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Your Take: What Was Your First Post About?

what-if-comicsGetting over first post anxiety is tough. Nearly every blogger has felt the anxiety right before clicking Publish for the very first time. Looking back, years later, I sometimes wonder if I could’ve made my first Bargaineering post better. Thankfully with blogs, you can always go back and change it but I never did. It wasn’t out of some misplaced sense of continuity (it’s history and it cannot be revised!), I just didn’t think about doing it.

With Microblogger, especially with it being so young, I’ve turned the “hello world” post into more of a “welcome” post and I plan on going back every so often to update it. It’ll still be a “Welcome to Microblogger” post and it won’t take on the role of “Where to Start” (that’s coming, once I get more content!), but I’ll look to add more resources to it to make it more useful. One of the benefits of blogging is that you are able to go back and make things better. As Martin said earlier this week, “you see best sellers come out with a revised edition.” — it’s the clunkers that never get revised because no one cares!

So I’d like to know – what was your first post (link to it!) and if you had to do it over again what would you change, if anything? Have you gone back and updated it since you first posted it? Has it taken on a new role? Or is it indistinguishable from the others?

To turn the question on me, I wouldn’t have done anything differently with the first post on Bargaineering. To give you some context, the site was called Bargaineering but the blog part was called Blueprint for Financial Prosperity. The main page (bargaineering.com) would have “hot deals” and the blog (bargaineering.com/articles/)would have more complicated deals, as the post explained, but I didn’t venture into personal finance for a little while. I would make minor edits, linking in a few articles, but nothing significant.

If I were doing it again, I wouldn’t call it a “Launch” and I’d make it more like the Welcome page here at Microblogger – who am I, what am I doing here, and why you should join me. My approach to blogging hasn’t changed, I think my ability to communicate has improved dramatically.

Now your turn!

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In 2005, I founded a personal finance blog (Bargaineering.com) that became successful enough that I quit my career as a software developer in the defense industry. It is my goal to share everything I learned so that you can do the same - build an online business that let's you pursue your passion.

42 responses to “Your Take: What Was Your First Post About?”

  1. Michelle says:

    I think my first post is much different from how I write now. I would like to think that I have improved over the years! I had a lot of short posts when I first started, and now I’m going for more bulky and length posts (most of the time).

    I am embarrassed to link to my first post 🙂 I have not touched it since the first day (or at least I don’t think so).

    http://www.makingsenseofcents.com/2011/08/hi-everyone-this-is-my-first-post-as-if-you-didnt-know.html

    • Jim says:

      Thanks for being the first victim brave blogger to share your first post!

      Don’t be embarrassed, there’s nothing to be embarrassed about!

  2. Martin says:

    Sadly, or thankfully, I worked with someone to optimize Studenomics over the years. My first post went live on November 7, 2008. I was a 20 year old punk and had no clue about anything.

    I can’t find anything that isn’t really optimized. However, looking at the titles, is embarrassing.

    One title is: Applying Buffett’s Strategy.

    What the hell does that mean?

  3. My first post was a review of some software that I was using (and still use). I released 3 or 4 blog entries on the first day, so that _if_ someone managed to find the site, it wouldn’t look totally empty. As it turned out, I got absolutely no traffic at all for several weeks.

    http://blog.tradertechtalk.com/2013/05/15/forex-trade-log/

    My blog is a niche blog about generating income through trading, and it’s still pretty new. Still finding my voice…

    Jim, what a great idea to have us look back at where we were at the beginning of our blogs…

  4. Caleb says:

    A website on how to use technology in my profession of veterinary medicine: http://www.vmdtechnology.com/vmd-technology-launches/

    Launched in July with that first post – absolutely no anxiety! What do you have to lose!

  5. Jason Hull says:

    The first one I published was “What Are Your Priorities in Life?” (http://www.hullfinancialplanning.com/what-are-your-priorities-in-life/)

    In a sense, it’s a capstone for everything else, because, to me, if you don’t figure out your priorities, then whatever you do won’t stick because your actions won’t align with your values. Get your values straight and then act in accordance with your values, and the rest falls into place.

  6. Doña says:

    My blog is not yet a year old and I only post once a week, but I feel so far from this first post!

    http://www.nurturedmama.net/how-do-i-begin/

    I have not gone back and changed anything (though I see I need to go fix some formatting issue!). I think I wrote it more for myself than my readers, but I did try to describe where I thought I was going. I’m glad to see I’m generally still on that path!

    • Jim says:

      Doña – You bring up a point I didn’t even think about… that your first post might really be for yourself, rather than for readers (which you won’t have many of in the beginning).

