Dude! I don’t have any change! If I had change I’d give it to you! I’ve only got enough money to medicate myself!

That’s what I overheard at the 7-11 on my way home from work. People seem a little more stressed out the last few days. The “we’re all in this together” smiles are becoming less and less. That’s if you’re lucky enough to see a smile.

Almost everyone you see is sporting a face mask.

I didn’t plan on starting this blog during a worldwide pandemic. The little notice came up on my email, “Congratulations! You’ve been a member of WordPress for one month.

One month, and I still couldn’t think of any theme or story that I wanted to start out with.

Procrastination leads to anxiety, and there is more than enough to go around at this moment in time, on this planet.

So today, finally I started. (Burned a pot of rice while I was lost in writing world too.)

What I’m going to do with this blog is tell you stories, show you photos, I think I’m a pretty good artist, so I’ll show you my art. I’ll give you some recipes passed down from the family, various roommates, and one night stands when I was lucky enough to be offered a good meal. I’ll tell you about how I almost became a rock star, about living with the A.I.D.S virus swimming through my bloodstream for over thirty years, and much more.

Basically, I’ll fill you in on the thoughts that constantly are churning through my head 24-7, even when I’m asleep.

Mostly though. I want to entertain you, give hope during the dark times, and put something good out there.

Thank you for your time and I’ll see you sooner than later. xoGrillo!!

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.