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First Friday

New blogger? Welcome! Share a link to your first post, say hello to other new faces, and find your first few readers.

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To find, copy, and paste your link:
Head to your blog’s home page — not your dashboard, your blog itself. Click on the title of your post to open the individual post.

Highlight and copy the URL you see in your browser’s address bar, and paste the entire URL into a comment here.

Welcome to First Friday, a weekly open thread where any new blogger can share a link to their first post with the larger WordPress.com community. To share your post, copy and paste the link right into a comment here.

Posts should have been published within the last month, and should be your first post. We’ll remove other posts to keep this space focused for new bloggers. If you’re not new, you can still be a part of First Fridays: visit a link or two, and leave the blogger a like or comment!

We ask that you help us keep this space focused by following a few additional guidelines:

  • We encourage anyone who shares a link to visit a few other bloggers. New readers for all!
  • The third time is not the charm: don’t share your stuff repeatedly, or in multiple First Friday threads. We’ll remove repeat posts.
  • Please don’t use this as a space to share your first post…. that you published three years ago; ditto for simply sharing your latest post. These will be removed as well.
  • Avoid repeated “Follow for a follow!” comments or repeatedly replying to comments with your link; this is considered spammy. (Tip: if you’re trying to build a readership, it’s much more effective to visit and comment on individual bloggers.)
  • To keep from losing your place while you visit others’ blogs, right-click on links to open them in a new tab or window.
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    1. Looks like you have a good start and kudos for finding First Friday! A lot of new bloggers don’t post here until they are a couple weeks into blogging. Good luck with university!

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    2. Great first post. I love your intimate style. I will be following and waiting in suspense for your new story. Maybe you’ll tell us whether or not you got in? Great job and cheers to a fellow newbie!

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      1. Thank you so much. I’m glad you enjoyed. I actually studied BA Creative Writing at university. English literature can be stressful. Give me a little time, I’d like to read some of the posts on your blog too. Thank you again.

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    1. One thing I noticed — you’re using a lot of tags and categories on some of your posts. The WordPress.com Reader actually filters out posts that use more than 15 tags and categories (combined) as an anti-spam measure, so using this many tags actually makes it harder for folks to find your posts, which is sad! If you cut your tags down to the most relevant, you’ll actually draw more readers.

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    2. This is beautiful, inspirational, and breath taking. I’m new to all of this so I can’t really offer any technical feedback but your page has truly hit me deep and I must say that you truly transcend all technicalities and truly offer your readers with something so deep and beautiful

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    3. Hi Nicole-What a beautiful blog. Your story is compelling and I’m sure you will have many readers following you. You will be both inspiring and practical–always a good combo! Thanks for sharing! Oh, I don’t know much about blogs, since this is my first week or so setting mine up! Thanks again!

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    1. I loved your about page!! In college I realized that I was spending so much time on my major and that I needed to remember the other things I liked to do! What a great thing you are trying to do! Can’t wait to read more. 🙂

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      1. I found your poem very expressive and emotive. Way to go 🙂

        A suggestion: you might want to add a few pages to your blog. Especially an ‘About’ page that helps readers know what your blog contains or is aimed at.
        You might also want to create a page that catalogues all your posts, so that they’re all at one place and easier to find.

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    1. Welcome! FYI: that link goes to your dashboard, so people won’t be able to see your site. The simplest way to get the public link is to go to your blog’s main page and click on the post title. Then, copy the address you see in your browser’s address bar and use that. Here’s your site: gouri94.wordpress.com

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    1. Hi GRV. It looks like you have an interesting topic to write about. I can offer two positive criticisms that may help you as you push yourself to make your blog the best possible: 1) Delete the template text at the top of your blog that says “if this is your first blog… blah, blah, blah” 2) Write your blog post and set it aside for a day or two before you publish it so you can re-read it with fresh eyes and catch your own mistakes like “word” instead of “world” etc. (or, find a friend to edit for you) –spell check doesn’t catch this kind of thing.

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    2. Welcome 🙂

      I noticed that you still have some placeholder text in your blog’s sidebar, on the right side — you can remove or edit that by going to My Site > Customize > Widgets. Look for the Text Widget!

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    1. One thing I noticed — you’re using a lot of tags on your posts. The WordPress.com Reader actually filters out posts that use more than 15 tags and categories (combined) as an anti-spam measure, so using this many tags actually makes it harder for folks to find your posts, which is sad! If you cut your tags down to the most relevant, you’ll actually draw more readers.

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    1. Welcome!

      One thing I noticed — you’re using a lot of tags and categories on your post. The WordPress.com Reader actually filters out posts that use more than 15 tags and categories (combined) as an anti-spam measure, so using this many tags actually makes it harder for folks to find your posts, which is sad! If you cut your tags down to the most relevant, you’ll actually draw more readers.

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    1. One thing I noticed — you’re using a lot of tags and categories on some of your posts. The WordPress.com Reader actually filters out posts that use more than 15 tags and categories (combined) as an anti-spam measure, so using this many tags actually makes it harder for folks to find your posts, which is sad! If you cut your tags down to the most relevant, you’ll actually draw more readers.

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    1. Hi there! One tip: you’re using a lot of tags and categories on some of your posts. The WordPress.com Reader actually filters out posts that use more than 15 tags and categories (combined) as an anti-spam measure, so using this many tags actually makes it harder for folks to find your posts, which is sad! If you cut your tags down to the most relevant, you’ll actually draw more readers.

      Like