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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. Hey nice first post and the blog! Good work. However noted a text widget on your blog which needs an edit, also the social icons needs to be linked to your social channels!
      Good luck post more!

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      1. OK… go to your blog… scroll down to footer right side, you see 5 icons… starting from facebook F. Now decide if you want to have link from here to your facebook or not.. If no.. then its simple you could just delete them, or you can link them… to do both ..follow the steps below..
        First go to … “My Sites” .. top left… then choose “Themes” … “Customize”… Now your blog design becomes editable..scroll down again to your social icons… there will be a “Pen” icon… click that … now it will take you to Social Pluggin editor… now you should be able to delete the whole plugin, or some icons, and link them to your social channels..
        Hope that helps… let me know if you need further help… cheers!

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    2. I really enjoyed your post. I love that you want to share your experiences with others, I am the the same way concerning dealing with MS, depression and life struggles in general! Keep it up, you’ve got a new follower!

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    3. Hey, I found your content very relatable. Someone already mentioned the text widget, so you know about that. I would also recommend adding an avatar/profile image so that we know who we’re relating to. Great start!

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      1. I understand about not wanting to identify yourself on your blog. I did that with all the blogs I had in high school and college. Even an image that you feel symbolizes you would work if you want to stay anonymous. The text widget is just whatever you want it to be. It comes standard on the layout. You can remove it by customizing the template and going to widgets and removing it from your sidebar.

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    4. Welcome 🙂

      I noticed that you still have some placeholder text in your blog’s sidebar, over 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. Anything you want! Or you can remove it altogether. People often use them to share a little welcome/introductory message for new visitors; it can be a really nice way to share a little more about yourself and get people interested in your blog.

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    5. I really enjoyed reading your blog! I can relate so much. Life is a struggle everyday but we choose to face those struggles no matter what right? That’s what makes it “fun” hehe

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    6. I’m a new blogger too, and as a 16 y/o who has dealt with panic attacks and anxiety you seriously like explained everything – I totally relate and congrats on starting your blog :)) ill go leave a few likes and comments too

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    1. Nice blog, I think you are talking about real life issue for anyone these days, let me know when you have answer! 😀
      Keep writing and good luck!

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      1. Half the time when I’m at home I’m not even dressed. I’m completely comfortable and doing my own thing, so I think it is only polite to call first! I particularly despise solicitations of any kind. My husband won’t let me put up a big sign yet, but I’m still trying to talk him into it 🙂

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      1. Haha oh dear no, I can’t stand routine and at the moment I’m stuck in a very routine job before I start my studies in September. But hopefully will get more exciting then! Thanks a lot 🙂 x

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    1. Wow I am so jealous I would love to visit Scotland, living there must be a dream! I start my blog for similar reasons I love to write and I want somewhere productive where I felt accountable to doing it. Thanks for sharing about yourself.

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    1. Hey nice blog and initial posts!, just want to point out couple of things.
      You have a menu called stories, but that is not showing anything, it should show your main page. You also have social icons they need to be linked to your social channels…
      Good luck, and keep posting!

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    1. Hey Jenna, nice blog and initial posts, you have chosen a nice theme too.
      Just one suggestion, since your posts are long ones you may consider adding “Read More” tags to your posts so that one a few lines of your post shows up on the home page instead of whole post. That also looks good and tidy.
      Keep posting more .. Good luck!

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      1. I’d considered doing that, but I’m personally a fan of the Tumblr effect when interacting with blogs. But you’re, right, I should think about the audience. I’ll give read more tags a try. Thanks for the advice!

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      2. Agree with you, but any new visitor would like to see many posts at a glance before he/she decides to follow you. The homepage with birds-eye view would greatly help … well that’s my opinion.. 😀
        Cheers!

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    2. Oooh! You’re content is super relatable. Also, your voice is great and I felt it works well to capture the audience’s attention. I wish you all the best on blogging! Thanks for sharing with everyone! 🙂

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    1. Hey MoMo, nice blog and posts! Liked the way you write! Nice topics too. Theme you have there is very nice and fits your blog well..
      Only suggestion is to link those social icons to your social channels if any or remove them if not needed.
      Rest all looks great.. Keep posting and good luck!

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      1. Just go to “MY Sites” and then Theme … Customizer…. then click on the pen icon on your blogs social icons … that should open up the configuration settings …. you can update it to reflect your social channels…
        Try it … if there is a problem let me know.. I will help. Cheers!

