Hey! Look! My first blog post ever!

Eager Bunny meets Flower, and Flower is anxious about Bunny's intentions.

Four days ago I went to bed feeling very excited.

“Wow! I don’t have to work tomorrow! I don’t have any appointments at all! I don’t ever have to leave the house, so I can just sit on the couch in my bathrobe all day! This makes it the perfect day to write my first blog post! This is gonna be awesome!”

The next morning I awoke discombobulated from a night of anxiety dreams about taking my special-needs rabbit to a new veterinarian, and less inclined towards excessive use of exclamation points. I felt a great deal more skepticism about how my blog-starting plans were going to work out. My mega-mug of coffee did nothing to assuage my sense of trepidation.

So I visited my favorite blogs, looking for clues. I was hoping to find their first posts to see what they did.

I was strangely unable to locate those posts. I did some poking around in the archives, but nowhere did I find anything that said, “Hey! Look! My first blog post ever!”

I don’t know why this is, but my suspicion is that they were deleted. Those folks have been refining their skills for years, and their personal standards have gone up considerably. At a certain point, they probably went back and eliminated the evidence that they, too, had to start somewhere without quite knowing how to do it.

Beginnings are messy — at least for me. That first reaching out to test the waters can be all the fun of a cannonball into the deep end of the pool, but often it’s more like teenage forays into sex — exciting, awkward, vulnerable, and not something you want to be reminded of in any detail years later. To get to that “years later” point where sex is awesome, you have to go through the blundering beginnings of it (hopefully you have no idea what I’m talking about). I also think that if you’re doing things even a little bit right and making a habit of challenging yourself, life is full of beginnings — and all of the floundering and false starts that are part of that. It’s not a matter of knowing what you’re doing so much as becoming more comfortable with the process of figuring it out. I tend to figure things out as I go. So here we are.

Me sketching on my tabletI’m supposed to tell you what my blog will be about. I don’t think I can do that yet. I can, at least, tell you what I’m about.

I currently work for a small local nonprofit. Most of what I do is behind-the-scenes communications work for a capital campaign.

I believe that communication is really about storytelling and creating connections, and figuring out the best way to do both across a variety of different media. I experiment with words, sketches, graphics, and photos.

I’m interested in a wide range of subjects: bunnies, community planning, bicycle infrastructure, the intersection between culture and personal choices, inline skating, digital art and design, what’s going on in my neighborhood, tech toys, cats, fiber arts, learning new things, and connecting with new people — in no particular order. Sometimes I like to dig in deep and carefully sort through the details of a thing. Sometimes I just want to share a cute bunny pic. If any of that sounds good to you, I hope you’ll read, respond, and make this a conversation.

C’mon, hit that “follow” button. Come along with me as I sort this out. I’d love your company!

10 thoughts on “Hey! Look! My first blog post ever!

  1. Here’s to great beginnings. I used to blog (semi anonymously) and I still once in a while do. What embarrasses me about my work is not the “mistakes” but the days and weeks and months where I let it go unwritten. I am wondering about my ‘first’s but now recall that I started on MySpace of all places. Those were extremely cringeworthy.

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    1. Thanks! I really appreciate that thought. It confirms my hope – that it’s better to show up, fumble, and be ready to do a better job the next time, than to do nothing at all because perfection is highly unlikely. 🙂

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  2. *HUGS* I think a blog about all of the things that you deem bloggable sound great! I look forward to reading your interesting commentary on all things, and Ziyal!

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    1. Hey, thanks so much! And my apologies for taking so long to reply – I’m new at this (obviously) and I didn’t know that WordPress has a spam thingy that I need to check. I have no idea why your comment was in there, but lesson learned – I need to make sure I check that box in the future in case WordPress screws up again. Thanks so much for reading and for taking the time to comment! *HUGS* to you too. ❤

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    1. Wow, thanks for posting that! I like it – she does a great job of introducing herself in a way that makes you want to read more. I love that she calls the baby Milkbreath. It doesn’t look like she’s posted anything these last 2 years, but I followed anyway,just in case. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to share that.

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    1. Wow, Asher, thanks so much! I really appreciate that you stopped by to have a look at my blog, and that you took the time to leave such encouraging words. That really means a lot to me! I’ve been enjoying your blog and I’m looking forward to reading more. 🙂

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        1. Hee! I just thought it was some cool new slang I hadn’t heard before. Autocorrect gets me all the time…also I do a lot of my blog-reading on my phone and I’m always fat-fingering things or hitting send in the middle of a sentence. Alas. 😛

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