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.

## ## Title Wave making a mark 08

So long as companies and organizations want items like customized ball caps, t shirts, sweaters, golf shirts, hockey jerseys, pens, calculators, rulers and golf balls, there will always be work for Greg Neethling.

As owner of Title Wave, a North Bay textile and screen printing operation, Neethling is forecasting a solid year ahead with an estimated tidy profit of $50,000, much of which he intends to reinvest back into his modest two person North Bay company.

Neethling, who has been involved in the craft for seven years, runs a manual press in his shop that contains a showroom of all their printed and embroidered specialty items.

He works hand in hand with a sister company, Image Works, which is contracted to do the custom embroidery work.

The commitment to putting out a high quality, durable product and spending some feverish hours in the shop is starting to pay off.

“We’re swamped right now. We’re growing and doubling our business from last year.”

Business has grown mainly through word of mouth and customer referrals, he says. Neethling has focused his wholesale business on hockey and golf tournaments and community events to build publicity.

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