This is an actual post, originally published as an example post from Blogging University. You can enroll in one of the ten programs, and start your blog right.
I’m going to publish a post today. I’m not worried about how my blog looks. I’ve already given it a name, but I did spend a lot of time debating if it was a good name, whether I should change it. I shouldn’t. Right now, I’ll just tell you why you’re here.
Why do this?
- Because it gives you context. What am I about? Why should you read my blog?
- Because it will help me focus my own ideas about my blog and what I’d like to do with it.
The post will be short, a personal intro to your life and a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of the types of things I hope to publish.
To help give you context get started, here are a few questions that I’ll answer:
- I’m blogging publicly because I have a lot I want to say about money, personal finance, and life. I’ve journaled quite a bit, and have written some crazy ideas down, but those writings don’t help anyone because nobody has access to them, except me, and I rarely go back and read what I’ve written.
- I feel that we have been misled when it comes to a lot of things in life, especially around money. I don’t believe it is malicious intent, but a lot of people, many regarded as “authority figures,” are out there giving really horrible advice. Depending on when the masses realize we are being misled, these people will either go out of business or lose their heads. I’d prefer the former.
- I’d love to connect with pretty much anyone through this blog. Whether you agree or disagree with what I say, there is always something that we can learn from a healthy debate.
- If I blog successfully throughout the next year, I hope to have helped at least 1000 people. I don’t have a direct way of measuring this. I subscribe to blogs that have helped me in some way, so subscriber count could be my metric.
I’m 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 I started, and articulating my goals may just give me a few other post ideas.
For the longest time, I couldn’t think of how to get started. Then I sat down one day and just wrote the first thing that popped into my 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. That’s exactly what I did. I’m even getting a hang of internal linking.
I’ll give this post three to five tags that describe my blog’s focus — personal finance, money, spirituality, life lessons, whatever else. These tags will help others who care about my topics find me in the Reader. I’ll make sure that one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find me, too.