Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

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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.

ICDSST 2021 in Loughborough, United Kingdom

ICDSST 2021 Group Photo


Final Conference Program is HERE!

The conference was held fully ONLINE. Follow updated information through this website.


ICDSST 2021 is the EWG-DSS 7th International Conference on Decision Support System Technology

26-28 May 2021, Loughborough, UK

Loughborough University Campus Aerial ViewsLoughborough and University Campus Aerial View

BREAKING NEWS: Deadline for full papers extended! New deadline: 15th December. See the CfP here

Main Theme:

“Decision Support Systems, Analytics and Technologies in response to Global Crisis Management”

The main aim of the conference is to investigate the role DSS and related technologies can play in mitigating the impact of pandemics and post-crisis recovery.

ICDSST 2021 Venue:

Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
School of Business and Economics
Epinal Way, Loughborough, LE11 3TU

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PHOTO:  ANDY WEEKES / 07836 566295/UK

Loughborough University has been named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects for the third year running by the global QS higher education league table.

Organizing Committee

Conference General Chairs:

Shaofeng Liu, Uchitha Jayawickrama

Conference Program Chairs:

Pavlos Delias, Alok Choudhary, Maite Escobar Urmeneta

Local Organizers:

Peter Kawalek, Kayode Odusanya, Konstantina Spanaki, Crispin Coombs

The EURO Working Group on Decision Support Systems invites you to participate in the ICDSST 2021 International Conference on Decision Support System Technology on Decision Support Systems, Analytics and Technologies in response to Global Crisis Management in Loughborough, UK. The Conference will be hosted at the School of Business and Economics of the Loughborough University, during the period of May 26th to May 28th, 2021.

The COVID-19 outbreak is a human tragedy and has a growing impact on most aspects of human beings including health, economy, education, sports and many more. There are many ways that we, human beings could have better managed this global crisis. Nevertheless, ‘Learn from past and move forward’ has been the nature of human beings for centuries in order to be safe from similar threats. ICDSST 2021 aims to investigate the role DSS and related technologies can play in mitigating the impact of such pandemics and post-crisis recovery. It is important to look at DSS with a fresh pair of eyes in order to develop new methods and technologies for better global crisis management. So that we, human beings can safeguard ourselves from future crises. 

In addition to the consideration of the more traditional issues of our field, the ICDSST2021, under the title of “Decision Support Systems, Analytics and Technologies in response to Global Crisis Management”, will concentrate on the development of new methods and technologies that support to prevent crises through intelligent decision making.

Target Participants:

The ICDSST 2021 welcomes participants from a wide range of background around the world, including scholars, researchers, educators, developers, specialists, practitioners and other professionals, as well as Master and PhD students, who are interested in the decision making and decision support related areas, such as DSS methodologies and technologies as well as application-oriented solutions.

Check the Call for Papers for ICDSST 2021 HERE!