Just curious how other people get started, do you build a house right away, find a village, make a cave a home, or move around constantly. Do you build a bunch of microfarms, start big farms, do everything manually, go caving... etc etc.
Personally, I like to find a cave system and build in the top of it, it offers good security from mobs, and takes away the need to build a structure early on. I get some manual crop farms going inside of it early, wheat and carrots or potatoes. I make a 1x1 pit for cows to go into, and set it up so once I get a bunch, I can filter the babies out to keep a constant supply of steak going. Recently I made a chicken farm too, just a bunch of chickens on a hopper making tons of eggs, don't know if I really need it, but I have it if I do. I get a little tree farm going outside, usually birch because it's predictable on how high it'll grow, and I don't have to go out far chopping wood for chests and sticks and such. I cave in the system I base in periodically to keep the coal and iron supplies up. Then I work towards more end game stuff from there like getting diamonds, enchanting, etc.
Curious to see how others like to move through the early game.
3) Dig into side of hill, place door, create furnace and charcoal for torches, make some glass for around the cave's front door
4) Murder all livestock in area for a basic food supply and a bed
5) Dig down to y=11 and start mining for iron. Avoid caves (though in Bedrock cave spawns are so rare it's actually not that difficult to survive in them with just basic equipment).
6) Once I have iron armor, pick, sword, and a small supply of ingots, I go explore for a good place for a real base; usually not too far away
Once I have a place picked out for a real base (usually this will be a small-medium starter base, built on the surface), I'll create a small farm for pumpkins (jack-o-lanterns) and sugar cane (for maps). Also some wheat. Find a couple of cows and chickens and start breeding them. Dig a branch mine and work towards diamond armor. Stay up at night to kill spiders to make a bow.
Once I have diamond armor and sword, a bow, plenty of arrows, a stack of steak, and a stack at least of torches and jack-o-lanterns, I'll head off to fully explore the map (at max zoom), noting any ravines, villages, mansions, etc. that I find. Sometimes I'll stop and raid a ravine for materials (slimes especially). If I find a village typically I'll build my 2nd base there. That base gets fully-automatic farms, a trading hall, iron golem farm, etc.
That's where I'm at in my current world. A base on top of a river (glass floor) between a trading hall/farms on one side and the village/golem farm on the other. A Nether portal is nearby, and there is a vast warren of caves underneath the village.
Now I'm exploring a Nether fortress and planning for a 3rd base, near the ocean so I can start exploring the new Aquatic stuffs.
The first thing I try to do is get a bed. I'll sometimes live in a classic dirt cube until I have aquired some iron armor and tools, then I'm off to find my first base location, often times at the first dungeon I find. I mine up coal and iron like it's going out of fashion. Then I try to get an enchantment room built so I can enchant a fishing rod, thereby collecting an infinity bow a little easier. I have been avoiding the Nether Fortresses because of that Blaze bug, but still do occasionally wander around scrounging up soul sand, magma blocks, and of course quartz. I typically get established in one area, then when that area gets boring I'll go explore and set up in a new area. I also collect flowers. Many a base of mine has a pretty flower garden.
For what it's worth, the blaze bug does not seem to affect Xbox One single-player. Or at least it's not affecting ME in Xbox One single-player. The bug report has a lot of people talking about Realms, and one guy on Switch single-player who got hit with it.
I have 3 blaze spawners with just a few hallways of each other and I've been fighting them for a couple of days. Their fireballs don't even take half a heart from me sometimes (diamond armor with Prot IV or Fire Prot IV).