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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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dqg_neal
Jan. 11th, 2010 04:04 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 04:56 pm (UTC)
LJ reminds me of the after-the-writer's-group-meeting chinwag at the diner, but without the food :)
dqg_neal
Jan. 11th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
The food is better... but they seem to have a dress code at the diner that is stricter than is required to read lj. :)

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