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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.

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  1. Hello wonderful souls, how did you all spend your Valentine’s day?
    Alone sipping coffee or out with your significant other? I was not out btw but had an awesome dinner cooked by me. M not gonna go into much details but if you follow me on insta thn you already know 😉
    Anyways, keep posting your links as usual and I am gonna check them- you know the drill. Let’s start ri8 now, come on. Keep those links coming 🙂

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      1. Your poetry pieces are relatable and easy to read. Your blog easy to navigate.
        But you do need to polish your blog a bit.
        1. Editing the “About” page.
        2. Editing the “text widget”.
        3. And maybe just doing a preview of the poem (instead of the full piece) on the Home page.

        “About” page and edit the default text. Write something about yourself and maybe what the blog will be about. In order to see how WE all see your blog, go to “My Sites” top left, “View Site”. From there you can click on “About” and “Edit”. You will also notice a text widget on the right side of your posts. It’s a good idea to edit it as well. There’s all sorts of things you can use the widget for.

        https://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/ here is a helpful link on widgets.

        Once you publish more posts, it might be tedious for people to just keep scrolling in order to get to the next one. One of the ways to change that is when you are writing a post (or editing one) to click “Insert read more tag”. This can be found on your editing toolba, next to your aligning buttons and spellcheck. This will allow you to enter this tag anywhere in the post. That way, people visiting your Home page will just click on “read more” to view the entire post instead of reading the whole thing right there and then. That also increases your post views.

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      1. You, too. Nice blog. Left you some comments. Good poetry and assessment of things around us.

        One thing. You might want to add a Contact page to your blog. It will help bloggers get in touch with you in the future when they need. When they want to ask you a private question, or when they wasn’t to collaborate, or invite you for a blog post, etc.

        https://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/ a good link if you weren’t sure how to add such a page. WP does the rest for you. A person fills out their details and the message is sent to your email associated with this account.

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      1. And you as well!

        A nice, clean, inviting blog. The content is also inviting. Well done.

        There are a few things I would suggest if you have some time to work on your blog.

        1. Edit your “About” page.
        2. Edit your “text widget”.
        3. Make the posts on your home page just previews into full posts.

        Write something about yourself and maybe what the blog will be about. In order to see how WE all see your blog, go to “My Sites” top left, “View Site”. From there you can click on “About” and “Edit”. You will also notice a text widget on the right side of your posts. It’s a good idea to edit it as well. There’s all sorts of things you can use the widget for.

        https://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/ here is a helpful link on widgets.

        Once you publish more posts, it might be tedious for people to just keep scrolling in order to get to the next one. One of the ways to change that is when you are writing a post (or editing one) to click “Insert read more tag”. This can be found on your editing toolba, next to your aligning buttons and spellcheck. This will allow you to enter this tag anywhere in the post. That way, people visiting your Home page will just click on “read more” to view the entire post instead of reading the whole thing right there and then. That also increases your post views.

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      1. An interesting concept for a blog. Definitely a lot of TWD fans.

        In terms of what I would work on your blog:
        But you do need to polish your blog a bit.
        1. Editing the “About” page.
        2. Editing the “text widget”.
        3. And maybe just doing a preview of the poem (instead of the full piece) on the Home page.

        “About” page and edit the default text. Write something about yourself and maybe what the blog will be about. In order to see how WE all see your blog, go to “My Sites” top left, “View Site”. From there you can click on “About” and “Edit”. You will also notice a text widget on the right side of your posts. It’s a good idea to edit it as well. There’s all sorts of things you can use the widget for.

        https://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/ here is a helpful link on widgets.

        Once you publish more posts, it might be tedious for people to just keep scrolling in order to get to the next one. One of the ways to change that is when you are writing a post (or editing one) to click “Insert read more tag”. This can be found on your editing toolba, next to your aligning buttons and spellcheck. This will allow you to enter this tag anywhere in the post. That way, people visiting your Home page will just click on “read more” to view the entire post instead of reading the whole thing right there and then. That also increases your post views.

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      1. Happy Friday and have a nice weekend.

        Your blogs setting are in Dutch (I think), so I’m not sure how to translate my instructions, but hope you figure it out. I would just like to remind you to check out your “About” page and edit the default text. Write something about yourself and maybe what the blog will be about. In order to see how WE all see your blog, go to “My Sites” top left, “View Site”. From there you can click on “About” and “Edit”. You will also notice a text widget on the right side of your posts. It’s a good idea to edit it as well. There’s all sorts of things you can use the widget for.
        https://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/ is a good widget link.

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    1. A sweet poem.
      I would just like to remind you to check out your “About” page and edit the default text. Write something about yourself and maybe what the blog will be about. In order to see how WE all see your blog, go to “My Sites” top left, “View Site”. From there you can click on “About” and “Edit”. You will also notice a text widget on the right side of your posts. It’s a good idea to edit it as well. There’s all sorts of things you can use the widget for.

