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What Do I Do With My New WordPress.com Blog

You just got your first blog. Now what do you do with it?

There are two ways to tackle your new WordPress.com blog. First, there is the typical way, then there is the practical approach.

The Typical Way of Starting a WordPress Blog

The typical method of starting to use your WordPress.com blog is:

  1. Find a name.
  2. Make it pretty.
  3. Blog.

While this isn’t a well thought out order, it is the most common. If you are more thoughtful, skip to the practical approach for a more logical and conventional approach to building your WordPress and WordPress.com blog.

Let’s break down the basics of the typical method:

1. Find a Name

There are two “names” for your blog. One is the actual blog title and the other is the name found within the domain name, also known as the URL or the address of your blog.

Pick a name for your blog. It can be your name, a variation on your name, or your subject matter. The blog title works best if it is found within the domain name, but it isn’t necessary.

2. Make it Pretty

After signing up for a WordPress.com blog and going through the naming process, your goal is typically to make it pretty.

Before choosing a WordPress Theme, write two blog posts and put them in a category and give them some tags. You can change the categories and tags later, but these will be your test posts. If you need an example of a test post, see Designing a WordPress Theme – Building a Post Sandbox.

Here are the basics to writing a blog post in WordPress:

  1. Click the Write tab in your WordPress Administration Panels
  2. Fill in the title.
  3. Write the post.
  4. Categorize and tag it.
  5. Click Publish

After you’ve published two posts, click Appearance and scroll down the list of WordPress Themes you have to choose from. Pick one that looks interesting and view the preview version. Move around the site through the various pageviews from the front page, category pages, about page, etc., to see all the different ways the WordPress Theme looks with your blog.

Like it, activate it, and start blogging. Don’t like it. Change it and poke around some more.

3. Blog

You’re done. Start blogging.

For tips on how to write your first blog post, see tips for writing posts on WordPress below.
 

The Practical Approach to Starting a WordPress.com Blog

If you choose the practical approach to starting your WordPress.com Blog, and you are ready to get serious about your WordPress.com blog, then here are the step-by-step instructions.

1. Make a Plan for Your Blog

You wanted a blog. Now you have one. What are you going to do with it?

This sounds like a simple question, but it’s not. What are you going to do with your new blog? Does it have a purpose? Does it have a reason? Do you have an idea of what you are going to write about? Or did you just get one because everyone else seems to have one? Think about why you wanted one and what you are going to do with it now that you have it.

If you are totally new to this concept of “blogging”, take time to learn what a blog is and see how others are blogging. I recommend that you check out , , and to see what others are doing and how they are doing it.

Also visit the showcasing the most popular blogs in various languages on WordPress.com.

If you are logged into WordPress.com, when you view a WordPress.com blog like this one, you will also see a blue bar at the top of every page. On the right size of the blue bar is a link for “Next Blog”. Click it and you will be randomly sent to another WordPress.com blog. Click through a few to see what others in the WordPress.com community are doing. There are over 750,000 WordPress.com blogs, so you have a lot of blogging examples and styles to check out.

To begin the process of making your blog plan, make a list of the top 10 things you want to blog about. If you have a narrower vision, then make it the top 5 things.

Under each one, make a list of what you want to blog about under each topic. Here’s a condensed example I did for this blog.

WordPress WordPress.com Blogging Web Design Bloggers
WordPress tips
WordPress tricks
template files
template tags
using WordPress
WordPress Themes
WordPress news
WordPress Plugins
How to use WordPress.com
WordPress.com tips
WordPress news
WordPress.com bloggers
Who uses WordPress.com
Why use WordPress.com blogs
Blogging tips
How to blog
Blog writing
Who blogs
Who reads blogs
How do blogs work
Blog technology
Tools and resources
CSS
HTML/XHTML
Design Elements
Website development
Browser bugs
Layout and structure
Tools and resources
Who blogs
Types of blogs
Types of bloggers
Blogging communities and groups
Blogging societies and clubs
Blog networks and networking

From your own list, choose your categories. If you know what you are going to write about, then create a category for each core subject.

From my own list, I set up my initial categories as Blog Babble (about blogging and bloggers), Web Wise, WordPress News, WordPress Tips, and WordPress.com. Months later, I had enough articles to create more categories. I also found that Blog Babble was a bad category choice. It really isn’t descriptive and rarely visited, yet I have a lot of posts there that don’t seem to fit anywhere else. Begin with the categories you need and then add as you go. It’s harder to remove them later than add, so add slowly as you go.

Once you have outlined your purpose and categories, take a few minutes to write down a few blog post story ideas under each category. I recommend you have at least three, preferably five, to help you get started. Make it part of your plan’s schedule to write each of these first ideas in the first week or two of your blog’s life.

With a clear idea of the topics you will be blogging about, write up a descriptive sentence or two, or even a paragraph, that describes what you are going to blog about. From that, come up with a title and subtitle for your new blog, specifically aimed at what you are going to blog about. You can call it “Bailey’s Blog” but it helps you, and your readers, if you call it “Bailey’s Blog on Blogging”, or a more descriptive title that helps us all know what you are going to blog about.

With your new blog’s title, subtitle, descriptive paragraph, categories, and a few article ideas ready to dance off your fingers onto your blog, you are ready for the next step.

2. Identify Your Blog

Unless you specify otherwise, WordPress.com uses your username for your blog address. Before you start developing your WordPress.com blog, think about how that address identifies you and your blog.

