Posted on July 9, 2013
Probably the hardest thing for me to do in a blog is figure out how to start it. Should I just dive in with some post I’ve been thinking of? Should I make an introduction?
I decided on the introduction for a couple reasons. First, I’ve been blogging in various forms for a while, and I guess I want to brag about my online pedigree. Second, and arguably more important, for the first time I’m doing this for a far broader audience, and I want to help everyone know what to expect—and to help me figure out my voice, as well.
When I was setting up this WordPress blog and getting some things customized, I noticed a link back to the main WP blog stating that it was 10 years old. What’s so interesting about that is that I’ve been blogging—in one form or another—longer than WP has been alive!
In the early 2000s I had approximately 11 million domain names, and at least one of them had something sort bloggish on it at any point in time. I started with total hand-coding for my blog, just writing it in the bare HTML with really basic CSS to make my layout (my layout which changed really frequently whenever some new obsession started). I remember Blogger starting, and a few little small similar projects (I think I used one called b2? Does that ring a bell for anyone else?), and then just as I was migrating away from domain-based blogging for Livejournal, WP came out.
My LJ has about 10 years of my life on it, and I loved the community there. So many of my closest friends were made on it (in particular Alli and Lara). But that community is drifting, and I’m finding that I want to talk about things that the people who follow me there are less interested in reading about. And I have a Tumblr or two, but there’s a different sort of audience there, too, and I don’t love Tumblr as a true blogging platform.
Which, quite neatly, brings me to what to expect from this blog. This isn’t going to be a blog about anything in particular. It’s not necessarily going to be a blog about my life’s details (LJ has the locking option that is good for when I need to get more personal), though I’ll happily talk about myself here. It’s not going to be a blog about fandom (again, LJ and Tumblr to some extent have those covered), but I’m a fangirl and I’ll never hide that entirely.
I may talk some politics (though never too much because politics make me ill), I hope to talk about writing, I’m sure I’ll talk about sports, and…really I just don’t want to feel restricted anymore. I think this blog is a nice, fresh start for me, a good place to draw in a number of different audiences, and I hope you’ll all enjoy what you find here.
If you write a blog, leave a comment so I can check you out! :D