There are two things that terrify me: waiting for feedback on a story, and going back to look at old blog posts. What will I find? Some...

There are two things that terrify me: waiting for feedback on a story, and going back to look at old blog posts. What will I find? Something barely okay, or content that will make me cringe for eternity? So when the wonderful Victoria @ Wanderer's Pen tagged me to participate in this blog hop...I was nervous. (But thank you, Victoria!)

My content, image, and purpose for Quill Pen Wrier has shifted dramatically over the past (almost) two years. But before we peek at my first published post, here are the rules for the hop, originally started by Sarah:

  • No cheating. You must highlight your first post. Not your second post, not one you love… the first post only.
  • Link back to the person who tagged you (thank them if you feel like it or, if not, curse them with a plague of ladybugs).
  • Cut and paste your old post into a new post or reblog your own bad self. (Either way is fine, but NO editing.)
  • Put the hashtag #MyFirstPostRevisited in your title.
  • Tag five (5) other bloggers to take up this challenge.
  • Notify your tags in the comment section of their blog (don’t just hope they notice a pingback somewhere in their spam).
  • Feel free to cut and paste the badge to use in your post.
  • Include “the rules” in your post.
  • Completely silly rules that I’m making up as I type:
  • Write your post while wolfing down your favorite dessert.
  • Do 10 cartwheels after you hit “Publish.”

My first post, Stardust and Dreams, posted on the 10th of April, 2016:

  Sometimes a sentence will pop into your mind, and you can’t shake it off. It sticks like caramel, sickly sweet and quick to fasten to your teeth. The sentence is everywhere for a few days, and then it fades into the background. It’s a favourite doll set aside when its owner has grown up.

       All we are is stardust and dreams, latched onto my mind during a road trip through the Thai mountains a few months ago. 

I immediately scribbled it down. I could imagine a character hugging their knees, staring at the sky, world torn apart, saying the quote. It struck deep with what I thought was truth.

Not quite knee hugging, but you get the idea.

       I eventually forgot about it.

       But a few weeks ago, it rose from the watery depths of my creative brain, and I reconsidered it. I considered it for not only the characters we write, but ourselves, and I realized something.

We are more than stardust and dreams.

       We have strengths, weaknesses, flaws, quirks, goals, joys, dislikes, passions, families, and yes, dreams. But we are not dust stuffed with make-shift dreams and given hope one day we might accomplish them. We are creations of the Living God; we are his children.

       If we tell ourselves that we are not made of anything important, we are failing to see the story God is writing for us. He is the author of our story, and we are the fully dimensional characters.

       So if you think you are pieces of the heavens it didn’t want anymore, dropped and forgotten, take a deep breath. Look at every part of your heart and mind. There are emotions. There are thoughts. There are promises. There is God’s lingering touch, the message that says, I made you. I made you for a reason.

       God has never regretted making you, because you are more than stardust and dreams.

You are special.

My thoughts on the post: I actually completely forgot about this post! I had another one in mind, that I thought was my first, so I was surprised to see this was the one. It's definitely a reflection of a lot of my thoughts at the time. What's particularly interesting is I could underline sentences in the post, of specific thoughts or realisations that I clung onto in that part of my life.

My original plan for Quill Pen Writer was to have two posts a week, one inspirational, and one for writing advice. (Any guesses which one this is?) That eventually didn't pan out, and I took a different turn in the way I presented my thoughts and opinions. I feel that I wrote this post more for myself than anyone else, which makes it close to my heart.

I'm glad it didn't end up being one of my old cringy writing advice posts, haha! Now, because I want to see other blogger's first posts, I tag...

And here is the blog hop banner, if you wish to use it:

What are your thoughts on my first post? How has your writing style and content changed from your first blog post? Do you cringe, or smile, when you read your old writing?
Have a lovely day! <3

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  1. This is beautiful, Melissa! I don't think there is anything wrong with it! <3 You are amazing!

  2. Wow!! I love your first post, Melissa! You're such a great writer!

    Oh wow! Thanks for the tag!!!! I'll have to dig out my first post (which, if I remember correctly, was a very convoluted affair)


    1. Oh thank you so much!!! <3 That's so lovely of you.

      Haha, I'm sure it's fine! But good luck, anyway. :) Can't wait to see it!

  3. Best first post I've seen. Can't wait to see the others who you tagged and what they have to say. *evil laugh* Awesome job. :)

    1. Aw, thanks so much Ivie! <3 Hehe I can't wait to see either! *joins in the evil laughter*

  4. This is really good! It's hard to believe this was your first post. It's so well written!

    1. Thanks Sarah! I was quite surprised that I didn't cringe while reading it! :D

  5. Thanks for tagging me! My first post isn't amazing like this, I just awkwardly stepped into the blogosphere without knowing what really to write... Xd

    1. You're very welcome Gray! :) Naw thank you! I'm sure it will be fine. :D

  6. This is a fun meme! I like your first post and it's a lot of fun seeing how bloggers change their ideas and style over the years :)

    1. It is! Aw thank you, I'm glad you like it! Haha it's lots of fun; I can't wait to see other bloggers' first posts! :)

  7. This is a great first post! Thanks for sharing it. ^ ^

    1. Thank you! <3 I'm happy you liked it; thanks for tag!

  8. Your first post was awesome; so inspiring and well written! As far as I can remember my first post was literally just the quote I took my blog name from and the second was a review of Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier. So not much of an introduction to my blog! :)

    1. Aw thanks Laura! <3 I'm glad you enjoyed it. :) Well, the quote does explain your blog title, so it does pose as an introduction that way, I suppose. :D

  9. *squeaks* I have to agree with Gray, above... I stepped in awkwardly and my first post really reflects that! You might be getting a plague of ladybugs, Melissa... xP

    Seriously, though, thanks for the tag! (And your first post was sweet and thought-provoking - I mean, "if you think you are pieces of the heavens it didn’t want anymore, dropped and forgotten, take a deep breath" - w o w :)
    Jem Jones

    1. Haha, I don't mind! I'm still eager to see your posts. xD

      You're very welcome! Awww thank you. <3 I'm very happy you enjoyed it!