|My long blogcation is over. Photo credit: Freewheeling Spirit.|
Most first blog posts fall into one of three categories:
(1) The test post, which often says something like this: "Hey, I have a blog; let's see how this goes;"The prolific blogger Gwadzilla is an example of the first category. His first blog post, in 2003, starts with a Shakespearean twist: "To blog or not to blog..." but he quickly answers that it's not even a question. "It is free," he emphasizes. Point well-taken.
(2) The "getting-right-down-to-business" post that includes no introduction whatsoever;
(3) An attempt by the blogger to introduce the subject matter of the blog.
The Drunken Housewife falls in the second category. Her first post, titled Not Sure How Long I Can Be So Perfect, gets right into a witty account of her family life that is the staple of her blog. Not bad.
According to the founder of dcblogs, who is a real expert on blogging, the best first post ever was by Why I Hate DC, whose 2003 first blog post stated:
This blog will contain the various reasons I hate living in Washington, D.C. There may be no rhyme or reason to my rantings, and likely no suggestion for how to solve the problems I have with the city and metro area. Frankly, my dear, suck on it.That is a third category first blog post par excellence. It is short and sets the tone beautifully.
My first, first blog post was six years ago on May 1, 2006. I tried to write something that would fall into the third category. I wrote that Freewheeling Spirit would be about the virtues of slowness and bicycling. I discussed how I had considered the blog title "The Slow Pedaler" but ditched it after my wife persuaded me that it would be misunderstood. Slow could be misconstrued to mean "dumb;" and pedaler could be misread as "peddler," as in one who wants to sell you something. I soon regretted the introduction to my blog when I discovered other topics I wanted to write about that did not fit into the first post's description.
|The first Freewheeling Spirit banner, designed by Meghan.|
Due to lack of time and interest, I deleted Freewheeling Spirit several times, and almost all the posts have disappeared into the ether, including that first blog post on May 1, 2006. I was able to preserve my second post, which turned out to be my favorite post from the old blog. It will once again be the second post of this blog.
|The banner during my Fixed Wheeling Spirit phase. Credit: Freewheeling Spirit.|
Testing, testing. Let's see how this goes...
My other blog:
Bikes For The Rest Of Us