My first real experience with social media was Tumblr back in high school. I still have the blog I had back then—although I’m not as active, don’t post original content, I just reblog pictures, and don’t interact with anyone on there—but I also had another blog at one point, too, for some reason. To be honest, I’m not sure why I did, but it hasn’t been updated since 2011.
The other night, I stumbled upon that other Tumblr account I had, and it’s definitely me circa 2010/2011. It’s all Red Sox, NCIS, and Big Time Rush. Maybe I was a little weird in high school.
I won’t subject you to the URL, but it’s embarrassing. So I’ll share “above the fold” with you guys. Granted, I’m still obsessed with the Red Sox, still watch NCIS, and wish that Big Time Rush was still a thing, but I don’t think I’m as annoying about it.
Also in my quest of looking at my old blog, I wanted to change the theme of it, because the one I had used was bad and I thought this was a good way to spend my time instead of doing other important things, like working on my word count for NaNoWriMo or watching The Blacklist. So that required logging into the account, using one of my old email addresses from high school. The email I use now as my personal one involves my name—since we were told in the end of high school to have a “professional” looking email address—but in high school I had two other accounts that I used for social media purposes.
I tried logging into the account with the email I thought it was, but I didn’t know the password, so I had to reset the Tumblr password… but before that, I had to reset the password of that email address because I didn’t know what it was. Five minutes and a new password later for an account I’ll probably never log into again later, I was in and was able to change the Tumblr account password. And get a blast from the past with emails. I used to write notes on my phone—well, at that time it was most likely my iPod Touch—and then send them to myself, because I chronicled my junior and senior years of high school. So most of that email was full of those notes but I also found some other stuff I never realized I wrote, like about my ex-boyfriend when he was my boyfriend at the time.
So I went back to Tumblr and logged in with that email and it wasn’t even the right Tumblr blog. I apparently had another hidden blog. It only had like five posts, and I couldn’t even tell you what the purpose of it was. So then I had to log into Tumblr with another email I used in high school, had to reset the password to that email, got in, changed the Tumblr password, and then was able to log into the blog I wanted to. (And changed the theme for really no particular reason.)
I feel like we all have these old school social media accounts and email addresses floating around—one of the recovery emails for my old emails was my AIM email, like I’d ever remember the password for that! I had created some friends on Tumblr, back when I feel like people used it more, and we follow each other on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. (I also went on a date with someone I met on there… yeah…) Not to play “Remember when” but social media just seemed less stressful back when I was in high school (2009-2012), mostly because what we use now wasn’t invented yet or was just getting off the ground.
BUT I did find this and found it to be pretty funny:
I’ll be 26 in two years. Only one part of that will most likely be correct by then: having graduated college. I took one accounting class my sophomore year of high school—in 2010—and thought I wanted to be an accountant for the rest of my life. THANKFULLY I figured out that wasn’t a good idea. Having my own place may be iffy. Not sure if/when I’m ever moving out of my parents’ house… Maybe I could afford to in a couple of years. And 2010 me would be disappointed that 2018 me has only been to four Red Sox games.
Do you have any old social media accounts floating around in the Interweb? Do you still use them? Or did you completely abandon them and hope they’re still doing well?