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Blogging 101, Day One: Introduce Yourself

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

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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.

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

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 you 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 “shitty first draft” (her language). 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.

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.

Notes from the Editors:

The two-factor authentication requirement for The Commons has been removed, so no smartphone or additional security is necessary to access the site once you’ve been added to it.

Using The Commons is completely optional. It is intended simply to be a private place where challenge participants can connect. You can use it to ask questions you’d prefer to ask privately — or you can not use it at all, and still have a great challenge experience.

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  1. I’ve been blogging since January and started with an introduction, “why I am here” type post. I re-visited it and made some changes. I made a new post with a link to the original post. It was validating to go back and be able to see my reasons for blogging have not changed and I feel like I accomplish what I want to do. My overall goal is to be able to increase my readership though.

    http://sentimentsofaworkingmom.com/my-newest-challenge/

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  2. I joined late, and am hoping to catch up. I used my first post and went back and edited, tagged, and made categories. I didn’t ever “publish” it to anyone. So it’s basically new. Enjoying seeing all of your posts. Can’t wait to see if I did this short link right: http://wp.me/4lMxR

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    1. Who knows where the wondrous ways of genius will strike next. You are truly creating fertile ground for a reckoning of creation.

      thank you

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  3. I am excited about the prospect of having this structure in place for the next 30 days. I have read some of the first day posts. I am impressed by the message and style, I am moved by some of the emotions, and I feel a spiritual ascension in some of these passages. Thank you, everyone, for sharing. I feel blessed to be in this group.

    Big Bill from Jacksonville (I’m not really from Jacksonville, but it helps people remember my name. See you tomorrow…

    http://www.thepdconsultant.com/

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  4. Hello there, I ve just started my blog and I’m not sure that I’m doing it right, but here goes.
    Please call by and see what you think:-)
    hannamar.wordpress.com.about me

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  5. I’m still not signed up at The Commons for 101 but I found the assignment on the Daily Post. Day 1 in the can!
    http://suetidau.wordpress.com/about-me/

    Please forgive my blog design. It’s only a few days old and I’ve been trying to do most of this on an iPad. [note to self: blogging on an iPad sucks.]

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    1. Really liked this post of yours. Very genuine writing. As soon as I get myself settled in I hope to look at what you’ve posted up to now.

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  6. New and not publicized yet to friends or family because I am waiting to see if what I write should be ‘out there’, or if this blog should be just for me and the few who find it. Writing about living in the South, what I’ve learned and why I don’t know anything yet. Humor, family, being a mom, spiritualism-southern style and whatever lessons learned that make it here. Hope you enjoy!

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