My Humble Blogger Beginnings!

Recently, my fellow blogging friend The Well-Red Mage posed a question on his site that was simple, but very thought provoking: What have you learned since your first blog post? To answer this question, I thought it would be fun to go back to the very beginning of my blogging roots… way back in 2003.

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When I first started blogging, I used the “blog” as more of a diary of sorts. Hence the reason my first blog was on the now defunct OpenDiary.com. Anyway, here are snippets from the blogs I’ve had over the years! I’m happy I saved all of these…

1.Title: “You Won’t Read This…” 6/11/2003- 10/15/2004

I think I was being sarcastic when I came up with the title, haha. Anyway, I started this blog the summer before my senior year of high school, and I had a couple of friends who did the same thing. I just wrote about some of my day-to-day activities and complained about how I didn’t want to be in high school anymore! I do have to share this amazing quote from my very first entry:

I got really mad at my little cousin bc when i was at my best friends house yesturday she took one of my gamecube games home and everyone knows NEVER to touch my video games.

HAHAHA! Never touch my video gamesΒ without permission! Also, I’m really disappointed that I misspelled yesterday…

2. Untitled AOL blog- 9/14/2004- 10/14/2004

I only made this blog because Open Diary had some serious hacking issues and was really irritating me. From my first entry, though, you can tell that I was feeling funny about people reading my stuff:

Well I made this journal cuz I have one on open diary but that website got hacked into and they are still fixing things so… I decided to make one on aol instead. Plus my friends don’t know about this one so that’s a plus as well lol =)

3. Title: “Watch Me Burn” 10/15/2004- 10/04/2005

Fun fact: The title is actually a song lyric from Three Days Grace. Anyway! I made this blog when Open Diary got its shit together, only to abandon it a year later because (and I quote myself) “I just like Myspace better.” I don’t think any of my friends except for one of them was even aware of this blog, and I wanted it that way. Quote from my first entry (which wasn’t that entertaining):

What’s the point in having a diary if you have to hide things? So, welcome to my new diary. if you want to read my old one feel free to ask me for the address- but I bet none of you will do that anyway. So yeah, enjoy.

I was always a cynical little goth… πŸ˜‰

4. Untitled Myspace Blog 7/15/2005- 6/19/2006

As I said above, I liked Myspace back in the day, and I thought it was neat that they had a journal feature. It was fun to write a snippet or two about my daily life, until I realized that I had a lot of sneaky readers. That creeped me out. My first entry eluded to the fact that this blog might not last long:

Well, I don’t really know how often I will write in this thing, because I have an online diary already. Wanna read it? Too bad!

I also noted that my current mood was “aggravated” so I guess I was crabby that day!

5. Title: “Pointless Ramblings”- 6/29/2007- 12/01/2009

Yep… a year later, I decided to go ahead and make ANOTHER Open Diary blog. This one proved to be a bit longer lasting than my other blogs, and no one in real life read it at all. As you can tell from part of my first entry, I was tired of people:

I stopped writing on myspace because there are a lot of fucking wierdos on that site, and honestly, too many people had access to my profile… Anyway, my whole point is, I didn’t like myspace because too many people read my shit. I like being a little more anonymous.

**Grumbles because past-me misspelled weirdos!** Anyway, I was finally writing for just for myself and not for any of my friends to read. I actually did some fun stuff with this blog, participating in some writing challenges and surveys.

I think I just gave up on it because I just lost interest in writing about my daily life. I didn’t realize at the time that I could “blog” about better things πŸ˜‰

6. Title: “Defy The Majority” 5/08/2010- 5/13/2010

I tried out Google’s Blogger platform just because it seemed like fun, and I missed writing. To quote myself:

I came across this blogging thing after poking around google’s site and decided to give it a try. I’ve done online diaries in the past, but abandoned them all eventually. Maybe I’ll keep up with this.

I only wrote 3 entries on it, because I decided that nope, I wasn’t going to keep up with it. Something about the title sure looks familiar, though, doesn’t it? πŸ˜‰

All this, my friends, brings me to…

7. Title: “Walk Away From The Sun…” 11/15/2015- current

Another fun fact: “Walk Away From the Sun” is actually one of my favorite songs ever. (It’s by Seether, if you really want to know) It was stuck in my head while I was creating this blog, so voila, there was my blog title! And if you read one of my recent entries, you know why my name on here is DefyTheMajority πŸ˜‰

My purpose for this current blog is summed up in my entire first entry:

This is a blog I actually created a long time ago, but for many reasons, had to put off starting it. After getting some inspiration from other video game bloggers, I’ve decided to take the plunge and go ahead and get started! This blog will mostly be centered around all things video games- whether that be a game review from myself, gaming news, random pics from games, whatever! One thing to keep in mind as you are reading this: I am doing this blog to entertain MYSELF. Please keep any negative thoughts or comments to yourself, as I will not tolerate them. Thanks for reading!

