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 andrewchubb

I have over 30 years' experience of working in the English state education system, including 15 years as a secondary headteacher in two different schools, and almost 5 years as CEO of the Multi Academy Trust I established in 2015. During my career, I have taken 3 different schools into "Specialist College" status (languages, performing arts, and business and arts), designed a £35m academy under the BSF scheme, and bid for, designed and opened one of the largest "Alternative Provision" academies in the country. In 2015 I established the Sentamu Academy Learning Trust, which currently comprises one large secondary academy, two AP academies, and two primary academies. My passion has been serving learners and their families in areas of high social deprivation - which is where I have spent the majority of my career, including the last 15 years. Through my consultancy, I now seek to support schools and MATs by carrying out work which might otherwise fall on Headteachers and indeed CEOs, thereby freeing them up to focus on leading teaching and learning, and raising standards.

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