One bite-sized task a day for 30 days for a solid blogging foundation; that’s it. From there it’s up to you!
DAY 1: INTRODUCE YOURSELF
Time for the first step: whether you’ve just finished the sign-up process and are staring at an empty blog, you’ve spent the past few days tinkering with your theme, or you signed up six months ago and haven’t done anything since, 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 a little lost with WordPress. Just click the “New Post” button, and write.
Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.
- 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, deeply personal or more of a bloggy mission statement, or a simple outline of your goals and the types of things you hope to publish. To help you get started, here are a few questions you might answer in the post:
- Why are you blogging, 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 2014, 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 give you a few other post ideas.
Write it no matter how new — or not — your blog is. If you’ve been blogging for a while, use it as an opportunity to revisit your original intro post, reflect on whether you feel like you’re meeting your goals, or re-focus your site if it’s changed since you first started.
Here’s the nitty-gritty on publishing a basic post, and here are instructions for adding tags to a post. To chat with other Zero to Hero participants, head to today’s forum thread, and tag your newly-minted post with zerotohero so we can find one another.
Feel free to grab a badge for your blog, too!
Here are instructions for creating an image widget with the badge. Be sure to have it link to the main Zero to Hero page, so others can join in!