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Exactly one year ago today, I made my first blog post here on Live Journal .
 
Looking back, I remember how nervous I felt about posting my thoughts online. What if nobody read them? What if people thought I was stupid or told me I didn’t know what I was talking about?  
 
Only one person commented on that first post (my friend from the GSHW,
dqg_neal ). The fact that someone not only read the entry, but took the time to leave a remark, gave me the confidence to keep at it.
 
That’s not to say I haven’t made mistakes. I know for certain that I’ve (albeit unintentionally) upset some people as I learned how different folks use their journals, and how they have their own ideas of what kind of feedback they want from their readers.
 
Still, on the one-year anniversary of that debut entry, I feel much more confident, and very comfortable within the LJ community. 
 
Would I have kept at it if no-one had commented on that first post? I hope so, but in any case, I’m most grateful to Neal for taking the time to respond. I’m sure he forgot about it soon after, but it made a big difference to me.  
 
How about you?
 
Who was the first person to comment on your blog?  

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heleninwales
Jan. 11th, 2010 10:43 am (UTC)
The first person to comment on my new LJ, back in July of 2003, was my old friend papersky, who was in fact the person who lured me on to LJ in the first place. :)

Well, other online friends of mine were moving here too, but she gave me some suggestions of good journals to read and I've been here ever since.
jongibbs
Jan. 11th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)
I joined because my friend from the GSHW aalford had posted about selling a story and I wanted to congratulate him (he'd disabled anonymous comments)
bogwitch64
Jan. 11th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
First entry: 2/207
First commenter: garunya

I came to LJ reluctantly (thus the title, "Peer Pressure Made Me Do It) but I'm very glad I did. What a great community! And I met you! It makes the whole thing worth it. ;)
jongibbs
Jan. 11th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
mtlawson
Jan. 11th, 2010 10:58 am (UTC)
In my case, it was an old friend from college, baldmantom, whom I mentioned that yes, I'd joined the 21st century and started a blog. Once in a great while he'll comment on things, but by far the most frequent commenter is mela_lyn.

I joined LJ so that I could comment on a few authors' blogs, and my own blogging just sort of grew out of being around the place long enough. This place just gets under your skin, and you rediscover the urge to write when you don't expect it.
mtlawson
Jan. 11th, 2010 11:09 am (UTC)
In the interest of full disclosure, I started the blog in February 2009, even though I'd been lurking about on several authors' LJ blogs for the three months prior to that.

And mela_lyn and I are currently in the same WoW guild, so we have plenty to chat about in general.
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brian_ohio
Jan. 11th, 2010 10:59 am (UTC)
Jeaniene Frost (frost_light) author of 'Halfway to the Grave' and other GREAT Cat and Bones books.

And, no, it wasn't to tell me to quit stalking her. I swear!
mtlawson
Jan. 11th, 2010 11:05 am (UTC)
Oh, I know all about the stalking urge. I try really hard to not be accused of stalking, because the stereotype of the creepy-guy-who-turns-out-to-be-a-serial-killer is burned into my brain.
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peadarog
Jan. 11th, 2010 11:06 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
jongibbs
Jan. 11th, 2010 11:25 am (UTC)
Thanks. So, who was the first person to comment on your blog. Peadar?
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eneit
Jan. 11th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
lol, I had to go look this up, my first post was April 2003, and my first commenter was the friend who set my account up (I joined mostly because this was a good way to keep up with this friend, so I could be reassured they were doing ok - in fact they were so insitent they created my account, and made my icon) However they have gone through several account name changes, so it shows them up as deleted. We discussed Harry Potter dvds as a means to keep the kids entertained while I wrote.
jongibbs
Jan. 11th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
Interesting. Do they still work?
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wordsrmylife
Jan. 11th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
Ooo, that's a good question. I didn't have my first comment until my fourth post. I think the commenter may have discovered me from BD's blog, but my first commenter was
eclectic_writer and she still comments from time to time (and I try to do the same for her). This blogging is a reciprocal thing.

I'm glad you're here, Jon.
jimhines
Jan. 11th, 2010 11:48 am (UTC)
"I'm glad you're here, Jon."

Seconded. I'm glad you kept on. Between the link roundups and your own insightful thoughts and analyses, you're a good one to read.
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jimhines
Jan. 11th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
I wish I knew! Seven+ years ago, I was using LiveJournal as a personal blog. There were entries about work, as well as some personal issues. Some of that is still there, under very tight filters, but most of the early posts got deleted when the writing started taking off and I switched the focus toward the professional (relatively speaking).
jongibbs
Jan. 11th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
Seven years! That's a lot of blogging :)
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bondo_ba
Jan. 11th, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
I was incredibly lucky. The very first person to comment on my blog was the enormously talented Camille Alexa - when she becomes as famous as she deserves, I will brag about this.
jongibbs
Jan. 11th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
And vice versa I'm sure :)
dqg_neal
Jan. 11th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
I end up commenting on a lot of blogs... so I probably promptly forgot. I chose to use LJ as a communications tool and I like to add to people's conversations. I find it works out great, because there are some people that I've never had the opportunity to meet in person that I know more about than some close friends.

I got dragged kicking and screaming to lj back in I think 2005. My game designers had wanted a community page. Ended up falling by the wayside as I took quite a while to get used to posting regularly.
jongibbs
Jan. 11th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
LJ reminds me of the after-the-writer's-group-meeting chinwag at the diner, but without the food :)
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rowanda380
Jan. 11th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
the first person was a friend that I had from highschool that I found ou lj, it started off as something fun to do to communicate with others I knew...weird because now it is primarily those I do not.
Happy LJ Birthday!!
jongibbs
Jan. 11th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
I guess the folks we know in real life don't need to keep in touch via LJ if we see them around elsewhere.

Thanks for sharing :)
mary_j_59
Jan. 11th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
Wow! I didn't know I'd been going that long!
I began a livejournal because I wanted to comment on others' blogs without being anonymous, but didn't realize until just now that I began so long ago! My first entry on my new blog, in January, 2006, was an essay on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and the first person to comment was Professor_Mum.
jongibbs
Jan. 11th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow! I didn't know I'd been going that long!
Four years! that's a long time between the book coming out and the DVD release :)

Have you considered writing DVD review of Half-Blood Prince, as a fourth anniversary post?
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jongibbs
Jan. 11th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
In that case, Yay! for kristajhl :)
karen_w_newton
Jan. 11th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
I have been on LJ for almost 3 years now. It took a few posts before I got any comments, and then the first person to comment on one of my posts was someone who uses the Internet handle "Anonymous." -)

The second person was my friend mindyklasky, who was one of the reasons I went with LJ instead of Blogger. May I say that I am impressed with the quality of your blog and the speed with which you have built such an active following!

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dqg_neal
Jan. 11th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
That Anonymous person gets around. :)
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wendigomountain
Jan. 11th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
Mine was a post from a kind Nigerian fellow. A prince, if I remember correctly. He was in a financial bind and told me that he needed my help to secure his family fortune because of some kind of political coup...
jongibbs
Jan. 11th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
Hehehehe :)
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