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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.
Before Chris “The Crippler” Leben steps into the squared circle tonight in Biloxi, Mississippi, the former UFC fighter spoke to Mike Straus about his new focus.
The original Ultimate Fighter season 1 cast member meets Justin Baesman at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 5. Now at 38-years of age, Leben feels the best he ever has.
“Yes, maybe I’m a little older than the average guy competing, but I feel better than I ever have,” Leben said.
“Much like my style, he (Justin Baesman) is kind of cut out for this bare-knuckle thing. Its kind of a lose lose for me in some ways. This guy has got nothing to lose, he is going to come out swinging for the fences. If I get sucked into that game, you know. When you take the gloves off and you have two guys that hit as hard as we do, anything can happen. So having that in mind I am preparing for the best Justin Baesman the world has ever seen.”
BKFC 5 takes place at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi. Order the April 6 pay-per-view event on FITE TV.