Do you remember YOUR first times?

Many thanks to Rory for posing this week’s 24 hour blog question.
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Just a bit of casual and carefree fun … but!

Do you remember your early days?

Like for instance, when you first got an internet connection? Dial up as opposed to broadband?

When was your first time with a blog, or a forum or even a game online?

Do you remember YOUR first times?

What mistakes did you make the first time ever that you … you can fill in the rest yourself. But this is about your early days as a writer online, or a gamer online – when was your first ever blog or forum?

What mistakes did you make back in the early days?
Funny,  I did a post years ago on ‘Firsts’. You can read that here if you’d like to.

Computers though, oh yeah. I remember the days of dial up, not being able to use the telephone and computer at the same time, that awful two tone screeeeech when you dialled in, and forever dropping hubby’s connection whenever I picked up the phone.

I’d never really used a computer until I joined the bank in 1989, not even for playing games. It didn’t actually interested me, and was definitely not something we used when I was at school. Hell, I couldn’t even get on with a slide rule!

My blog came into being in September 2013 and seems to be doing OK.
I remember the first time I was nominated for an award and ignored it because I didn’t know what to do! How excited I was the first time I had over 100 views in a day, my first comments, followers, and when someone reblogged something I’d written, WOW!
I think the biggest ‘mistake’ in those early days was volume. I know I post a lot every day now, but when I started, my posts were usually over 1000 words long. On some subjects, like budgets, that may have been warranted, but other times, I waffled on a bit….. OK a lot! 😀
Now I try to take a leaf out of my own book and keep my posts around 250 – 500 words, as too long a post tends to lose my interest and that is one thing I hope to retain of the reader with whatever I write.  I’m glad WP have decided to put the word count back on the screen when we’re preparing our posts!

 

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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15 Responses to Do you remember YOUR first times?

  1. Great lessons, Di. I vaguely remember a dialup connection but luckily, we upgraded soon. I didn’t know that we can see the word count in WP!

  2. Sadje says:

    I’m glad of the word count too. Shorter posts are easier all the way, to write and read.

  3. I also remember that dang screech too Di and the line dropping if the phone rang and if you were downloading something it would break the connection and you had to start again 😦

  4. Astrid says:

    Oh yes, my posts used to be much longer than they are now, and even now WP tells me they are 454 words on average. Great post, this one. I’ll pop over to Rory’s to check out if others have answered his question too.

  5. It is interesting for an “older” woman like me to remember when the computer age began. So many experiences.

  6. murisopsis says:

    My first computer was an Apple IIe. We had dial up and it took so very long to connect… The first game I played was pong and I had to get into the program using DOS commands! I started blogging in 2007 on Xanga. I still miss that platform and those people – but some have come to WP and I’ve reconnected…

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