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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.

Image by Nicole Beaulac.

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

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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. Hi Vijay,

      Thanks for your enthusiasm! First Fridays are really only for bloggers sharing their first post published within the last month. As someone with nearly 100 posts under your blogging belt, you’re ready to head on over to the Community Pool to share your work. It’s a place where bloggers of all stripes and levels of experience are welcome to share their work and get feedback. Thanks for understanding!

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      1. I have a question about the Community Pool. Is there a limited time to join the conversation? Every time I try to join in I get a bit confused as to how to comment. Plus it usually says the comments are closed. Or am I doing something wrong here?

        I’m a bit embarrassed since I’m very familiar with the WordPress blogging platform, however, I’m just now trying to participate within the community.

        Any help would be greatly appreciated!

        -Shalaria

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      2. Each Community Pool thread is open for a week, and you’re free to jump it at any time. Every Monday morning, we close the comments from the previous week and start a new post. If you miss one week, join us the next! Commenting works the same way it does in First Friday; you can leave a new comment with a question, or respond to anyone you’d like.

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    1. It’s a cool looking site you have got there and posts are great, I read and commented. I don’t know if it’s me alone but I like when there post are layered using paragraphs, it helps the reading go smoothly rather than finding what line I am on after a while, maybe because I use phone most times. Kudos and welcome to WP community!

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      1. haha careful what you wish for! All I did was let you KNOW that your pleasure goes at someone’s cost. You’re old enough to understand but unfortunately not mature enough to see it for what it is. Being mindful when talking of the ‘little’ things doesn’t hurt a little – compared to what I shared with you.

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    2. Hello

      I like your site! Simple, visual, and your tagline makes it very clear what your writing is about! Good luck with your adventures – writing and otherwise – and I am following you now 🙂

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    3. Does the name of your blog come from californication? And the simplicity of your site is what’s the most attractive thing about it and I read some of the blogs they’re amazing. Everyone I see seems to be so so good just at the beginning….you’ll do good, I’m sure!

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    4. Wow! I’m new to this and only set up a couple of days ago. I’m still doing my site up but yours is so clean and perfect reading, I’m following you and will for sure be popping back often to read! It would be appreciated if you could look at mine http://wifeofanamputee.com and let me know where I am going wrong because I feel mine is boring 😦 thank you for your time x

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      1. Thank you I would appreciate that. I love your layout and found it so easy to go from one blog to the next. Mines all over the place. I love your colours too! It’s just a lovely read, looking forward to the next time I pop back x

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    1. Ok, firstly get a ‘like’ button. Because I wanted to press it so bad. Secondly I started my blog for EXACTLY the same reason. Like, hello underneath all this perfection I’m screaming my head off! Welcome! Can’t wait to read more

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  1. Hello everyone,

    I started a new blog and have posted to it a few times. If you like inspiration with a little humor go check it out!

    sethrickrode.wordpress.com

    Please comment and let me know what you think. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Okoto,

      First Fridays are really only for bloggers sharing their first post published within the last month. As someone with bunches of posts under your blogging belt, you’re ready to head on over to the Community Pool to share your work. It’s a place where bloggers of all stripes and levels of experience are welcome to share their work and get feedback. Thanks for understanding!

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    1. What you are planning sounds similar to what i’ve just recently started myself. What I do is carry around a little note book and jot down notes about comments made in my day or things of interest I see. When I have time, I write a usually unfinished draft in the book then transfer to the site in finished form. I was using my phone and even an audio log once but I found it much faster to just flip a pocket book out and scribble a few words rather than unlocking my phone and scrolling to a note app and then typing out notes. Maybe the latter works better for you. I encourage you to try both.

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      1. Thank you! I just visited yours … gonna get stuck in and read it later when I’m feeding the baby. Love the concept … and your username!

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      1. Thanks!! I’m so new to WP that I couldn’t figure out how to follow you until it showed me your comment here lol. Thanks for sharing your stories as well! I’m not sure how much I’ll post, but I really want this one in particular seen far and wide. Take care!

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    1. Thank you for all the likes, comments and follows, guys! However, I’ve just noticed that everyone who clicked ‘follow’ is now following my OLD blog cakesatmidnight.com! My NEW blog threelittlebirdsonline.com doesn’t seem to have a follow button :(. Is there someone more experienced who can help? My site is hosted by Bluehost – do I have to create a form? TIA!

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      1. OK I think I’ve sorted it out! I now have an e-mail subscription widget in the main sidebar where people can sign up for notifications by e-mail. Sorry about the cock-up … I hope you all enjoyed my baking blog anyway!! xxx

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      2. And now I have updated my profile so that clicking on my name takes you to the RIGHT blog and you can follow it, too, I hope! Every day’s a school day!

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    1. Hi! Which tags did you use? Using several tags is helpful. Just make sure to use lessthan 15 or they won’t show up in the reader. Tags like “poetry, creative writing, poem” will help you get noticed by the right readers.

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      1. I am glad you came across the blog. I would encourage you to get out there. There is no greater joy than to finish no matter the distance or pace. Our group consists of people of all ages,paces, and sizes and yet we are one family.
        Thank you for your welcome. Hope to keep in contact.

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      1. Cos it’s Friday! And I like to check out new blogs on Friday, that’s how I meet people I bond with via WP. Don’t worry very soon I will no longer be called a “newbie”….

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      1. Thank you Lisa, I have very much enjoyed chatting to you. I’ll be back (Arnie style) I promise. Struggling to find what I want to blog about 🤔 hope I’m out this dark cave sooner rather than later!

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      2. There are many who go off the beaten path. Just add to you categories. Hey I had to post on Super Hero’s the I found it to be National Super Hero Day. I freaking love em. So out of my norm. Got a lot of reads. More than I thought. So I added, random spouts. Just write. You don’t have to be happy all the time to write. We arw humans, and no one is happy day in day out. Write from your heart. Your blog will be great!! 💗

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      3. There ya go, if you need to write about it write about it. Knacker the crap out of it. I thought mine would not stay from my sobriety, but man it is a hard write. When reading my realease from jail to my now husband, I began tearing up. It is healing yet hard. So I may one of those that people are like whoa where did that come from. Just a random spout. I have to stray or I may not get through the whole story. We made with myriad of emotions, those who write I believe wear them different. Creative people always seem to have all weird emotional stuff. It is good it can fuel or prompt, and help it feed our posts. Go for it!! 💗☕👍

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    1. I’m actively searching for some ambition in my life right now! Read my latest post if you like and join me for the challenge! We can do it! We just have to be rave. Fantastic honest writing – loved it

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    1. Hello there!

      First Fridays are really only for bloggers sharing their first post published within the last month. As someone with bunches and bunches of posts under your blogging belt, you’re ready to head on over to the Community Pool to share your work. It’s a place where bloggers of all stripes and levels of experience are welcome to share their work and get feedback. Thanks for understanding!

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    1. Hi there!

      First Fridays are really only for bloggers sharing their first post published within the last month. As someone who has been posting since early this year you’re ready to head on over to the Community Pool to share your work. It’s a place where bloggers of all stripes and levels of experience are welcome to share their work and get feedback. Thanks for understanding!

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    1. Hi Robyn,

      First Fridays are really only for bloggers sharing their first post published within the last month. As someone who has been blogging for a few years now, you’re ready to head on over to the Community Pool to share your work. It’s a place where bloggers of all stripes and levels of experience are welcome to share their work and get feedback. Thanks for understanding!

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      1. I’m so sorry!! I had stopped blogging soon after I started and just recently picked up again- I started my blog over from scratch. I’ll post over there from now on. Thank you for letting me know! 😊

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