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Blogging 101: Introduce Yourself

Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.

Welcome to Blogging U! This course isn't currently active, but you can learn more about what we offer and register for upcoming courses on the BU home page.

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 “New Post,” and tell us why you’re here.

Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.

Why do this?

  • It gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • It helps you focus your ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto or a simple outline.

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 evolve as we learn and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where you started, and articulating your goals may give you a few other post ideas.

Feeling stuck? 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 “shitty first draft” (her language). Anne makes a great point — just write, 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 “blogging101,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

Here’s the nitty-gritty on publishing a basic post, and here are instructions for adding tags to a post. Welcome to blogging!

Want to chat one-on-one with fellow bloggers? Head to The Commons.

Note: If you registered on Friday or over the weekend, you’ll receive a welcome email and Commons access by the end of the day today (Monday).

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  1. I’ve been blogging for a few months now, so I’m not sure if I should blog for todays topic, it might seem a bit out of place. I need to write my About page though, I guess it would sit better there and it is the right kind of stuff to include? My very first blog post was a couple of lines basically saying I had left my job and intended to write about my travels, which served the purpose. Now I’ve finished my ‘summer of fun’ and need to find a new focus – Blogging101 to the rescue! 😉

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  2. Well I went to my blog which I had intended to start, as it turns out 6 years ago. It has exactly one post on it, at which time I claimed would be the beginning of my blogging. I guess it fell by the wayside since I have not since posted a second one in the last 6 years.

    I had been thinking about starting it recently and I stumbled upon this course, which I hope gets me going. At my age if I delay it any longer I may not actually be around to start it, lol. So first thanks for doing this and look forward to participating. I will post my blog once I get the first assignment done.

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  3. Though I’m 105 posts into my blogging adventure, I thought it would be a good idea to do a bit of reflecting on how to improve my work.

    A full answer appears on my About page, but the short answer is that I wanted a place to practice and improve my writing, I wanted to have a place to capture memories of my life experiences and memories, I love food and cooking… and I wanted a place to store and share my recipes with friends and family. I hope you enjoy the adventure with me…

    http://bourbonandbrownsugar.wordpress.com/

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    1. would love to list some of the topics you can look forward in seeing on my website and my blogs I’m a supporting advocate for kids who have been bullied/ cyber- bullying and have committed suicide or thinking about it unusual suicides also ex. 9 yr old justice williams took her own life by hanging reason being she was bothered by having a new baby brother very passionate about the kids always I feel that all the kids in the world belong to me in a sense so it’s not just a village to raise a child it’s happening all over the world and its getting out of hand you will also get my life stories and testimonies so stop on by I’m a realist and I don’t believe in holding anything back god bless LOVELEELATANYA

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  4. Blogging still frightens me a month into it, and I don’t really know how to get over it. My first post goes a little into more depth as to where that fear comes from.
    http://feedingwalid.com/2014/08/08/starting/
    Long story short is that I am afraid of failing Walid and my project. When I do post it feels amazing, and I hope that with time the project and the blog will start to snowball, everything will fall into place, and my fear will be for naught. Right now, I’m still really anxious to even post this.

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  5. Hi guys 🙂 This is Swav from Paintings by Swav (byswav.com) , My blog is mainly about paintings… I recently translated my poems as part of my writing challenge, and looking forward to this part of Blogging University… I run my blog since February, but due to some health issues I hadn’t chance to participate in Blogging 101 before… Writing 101 was awesome, so can’t wait to start with new assignments 🙂 I’m here to improve few parts of my blog, Cheers from Ireland

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  6. First thing, I joined WordPress to be part of the commons and how do I let you know my user name so I can be added? I know my web host supports WordPress so once I have time I will add it to my site but this blog I am using is for this course.

    Second thing, here is my blog for this class, http://urbanartphotography.blogspot.ca/ . I will just leave it here and see if there is any feedback. Be forewarned it is long and rambling.

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  7. Am I too late to start this course? How do I register?
    I saw this:Blogging 101- Each day for 30 days, Blogging 101 offers a bite-sized blogging “assignment*,” geared to helping you customize the look of your blog, start a blogging habit, and find some new blogging friends.

    I wasn’t sure how to register Thanks

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  8. Hi! Can I get access to the Commons please? You sent me an email, but no password. Catmint32 is my user name. Will this also give me access to the Writing 101 Commons? Thanks so much!

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