My first impulse was to simply present you with the very first Blog Break from two years ago. But that would have been extremely lazy, and anyway, two years are a mere blip in the life of a writer. Many of our bloggers have been active far longer than that, which set me to wondering. What were they like when they were just starting out? How has their work and outlook changed in the meantime? Because the internet never forgets, I'm able to answer those questions right now!
Kathy Evans first blogged as her Mrs Bung persona five years ago, in March 2010. Apparently, she first had to "fish her blog out from behind the internet with some sort of coat hanger contraption" and then craft this delightful opening post that endeavours to "write nice things about people."
I don't know how it's been allowed to happen that SCBWI stalwart Jon Mayhew has not yet appeared on the Blog Break proper. Nonetheless, I'm including him here because I loved his second-ever blog post from March 2009 about getting his debut book deal for Mortlock. It's a post that made me smile, sigh and nod with recognition.
Sarah McIntyre started her LiveJournal site in June 2006, back when she was still in art college. To start with, she seems tentative, posting the odd picture she has drawn. But by August/September that same year, she'd started to become the awesome blogging machine we know and love! Consider, for example, this gawky teenage Japanese Trinity, these beautiful sketches of the East End or this crazy collage of her commute. You can see how Sarah was experimenting with different styles and not knowing which to plump for - this last image expresses her difficulties with choosing a direction for her final project.
I hope you've enjoyed this trip into the recent past, and why not join the party by adding a link to your very first blog post in the comments section? We'll be traveling back to the present with a jolt next week for some up-to-the-minute Blog Breakery.
Nick Cross is a children's writer, Undiscovered Voices winner, occasional blogger, ex-zombie and part-time superhero for two hours every Wednesday evening (but only after putting the bins out).
He also writes children's short fiction for Stew Magazine.