Where should I start??

Where should I start? Hmmm. Starting from the beginning beginning is a whole undertaking, that’s another story for another day. 2017…..2017 is the year when my life completely and totally fell apart. Emotionally, physically, spiritually, I was drained. I was beyond broke, my relationship ended and I lost my home it was bad y’all.  Anything that could go wrong did and I lost myself. I was for the lack of better words; in the sunken place. I could not see any way out every where I turned was obstacle after obstacle. Over the last 2 years I have worked and tried my hardest to get back to a “normal” place.

The last 2 two years have been hard, very hard. But it has also taught me so much. Little by little light has started creeping back into my life.

The other day (like Tuesday) while I was driving I had a thought. I remembered a YouTube video from Shameless Maya where she declared she would shamelessly promote herself for 1 year just to see what would happen. I remembered being so inspired by her and the video but like most thing I said, “I could never do that”. I watched her journey though her ups and downs from the shadows only wishing I could be so bold.

But on Tuesday it felt different.

What would happen is I promoted myself for 1 year? Not in the shameless Maya way (I have my issues with being on camera) but in my own way. What would happen if for 365 days I dedicated to myself to creating the life I want to life instead of watching someone else do it. That was Tuesday, on Wednesday I bought this url and created the blog. Thursday and Friday was a little dicey but I was thinking about how I wanted to approach this whole thing. And here we are on Saturday. I’m sitting in at a swim meet as I type this. Go Marlins.

This blog may not be the prettiest or well written cause i have no idea what I’m doing. But I’m going to try, I’m doing this for me because if I don’t fill my cup no one will. If I’m the only person to read this blog that’s ok too. If I can help one or two people who feel like they are drowning then its totally worth it. So today will be day 1, I wrote my first blog post instead of just thinking about how I want to write my first blog post. Worrying if ppl will like my first blog post. What if my post doesn’t get read? What if my witty nature doesn’t translate in writing? Monday is really a better day to start new things I should just wait till then….. What Monday is a holiday so Tuesday…..I had to dead all those thoughts and just do it. Day 1 done.

Watch Shameless Maya’s video here

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 you 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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