Ah, the first post.
There's no way of avoiding it. One day you're going to have to make it. It's not an easy thing to do. After all, it's like an introduction to the world. In a physical setting, you'd just be content with stating your name and volition, and maybe asking where the bottle of Ouzo is. On the internet, all that information is provided already, though. People don't want to know your name (even if you are willing to give your real name), you have the luxury of being able to easily lie about your job (so you're an aspiring movie star rather than an aspiring fluffer), and the Ouzo was drank up a long time ago.
Also, you have to keep in mind that whatever you say on a blog or forum will be there FOREVER for the whole world to see if they wish. Make an ass of yourself, and you can't just buy a round of drinks to douse everyone in temporary amnesia. No, that statement (whatever it was) is logged and blogged. Recorded for posterity, doncha know?
A lot of considerations come into a first post. Do you try to sound water-cooler philosophical, leaving your readers with something to think about through their day, sharing your wisdom with their co-workers? Do you try to leave a general impression of who you are, hoping to draw in a crowd of like minded individuals? Do you try to be funny, that old fallback? Do you decide this whole blog thing is crap anyways, and just be an ass or some other persona because you can in anonymity? Do you take this chance to get that murder off your chest?
Once you've decided on the "what" then there's still the "how" to attend to. The internet lacks inflection and diction despite being the largest collection of sarcasm in human history, but this actually puts more of a burden on you to try to get your cross apoint using clever wordcraft.
It's enough to give anyone a hernia. And we wouldn't want that. After all, we are our own harshest critics. The sad truth is, most people we'll meet won't care enough about us to take the time to judge us. So take a deep breath, relax, and click that submit button.
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|wolfqueen001 - November 16, 2008 (05:21 PM)
That was very poetic.
Haha. All I did for my first post was talk about this fanfic I wrote. And since I wasn't really well known at the time, EmP decided to humor me with a bit of banter.
It's still there if you want to see.