What I did decide to do was take a look back to see who the first comment was from. Any guesses?
Believe it or not, John from Fish Creek Spinners was responsible for that comment on 12/20/2007 on a post written about twisting up some inline spinners. He's 100% to blame for providing that first bit of positive reinforcement to yours truly that a new blogger often looks for.
In working backwards...I also figured out I "met" both Mel & Shoreman on 8/29/09. Interestingly enough, Clif first spoke up the day prior. Wolfy...aka pre-OBN Joe...came a few months later on 11/23/09. Some other golden oldies from that time also included Len Harris, Fisherbabe, Fishin Fool, Wandering Owl, TackleBoxTalk, Bill, and Butch Adams.
Whenever I get retrospective about the blog, I often wonder what happened to Butch. He liked walking creeks, taking pictures of wildlife, and finding old Native American arrowheads. I enjoyed his blog a lot. Maybe Butch is still out there under a different alias and I just lost track, that happens from time to time.
Come 2010, things started going apesh*t in terms of comments and commentators, but man, if it isn't interesting looking back and seeing some names from the past.
If you've been blogging for more than a year or so, and you blog allows you to look back in "comment time," I suggest you do yourself a favor and spend a few minutes doing such. It makes for a very fun read.