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    2. 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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    3. Umm…all I can think to say first and foremost is YAAS this is literally the best and I’m so pleased to see you’ve posted the top Shakespearean boyfriends. It literally made my day! 😄 I believe the concepts you’ve decided to write about are a solid platform. I wish you all the best! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. You write so fluidly, I wish I could do the same, but enough about me – let’s talk about Me! – Great about page, btw. So, I think you could shop themes and grab a different one. But don’t take mine!

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    1. Welcome!

      A tip for you — you’re using a lot of tags on most 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, rather than easier. Make sure you focus on the ones that are the most relevant.

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    1. Great start too your blog! I really like the theme, I think it matches your content very well. My only comments would be that there is some template text (like expert from first blog pots) left on some parts of your blog. Overall, great first post!

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  1. Hello and welcome, new folks! We’re really excited to meet you.

    As usual, I just want to remind everyone that we moderate the comments on First Friday pretty heavily — this is really a space for brand new people to introduce themselves and meet one another, and for others to welcome and support them.

    If you’re not here to either share your (recent) first post or leave a supportive comment, please head to the Community Pool, which is where any blogger can seek feedback on any aspect of blogging. And if you’re not sure what the guidelines here are, please read the above post — or just ask!

    Happy blogging, y’all:)

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    1. One thing I noticed — you’re using quite 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, rather than easier. Make sure you focus on the most relevant tags.

      Welcome!

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    1. Welcome 🙂

      I noticed that you still have some placeholder text in your blog’s sidebar, over 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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    2. Great product review and I like how you gave it a rating in the end, I was wondering if you would do it as I was reading your post.

      My latest post is on blogging tips if it helps. Good luck

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  2. Hi everyone. I have just set up my lifestyle blog and I was hoping that some of you could give me some opinions about the layout. Also, here is the first blog post- Beach Holiday Essentials. Whenever I go on holiday, I always forget at least one thing! Hopefully this post will make sure that you don’t forget anything when you start packing for a summer holiday. xxx http://sojerden.com/2017/06/16/beach-holiday-essentials/

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      1. Well they are important! I stayed in London once, forgot pjs, and there was a fire alarm. So I had to quickly shimmy into my jeans and coat! Moral of the story- pack pjs!!!! I hope this helps you in your future travels! Xxx

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  3. Hello everyone, 

    Thanks for the opportunity to share my first blog post with you. It’s about a challenge I’ve set myself to write a piece of very short fiction every day for a month and post a few at the end of each week via a blog post. Once this challenge is finished, I’ll be blogging about writing and reading. All comments and suggestions would be very welcome, as I’m brand new to the blogging world!

    Thanks x

    https://juliejamisonwriter.wordpress.com/2017/06/10/polaroid-prose-challenge-week-1/

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    1. Hello!! What a phenomenal writing prompt to give to yourself!! And I must congratulate you on a splendid first post! 🙂 I’ve been blogging over a month now, and have been writing for a potential blog about three months prior to making it (if that makes any sense haha!), and at first I was writing flash fiction, short stories like yours. I hope you stick with it and enjoy the stretching of the muscles! I wish you luck and look forward to more soon. Thanks for sharing!

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      1. Thank you very much – am definitely enjoying it so far although it’s nerve-wracking putting out there, isn’t it? Everyone has been very kind though! Bloggers are lovely, generous people 😊

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      2. I’ve been writing since before I knew grammar and sentence structure, have been blogging just over a month, and I don’t know of any situation during that timeframe where it’s not been nerve-wrecking! I’m happy to know everyone has been kind to you! And I’m glad to be one of them. I think feedback is the best part of being a writer. 😄 I believe you’ll continue to get feedback.

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  4. Hi everyone ,
    i had wrote my first blog just 21 days back and here i’m giving you a link of my very first post , do read and give your valuable suggestion so that i can improve more 🙂
    https://akshita54.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/women-the-most-beautiful-creation/
    And if you have time please visit to my another blog wrote 4 days back
    https://akshita54.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/4-steps-to-overcome-failure/
    Thanks in advance 🙂

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    1. Loved the font you’ve used. Left a comment, don’t know if it went through or not. But I noticed you have some customizing for widgets on the right side of your blog 🙂

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    2. Welcome 🙂

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

      Like

    3. Love your post about customer serve us. And I will make extra sure I don’t make the same mistakes when I shop in future. By the way, is it just me? But where is DFW?😥

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