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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.

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. Hi I’m new to blogging and have posted several blogs but I never saw this thread and posted anything on it. Would it be too late if I started a month and a half ago and have no more than a handful or two of posts? Thanks!! Looking for readers/commenters on how to make my blog better. It is about mental illness and the stigma surrounding it, trying to break it. Please let me know if acceptable to post a link. Thank you!

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    1. Do you know about Community Pool? That’s every Monday for more established bloggers or Rookie if you want. Rookies only on First Friday to share blogs (like you) and more experienced bloggers to advise. 🙂

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      1. We’d appreciate it if you didn’t; it draws attention to your comments in a way that distracts from all the new folks looking for support — thanks! We try to keep this space as focused on all the brand-new bloggers as we can.

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      2. I’ve been using this as a tracking method for myself because of the recent issue I have been having with my comments disappearing. But I will definitely try and be even more selfless.

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    1. Nice start. Make sure that you add the like and comment buttons to other posts if you want the community to interact with you. These options can both be checked in the editing post panel on the right when you write.

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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, rather than easier. Think about what kinds of things you’d search for to find a post like yours, and start there.

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    1. You should edit your text widget on the side bar of your website. You could also post your blogs as experts and then people have to open them to read more to save space and give more access for people to browse all your posts. You can do this by going to your website outside of the WordPress dashboard and clicking customize on the bottom right corner of your page. I hope this helps.

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      1. On the right side of your site you have the original text for your Widgets area. If you go to you setting and customize you can add widgets there like a follow button, subscribe area, social media etc. Also at the bottom of your page is 3 blog post that all still have the example text instead of your own words. Is is always good to remove those. Make you site look more finished. I hope this helps.

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    1. interesting read… just one suggestion: pay attention to ortography: e.g. capital letters at the start of a sentence.. etc. otherwise real nice effort!

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    1. Welcome 🙂

      If you look over to the right of your posts, you’ll see a bit of placeholder text — it’s meant to help you learn how to work with widgets, and you can remove or edit that by going to My Site > Customize > Widgets. Look for the Text Widget!

      (For more on widgets, what they’re for, and how to use them, check out https://learn.wordpress.com/get-flashy/)

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