Given the obvious expertise that my total of two posts exudes, you may find it hard to believe this is actually not my first forey into the world of blogging. Let’s take a little trip down memory lane, shall we?
The year was 1997. The Backstreet Boys had just released “Quit Playin Games With My Heart”, the sexy forbidden Abercrombie catalog was stocked in every mall, and I was a young gymnast of 11 years – 80% enthusiasm, 20% talent. An early adopter to the internet (I had just attended the Kids Technology Conference….really) I had started an Angelfire website about my passion for gymnastics. It was mostly imported pictures of Dominique Moceanu from the 1996 Olympics, and some posts about the various skills I had conquered, and my gym. I had 1, maybe 2 viewers. When I switched to a new gym, I took to the site to explain the reasons for my departure (better competition leotards, more balance beams, the usual scandalous stuff).
Somehow, unbeknownst to me, USA Gymnastics, the national governing body, found my weird Angelfire site and LINKED IT on THEIR site as the official website of my former gym. My former gym caught wind of this and did was any logical business would do when an 11 year old accuses them of having ugly leotards on the internet….they called my parents and threatened to sue us. So I was marched, wailing, apology note in hand, down to the gym to say I was sorry to my former coach. As if middle school wasn’t stressful enough. THANKS FOR NOTHING, 1997!!!