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    1. I liked the way you described the plot but you didn’t tell us too much what you thought of it? If it’s your review it would be nice to get a deeper idea of what you thought about the story instead of some quotes you liked at the end the piece as they are just sort of tacked on at the end?
      I appreciated the fact you put the purchasing info in in case people want to read it themselves and I’m guessing you also included the Amazon blurb? Although that’s not totally clear that that’s what the first chunk of text in the post is.
      Good job though! It was an enjoyable read and did pique my interest about the novel.

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    2. The review of the book is very good and entices me to read it. I’m not sure if a book review blog holds itself up to photos in the text, but you’ve a lot of text there, so one or two may help keep the reader interested.
      Hope this helps 🙂

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    3. Hello @Rajat, indeed, your blog is over a month old. You’re ready to move on to the Community Pool, where the water is fine and the members of the community are lovely. Bloggers of all stripes and levels of experience are welcome to comment there and ask for feedback and advice on their blog. All the best!

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      1. Hey Krista. Thank you. I started this blog in December so yeah! It’s more than a month old. And thanks for telling me to shift to the community pool. I didn’t know about it but now I know. Thanks.

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    1. An interesting perspective for a blog. I’m definitely curious.
      One thing that I’d like to point out, when I click on the Menu button, underneath the Home/About/Contact, I see a default “text widget”. There are so many cool things you can use it for. Btw, if you didn’t know, in order to see how WE all see your blog, go to “My Sites” top left, “View Site”.

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    2. Your writing is awesome. I definitely look forward to reading more. As floatinggold said, you should tweak your page a little. I’ve only been doing this a month so I don’t have it all down yet either, but when I have time I will sit around & play with it. Maybe you could try that.

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      1. I had a hard time figuring it out as well. In my case I added as categories to my menu; for example category facts section and category lifestyle. Then in the settings of the individual posts you could choose those categories and they would display there.

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    1. I enjoyed this post great tips! As far as a review, you have excellent content and I like the placement of the search and categories widget on your homepage- made it easy to find posts.

      I think using different sizes for each heading or bolding would be helpful and choosing one format and sticking with it would be more visually appealing for an easier read. Example the Lifestyle post- tip #1 heading ends with a period, #2 a colon, #3 an ellipsis, #4 colon, #5 a period and each one kind of gets lost in the sentence that follows so that’s why changing font size or bolding may help, or perhaps spacing each tip out would work.

      If you’re wanting to integrate some of your posts into an additional menu because they fall into more than one category, you can create submenus within your menus or could use hyperlinks perhaps? I’m just starting out as well though and will be encountering the same thing once I get my recipes up, so we’ll see what we come up with. Great post!

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  2. Hello new bloggers.
    Blogging is fun and you must have already realised that. But it is more fun when we get to know each other. Involving in discussions and giving valuable feedback is the best thing about it. One gets to know a lot about others’ views and opinions. Having said that, I welcome you again. Share your links in the comment section so that we get to know each other.
    You can visit my and others’ blogs till then and comment there too. Believe me, this part of blogging is total fun and informative too.
    https://thenaiemsblog.wordpress.com
    Visit this blog, drop link to your blogs so that I will be able to discover your blogging arena.
    Much love
    Naiem

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    1. Congratulations! You published your first post more than a month ago.

      You’re ready to move on to the Community Pool, where the water is fine and the members of the community are lovely. Bloggers of all stripes and levels of experience are welcome to comment there and ask for feedback and advice on their blog. All the best!

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    1. Welcome. I left you a comment. When you get a chance, be sure to edit your “About” page and your “text widget”. If you didn’t know, in order to see how WE all see your blog, go to “My Sites” top left, “View Site”. From there you can click on “About” and edit. Write something about yourself and maybe something on what the blog will be about. You can also then customize your widget.

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    1. I’m guessing it’s your theme but the font being that big and bold in the body text is a little overwhelming to read?
      And making sure your links are all formatted the same (block caps for example) would help for aesthetic value but overall, good post! I totally want to try your recipes!

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      1. I find 2 things to be popular among other bloggers.
        1. Stating what your blog will be about. So that people can take a look and know what kind of posts they will be reading if they choose so.
        2. People often want to know more about the author. So whatever you feel comfortable with revealing. Name, job, why you started to blog.
        3. A bonus is if you can make it light and funny.

        Just my opinions.

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    2. Also, for some reason, there is a horizontal white stripe on top of your blog, which obscures the menu button in the top right corner. I’d look into getting that fixed/ removed, but I’m not sure how.

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    1. https://ngarinelson.wordpress.com/ for others to have an easier time viewing your blog.

      Nice empowering blog.
      One thing though, you still have your default text widget. If you didn’t know, in order to see how WE all see your blog, go to “My Sites” top left, “View Site”. You will be able to see what I’m talking about and customize it.

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      1. When you get a moment, it might be a good idea to add an “About” page to your blog. https://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/ here is a link explaining how to. You could introduce yourself there and/ or write what your blog will be about.

        Also, it seems like your home page features the entire post. Once you publish more posts, it might be tedious for people to just keep scrolling in order to get to the next one. One of the ways to change that is when you are writing a post (or editing one) to click “Insert read more tag”. This can be found on your editing toolba, next to your aligning buttons and spellcheck. This will allow you to enter this tag anywhere in the post. That way, people visiting your Home page will just click on “read more” to view the entire post instead of reading the whole thing right there and then. That also increases your post views.

