Revisiting the Past and Looking into the Here & Now

Travel back in time with me.

Travel back in time with me.

Revisiting the Past

Loni tagged me with revisiting my first post (a blog hop created by Sarah Brentyn at Lemon Shark). A couple years ago, I posted about what a first post should be (an introduction to you and your blog). I also mentioned that I didn’t do that! (But hence rectified it.)

When I started blogging, I just jumped in. Didn’t research it. Didn’t look at other sites. Nothing. This gave me a huge learning curve. You’d never know by my true first post, what my intentions were.

Click to expand and see my post, a poem about loss

But I retro-posted a welcome post and pre-dated it. I even channeled my 2009-self, both in the whys and style. It’s a far cry from Loni’s first, which she calls rambling and I call informative, personal, and delightful.

Read my retro first post

If you’ve visited here recently, you’ll see I’m a bit more chatty. 🙂

Cool Blog Hop Logo

Cool Blog Hop Logo

Since this post is part of a blog hop, it’s customary (and also part of the rules) to post the rules.

Obvious rules: No cheating. (It must be your first post. Not your second post, not one you love…first post only.) 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).

Other rules:

  • Cut and paste your old post into a new post or reblog your own bad self. (Either way is fine but NO editing.)
  • Put the hashtag #MyFirstPostRevisited in your title. Note: I hate hashtags in blog titles, so I broke this one.
  • Tag five (5) other bloggers to take up this challenge. I tag you! Yes you.
  • Notify your tags in the comment section of their blog (don’t just hope they notice a pingback somewhere in their spam).
  • Feel free to cut and paste the badge to use in your post.
  • Include “the rules” in your post.

Completely silly rules she made up as she was typing: Drink a glass of wine, bottle of beer, cup of coffee, mug of herbal tea or whatever floats your boat after you hit “publish”. (In other words, toast yourself. Go you!) Read the post out loud in a Mickey Mouse voice.

I'm Twitterpated

I’m Twitterpated

Looking into the Here & Now

I’ve become twitterpated. It took me a long time to get into Twitter. What finally let me connect were the twitter chats. These are active chats on a topic for an hour. (I like the writing ones.) Everyone is kind and helpful. Nothing special has to be installed to participate, ya just follow the hashtag and read, comment, and reply.

They have agent chats, SSF chats, and just supportive stuff. I happened upon these, but if you know of any let me know in the comments.

I also found fun hashtag memes to participate in. The creator asks a question and everyone tweets their answer. Some of my favorites are:

Both are great ways to meet people!

(I’ve also discovered Twitter Pitches–but that’s another story.)

question

Was your first post informative or random (like mine?) Will you accept the First Post Revisited Challenge? Do you participate in Twitter? The Chats? The memes? Have any good ones to share?

A huge thank you to Loni for intoducing me to a fun new plugin that let me do the spoilers (lots of other stuff can be done wordpressers!)

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  1. My first post was lame beyond all reason. You did good.
    Glad you're excited about Twitter chats now that the IWSG has one!

    1. I heard about the pitch, but didn't know about the chats.

  2. The Mickey Mouse voice would help mine.

    I think Alex just meant the IWSG pitch.

    1. Oh! I gotcha! That looks like fun. I love reading all the pitches.

  3. Hmm, I'd have to look and see what my first post actually was. I was following a few blogs I think, when I began, but I sure didn't know much. Live and learn, right? Have a great week!

  4. Interesting how you just jumped in with a serious poem. That might catch a reader by surprise a bit. I was more methodical in my first and earliest posts starting with my introduction to myself and then later expanding on my purposes and intents. Very few people read my earliest posts.

    It's fun to go back to see where our journeys all began.

    Arlee Bird
    <a href="http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/">Tossing It Out</a>

    1. I have 0 to few on my first posts too. The journey is fun to look over and blogging is an easy one to look over!

  5. Hi Holly. My first post was about Genoa, Italy, and I loved writing it. I like it as it is. So many of us just dived in headfirst with no idea what we were about, but it's been fun!

    1. What a beautiful place to write about.

  6. Hi Holly – my first posts were added to give the back ground to life back then and my mother's stay in hospital – all light-hearted, though the illness and others' illnesses were serious … actually having just re-read they're quite good … but they were 820 posts ago … I was lucky I had guidance in getting started – I'd have never have started blogging otherwise … just so glad I did.

    Cheers so good to see you back … and love the clean layout … Hilary

    1. Thanks. There is so much out there now about blogging and guides that are helpful. Heck, I even have some! 🙂

  7. I jumped into blogging without knowing a thing about it (and still not to sure). My first post was short, sweet and lame.

    1. 🙂 I think many are short and sweet, testing the blog waters.

  8. My first post was totally about entertainment. How do you like that? I entered this realm with the sole purpose of sharing things I'd written. It wasn't even to reach a large audience, but only those people I was already close to but who were on the other side of the country. I didn't want to email everything out to them, and half of them didn't have email addresses back then, so I chose a blog format. My, how things change.

    1. They really have, but hopefully in a good directions. And that seems to be the case.

  9. Our first post was nothing but words (ewww, icky, boring!) and not very good at all. Probably not worth resurrecting, even in comic form. I like that yours was a poem.

    Also, I didn't know you Twittered. We also Twitter, mostly to amuse ourselves, and now we will Twitter in your general direction, as well.

    1. I amuse myself there too. Twitter is a great place for that.

  10. I've been blogging since 2009 too! I think I've followed your blog since back in the beginning. I started my blog to chronicle my subbing days.

  11. It's hilarious to see you guys reaching back to 2009 and such for your first blogs. All I have to do is go to spring of last year for mine. It's like you guys are traveling to Mars and I'm going down the sidewalk to the 7-Eleven at the corner. Oh, well…..!

    1. LOL! The time goes so quickly.

  12. I like both first posts, but the poem is quite touching and I'm glad you shared it. 🙂 And hey! You found the little things that hide the text!

    I'd like to spend more time on Twitter. I just haven't figured out all the wonderful nuances of it yet.

    1. Thank you. It was heavy for a first post, but it did let people know about me. 🙂

      I love that plugin. I've been playing with all the different things it can do.

  13. Mostly, same story as you, but I tried to research what's "important" in blogging and how to title posts to improve my SEO discoverability. I yapped on about Egypt, and my naive ideas about writing, and tried to be a "good" blogger for almost a year until I discovered Viklit's Celebrate the Small Things. Finally, a sweet hop where I could just be me! I've been super happy with that since Jan 2013. My posts are whatever takes my fancy without regard to SEO or content or traffic. I write about what makes me happy and what I think will entertain others. I love doing that! 🙂

    1. Yeah, blogging is like writing. You learn everything. Then do what makes you happy, and people usually prefer that.

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