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 Dr. Rajiv Ranjan

Dr. Rajiv Ranjan is a Research Scientist in the CSIRO ICT Center, Information Engineering Laboratory, Australian National University, Canberra, where he is working on projects related to cloud and service computing. Previously, he was a Senior Research Associate (Lecturer level B) in the School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales (UNSW). Dr. Ranjan has a PhD (2009) in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the University of Melbourne. He completed Bachelor of Computer Engineering from North Gujarat University, India, in 2002. Dr. Ranjan is broadly interested in the emerging areas of cloud, grid, and service computing. The main goal of his current research is to advance the fundamental understanding and state of the art of provisioning and delivery of application services in large, heterogeneous, uncertain, and evolving distributed systems. Dr. Ranjan has 35 refereed publications in journals with high impact factor (according to JCR published by ISI), in proceedings of IEEE’s/ACM’s premier conferences and in books published by leading publishers (4 scholarly books, 10 journals, 13 conferences, 5 book chapters, and 3 journal editorials). Dr. Ranjan has often served as Guest Editor for leading distributed systems and software engineering journals including Future Generation Computer Systems (Elsevier Press), Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience (John Wiley & Sons), and Software: Practice and Experience (Wiley InterScience). He was the Program Chair for 2010 and 2011 Australasian Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Computing and 2010 IEEE TCSC Doctoral Symposium. He serves as the editor of IEEE TCSC Newsletter. He has also recently initiated (as chair) IEEE TCSC Technical on Cloud Computing.

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