Time Flies As They Say #MyFirstPostRevisited

Have you ever wondered why I started blogging? Most likely, you haven’t. That’s perfectly okay with me. But Sarah Brentyn at Lemon Shark created a blog hop called My First Post Revisited. She tagged me, and—with much cringing—I jumped back in time to six years ago to a blog that’s been hidden from public view (for good reasons). And it would seem it covers why I started blogging quite well.

11/26/2010 – I should be sleeping

I’ve decided to take up blogging since it’s almost midnight on Thanksgiving/Black Friday, I’m tired as all heck, and I can’t fall asleep because I can’t stop thinking. So here it is, Loni’s blog, and I’m not really expecting anyone to read it. Alright, maybe I might clue in my mom (Hi Mom!) about it since she’s one of the people who really seems to enjoy knowing what is going on with me.

I’ll start off with what is keeping me up and awake, lying in bed with my eyes closed in the dark. I like to write. I’ve had a book stuck in my head since my pre-Sailor Moon days which I think was before I even hit tween. This book has morphed over the years (and years) so that there’s actually more substance and less “magical conveniences”, but the basis behind the story is the same. Here’s the rundown of the differences.

I've hidden the rundown due to excessive, eye-glazing rambling. Click here if you really want to read it. I don't suggest it.

One of the things that worried me about writing my books (I have about six with Derek as the main character and more with his children taking the lead) was the theological side. I’m a Christian, but my books are not. In my books I created my own religion with its own powerful deities, and that’s on top of the Drethamir being gods to the elementals since they created the elements and elementals. I’ve always been concerned that someone who knows me personally would read my writing and shun me for the un-Christianly theology of my mythological fantasy world. I want to reassure you all that my books are works of fiction and no way represent my actual beliefs. There. I’m glad that’s off my chest.

Alright! Now that I finally got the part about my books written down in my blog and it’s now about an hour later than when I started, I’m moving on to other topics I wanted to write about.

I’m lazy and lack self-discipline. I would like to do something about it, but when I attempt to, I find that I’m lazy and lack self-discipline to do so. Go figure. I’m horrible at starting something and not finishing it. Or wanting to do something and not getting around to it. I’ve decided to put down my list. Maybe, just maybe, it’ll help me accomplish some of my goals (listed as I thought them up, not in order of importance).

Oh look, I'm rambling again. Want to know my goals? Click here.

Ah, 1:04 AM. I think I’m going to bed now.

03/08/2017

Though it’s been six years, writing still keeps me up at night. I’ve accepted this as the way things are. It’s also the reason why I imbibe a glass of wine before bed, otherwise, I’d never get sleep, and I need sleep to be functional at work.

Sadly, my writing hasn’t progressed much. Oh, I’ve improved in the craft. It’s not all telling and long-winded descriptions anymore. But six years ago, I had dreams of finishing my first book.

That’s about all I’ve finished. (Alright, I did add a novella to my completed works.)

On a positive note, I might be able to finish a novella this month if I work really, really hard. But my schedule is working really, really hard to thwart me. πŸ™‚

Since this post is part of a blog hop, it’s customary (and also part of the rules) to post the rules.

Obvious rules:

  • No cheating. (It must be your first post. Not your second post, not one you love…first post only.)
  • Link back to the person who tagged you (thank them if you feel like it or, if not, curse them with a plague of ladybugs).

Thank you, Sarah, for reminding me of how unproductive and old I am. πŸ˜›

Other rules:

  • Cut and paste your old post into a new post or reblog your own bad self. (Either way is fine but NO editing.)
  • Put the hashtag #MyFirstPostRevisited in your title.
  • Tag five (5) other bloggers to take up this challenge.
    Notify your tags in the comment section of their blog (don’t just hope they notice a pingback somewhere in their spam).
  • Feel free to cut and paste the badge to use in your post.
  • Include β€œthe rules” in your post.

See, told you the rules were part of the rules.

Completely silly rules she made up as she was typing:

  • Drink a glass of wine, bottle of beer, cup of coffee, mug of herbal tea or whatever floats your boat after you hit β€œpublish”. (In other words, toast yourself. Go you!)
  • Read the post out loud in a Mickey Mouse voice.

