This morning, Nina Hollander wrote about reaching her 1000th post, and she mentioned she didn't remember the first person who wrote on her blog. I thought back to my first post, and thought I knew who the first person was, so I went back to look. And I was wrong!
My first post was written in December 2010. I had just received my real estate license, and was starting my career although I wouldn't be a true full time agent for a few more years. I wrote a post about whether a transition from a corporate job to real estate was doable. That post provided a wonderful moment because it was featured, and at the time I didn't even realize what being featured meant. I was getting comments, and reading them, thinking, "Wow, this is so interesting!" and "Great, who is this person?" It was a fun experience, and the person I thought was the first person who commented on my post sent me a private email telling me that the correct process was for me to respond to people who took the time to comment. So that's what I did; I may have missed a few comments along the way over the past few years, but I do try to acknowledge everyone who takes to the time to say hello or comment on something I've written.
So who was the first person who commented on my blog? That would be Rob D. Shepherd of Florence, Oregon, who is still busy posting on ActiveRain. I've read quite a few of his blogs and was surprised when I realized (today) that I wasn't yet following him. He can be a humorous and concise writer, two traits I admire, so I've clicked the "follow" button which I should have done five years ago! And now I'm off to see which of the people who commented on that original post are still active on this site, and I'm going to "follow" them if I'm not already.
Do you know who was the first person to comment on your first post?