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    1. https://naqiothman.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/first-blog-post/ link to your post.

      1. I would just like to remind you to check out your “About” page and edit the default text. Write something about yourself and maybe what the blog will be about. In order to see how WE all see your blog, go to “My Sites” top left, “View Site”. From there you can click on “About” and “Edit”. You will also notice a text widget on the right side of your posts. It’s a good idea to edit it as well. There’s all sorts of things you can use the widget for.

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    2. Also, it seems like your home page features the entire post. Once you publish more posts, it might be tedious for people to just keep scrolling in order to get to the next one. One of the ways to change that is when you are writing a post (or editing one) to click “Insert read more tag”. This can be found on your editing toolbar, next to your aligning buttons and spellcheck. This will allow you to enter this tag anywhere in the post. That way, people visiting your Home page will just click on “read more” to view the entire post instead of reading the whole thing right there and then. That also increases your post views.

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    1. Shameless reply to myself. This is First Friday. While I have like 30 blogs up. I’ve only had the site for 2 weeks. Really grinding and still new. I am craving feedback from someone other than my mom.

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      1. Yeah this is a testy subject I am sure. It’s satire. I shouldn’t be taken seriously when I said I don’t listen. Just jokes (btw I wrote that not knowing I’d start a blog).

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      1. Maybe not after this blog… haha just a lovers tiff. And yeah I really enjoy telling jokes about stories. Helps I haven’t had a job. That’ll change soon but I’ll have time to keep writing

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    2. Okay this was awesome. I have to say I immediately got drawn in with the fantastic Step Brothers face-over and then related to it all, down to the hockey lamentations. Great writing!

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      1. Please, one link per blogger! It helps our community ensure they’re spreading their love and advice around to all those seeking it. While we encourage bloggers to share their first post, I’d never delete a comment with a link to a blog that was less than a month old — no worries there! I do delete comments where the blogger has a post or posts that are older than one month, just to keep this space for those who are just starting out on their blogging journey. All the best to you!

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    3. Haha your blog is like a little BuzzFeed; and that’s really great! I enjoy enthusiastic, hilarious updates on the world, in general; and your blog seems to be quite accomplished in highlighting them. Great stuff, I’m impressed! Keep the blogging going ! 😊

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    1. Hi!
      Welcome to WordPress!
      I read this post of yours and did like reading it! However, because this was an informative post, I would like to advise to add a couple of more details regarding the issue (maybe, some exact numbers or the places which were not that affected). Thanks for letting us know about how Philippines has gone a rank higher!
      Also, I noticed that you haven’t updated your about page. I would recommend you do to so. An ‘About’ page which talks about you and what your blog aims at, will help the readers understand your blog better!
      Happy blogging! 🌹

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    1. You’ve made a good start. You may need to edit your first blog post as it still has default text above the picture. You also have a text widget to the right of the screen that you can amend in the customiser.
      You will find it easier as your confidence with your blog grows.
      Hope this helps 🙂

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    1. Really interesting list! I particularly enjoyed it because it wasn’t like most other mundane lists; and was, in fact, really uplifting and motivating. Keep the blogging going, you’re pretty great at it! Good stuff! 😊

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    1. Hi Thinkmaker ! Welcome to the community and bloggers. It’s really nice to read your first post and then the other one. Seems you have posted a link of same post again on you blog. You have to edit your about page. If you are on ther social media, then you can link the icons with other social media accounts too.
      Good luck and keep blogging.

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  3. Happy Friday everybody! Not quite my first Friday, but still starting out. It’s my one month anniversary of blogging! Very exciting for me. I would love for you to check out one of my latest blog posts, I post every day so lots of content for you to check out over the last month if you enjoy this one. https://diaryofatwentysomething.blog/2018/02/13/how-i-have-changed-in-2-years-day-13/

    Thanks as always, I love engaging with everybody, so please feel free to comment or follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FrancescaWho

    Hope to meet you soon! Francesca x

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  4. Happy Friday to all!
    Welcome to the new bloggers!
    Let us all contribute in the growth of this bloggers community. Keep posting links of your work. Do visit other blogs. May be your appreciation, motivates others to write.
    Stay happy.
    Keep writing.
    Have a beautiful day.
    😊👍🏻

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      1. Hi, many thanks for appreciating me. I have started using WordPress since yesterday and I’m still discovering its features. But yeah, I’ll learn to use it like a pro soon. Once again thank you so much. I feel so good after posting my brief blog and now I’m feeling better after getting positive feedback.

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      2. Hi, many thanks for appreciating me. I have started using WordPress since yesterday and I’m still discovering its features. But yeah, I’ll learn to use it like a pro soon. Once again thank you so much. I feel so good after posting my brief blog and now I’m feeling better after getting positive feedback.

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    1. Interesting stuff, really. Your letter to your son really broke my heart; it had me shook. Somehow, your blog is so heart-warming at the same time. Keep it going, this is some wonderful stuff! 😊

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