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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. Quick question: I’ve had my blogs (2) up for some time but want to do this to kind of get back to basics and re-vamp and refresh both of them. For this first assignment, should I go back and re-do my “about me” pages or actually write a new post?

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  2. Hi there!! I have been blogging for 3 months, but now I am doing the Blogging 101 course. So I wrote Who i am and why the blog was born, but now that I see this assigment I have a doubt: I wrote the “Who I am” and “about the blog” sections as a page, do you think it is important that is is a post??? On pages you can not include tags, do you think that would affect my blog’s visibility? thank you so much.

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  3. Hey, I hope everyone is having fun with their first day! If anyone has a few moments spare could you please check out my blog and provide me some feedback, it’d be very much appreciated! I’ll be more than happy to return the favour 🙂

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  4. Arghh my last comment linked to my old blog address, the address I’m blogging on is ….

    autumnglitters.wordpress.com

    Previous comment: Hey, I hope everyone is having fun with their first day! If anyone has a few moments spare could you please check out my blog and provide me some feedback, it’d be very much appreciated! I’ll be more than happy to return the favour 🙂

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  5. Hello…I’m Tina…I turned to blogging because I love to write and my brain is constantly turning ideas over and upside down. My blog has no specific them as of yet, just whatever I come across and whatever pops into my head. I am constantly making up “words of wisdom” and enjoy creating little tid bits of info. One day I hope to make a living of writing full time.

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  6. I registered with a different email than is on this blog (sorry…I just figured out that I have another account and that’s why I hadn’t been able to update my email on this account!). I’ve updated my emails now; would you please resend the access to The Commons to the email on this account so it will now show under my blogs on this one instead of the other? I appreciate it, and will be patient 🙂

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