This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.
What energizes you?
What brings you joy?
What do you do well?
What do you want to discover about you?
Your best self invites being curious, being courageous, and being compassionate.
As an individual, I am committed to accompanying you to grow and develop, based on your personal and professional goals on leadership, self-care, cultural awareness, emotional and cultural intelligence, or other areas you are curious to pursue.
As a team, I am committed to accompanying all of the team or just a few of the team, in developing the unique contributions and talents of each individual, while also coaching the collaborative work and shared goals.
You to engage more of your day so you are fully present, engaging your unique talents centering in meaningful purpose.
- 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.