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Lord, it’s me…

I live a relatively simple life. Rural at it’s finest. Two growing boys, one loving and amazing husband, two heathen fur children, and ten feathered children. Together we live in a small burg we love called Ege. Pronounced Eggy. There’s maybe a population of 12 here. It has it’s good parts and bad parts like anywhere. I don’t mean bad part of town I mean small towns have drama just like your local trailer park… everyone knows your business. On a good note everyone knows your business. We may dream of living in the mountains of Montana or Tennessee, but for now; until we win the lottery… this is home.

I’m simple. Not like licking windows simple, but no makeup, purse, or multiple pair of shoes simple. Jeans and a T-shirt are winter attire, shirts in the summer. Oh, winter includes heavy socks, coat, gloves, and a trapper hat. Didn’t want anyone to think I’m warm blooded. The Lord knows the truth.

I am a control freak. At least that’s what my husband calls it. I call it I can do it all. Bless his heart he doesn’t let me though…

I have two businesses… Your Family Tree Researcher. Just like it sounds I am a genealogist and research your family tree. The other business is a travel agency. Yep, I send people on trips and make sure they get a good deal…

I love to travel myself. See the world. Share memories with the family …

The Lord knows me as such so he’ll tell you this blog is the honest to God’s truth.

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.

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