence of British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, Jones seeks to contrast the mundanity of the professional world he has experienced with the effusion and movement of nature as represented in the colors and textures of his paintings.

Some of Jones’ previous works have been shown at the Zanesville Museum of Art, and purchased for show in medical and business offices, as well as personal homes.

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