Random Musings

My First Post, Revisited!

So, the lovely, talented and inspiring Jess from ellDimensional tagged me in a really cool blog hop that I hadn’t seen before, but I thought it was neat. Of course, it still took me ages to actually get this post written, but Jess, thanks for the tag. It was a really neat trip down memory lane.

The Rules for the #MyFirstPostRevisited Blog Hop

  1. No cheating. You must highlight your first post. Not your second post, not one you love…the first post only.
  2. Link back to the person who tagged you (thank them if you feel like it or, if not, curse them with a plague of ladybugs).
  3. Cut and paste your old post into a new post or reblog your own bad self. (Either way is fine, but NO editing.)
  4. Put the hashtag #MyFirstPostRevisited in your title.
  5. Tag five (5) other bloggers to take up this challenge.
  6. Notify your tags in the comment section of
  7. firstpost.jpgtheir blog (don’t just hope they notice a pingback somewhere in their spam).
  8. Feel free to cut and paste the badge to use in your post.
  9. Include “the rules” in your post.

So, curious to see what my first post ended up being? It was titled “Finding An Outlet” and it was published on July 4th in 2012. Yeah, you read that year right. 2012.

I’ll quote the post for you right here, but if you want to see it in the flesh, you can check it out here:

Hello to any and all readers!

I have decided to write a blog (kinda obvious, I know, but hang with me, if you will be so kind). I have always had this curiosity about blogs. I’ve always wondered how they functioned, their purposes, the reasoning behind why people wrote them, and why people read them. And I’ve always had random thoughts that I’ve had a canny desire to share, yet was always unsure exactly how to share them. Whether it is my opinion on a book I just survived, advice I pretend to think is helpful, reactions to the latest movie I’ve viewed or CD I’ve blared, or just a random thought I must get off my chest, I always have ink stained on my fingers, the words ever flowing. So, I thought, why not use blogs as an outlet for all of these scattered thoughts? Not only will I get to share ideas, thoughts and opinions, I will discover the world of blogging and how it works (and hopefully get some reactions and feedback as well)! It’s a win-win situation, I think. I hope you’ll stick around and see what ideas and words lurk in the caverns of my mind, from the depth of my heart. I’m definitely excited to see what slips through my fingers and onto the electronic page! I also hope something that I write on this blog will affect you in some way. Whether it raises questions, reactions, or inspires you, I just hope that what you read makes you think or makes you feel. I hope it allows you to either escape the hustle and bustle of the world or focus more intently on it, but on a different angle. No matter how you feel about whatever I write, however, I hope we both enjoy the journey. I know I plan to. 🙂

“Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.” — Albus D

Cheers!

— Nicole

So, a couple of things immediately jump to mind here.

  • Look at that BREVITY.
    • Seriously. My posts now usually average around 1500 words in length. That post was barely over 300. Once upon a time, I did know how to write short things, contrary to everyone’s (me included) belief. I wonder what that feels like…
  • Hello, non-existent formatting.
    • I’m not a wizard when it comes to creating awesomely-formatted or really creative posts or anything of that nature, but when I was reading through that post, I could tick off on my fingers all the places where a new paragraph should have started, instead of simply posting one large chunk. Eh, you live and you learn.
    • Also, a little proofreading might not have hurt. I’m glad to see how I’ve improved as a writer, but I won’t lie and say I wasn’t wincing a little bit and mentally rephrasing every other sentence.
  • My purpose for this blog remains the same.
    • I’m glad that hasn’t changed, even as the blog as grown since I’ve dedicated more time to it and actually, you know, written posts. Though I write across a bunch of different topics, my main inspiration will always be the same: using this blog as an outlet for my thoughts and experiences, with the hope that others can connect and share theirs, too.
  • I can’t believe this blog has existed for five years.
    • It makes me feel both old and accomplished. It’s mindblowing to think that I’ve been writing on this blog for five years, even if I almost don’t count the first two considering how little I actually posted. But to think that I’ve still kept it up and running for that long, knowing how much of my life has been catalogued through puns, long posts and dragon pictures? It’s a really neat thing.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Jess! I’m really curious to see some first posts from these poor victims:

  1. Rebekkah
  2. Chuck Wendig (I know he’ll never do this tag, but I’m actually really intrigued what the inaugural post was on my favorite blog to follow)
  3. Melissa
  4. Jo
  5. Sonia

Thanks for sticking with me and this blog as it evolves and attempts to thrive. Hope everyone has a lovely day!

Cheers.

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