It is time for another exciting episode of Whatnot Wednesday.
And by “exciting” I mean that it won’t actually cause you to lapse into a coma. At least, I hope not. I just finished paying off the last lawsuit from when someone slipped into a coma after reading one of my posts.
But today I’m not here to talk about comas or their use as an important literary device (i.e. handy for keeping important characters who are not needed at the moment in cold storage until they are needed later).
No, I am here to tell you that this is a very historic date and one that will reverberate with all of us here.
It was on this day in 1690, a mere 329 years ago (as the crow flies), that Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick, the first newspaper to appear in the Americas, published what would be both its first and its last edition.
Obviously, correct spelling was not high on their agenda. (Much like today’s modern blogger.)
The writers of POBF&D posted their first post and then spent an agonizing 12 hours wringing their hands and wondering if anyone would read it.
When they did not receive even a single like (and certainly no followers), they gave up the enterprise as a complete waste of everyone’s time and shut down their fledgling B.L.O.G. (Balderdash, Libels, Outrages, and Generalities).
So here we are, 329 years later, repeating the mistakes of our forefathers (and foremothers).
But this time it will be different.
I just know it will!
(By the way, when one wrings their hands, is it left-hand-on-top? Or right-hand-on-top?)
How To Play Whatnot Wednesday
- Write a blog post entitled “Whatnot Wednesday” (it can be about anything)
- Add these guidelines to the bottom of your post
- Add a link to this post in your post
- Add the tag #WhatnotWednesday to your post
- Post your post
- In the comments below in my post, leave a link to your Whatnot Wednesday blog post
- See how many bullet points you an end with the word “post”
- Most of all …. HAVE FUN!