No Post Day: First Comment

“Knights Of Cydonia”; Muse
Flaming Energy Ball… let me know if the YouTube isn’t available.


I am so freaking hungry right now… it’s almost 6pm and I’ve been dicking around on Other Peoples blogs all day. I took a run through my blogroll and found some people who have given up blogging, who have for various reasons either paused or vacated their blogs… thankfully no deletes, however. I did it mostly because Dame Wiggy has taken hers private, but also because it has been awhile since I’ve checked out the blogs in my blogroll. No doubt about it, it’s always weird to take a stroll through someone else’s conversations.

So then I spent an hour tapping the “Next” Arrow to see some random WordPress blogs… and, I’m not sure if this is done on purpose, but I ran through thirty or more blogs in a row with no or very few comments on them. Once I noticed it started getting depressing, then weird. Then I was going to make a list of them, like put their URL’s together in a post and maybe either move some traffic to their sites or show them some way of using tags and categories to find other bloggers with a similar interest and maybe they could connect and find out they both like Anime or Bob Dylan or firetrucks or purple silicon dildos and they could stay up later and later writing longer and longer and more intricate emails about people and places and things they have always found exciting and moving and worth sharing only with someone special who could turn a phrase in exactly the right way and write exactly the right thing at just the perfect moment and then they could share photos and images of themselves taken in moments of exasperation and triumph and then maybe show each other photos of themselves in ecstasy with their eyes desperate and longing and maybe a touch embarrassed then they could plan a meeting because their city is so close to their city and an open air cafe could be chosen and travel plans made and planes boarded and luggage found and when they meet their hands touch and there’s a spark and they date and love and they come together for years and years and years… but then I remembered how hungry I am and really, who needs that fucking responsibility?

So while I’m in the kitchen digging through dirty socks (don’t ask) trying to find enough change to buy a loaf of bread, a container of milk and a stick of butter… and 4L of Diet Aspartame, my question for anyone willing to answer on this No Post Day is…

Who was the first person to ever comment on your blog*, and are they still taking part in your blog?


*Hint: check your Comments Page… and if you don’t have a blog, do you still take part in the blog you first commented on?




About Gabriel...

...diagnosed with manic depression when I was nineteen, for the next 14-years I lived without treatment or a recovery plan. I've been homeless, one time I graduated college, I've won awards for reporting on Internet privacy issues, and a weekly humour column. In 2002 I finally hit bottom and found help. It's now 2022, and I have an 8-year old son, and a 12-year old son... I’m usually about six feet tall, and I'm pretty sure I screwed up my book deal. I mostly blog at
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14 Responses to No Post Day: First Comment

  1. Nita says:

    When I first started blogging I used to very often not get comments at all on my posts and frankly it didn’t make me sad at all. I was getting people reading them (a few through search engines) and I was okay with that because I rarely comment when I come across some info through a search engine. In fact I was not comfortable with commenting myself at all until several months into blogging! I did love the comments when they came though. It was like I was terribly grateful if someone commented, but I understood if they didn’t!
    Well, I am not sure whether I am clear in what I said.

  2. Gabriel... says:

    Hi Nita… you’re pretty clear, but who was the first person to comment on your blog? And was it a good one?

  3. exactscience says:

    I got my first comment from Kayla who blogs over at

    The comment was long, think it is still the longest I have received and it was quite positive, she offered a few words about anti-depressants, an unnecessary comment about me not being my diagnosis and ended up a helpful note about why she found blogging helpful.

    It was a good well rounded comment. She hasn’t made a comment since but I get four or five people chipping in on occasion.

    I first commented on her blog, now mainly this one, Pole to Polar and Fighting the Urge.

  4. only4now says:

    My new blog (only a couple weks old) gets very little traffic and no comments. I am cool with that because I post some of my dark stuff there.

    However another blog that I have has many regulars. The first person to comment was my sister. I don’t think she reads my blog any more.

    It was set up as a on-line scrap book for my oldest son who just returned from Iraq. My sister said the war was boring her.

    I guess it is old news unless you have someone at war whom you stress about. *shrugs*

    I have not posted there

    in over a week and still get a lot of people stopping by. I feel bad for not sharing something… But, I am drained.

  5. Gabriel... says:

    Exact Science: you should check up on Kayla, apparently she’s been having some problems with visitors attacking posts or her… I liked her comments as well.

  6. exactscience says:

    Totally right. I have emailed her

  7. Anita Marie says:

    My first comments came from people I know- one of them knew I was writing and googled me and passed the link around.

    It went from there- but pretty much the same blogs I started reading over a year ago are the same ones I visit now.
    No Post Day Rulz.

  8. nursemyra says:

    the first person to leave a comment on my blog was raincoaster.

    unfortunately, I deleted that post in a flurry of hasty housekeeping but I still remember the feeling I had of “oh my gosh, someone’s reading me”

  9. Clare says:

    My first comment was from a person I knew in real life who turned me onto WordPress. She and I are no longer friends. It’s a sad story and I cannot say how it all ended. I fought against the parting, but it was for the best.

  10. Gabriel... says:

    Damn straight No Post Day’s rule Anita, but it’s all because of you. It’s even (albeit slowly) spreading… Bryan recently has his first very own No Post Day.

    Unfortunately it would appear First Comments are very much like other First Times… sometimes it’s best not to be reminded of things we almost always remember. I thought for sure I’d get some ideas for blogs to put into my blogroll as it’s currently getting a little empty from people either taking time off or just not coming back…

    only4now: the cavmom site must have taken a real toll on you, I can’t imagine it would have been easy having people from Other families leaning on you for support… I’d also think you’d receive quite a bit of Trolls coming over to debate the pros and cons of the Iraq War.

  11. Anita Marie says:

    Garbriel…can you put up a link to Bryan’s No Post?
    I’d like to check it out.

  12. Gabriel... says:

    Totally… my bad, here it is:

    His blog is called HiDef Entropy which, in my opinion, is still one of the best blog names in Here.

  13. only4now says:

    Gabriel ~ I think the cavmom site offered a constructive distraction for me. There were a few trolls but they were quickly ran off by others.

    It was after my son returned, and I no longer felt the push to post, that the uglies of my depression were allowed to creep back in.

    The feeling of being needed by others was giving me strength.

  14. Nita says:

    Hey! I sort of missed that question. But coming to that, there was this young fella called Jugal who was the first person to comment on my blog, on my first second post. He was part of the writers group I was in at that time and I knew him. I had sent him a link to my new blog. And the first stranger to comment on my blog was a guy called Krishna and he commented on a post I had made on teenage sex. Both comments were thoughtful and related to the post. 🙂

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