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Welcome to My New Blogging Blog

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

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Say What??

In the middle of my therapeutic massage, my cell phone interrupted my peaceful rejuvenation. Thinking it could be an emergency, my masseuse handed me the phone. Yep, it was an emergency all right. . . . of the husband kind.

I rolled my eyes as my husband went on and on. Suddenly I snapped to attention. Hmm? Fell? Hurt? He explained he got up from his recliner a little too quickly and fell into the small antique end table beside it. The bottom line was the table now lay broken in pieces.

After I made sure he was okay, we laughed about how that would have made a hilarious video. Just as I started to hang up, my husband finished, “Well, I just thought since you were out and about, you might want to stop and pick one up on your way home.” I had put him on speaker-phone. From the corner of my eye I watched as my therapist collapsed on the floor, laughing hysterically.

I needed to make sure I understood him. "Pick up a what?" 
"Another end table."
"You mean to match the used antique one we bought several years ago?"
"Yeah."
"In that case, I won't be home for a long time."

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 you 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.