I’m back with a nostalgic post after a long time, disappointed to see I was not missed.😐

Most of you will instantly recognize the photo I’ve attached above. It’s one of the four sample photos included with every Windows XP installation. If you haven’t deleted, and if you’re on XP right now, you can still find this on My Documents > My Pictures > Sample Pictures. If the shortcut is deleted, the file is still found at C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\My Pictures\Sample Pictures location. It’s title is sunset, and it’s undoubtedly a beautiful image.

A few days ago, I found the first email I received from WordPress.com. You got it right, the confirmation email that was sent right after I registered. I recalled that it was 2008, but I didn’t know the exact date. Now I do. It’s…

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So you see the date of registration. Back in 2008, I wasn’t really sure what to blog about in English. I had two years of blogging experience in Bangla, and I could easily find out  a topic to write about. But writing in English was a big challenge for me. It still is, but I am more comfortable now. Anyway, the reason I started out an English blog was that I wanted my voice to be heard all over the world. I knew that the world will not fall into my blog to see what I’m writing. But writing in English was more like making it possible for everyone to listen to what I have to say. This used to make me quite excited. Thus I registered.

If you take a look at my archive, you wouldn’t believe that I’ve been blogging [in English] since 2008 because there are no posts dated back to that time. The reason is stupid. I started over a couple of times which means I deleted all the posts and started anew. So, all the previous posts were deleted.

Now let’s come back to the beautiful and one of the most common photos I’ve attached in this post. As my avatar (which is now called gravatar), I now use a portrait of mine. Back when I registered, I had no computer of my own. I used to blog, check emails, send writings to newspaper from public computer cafes. It was costly, painful and difficult. From one of those computers I uploaded this “sunset” photo and cropped to the middle of the photo before finally saving as my avatar. That photo existed for a long time on my gravatar account (linked with my primary gmail address). I deleted it some months ago.

So, that was my first avatar. And with this, I just remembered that I registered on WordPress.com and started my journey in English blogging from 25th January, 2008.

Want to see how WordPress.com looked back in those days? Check out this post’s screenshots.

Do you recall when you signed up for WordPress.com and started blogging for the first time?

Written by A. I. Sajib

I love writing about technology, life, and everything between. I love photographing people. I'm a Happiness Engineer at Automattic/WordPress.com. The best way to get to know more about me is through my blog at http://aisjournal.com.

17 comments

    1. Blogging is fun. Although sometime it gets lonely and boring when you don’t get as many comments/responses as you expect. But if the desire to blog comes from within, you will be able to keep it up. Best of luck with that.🙂

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  1. You’ve come a long way Sajib. Glad you can blog from your own computer now. I started blogging in February 2010. I did 6 posts for the month and had 145 views, in part because I pestered people i knew to please read my blog!

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  2. “Back when I registered, I had no computer of my own. I used to blog, check emails, send writings to newspaper from public computer cafes.”

    I never knew you had a rough wordpress days. That is really tiring going to public computer cafes back and forth and also the environment, sometimes it is dusty and sometimes its noisy. Good thing you can blog now at home.

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    1. Not only tiring, lot more problems. First I had to save money to spend on those cafes, then those computers were full of malwares and viruses, and not to mention awfully slow. Yes I had rough days.

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  3. Hello Sajib🙂

    That picture is really so beautiful and I didn’t know it was on my system all the time!

    I have experienced something similar. Though I used to write in forums from cyber cafes and had to face all those things–it was still fun because it was new and thrilling🙂

    You have kept a blog for 7 years here which is remarkable! I feel deleting posts was not wise, still what is done is done!

    I unfortunately joined WordPress only in July 2015. I blogged on blogger since 2011.🙂

    I feel WordPress is much better in many aspects.

    It is nice to meet you🙂

    Love and light❤

    Anand🙂

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    1. Hi,

      Thanks for your comment! You won’t believe the things that ship with your operating system.😀 And I mean that in a positive way.😛 Windows 7 shipped with a few awesome themes and wallpapers that were hidden deep within the C drive. I’ve discovered new things years after owning a computer.

      It used to be a pretty common thing to discover new things until the internet became mainstream. Nowadays, you get to know what’s buried deep inside something on the day it releases to the public — and sometimes even before that — on tech blogs and news sites.🙂

      Also, nice to meet you, too.🙂

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