Call me a rebel, but I’m going to be a rule-breaker here, though I do an awesome Mickey Mouse voice.

I’m supposed to tag five of you, though I know many people have a schedule they stick to for publishing posts. So some who I think might participate are:

Aldrea Alien
H.R. Sinclair
Mason T. Matchak
Sarah Foster

If you want to do this, consider yourself tagged!

Are you a blogger? What does your blogging journey look like? Do you cringe looking back at where you started?

Loni Townsend

About Loni Townsend

Wife. Mother. Writer. Ninja. Squirrel.

28 thoughts on “Time Flies As They Say #MyFirstPostRevisited

  1. Hmm, I think maybe my first comment disappeared….

    Well, I know you can finish that novella, Loni! Maybe give yourself an extra month to get it done, though. Life happens, and this way you have a little more breathing room.

    • Oh, I’ll give myself the full year to get it done, but if things work out, I might be able to get it done sooner. πŸ™‚

      I checked my spam and everything, but I couldn’t find your other comment. Sorry. πŸ™

  2. That’s a really cool idea! You didn’t tag me, though… πŸ˜‰

    Seriously though, were you trying to potty train when your baby was 3 months old?

    • Consider yourself tagged!!

      Yeah, I forget how I first encountered the concept of infant potty training, but as a new parent, I was ambitious to give it a try. I was/am not attentive enough to actually make it work, though.

  3. How fun to revisit the past (I love the post header for this, it’s so fun!) It was a great first post/introduction to you. πŸ™‚ I like how you truncated the posts. Was that done via plugin? I need it! LOL

    Oo, I got tagged!

    (I have a Derek too! But you know that. :))

    • I actually had your page up and I was going to leave a comment, but got distracted by stuff I needed to do for work. Glad you stopped by!

      I use the Shortcodes Utlimate plugin and hide stuff with the spoiler tag. It works out nicely, and I have a small selection of styles I can choose from.

  4. Let us address the title of your very first post. Seriously? I love it.

    Let us now talk about those cool hidden (“but I have a + sign so you can read more!”) things. You techie. I love those, too.

    Okay, moving on. Yes, it’s a bit verbose, but worth reading, IMO. For some reason, I remember reading this (a long while ago). And, wow, you’ve been blogging longer than I thought. How cool to look back and see where it all began. This isn’t as cringe-worthy as you think. It’s kind of awesome.

    You wanted to write a book. And here you are, you amazing, talented author! You’ve published two! (Don’t EVEN dismiss your “novella”. I totally count your “novella” as a published “book”. Pfft. Don’t downplay Cera. She’ll kick yer ass.) 2017 will see MMF.

    Thanks so much for playing. πŸ™‚

    • P.S. The sleeping issue might be resolved if you cut back on the Red Bull. πŸ˜‰ Just saying.

      • Heh, I’m fairly certain my problem isn’t caffeine related. For example, one 8.4 fl oz Red Bull (my typical daily ration) is 80 mg of caffeine. Compare that to an 8 oz cup of regular brewed coffee, which ranges from 95 – 200 mg of caffeine, depending on how strongly it’s brewed.

        Take into account that I’ve also been on a diet for a couple of weeks now, which reduced my Red Bull consumption to two cans max on my cheat day, therefore, the most caffeine I get from Red Bull is 160 mg per week. True, I have taken up drinking tea during the day more often, but my tea of choice is Genmaicha, which is the lowest caffeine content of the various green teas, ranking at 4 mg per 8 oz glass. But dang, I do love the flavor.

        Can you tell I’ve defended my Red Bull habit on multiple occasions? πŸ™‚

        I’m glad you like the post, and thank you for tagging me. I probably have showed you the original-original before, but I doubt anyone else here has seen it.

        • Well, I like the original. And the original-original and all forms of this post. And, wow, yes I can tell you’ve defended your Red Bull habit before. I stepped in that! πŸ˜‰

  5. Glad you didn’t tag me. My first post is really short and lame.
    I’m a Christian and I didn’t include any religion in my books, but I have no problems with fantasy type stories creating their own. I know the difference between fantasy and reality.

