The first entry on a new service always seems (to me, at least) to be far more daunting than it really has any business being. After all, it is unlikely to be far different to the entries that follow it, and so what is the big deal?
I'm not really too sure. All I know is that having a nice big empty canvas to work with is...interesting, and something that hasn't properly happened for some time now. It also brings with it a whole bunch of questions, which I've been busy pondering, and trying to figure out the answers to.
I know that Dreamwidth comes with the ability to import entries and comments from other LJ-based sites, and I've spent a while contemplating whether or not this is something that I would wish to do. After all, the odd 2000+ entries and I-don't-know-how-many comments is not exactly an insignificant history...
The verdict I've come to is that it is perhaps too much history. At the risk of sounding somewhat cheesy: I started my LJ back in 2002, and a lot has changed since then. I've changed a lot since then, and I'm not the person I was when I started that account. I by no means want to erase the record of that journey, but equally, it's not one that I feel is necessary to bring over with me to a new site. It feels like too much unnecessary baggage when the majority of it isn't really relevant to my current state of being.
So, for now at least, my other journal is going to remain un-imported. I believe I have the option to import everything at a later date if I change my mind at some point in the future, but I'll cross that bridge if and when I come to it.
The other main concern is: how open do I wish to be? Not in the level of detail I go into when writing so much as in whether or not I post publicly, or to a more restricted readership.
One upon a time, a very long time ago, I used to post kind of publicly. Most entries were locked, but the odd few here and there were posted for general consumption by anyone who happened to stumble across my journal. Personal circumstances changed, though, and dictated that I lock everything down. Due to an incident I do not care to go into great detail about, I felt far too exposed and at risk in a place that was meant to be one of sanctuary.
Then time went on, and life changed once more. I no longer have a pressing need to be so private in what I write, and usually do so more out of habit and a sense of comfort than anything else. Thus I think that I will start off posting at least semi-publicly, see how comfortable I feel, and then take things from there.
There. That was a nice big waffle about nothing very much. Ah well. It's as good a start as any. :)