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 christinelawrence14btinternetcom

After completing an MA in Creative Writing in 2011, I published my first novel, Caught in the Web. Since then I have published two more novels: Payback and Don't Step on the Cracks. My two collections of short stories: Moments of Darkness and More Moments of Darkeness are stories I have mainly written for spoken word events over the past few years. I am passionate about writing, playwriting, acting and directing, and particularly enjoy performing my own writings and meeting people. I was one of the authors involved in the Portsmouth Bookfest 20 x 12, have short stories and articles published in Star and Crescent, Portsmouth Fairy Tales for Adults, Pompey Writes - the best of Star and Crescent, and Day of the Dead. I have performed at events including the Victorious Festival, Portsmouth Plugged-in, St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, Day of the Dead, I,II and III at the Square Tower and several other locations in Portsmouth, including the Guildhall, The Kings Theatre and the New Theatre Royal. I was one of the fourteen writers who took part in the Writing Edward King project at Portsmouth City Museum which received Arts Council Funding. I performed my writing for this project in several venues across the City. My passion for performance writing has led me to be one of the founders of T'Articulation, Portsmouth's spoken word group, as well as to lead workshops on creative writing in several community settings including working with mental health issues, substance misuse recovery, those who are homeless, veteran groups, and with different ethnic groups, asylum seekers and refugees. I was a writer and actor in the trans-media Cursed City, Dark Tide event in 2019, and have performed in many Dark Fest events in Portsmouth over the past few years. My most recent and exciting project was as a writer and performer in Dissonant Dreams With Kim Balouch, Tim Cook and Clym Arnold which was screened and performed at the Guildhall Studio, for 1000Plateaus Imaginarium of Dreams. A one-time psychiatric nurse, I am now a volunteer committee member of Portsmouth's Good Mental Health Co-operative and I am also a relief support worker and sometimes help out in a homeless direct access hostel.

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