WELL, 400 posts in, and about three years on from when I first ventured into the world of blogging and I have to say I’m extremely glad I decided to make an account. Here’s my first ever post: 2006 finally caught up with me..
I had written quite a bit on and off prior to WordPress, but it helped me to go up a level in terms of writing and how serious to take it. From humble beginnings as with any blog, the initial frustration of posting and having no likes and no comments was a bit deflating at first, but as soon as I realised the system is very reciprocal in nature, I soon built up followers and discovered writers and story tellers that I enjoyed reading. That’s been the best part. Reading your writing, commenting, the feedback: it’s all very encouraging and a great testing ground for short stories (yes I’m comparing WP to Bikini Atholl or Los Alamos).
I’ve found so many great writing talents, it was a relief actually, to have that connection to others who write, if not who think similarly. Poets, authors, wannabe writers like myself, photographers, artists: what a great creative hub to be involved in. I’d give a shout out here but seriously there are too many people to mention that I admire for their creativity.
Along the way I have churned out (like butter? bad word choice) numerous short stories, poems and think pieces or blog tips and it’s been a blast. Writing consistently has also spurred on my ‘serious’ writing, as in my first book and my second in production not to mention kicking my ass to get a short story collection out there.
Admittedly WP can be a drain sometimes. Every now and again I feel empty of ideas for posts beyond short stories, and even then my writing ‘commitments’ outside of WP are more important. But I do try to post at least once a day. If I have nothing of relevance to add, I won’t bother. Sometimes the time needed to comments and read on the blogs I follow is more than I am able to do, but that’s only relatively recently, so if I’ve been ghostly, know I’ll be back to usual speed soon. And every so often a small break is needed to recharge.
What was your first post? What has surprised you about WordPress since you joined?