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.

Published by Iftekhar Jaim, PhD Scientist and Crafty Engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

My philosophy of life is to integrate my work and leisure to make the world a better place by actively pushing the technological limits that NASA and US Defense need or helping a stranger struggling in college. Since 2018 working at NASA GSFC gave me the opportunity to develop flight components for satellites and previously samples were launched to International Space Station (ISS). I worked in optics, microscopy, metallurgy, surface chemistry, condensed matter physics, microfabrication and quantum computing (reproduced by Google) during my PhD program. My Mechanical Engineering BSc helps me to quick fix the experimental setups. My expertise beyond academic research includes managing federal contracts, Intellectual Property (IP) development ( including ITAR & SBU compliant), industry standard lab management, serving professional societies and reviewing journals. I am open to collaborate in new projects and consultancy in both professional fields and career planning. On personal note, I am privileged to come from a very well-educated family but as an immigrant also correlate to the struggles to get initial traction from disadvantaged backgrounds in USA. I believe that individual voice matters and every limitation brings a new opportunity to change the world. To give back to the community I emphasize on the broader social engagement. I enjoy the diversity this country offers and committed to reduce the inequality gap by volunteering for social and educational causes. I enjoy inspiring the young people to be a part of STEM and often take part in such activities. My other passions are to study history, theology and tech development. In fact, I worked in science and colonial era war history which changed my worldview a decade ago. I also financially support liberal arts organizations representing minorities and humanitarian non-profits like ADL, Holocaust Museum and children hospitals.

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