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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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mtlawson
Jan. 11th, 2010 01:58 pm (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 02:09 pm (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.
jongibbs
Jan. 11th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
I know some folks feel it takes time away from writing. I understand that point, but I have to say, I find LJ inspires me to write more and better fiction.
mtlawson
Jan. 11th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
I suspect that while LJ -like all social networking sites- can be a big timesink, the community is focused on writing so much that after a while you just absorb it into your bloodstream.

As for LJ helping me write better, that's a whole other ball of wax. I'd like to think that I absorbed something from all of the authors here -published or not- but I kind of doubt it. My writing still sounds like me.
jongibbs
Jan. 11th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
I meant that it inspires/motivates me to write more and better fiction.
mtlawson
Jan. 11th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, it does that. No disputes here; if you need motivation it's here in spades.

Things What I Wrote and Other Stuff

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