The rules for the tag are:
- 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).
- 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.
ten two twelvefive (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:
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.