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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.

For other help:
If you’re not new and are looking for support or feedback, the Community Pool is the place for you!

For technical questions, visit the WordPress.com Support Forums.

To learn more about blogging, take a Blogging U. course.

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 noticed that your blog’s home page has lots of placeholder text on it. You can find your theme’s details here: https://wordpress.com/themes/dara — it’ll help you learn to customize and configure all the parts of your home page.

      To start, give your site a title! You can do that my going to My Site > Customize > Site Identity.

      Welcome 🙂

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    1. Welcome! I like your theme choice, easy on the eyes if I had to do some long reading. From me to you, never second guess yourself about your writing. Just start hammering away and the rest will come, its all about practice. I am new to this too, and having a great time. I look forward to reading some of your work 🙂

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    2. Welcome 🙂

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

      Happy blogging!

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    1. Btw it has officially been a week since I’ve been using WordPress and I’ve never been so alive writing and seeing people read my blogs… I still have a lot to learn on here so I’d appreciate you guys to give me feedback good or bad so I could improve my blogging! 😊

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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.

      Welcome!

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  1. whew! so many beautiful people in the wordpress community. thanks michelle w. for hosting this new blog post thread. and thanks to all of you who were kind enough to check out my blog, follow and/or comment! have a great weekend, everyone! 🙂

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    1. Welcome!

      FYI: that link goes to your dashboard, which is private, 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 homepage and click on the post title. Then, copy the address you see in your browser’s address bar and use that.

      Here’s your homepage: https://prozachaven.wordpress.com/

      Also, it looks like you haven’t given your site a title yet! If you’d like to add one (we recommend it), you can do that my going to My Site > Customize > Site Identity.

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      1. The dashboard is the behind-the-scenes part of your blog — the place where you write posts, manage your settings, etc. If you go to “My Site” in the upper left corner, you’ll see links to all the parts of your dashboard.

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      1. Nope, not in the slightest lol. I feel better, which is why I started it. I’m currently trying to implement foods back into my diet, figure out what the problem was.

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    1. Welcome 🙂

      One small thing: I noticed that you still have some placeholder text in your blog’s sidebar, to the right of 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. FYI: that link goes to your dashboard, which is private, 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 homepage and click on the post title. Then, copy the address you see in your browser’s address bar and use that.

      Here’s your homepage: http://oneearthorbitblog.wordpress.com/

      (Any link that begins with “wordpress.com” rather than with your unique name will take people to their dashboards.)

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      1. Thank you lol what i have read thats what it said a blog was like a diary or journal. But i think im going to take the Blogging University course to get a better understanding. I just want to have fun with it.

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    1. Welcome 🙂

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

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    1. I suffer from postpartum anxiety, so thank you for being so open about your struggles. It’s probably just personal preference, but the header and footer are really large compared to the area for your content. Someone told me that the footer widgets, especially the calendar, can take up so much space. It’s just a visual thing, but maybe something to think about.

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      1. Thank you so much for shearing with me as well. There’s so many people who suffer in silent and I think mental health needs to be looked at and understood instead of hidden away and left to false stigmas. I never thought about that but your point on the header and footer being huge is actually really good advice. Thank you 🙂

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