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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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jongibbs
Jan. 11th, 2010 05:01 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?
mary_j_59
Jan. 12th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow! I didn't know I'd been going that long!
I actually haven't considered that - and don't know what I would add to my friend terri_testing's review, anyway - except that, as far as I know, the Millenium bridge did not exist in 1996-1997, when this story takes place! And I didn't like the sanitizing of Harry's character, although I liked what they did with the Ron/Hermione relationship. We (my sister and I) also thought that, visually, there was far too much squid ink. It's okay to have these black smoky trails for Death eaters apparating - but why use exactly the same effect for the pensieve?

That's probably all I've got to say. We agreed the movie was better than the book in some respects, but worse in others. It (the movie) whitewashes the Gryffindors and makes the Slytherins seem worse than they are, with the possible exception of Slughorn. But see Terri's review for more. I agree with her. An enjoyable movie, though. And I did think Tom Felton stole the show - and I'm not a Draco fan.
jongibbs
Jan. 12th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow! I didn't know I'd been going that long!
I waited for the DVD. I thought it was okay, but the Dursleys have always been my favorite characters and they weren't in it this time :(

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