In Nora Ephron’s romantic classic “You’ve Got Mail,” Meg Ryan’s character wrote the following to her e-mail pen pal: “I like to start my notes to you as if we’re already in the middle of a conversation. I pretend that we’re the oldest and dearest friends…” For this first, most auspicious blog post, I am going to take a page from that favorite movie o’ mine and begin my first note to you, the reader, as if we’re already in the middle of a conversation…but for a slightly different reason. Wait for it…
Writing the first post is HARD! There’s so much pressure! Does it capture the reader’s attention? Is it entertaining? Does it make the reader want to hang around and be your friend? Does it compel him or her to follow your blog and hoist you out of the blogosphere abyss? Is it awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, enriching? DOES IT CHANGE THE WORLD?!?
The struggle is real, people. And by the time I’ve picked myself up off the floor, having succumbed to the panic attack that put me there, I am ready to throw in the towel on this whole blogging thing, make myself a cup of hot tea, and go watch a movie. Probably “You’ve Got Mail.” So, instead of using this first post to delve into an intellectually stimulating topic intended to turn education on its ear, I’m going to attach a picture of the first page in my K&Company SMASH* book from ten years ago. (Ahem) I believe it speaks for itself. And if you have trouble reading it, just imagine that it contains all kinds of pithy wisdom for the ages.
Am I finished now? Is that enough for my first post? And…why are you still reading this?