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 Davenport Surfsail

I started Davenport Surfsail in 1985. I met Bill Grunwald in the late 60's in Davenport where he was building wooden rowboats with mostly hand tools in a 100 year old barn. I later bought a 12 and a 15 "footer" from the amazing Bill Grunwald. At the time I had driven down a logging road (Gazos Creek Road) from my family property (bought in 1959) at the top spring of Waddell Creek to go surfing. A redwood log on a logging truck had knocked the fin off the surfboard on the top of my volkswagon bug. so I drove around Davenport (The surf was blown out anyway) and noticed the boatbuilder. I dropped in occasionally for swiss miss on the woodstove. I was building surfboards on Mission Street in Santa Cruz (In a laundry room) around 1978 and the surf was still blown out in Davenport. I had just returned from Taking tourists out in Hobie cats for Club Med in Hanalei Bay. I tried their windsurfers a few times in the River. I heard Robbie Naish was sailing there one day, but I was too busy building 20 surfboards for Club Med, doing labor on the house next door, being Billy Hamiltons' wifes busboy at the beam Reach Restaurant and bartending with Jimmy Lucas to watch, unfortunatly . Anyway, I started trying to sew sails in Santa Cruz. It was a struggle. Davenport was still blown out so I asked Bill if he had any space for rent. He said I could rent a fallen down shack in the back for 30 dollars a month. I said thanks, I'll think about it. Five months later I asked him if the shack was still available. He said yes. Was it still 30 bucks a month? He said yes. I've been sewing sails and selling windsurf gear in Davenport ever since.

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