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 Kelwin Harris

Kelwin Harris is a city planner and public engagement professional who focuses on creating equitable communities, empowering people that have been historically excluded from connectivity, and dismantling inequity in Chicago's property tax system. He is the director of outreach and engagement for the Office of the Cook County Assessor which is responsible for valuing 1.8 million properties for tax purposes in and around Chicago. He has worked in various capacities at the city and regional levels and in grassroots neighborhood economic development. He is a former senior outreach planner for Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Organization – The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). Prior to CMAP, he worked on Chicago’s South Side in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood as director of social services with St. Sabina Church and Catholic Charities. He held numerous roles in this community directing programs to improve job skills, address food insecurity, combat violence, expose youth to colleges and provide financial interventions for thousands of residents. He also served the City of Chicago as assistant to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and acting chief of human infrastructure. Kelwin is a 2020 Impact Fellow with the Chicago Urban League and Emerging Leader with the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO). He is also a current Fellow with The RSA and a Young Professionals Ambassador and President’s Circle member of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He was a 2018 Marshall Memorial Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States and a member of the US-Mexico Leaders Initiative with the Center for American Progress that same year. Kelwin also volunteers and serves on the Board of Directors for numerous educational organizations in Chicago. Kelwin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in City & Regional Planning from Cornell University, a Master in Urban Planning Degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Professional Certificate in Municipal Finance from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

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