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 Cliff

Clifford G. Arnell, Project creator Clifford G. Arnell Project creator IC-Design Engineer, Theoretical Physicist, Inventor, Musician, Floodmud!, 'Orba-Campaigner', Home builder, Wind Charger Experimentalist, and Ex Lumber Jack. I began my ‘technical life’ in 1957 when i saw my first electronics manuals. I devoured them. I loved my science classes. I read ALL of the Science Fiction books in the library. Encyclopedias became my best friend. After High School, I attended Colorado State University over the next two years. My education was completed with a two-year electronics program paid for by the U.S. Government. After graduation, I was offered a job in research at Texas Instruments in Dallas. I built electronic breadboards for the engineers. I designed Fortran programs to predict and plot Electron flow in transistors. These programs became the tools of the trade and were used by the engineers to design some of the first ‘chips’ at TI. I knew how to use them and created better ones to use in my first Engineering job. I left TI, and was hired to do Engineering Design for another company where I designed and built the first 256 Bit memory in the world. It flew in the DC-10 flight control computer. For years I designed ‘chips’ used in the digital world, to help cellphones communicate, computers compute, and memories remember. After ten years in the Electronics business, I went out on my own, participating and consulting for another twenty years in the business while transistor counts grew into the millions like Atoms in living things. I never knew what an Electron was or how it was made but I couldn’t forget the day, when something amazing happened. In 1974, I was standing in a hallway with a fellow engineer talking about Electrons and Anti-gravity when suddenly, I saw In my mind’s eye, two single Photons of light diving together and buzzing around each other in the form of a tiny ball. I knew at once I was looking at an Electron…in a whole new way. The idea that would become Mass'querade was born.

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