  7. Fred says:

    My first blog post was back at the beginning of 2006, so my blog is over 7 1/2 years old. At the very beginning (when I didn’t know what I was doing), I started writing blog posts using straight html hosted who knows where. Then my brother told me about blog hosts, such as blogger/blogspot, and my real blogging began.
    My goal was to write about interesting stuff relating to the stock market and investing.
    As you can see from my very first post on blogger dated February 25, 2006:

    http://stockerblog.blogspot.com/2006/02/stocks-that-pay-their-dividends.html

    it was about stocks that pay dividends monthly, and included a long list at the end of the article. I did update it a few years ago adding a paragraph with a link to a sister site that maintains an updated list.

    • Jim says:

      That’s old school! I hand wrote the “hot deals” section of Bargaineering and the first version of Bargaineering was pretty ugly (http://web.archive.org/web/20050204124035/http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/) – man I miss those days. 🙂

      • Fred says:

        Yeah, it was old school then and (unfortunately) it’s still old school now. I started with a very simple theme many years ago (pre-gadget era for blogger) that basically gave me the background and one wide column. All the additional stuff you see, like the left column and all its content, along with the boxes at the top, were all done by me in html. So every change I make to the site (except for the post upload), I have to do manually in the template’s html code.

        I really need to update the blog, and transfer everything to one of the newer themes with all the gadgets, which will make it easier on me. I just have to find the time to do it.

  8. AJ says:

    http://mymontessorimaterials.blogspot.com/2012/08/introducing-my-montessori-materials-i.html

    My website is an educational one focused on games and activities. I have a learning materials/game library, and I do events at the public library. I have been writing for about a year, and I’m excited about getting more than 500 views this month. I would like to get more comments, and I only have 2 followers, but one has more than 1 million on her blog. I believe if I keep making positive steps, my nonprofit idea will get going.

  9. Julie Rains says:

    I have been blogging for a while but just recently started my own blog. When I look back at some of my work at Wise Bread (where I’ve written for several years), I love some posts but cringe at others.

    Coincidentally, it hasn’t been too long since I published my first post on my own blog http://www.workingtolive.com/2013/03/21/on-transformation-practical-advice-and-honest-reflections/

    but I have already updated it. I read some about copywriting and realized that my tone came across as arrogant rather than inviting and encouraging.

    The bad thing about starting a new blog is that no one is reading it. But that’s also the good thing: you can make changes and practical no one is the wiser!

  10. Michael says:

    My first post on Financial Ramblings was a standard “Welcome” post.

    Basically just announcing the site, similar to what I’ve done elsewhere.

    My first “real” post there was about the economic impact of fantasy football.

  11. My first post was pretty recently on Aug. 7, 2013. I started off with a blog post that was really personal for me… how I got laid off at my job. Subsequent posts covered how I managed through the layoff process, and then transitioned to more of a “how to survive in Silicon Valley” theme. My most recent one is about how LEDs are kicking ass and you should replace all of your incandescent with LEDs!

    http://survivethevalley.com/2013/08/07/some-practical-next-steps-after-getting-laid-off/

    It’s too soon to say whether I’d change anything for this first post. I do think that because it’s so personal and I was in the middle of a job search at the time, I wasn’t as gung ho about letting people know about my blog (for fear that former colleagues or future employers would make the wrong conclusions about my layoff).

    BTW, thanks, Jim, for your help! I don’t think I would’ve moved as fast without your advice and insight!

  12. Wow, my first post on TCI sucked – http://thecollegeinvestor.com/9/saving-and-costco/ It was so basic, and i did go back about 2 years ago and add a little bit more content to it (and it still sucks). I have since moved on to much more in-depth, meatier content.

    On Beat the Nine to Five, I leveraged a launch strategy, and every post meant something and was timed appropriately. I then used a round-up interview post on launch day, and it attracted over 1,000 visitors immediately! Lessons learned, and I’ve come a long way since my first post!

    • Jim says:

      That first one isn’t that bad on TCI… it’s not great but it’s not terrible. 🙂 — what was different the first time?

      Great job on Beat the Nine to Five!

  13. Forest Parks says:

    I don’t remember exactly but I think it was about how I was planning to live without geographical constraints! I think I achieved that pretty well!

  14. Sandy says:

    My very first post was an introduction to who I am and why I was beginning a debt blog. It lists all of my debts, how I got into debt and even how much I made.

    I thought that NO ONE would read the blog, so it didn’t matter what I put up there. I really just thought that it would be like an online diary for me to log what I did with regards to debt.

    Here I am a 3 months short of five years later and a few more people read the blog than I had intended. 🙂 It’s also evolved to help more people than just myself, I guess.

  15. J$ says:

    Haha…. good idea 🙂

    Here was my first one – an interview on me, BY me:

    http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2008/02/interview-me-on-me_12/

    The only thing I’ve switched from back then (over 5+ years ago) was my name. Some of you may recall me being “J. Savings” back in the day 😉 Something my wife STILL makes fun of me about… apparently “savings” isn’t as hip as “money.”

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