First Post Nostalgia #MyFirstPostRevisited

Here’s a fun tag I was fortunate to get picked for by the phenomenal author and blogger, E. E. Rawls. Thanks for the tag! 🙂 Check out her blog here. The blog hop was created by Sarah Brentyn.

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The rules for the tag are:

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.
  • Tag…um…ten two twelve five (5) other bloggers to take up this challenge.
  • 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 that I’m making up as I type:

  • 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.

My first post waaay back in the day looked something like this:

An Unconventional First Post

Lying in the depths of WordPress, this blog has been screaming for attention ever since I created it. Sorry it took me so long. Finding the right words is hard. Finding inspiration to write them is harder. Finding time when the right words inspire me to type is the hardest. I’m sure you can relate.

So, what makes a great first post? I’m not sure I know, but I’ll venture a guess.

There’s a lot of advice out there to tell you how to get your blog off to perfect start. Tell your readers what to expect, they say. Keep it short, simple and to the point. I’m sure they mean well. That doesn’t mean I’m going to follow it.

A good first post, according to me, is something you can re-read a couple of years later and not feel ashamed of how it turned out. Of course there’s going to be a learning curve. Don’t be too harsh on yourself. Does it still suck? Then it’s definitely not a good first post.

Write about anything and everything. There’s no set rule. Spill the words that have been plaguing your mind ever since you thought of having a blog. It’s just another post. Don’t write something because it is expected of you. Write only what you want to.

A first post on first posts. Pretty clever, huh?

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To be honest, I still do think it was quite clever. First posts are excruciatingly hard, especially when you look back on it after a few years and are reminded how much better you’ve gotten. Also, if you’re a perfectionist like I am, it is too easy to find flaws in your own writing and cringe about it when you re-read it. Surprisingly, I’m still fond of this one and I’m proud of it. It’s a good reminder that gives me confidence in my own abilities as a writer and blogger.

Hoping that this will be a rewarding experience for you as well, here are my nominees:

  1. Rachel Poli
  2. Nthato Morakabi
  3. Sara Letourneau
  4. Jajwalya R. K.
  5. Mahriya

If you choose not to do the tag, that’s fine. I was just curious about your first posts and your reflections on it. Finally, to the reader, if you’d like to do this tag as well, consider yourself tagged from my side. 🙂

Now I’m off to have cheesy instant noodles and a tall mug of tea as a reward, like the conscientious rule-follower I am. If anyone needs a recording of my Mickey Mouse-style reading of this post, let me know in the comments section below. Also let me know what you think of this post.

15 thoughts on “First Post Nostalgia #MyFirstPostRevisited

  1. Awww, thanks for tagging me, Nandini! 🙂 I’ll definitely do it, though it might be a little while before it happens. I’m just getting back into my everyday routine now that I’m back from windy, chilly, absolutely stunning ICELAND. 😀

    I really enjoyed your first post. Not only was it a clever idea (a first post about first posts!) and well-written, but it feels like you had fun while you wrote it. I also like how you decided to “break the rules,” so to speak. All advice that’s out there about writing really can’t be taken as mandatory or “black or white.” In the end, just write about whatever you want to write about, then promote it as you see fit. You’ll find your audience eventually… and you certainly have. 😉

    Gosh… I’m actually kind of scared to look back on my first post now. XD

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  2. Your first post was great! It was both encouraging and inspiring, you should be proud of it. “Spill the words that have been plaguing your mind ever since you thought of having a blog. It’s just another post. Don’t write something because it is expected of you. Write only what you want to.” –You said that so well. We should write what we want to, and not just what is expected of us. We don’t have to follow the rules of blogging (as if there even are rules, to begin with!), but just write about whatever is in our hearts.
    Thanks for participating in this blog hop, Nandini!
    Btw, can I have that Mickey Mouse-style recording? 😉

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    • Haha, I shall upload that soon, I guess. 😂
      Thank you for your kind words. 🙂 Yes, even I agree that we should write what we want to and not go by some “rules” blogging gurus might recommend. I hope I follow my own advice soon and get back to writing though.

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  4. Love it! My first post was about writing a first post, too. 😀 It’s so interesting to revisit what we’ve written and see how much we’ve changed (or not) in our focus and style. (Also love that you’re a fan of not following blogging “rules”. I’m much the same in that way. Which is, I suppose, a tad ironic as I’ve set all these rules here. Eh. Enjoy your tea. Cheers!)

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    • Ah, that’s interesting! I shall definitely read it when I have the time. 🙂
      Oh, personally I find rules too confining and like to do my own thing. The strange thing is, it has worked out so far and I’m quite happy with how far I’ve come. 😊
      These rules were rather fun and pretty standard, so it wasn’t a bother at all. 😁 It’s always nice to meet fellow tea-lovers and rule-breakers. 😉

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