Friday, February 10, 2012
1st posts are pretty cool
I got to thinking the other day about the first few blog posts one does, and was inspired to write about it. Frankly, researching this post was a lot of fun. I went back and started trying to find and then reading first posts of my favorite blogs, and then I had to read the next, and then the first month of posts too. I intended to post this last week, but was having too much fun discovering a lot more about my favorite blogs and spent all my time absorbing instead of writing. Many of these blogs have been around quite a while, and their posting style has evolved. Blogging is fun, and when you're getting your feet wet, you naturally want to talk about it. Now, I realized pretty quickly that blogging about blogging is an audience-killer. You won't find some of the big blogs writing posts blogging about blogging today, but I found it comforting to know that not long after they started, sometimes they did. And sometimes they still do, it's just in the form of an article instead of a blog post!
I found a lot of fascinating and insightful posts. I won't link to them all, because I also found things that I'm not sure the authors want me to highlight. Things like references to old aliases (let's face it no one in the spanking blog world uses their real name, but some of us change ours more frequently than others) and periods and yeast infections... I think maybe before people have a big audience, they're more free to view blogging as an outlet, a place to vent and share their most honest thoughts anonymously.
I think it's fascinating because, save for maybe a huge fan of some blog who takes the effort to read the whole thing, no one reads the earliest posts. The author hasn't built up an audience yet, but they've probably been reading a lot and thinking a lot about what they might have to say if they created a blog. Finally this builds up until the author pulls the trigger and starts their blog... and no one reads it. Then slowly, a drip, drip, drip, trickle, trickle, and hopefully, eventually, if they stick with it, a flowing stream of readers will watch their blog, but by that time they're posting crap like Cornertime Sucks which is (true confession time here) basically I-found-a-cool-picture-and-I'll-write-a-paragraph-on-it-because-I-need-to-post-SOMETHING-while-I-finish-the-post-I-really-wanted-to-write. It's sad really. Some of the best, most heartfelt stuff is written before anyone linked to them. Before they had any followers, or were mentioned on any other blogs. By the time the blog does have followers and links, those following the links are usually looking at several blogs, and do well to keep up with a few, much less go back and read all of one. So, fans of spanking blogs, I urge you, for your own good, to pick a couple of your favorites, and go back and look at the early stuff. There's a ton of titillating, enlightening, insightful content that's largely hidden from view. Buried treasure from the early aughts.
Other than my uhm, "research" for website reviews (more to come, er, more on the way) I enjoyed creating this post more than any other. A few more thoughts on 1st/early posts... I found that first posts are generally divided into two categories...
1) Many first posts are an introduction of what is to come. This is informative, but kinda boring. I really enjoy Rollin's writing on DisciplinaryTales, and his first post is an example of the here's-what you're-about-to-get model for first posts. This is more frequent for blogs that have a strong theme, or concept, and are more than just... "I want to talk about me, and spanking, and my involvement with spanking."
2) Other first posts (probably most) are more of a personal introduction. Though I really like theme blogs, these first posts are more fun to read, honestly. Pandora's first post is a good example. It serves as a great introduction of her and what she hopes to write about. (and it's also from 2006!)
But we can go back even further than that- Here's Bonnie's 1st post from about a year before (2005!)- It got a whopping two comments, but has the pic that she uses as her avatar in it. (and in the large version it's pretty cute!)
I guess the 3rd category would be blogs whose 1st posts don't really count because they weren't really the first blog post, just the 1st one I could find. Pink's had like 5 blogs and moved from one to the other. Erica spent her 1st post bitching about what MySpace did to her old blog, and I could not find Chross's 1st post, though the last one I could find in his archives says something about "here are some cool pics I haven't posted in awhile" and was from back in 2010 so I know that wasn't his first.
By the way, another little surprise I found... kudos to Alex in Spankingland. When I was researching this, I totally figured she'd been at this blogging thing for quite awhile. Nope- She started just before I did, but her 1st month was full of great content.
In my 1st post, I guess I tried to both introduce myself and talk about what I thought would be the theme of the blog. Again, I highly encourage my audience to take a look at the early work of their favorite bloggers. I think you'll enjoy it.
P.S. I added a new blog to my blog roll. It's called Spanking View and it's by the cameraman that works for Clare Fonda. Thanks to TimtheTurn I learned of it. By the way, his (the cameraman's... not Tim's) first post was about doing spanking model paperwork. I'm fascinated by behind-the-scenes stuff from the spanking industry, and it was especially interesting to me, because I just filled out some such paperwork myself this week.
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