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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 his or her very first post with the larger WordPress.com community. To share your first post with us, copy and paste the link right into a comment here. 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.

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. 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.

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!
  • When commenting, the third time is not the charm: don’t share the same link repeatedly, or in multiple First Friday threads. We’ll remove repeat posts.
  • Link directly to your new post, rather than to your blog generally — it makes it that much easier for folks to like the post or leave you comments.
  • Avoid repeated “Follow for a follow!” comments. (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. I like the last bit about your grey haired husband smiling at other ladies. And it was interesting that you brought up jealousy being present at such an early age. Nice post!

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    1. It looks like you have a lot of place holder text you might want to clean up. I’d strongly suggest filling out your About page for people that stop by wanting to know what your blog is about. Other than that, it looks pretty good!

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    2. Welcome 🙂

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

      If you feel like you could use a little more help with the ins and outs of WordPress.com, there’s a really useful “getting started” tutorial here: http://learn.wordpress.com. Have fun!

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    1. One thing I noticed — you’re using a lot of tags. 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.

      Welcome!

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      1. Hi Michelle. Speaking of tags and categories, is there a page with more information about them both, and how to use them correctly? I am still getting my head around them and need to know more please!

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      2. This might help:

        Tags help readers find your blog.
        Categories help people already on your blog find specific things on your blog.

        If you wrote a post about your favorite movies, you might give it the tag “movies” so people searching for posts about movies in the Reader can find you. Then, you might give it categories like “Comedy” and “Action” so the people already on your blog who are looking for specific kinds of posts can find it.

        Some folks use both, some only use one or the other — it’s up to you.

        Make sense?

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      3. Oh that is perfect! Thank you! That explains a lot in such a user friendly way and just what I needed to know! I will have to go back and do some editing haha!

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    1. Welcome 🙂

      One tip — you have some placeholder text in your blog’s footer, down at the bottom — 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, not easier! If you cut your tags down to the most relevant, you’ll actually draw more readers.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Welcome 🙂

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

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi fellow mommy blogger! Congrats! Great post, and I like that you brought up PPD / PPA. I suffer from it currently and it’s definitely not really mentioned in detail during pregnancy.

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      1. Hello!!! Thank you for reading my post! I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the content. PPD and PPA are not commonly discussed, I agree, that is apart of the reason I wrote about it. I hope you will check back periodically for new mommy articles!

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    1. Welcome 🙂

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

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    1. Welcome 🙂

      One tip — you’ve got some placeholder text in your blog’s sidebar, over on the right — you can remove or edit that by going to My Site > Customize > Widgets. Look for the Text Widget!

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  1. I literally have no idea where to start! I have always wanted to write but struggle to even find an opening sentence that doesn’t make me cringe. I’ve sat here for almost 10 minutes trying to get even these insignificant thoughts down! I worry I will regret what’s written or be embarrassed if someone I know reads something I’ve written – hence the anonymous blog! But I have come to the realisation that life is too short to be held up by fears, So here’s it is…………The random, strange and sometimes confused ramblings of a Mama!

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    1. Sometimes it takes me a long time to start a post too! Don’t be embarrassed if you really like what you’ve written. If it makes you comfortable to be anonymous, then leave as is!

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    1. Looks like you have some place holder text. I would do away with it until you figure out what exactly you want to say. And I strongly encourage you to fill out your About page for readers to figure out what your blog is all about. Happy blogging and good luck with the job hunt!

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    1. Don’t think there’s a hidden mechanism to thank someone in gesture to their liking your posts. Comments do hold a large value.

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    1. Welcome 🙂

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

      Like