#MyFirstPostRevisited Blog Tag

I was tagged by Sara Letourneau for the #MyFirstPostRevisited Blog Hop, which was created by Sarah Brentyn @ Lemon Shark.  So let’s have some fun looking back in time!  First the rules:

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 their blog (don’t just hope they notice a pingback somewhere in their spam).
  7. Feel free to cut and paste the badge to use in your post.
  8. Include “the rules” in your post.
  9. Completely silly rules that I’m making up as I type:
    • Write your post while wolfing down your favorite dessert.
    • Do 10 cartwheels after you hit “Publish.”

My First Blog Post: March 8, 2012

My very first blog post was titled Hello world!

Welcome to my nerdy blog, where I’ll cover topics such as Star Wars, crafts, and young adult fantasy literature.  Mostly I’m just trying to get back into writing some.  I have some books I’d like to write but feel really out of practice, so I’m hoping this blog will help me ease into it a little.  Thanks for reading!

“Hello, world!” is the name of a type of program that beginning coders learn; it basically does nothing but print the words “Hello, world!” on the screen.  So a lot of people title their first blog posts the same way, just a way of saying, Hi, I’m here.  This is my start, figuring this out.

How has my blog changed since then?

Quite frankly, my blog is still exactly as described in my first post haha.  I still talk about Star Wars, crafts, and young adult fantasy literature, among other things.  I’ve been working on writing some of those books in my head (see excerpts, and my NaNoWriMo win), and having the blog has definitely helped, not just with practicing writing but also with finding a community of other writers to inspire and help me.

From the beginning, my blog has been a hodge-podge mix of nerdy topics.  I know this has hampered my developing a super-strong following, because the kinds of people that like YA book reviews aren’t always the same people interested in video games, or biology, or K-pop, or scrapbooking.  But keeping a variety of topics also lets me keep up a steady stream of posts that I feel passionate about writing, which keeps me from burning out.  I think that’s how I’ve been able to keep my blog going to five years now.

It also helped me to develop some regular features on my blog, such as the Weekly Photo Challenge, Fanart Fridays, GeekyNerdy Book Club, etc. to give me fun, regular, easy-to-produce content.  I know some other bloggers that do monthly reading wrap-ups, or weekly haikus.  This kind of thing helps you get in a good rhythm with your blog.

Lastly, looking back on my very first posts, the biggest difference between then and now is presentation!  My first posts are walls of text with not a lot of nice images or sections with headings; they just don’t look very professional or easy to read.  Also the tone is too casual; I didn’t give background information on any of the books I was reviewing, or explain any of the acronyms I used.  Most of these posts got exactly 0 views.  Now I can understand why.

I tag…

  1. Star Wars Anonymous
  2. Ellie @ Blogging for Dopamine
  3. Lightning Ellen
  4. BQB @ Bookshelf Battle
  5. GeekyNerdy Girl
  6. YOU!  Feel free to join in with this blog hop if you feel like it!

I confess I did not do the required cartwheels.  Dessert was easy, though. 😉

9 thoughts on “#MyFirstPostRevisited Blog Tag

  1. saraletourneau August 10, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    You were right – our first posts were VERY similar. *lol* But, hey, it’s a completely understandable way of kicking off a blog, right?

    I liked your brief overview of how your blog has changed since Day 1, too. And yeah, I agree how writing about a wide range of topics can hamper the development of a consistent audience. It did for me for a while. (Then again, I haven’t met many bloggers who also listen to symphonic metal or similar bands, so that’s why I changed to a strictly writing and reading oriented blog.) But writing about topics you’re passionate about is definitely a key to blogging longevity and eventual success on your terms.

    You made a good point about headings, btw. I used images in my early blog articles, but not section headings. They really do help with keeping posts more organized and pointing out key subjects within a larger topic.

    Thanks for accepting the nomination, btw! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mei-Mei August 12, 2017 / 12:02 pm

      Thanks for the tag! We all have to start somewhere haha. I’ve definitely learned a lot about blogging since then. But this blog has always been for me, and not from any desire of being a “professional” blogger, so as you say it is success on my terms.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. LightningEllen August 11, 2017 / 8:26 pm

    Keep up the great blogging. Thanks for the tag! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mei-Mei August 12, 2017 / 11:52 am

      Thanks, you too! Hope you have fun with it if you do it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. NovEllaandBanannabelle August 12, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    You do a great job on all your posts!

    It does sound nice to have those “regular features” that you can keep up easily.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. jazzfeathers August 21, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Hi there.
    Sara nominated me for this blog hop too and so now I’m nosing around the other nominees’ blogs 😛

    I like how you’re managing your blog: your own way. Sometimes I think that is probably the best way to go, and never care about what professionals do. It seems to have worked quite nice for you, for what I see.

    Keep up the good work!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mei-Mei August 25, 2017 / 11:31 pm

      Hey, thanks for stopping by! I love checking out other nominees’ blogs, too 🙂 Definitely part of the fun of doing these blog hops!


  5. Sarah Brentyn August 21, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    Love that people are taking a peek back…seeing where (and, sometimes, why) they began blogging. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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