    • That’s encouraging to hear, that people do have that separation.

  6. Very cool. I don’t know if I still have my first blog post. Neat Blog Hop.
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

  7. You don’t lack self-discipline – you stuck with your blog all these years.

    My first post was in April 2005. I have no idea what I said.

  8. Interesting to go back to where it all began. Your motivation for starting blogging is far different than mine–I was under an impression that I’d make money from my blog, but soon found out that it was more fun to just write than to be concerned about making the money. Although I’d still like to make money from my blogging.

    Blogging is a good way to provide another outlet for writing out ones thoughts as well as interacting with others who enjoy writing. It’s good that you stayed with your blogging.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  9. Okay your first post isn’t bad at all! It’s upbeat and keeps with the writing theme πŸ™‚ I’m glad you’ve stuck with it!

  10. I started my first blog after I read this article saying that writers should have a blog (very original, I know). My significant other had to explain to me what a blog was, and then set one up for me to experiment with. My first post had to do with the New England Patriots either winning or losing some big game. I can’t remember which. It took me a while to actually start blogging about writing, whereas you got that part right away. πŸ™‚

  11. This is fun! I love to find out why bloggers start and to see their first post. Starting a blog on Thanksgiving/Black Friday was ambitious! πŸ˜‰

  12. It was fun to read this – we started blogging around the same time. I know you’ll get that novella done – you can do it!
    Try not to be so hard on yourself about the published books. To me it’s amazing that you’ve published one and done so much other work while you are raising children. I really admire that!

  13. It’s always interesting to see how these things got started. ^_^ I do think it’s great that your first entry was about the book you wanted to write, and you actually did it – lots of people don’t even get that far.

    And thank you for tagging me on this – I wasn’t sure if I was going to do it, but I went back and looked at my first entry, and I actually came up with some things to say about it. So I’ll be posting that this week.

  14. I know some people who wouldn’t read the Harry Potter books because they thought it was anti-Christian what with all the magic in it. They eventually read the books anyway.

    The idea of sharing your first blog post is intriguing. I suspect most people would be mortified to see how they used to sound.

  15. What a fun idea and I like the tip on drinking a glass of wine after you hit publish. And that manuscript? I know it’s tough with kids and life but I do believe you will rock it when the time is right.

  16. I love it! For my 10 year (coming right up) blog anniversary, I’m going to do something like this…except there will be cheese. Wow. How does time pass so quickly? I loved the “Hi Mom”. You know, I don’t think my mom even read my first post. She might have, I guess.

  17. This is a good idea! Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be able to do it. A while ago, I went back and sort of cleaned house on my blog, including the first-ever post I’d written (actually, I think I may have unpublished or deleted that one years earlier because even my 19yo self thought it was hecking pretentious).

    But to summarize, it was basically “I HAVE DEEP THOUGHTS. I’M SO DEEP.” Yeahhhh.

    I relate to the insomnia!! And I’ve also pondered that question of “what if my book’s religion and characters’ ethics don’t match my real-world religion and ethics? Will people think I’m a bad person??” I internet-know some Christian and Muslim writers who don’t, for personal reasons, write non-Christian or non-Muslim worlds, even in fantasy and scifi. I figure that I’m not looking to convert anyone with my silly fantasy fiction, so I’m less concerned about it now. What bothers me more is that I tend to like reading and writing characters who would qualify as not-very-good-people. I worry people will think writing a “bad” character is an endorsement of their bad qualities.

    • Ack, mistake. Clarification: I internet-met some writers via nanowrimo. I wouldn’t say I “know” them anymore, since I don’t hang out on those forums much anymore. It’s always interesting to hear people’s different perspectives on stuff like this.

  18. Going back to the past seems like a really interesting idea. I should do that with my own writing. Thanks for sharing!

  19. I love your shout out to your mom! Lately writing has kept me up too. I do believe with constant devotion you will make your dreams happen Loni.

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