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 Syd Geraghty

Professional mathematician, teacher, computer and communications systems developer. Research Fellow at the Institute of Computer Science & UCL, London, England (1972 -1975). CEO, Founder QNX Software Systems Inc. (The QNX OS was bought by RIM and is now the BlackBerry 10 proprietary mobile operating system). VP Operations at HaL a SPARC supercomputer startup acquired by Fujitsu. Research, Marketing & Operations experience at Elliott Automation Radar Research, Plessey (UK), BNR Ottawa, Nortel, National Semi, Intel, & Sun Microsystems. My current goal is to create a new international institution "The Institute of Computational Knowledge" to accelerate reaching Stephen Wolframs goal for the Wolfram Language. To directly quote Stephen: "Stephen Wolfram: My goal with the Wolfram Language is to have a language in which computations can conveniently be expressed for both humans and machines—and in which we’ve integrated as much knowledge about computation and about the world as possible. In a way, the Wolfram Language is aimed at finally achieving some of the goals Leibniz had 300 years ago." Please stay connected for news on the progress of this project which started for me on Thursday, June 4, 2020 during the Working Session on the Wolfram Physics Project.

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