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.
I’d just like a new space to jot down or outline, to express, my thoughts, opinion, ideas, feelings.
Does it have to be today? I have to go pee, I have to make myself a quick sandwich, then right away I have to get ready to go out. I have plans today.
Why do this? Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
I don’t know know why readers should read my blog
Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.
I don’t have any ideas or plans on what to do with it. I just thought it’d be nice to have a place to express my thoughts in writing.
Maybe I’ll post some pictures or videos of my cats too, maybe.
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.
Manifesto. Wow. That’s some serious shit there. Mission statement.
Hmmm… let’s see. I’m not particularly interesting. But I still just want to write sometimes. That’s ok, right?
Thanks for the ideas. I’ll think about them.
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?
Oh my God, this is serious stuff. So many things to think about. I don’t know. I don’t know what the answers are to these questions. I’ll have to give them some serious thought. Hmm, ok, let me try the first one.
Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
Oh God, I don’t know. I guess I’m an attention whore? I don’t know. I just realised it now. Does that mean I’m not the introvert I’ve always thought I am for years now? That’s quite the revelation. Oh my God, what’s happening.
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.
Oh, thank God. I was about to cry. Do you have a tissue? So, there’s no pressure, right? Maybe I’ll revisit this interrogation, err, questions I mean, again next time.
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.
That’s a great idea. Thanks. Send my regards to Anne?
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.
Ok, will do. It’s always nice to be loved or cared for, even for introverts. I’ll give those tags you just suggested some serious thought. Thanks again. I have to go pee now.