Rory Asks; Do you remember?

Another interesting series of questions from Rory;

Do you remember your early days?

Like for instance, when you first got an internet connection? Dial up as opposed to broadband?

When was your first time with a blog, or a forum or even a game online?

Do you remember YOUR first times?

What mistakes did you make the first time ever that you … you can fill in the rest yourself. But this is about your early days as a writer online, or a gamer online – when was your first ever blog or forum?

What mistakes did you make back in the early days?

Do you remember YOUR first times?


When I read these questions, I couldn’t recall the when and how’s!

I think these dates are more or less accurate by my reckoning!

We got our first dial-up connection some 25 years ago. It was a strange and exhilarating time. It took some time to realize what a big change it was going to be. The first thing we got was the email. Then we progressed to online browsing, games, and of course, Google.

As for my first blog post, it was written on September 6, 2018. It was not bad. I guess for something that was unplanned, it went quite well. I started on an impulse and posted sporadically those days. I made many errors with my grammar and spelling. A few kind souls pointed out my mistakes in a friendly manner and I realized how important it was to check both the spelling and grammar before posting. I also gradually acquired the know-how of formatting my posts and installed Grammarly to check on the mistakes before they are posted.

In regards to online gaming, my mistake was that I got too engrossed in it. I’d lose track of time when I played on my computer. It resulted in generating a lot of resentment in my three kids, who were school-going at the time. I realized that I have a tendency towards addictive behavior and have cut down on my games drastically.

As for mistakes in general, I’ve made too many mistakes. So many that I don’t remember even one tenth of them. I can say that I’ve learned from my mistakes, but that won’t be true.

The truth is that I still make many mistakes but that’s how we all grow, by doing things the wrong was first and then eventually doing them the right way.

Thank you Rory! These were interesting questions that made me look back on my relationship with technology.




38 thoughts on “Rory Asks; Do you remember?

  1. Oh my goodness – dial up internet – what a nightmare! We were living out in the country at the time and had no other option. I was taking computer classes at the time and the connection was so much faster when I was at school. It was so frustrating to try to answer email at home that I would wait until I got to class. I think that was 2004 (?).

    I never got into any kind of video games on computer but I did enjoy word games. I started my blog in 2011 but let it lapse after a couple of years. When our city was evacuated due to wildfires in 2016 my blog became the tool I used to deal with the stress. I’ve been blogging every since.

    Oh mistakes, we all make them. It is an opportunity to learn and grow in my view.

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    1. It was at the time something like sci-fi for us. With time we realized how slow and tedious dial-up was. Then the regular cable came and finally we upgraded to fiber optic cable. Even now sometimes it’s working slow and everyone gets upset. We need to remember those early days.

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  2. Always interesting to learn about you and your life. I think I started here on WP in 2012 but was on Blogger before that. It’s a wonder this blogging thing. There’s always something interesting to read and write about. Very glad dial-up is a thing of the past. As for mistakes, always in the shadows, often coming out to show off.

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    1. Love this idea of mistakes showing off at inappropriate times! Yes, dial up was a slow way of doing things, but it was the stepping stone. Blogging is a wonderful hobby all around.


  3. That’s so interesting that your first blog post was unplanned. I had kept a diary faithfully since I was 13 and always imagined publishing it, so blogging came naturally to me. That is, the idea did. The know-how definitely didn’t. By the way, how do you use Grammarly on your WP blog? Or do you draft your posts in Word first?

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    1. Thanks Astrid. I have Grammarly installed on my phone and since I blog from my phone, I can switch between normal keyboard and Grammarly by clicking on its icon. I have to highlight the part I need to check and it does that.

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            1. I try to be organized where my blog is concerned. I pre-schedule post for the next day, before sleeping. I catch up on the comments and my reader whenever I find time.


  4. Hey Sadje, good answers – many thanks for taking part 🙂

    I remember we had a conversation about your gaming habits when you first began and how you had kicked the habit and now you have a new addictive one …………. called blogging 🙂


    1. Haha, yes from one addiction to the next. But while gaming and blogging both make me use my devices for a long time, blogging adds to both my knowledge and mental well-being. While gaming was just a waste of time mostly.

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      1. Gaming is never a waste of time, it uses time that you give to it and it does it well. But then, that is the same as blogging. Pending of course the games you play, you can have social in games also.

        I play mostly solo even in community games these days.

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  5. Oh my… I remember the first computer game we played was a text adventure on a cassette drive. Took FOREVER for it to load and we stayed up late as a family with some friends while we solved it. It had to have been nearly 40 years ago! First internet was dial up maybe 35 years ago that my Dad had… it was many years later until we moved up to internet with my husband… about 20 to 25 years ago. Just a few of my firsts. 😉

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