Why the diary?

How the tumbleweed got a movin’

Such as all great stories it starts with tequila, and starts as a dinner with friends ended. Once my friendly neighbourhood Uber driver had delivered me to my apartment, I did what every single girl does when alone and filled with margaritas. I opened Facebook to spend the next few hours mindlessly trawling through updates and ads.

Facebook being the kind and considerate platform it is likes to remind people of every single item they have posted in the last year. Usually in slideshow. The good, the bad, the ugly…Facebook knows it all. On this fateful night my Facebook had lovingly created a slideshow of my 2016. Which consisted of about ten photos, mostly of food and my dog. Yes, that was my entirety of 2016. Some tacos and a dog. It dawned on me then, my 2016 was a wasted year. I hadn’t achieved anything, except attend work and rack up a huge amount of annual leave (ninety days to be exact….yikes). You may have questions about how I managed to work for three years, take no leave, and didn’t lose my sanity. The answer is that you can’t lose what you never had.

Upon seeing my sole existence in 2016 was work and tacos I decided to change this. My New Years resolution, made publicly in front of friends was to have more adventures. I could have taken the easy way out and not stuck to that, but one friend was stone cold sober so I had a pretty reliable witness I liked too much to get rid of.

Where to first?

Yes I realise this chapter has an eerie resemblance to a slogan for a local airline (unintentional I promise) but moving on..

So I’d made a public declaration to get out and have more adventures. Great!. Amazing! But where exactly to start? Do I dive straight in and go overseas? somewhere exotic? go big or go home type holiday? Do I stay local and see my own country? Too many questions that could only be answered with the help of the all mighty and all encompassing.. Jose. Yes, that’s right, Jose Cuervo.. After much pondering it occurred to me that while I had done a reasonable amount of travelling in my younger years (raising a glass to the trip Dad took the family on to Tiajuna, and Guam during a typhoon) I really hadn’t seen much of New Zealand. That settled it. The first adventure would be in the homeland.

So it begins…

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 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.

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 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.