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An Item From Home

Upon moving here to East Tennessee State University, I have certainly been enjoying my time here. However, as I’m sure others do I sometimes feel a little homesick. While studying or playing music as I often do, I think of home and my family or old friends and what they might be up to. Though I’ve never really been one to want to stay home all of the time, when travelling I sometimes feel a great deal of homesickness. I think this must be because of how close my family has always been. We have always seemed to stick together in everything that life has sent our way. I am forever thankful for my family and how I have been brought up.

Whenever I feel homesick here at school I know that I can always call home or even go home some weekends but I made sure to bring a couple of things to remind me of home and to help me feel a bit more at ease throughout the weeks. The Item I brought was a gift from my grandparents a few years ago. On one of my grandparents trips to the mountains they brought back for me, a small box in the shape of a banjo. It is made of three pieces of wood that all fit together like a puzzle. At home, I would keep my picks there and it would sit on the piano at my grandparents house. I always love to hear my grandmother play piano and thinking of that really helps me on days I miss home.

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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.