This was all I wrote in my first entry, but you can still click here if you want to see it! I think I have stuck with this blog for many reasons:

1. I am doing it for myself, not for anyone else.
2. I am writing about my favorite hobby, which of course is video games. I do occasionally write about personal things, but I try to keep my focus on gaming!
3. I have met an amazing bunch of people here that I really enjoy talking to!
4. I enjoy what I do here.

So, what have I learned throughout this journey? Mostly, I’ve learned to just focus on what I am passionate about. I was never one to share a bunch of personal information with the world, and even writing anonymously on Open Diary felt like I was revealing too much about myself. That’s why those other blogs never lasted. Ditching the personal journal-style blogging in favor of video game journal-style blogging really made a difference.Β I’m glad I have all those older blogs to look back on, but I’d much rather be writing about video games, so here we are.

Also, I learned how to spell “yesterday.” And “weirdos.” Life is good.

 

20 thoughts on “My Humble Blogger Beginnings!

  1. I cannot picture Kirby being a “cynical goth” (you seem like such a happy person!), so I’m just going to stick with my multiple choice reality and pretend you were always a pink puff ball super hero. Haha! I’m amazed that you started so many blogs and journals before in the past. I wouldn’t have known, coming from Kirby. πŸ˜‰ In all seriousness, thank you for sharing your experiences with blogging with us. I can tell that you know what you want out of blogging and you’re getting it. What more is there to ask for?

    1. Haha! I actually didn’t realize I had started so many blogs/ journals either until I went back and looked! I guess after awhile I always just wanted to start something new. Since I found my niche writing about my experiences with video games, though, I haven’t felt the need to ditch this blog and start over! πŸ™‚

  2. That was fun! Thank you for posting some of your early blogging quotes. I’m sure looking back at some of the things you wrote as a teenager had more than one cringe moment (I know mine would).
    Also, Three Days Grace are awesome too.

    1. Thanks, I had a lot of fun writing this post! Oh I definitely wrote some cringe-worthy entries back in the day, but it’s still funny to look at. If only my biggest “problem” now was being bored in my high school classes!

      I love Three Days Grace! I’ve been a fan of them since their first cd. I prefer the original singer though… their newer songs are still good, but they don’t have the same impact with the newer singer.

      1. I didn’t realise they had a new one (I’ve not kept up with any bands other than Reuben/Jamie Lenman in the past few years!) but I’ll give their newer stuff a listen.

      2. Yeah it’s funny because I haven’t kept up with many bands either, even if I really like them. It’s like I’m comfortable with the songs I know lol! (I’m getting old I guess) You may like their newer stuff, it has a really similar sound!

  3. Learning how to spell “yesterday” and “weirdos” is certainly important!

    That’s a whole lot of blogs you have created over the years! And to think I have only had 2.

    1. Haha! I looked back at those entries and the spelling errors hit me like a slap in the face! πŸ˜‰

      I really didn’t realize how many times I stopped and started blogs until I actually went back and looked. This blog I have now is the first one that I continue to remain excited to write on, so I’m happy I figured out what I want to write about! πŸ™‚

  4. I loved reading this! Thank you for being open about your humble beginnings. Your journey and advice is super encouraging, and I’m glad you’re enjoying the ride! I enjoy reading your posts every week! πŸ™‚

  5. That Seether song always plays in my head when I read your blog title, haha. Great post! Keep up the awesome blogging πŸ™‚

    1. Haha that’s cool that you knew what song it was from!! And thank you so much! πŸ™‚ I finally started a blog that I actually really enjoy and plan on sticking with for awhile! πŸ™‚

  6. Oh I like this blog! Neat idea to look back at what you’ve learned since first starting blogging. Of course, back in the day when I was a teen there was no such thing as Internet, so no blogging. But I did keep a journal for the longest time.
    And you know what’s funny about keeping a diary? The more secrets you write in them, the more they become a burden. Because I still have them, in a large crate. Don’t want to look back at all the silly thing and secrets, but I do t want others to read them either! And other than destroying them, there’s not much more that I can do but to keep them locked away. When it’s on the internet, you can at least hide them easier!

    1. Thank you! It is cool to look back on what I used to write about and how far I’ve come!

      Oh my goodness, I know exactly what you mean about keeping journals! I actually have over 20 years worth of journals in a box in my closet right now. I kept journals pretty regularly up until this year… with so many bad things happening this year, I haven’t felt up to writing much. But you are absolutely right… I don’t want anyone to read the things I wrote, but I don’t really want anyone to go back and read them either! I’m tempted to get rid of them sometimes, but then I think I would regret it just in case I wanted to look back at them. So, in the box they stay!

  7. So glad you decided to stay and continue what works for you, super fan here love all your work, it’s highly inspiring as well as educational, not to forget​ very entertaining, love everything you do do much πŸ’™

  8. This was fun to read – it was really interesting seeing your evolution through all those past blogging platforms. It was also a bit comical seeing the young angst (no one touches my games!). Nice post!

    1. Thank you! I had so much fun writing this post. Haha, I know, I can’t believe I wrote that comment about no one being allowed to touch my games… I must’ve been really agitated at the time! πŸ˜‰

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