How does one start a blog?

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First posts are always rough.

Do you start out with a Welcome message that makes promises of glorious posts to come? Do you dive right in and post on a topic that seems so random due to no other contextual posts? Or do you avoid “first post syndrome” altogether and post 5+ posts so readers can tell what is up and what is down?

To make this difficult decision, I had to consider the point the first post. Simply, it’s to introduce readers to the blog by showing off the tone, personality, and future content. So, here’s what I came up with:

  • I’m the Digital Communications Manager of the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI). Ohhhh, what’s a Digital Communications Manager? Just a fancy way of saying I do a lot of stuff including graphic and web design, usability studies, group facilitation, and whatever the Executive Director needs me to do. If you want to know more about me, like my colored pencil addiction, just check the About Page.
  • Blog goal: To act as a killer resource for libraries wanting to know more about design, usability, and some marketing thrown in for good measure.

That wasn’t so terrible. I mean… it could use some work… but it hit the main points. Now, onward to a “REAL” post that you can actually benefit from.

Warning: I tend to be sarcastic and exaggerate for the purposes of making a point. Humor is one of the best ways to make things memorable and I capitalize on this fact. 

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