For example, a username like “bailey” will become bailey.wordpress.com. If you want your blog URL to be more representative, maybe baileyonblogging.wordpress.com would be more appropriate. As more and more WordPress.com blogs are created, not all good names will be available, so you might want to play with your options such as bailey4blogging.wordpress.com.

If you have chosen a username and blog URL that you are not happy with, from the WordPress Administration Panels, click Options > Delete Blog, and start over. It is better you think this through before taking this step, but if you are really unhappy, then start over.

When you are set with your blog’s address/URL, then it’s time to define your blog’s visible identity. Click Options. Using the information from your plan, fill in the blanks. Fill in the Weblog Title and the Tagline from your blog title and subtitle.

WordPress Options Panel, blog title and information

If applicable, move down and choose the language in which you will be writing your blog. Check the rest of the page and fill in all the information you need, including your email address, and the date and time zone you are in. All of this information helps identify your blog to the world.

When you are done, click Update Options to save the new information. View the site to check out how this information is displayed. Don’t like it, go back and change it. Like it, move on to the next step.

3. Set Up Your Categories

Add Category from the Write Post Panel in WordPressThere are two ways to enter categories in WordPress, from the Category panel or from the Write Post Panel. The Write Post Panel is easy, just enter in the new category titles and click ADD.

New AJAX Add Categories feature for WordPress.com blogs onlyA new feature available only for WordPress.com blogs is an AJAX aid which pops up a window with helpful suggestions and recommendations of tags other people are using on their WordPress.com blogs. As you type in the category, a drop-down style menu appears listing similar words. To choose one of the words, click on it. When you are ready, click ADD, and the category will be added to your WordPress.com blog.

To add categories via the Category panel, from the Manage > Categories, click Add Category.

You have several options for entering information about your category. There is the Category Title and the Category Description.

One Post = Visible Category

In order to “see” a category on your WordPress blog, there must be a post in that category. If necessary, go back and edit your test posts and put them in your new categories to test how they look on your blog incorporated within the blog’s design.

Some WordPress Themes use the Category Description in the Category links in your sidebar. Thus a long descriptive paragraph might look awkward in your sidebar. Fill in both the Category Title and Category Description, save the information, then view your blog to see what information appears. If the description is not visible, then it will usually be used in the link title information. If it is visible, decide whether or not you want that information displayed. If not, then go back and remove the Category Description information.

You also have an option to create sub-categories. These are categories under the main category, such as a main category of “Space” with subcategories of “stars”, “moons”, and “nebulae”. To begin with, consider sticking with main categories and then subcategorizing things as you blog more. Remember, you can’t see the categories on your blog until you have categorized a post in that category.

Enter each of your main categories and when you are done, it’s time to take the next step.

4. Add Pages About You and Your Blog

WordPress Pages are distinctive from posts as they sit outside of the chronological order of your blog posts. They are more like static web pages and usually include information such as “About”, “Contact”, “Site Map”, or “Schedule”. Which Pages you add to your blog depends upon your blog’s purpose and intent.

I recommend highly that at minimum you fill in your “About” Page. The About Page comes automatically activated on most WordPress.com blogs. It says something bland, basically that more information should be coming soon. So fill in that information.

Click Manage > Pages to access your Pages Panel. On the line for “About”, click EDIT.

Type in information about who you are, what you do, and why you are blogging. It works similar to writing a post. Share as much or as little information as you would like the world to know. If you would like to stay anonymous, then at least let us know the purpose of the blog without identifying yourself.

Do not give out personal or private information. Just give us information that helps us get to know what this blog is about and maybe what qualifications you have to write what you write on your blog. For more information on writing your About page, see Who The Hell Are You.

Add SubPage to WordPress blog PagesIf you do not want your About Page to be shown on your blog, then click the DELETE link for the About Page.

To add more Pages, click the Add Pages link and add more pages to your blog. You can even add subPages, Pages underneath main pages, similar to subcategories.

You can add all kinds of Pages to your blog, but remember, these are not posts. Links to these Pages will always be visible on your blog. They are often highlighted in many WordPress Themes and displayed prominently. Make them count.

When you are done, view your blog and check out the links to your new Pages to see how they look. You can edit them, make changes, and even delete them as needed.

Now, it’s time to tackle the look of your blog.

5. Choose a New Look for Your WordPress.com Blog

The first step in choosing a new look for your WordPress.com blog is to have content. Without examples of your blog post content, you can’t really get a feel for what your blog will look like once you start blogging.

Following the instructions in Designing a WordPress Theme – Building a Post Sandbox for getting example content and paste it into one or more posts on your blog. This content include all of the typical HTML usages found within a blog post, such as bold, italic, headings, images, and links. You can remove these posts later after you’ve finished your blog’s set up.

There are dozens of choices in web page designs and looks for WordPress.com blogs. Some are colorful and outrageous, others are quiet and simple. Some have customization features, while others are “plug and play” – just take them as you find them. A reminder, WordPress Plugins and JavaScript are not allowed on WordPress.com, but many WordPress Themes come with Widgets and special features, similar to those offered by WordPress Plugins.

Which one should you choose? Choosing a WordPress Theme is based upon personal preference, blog purpose, and audience expectation.

If you will be writing about your personal life, then you can choose just about anything. If you want to highlight you are young and fun-loving, then a more fun and modern looking Theme might appeal to you and your readers. If you are blogging about technology, professional businesses or industry, then consider something more technical or professional looking.

Your WordPress Theme choice isn’t always about personal preference. You are not the only one who looks at your blog. Choose a look that matches your blog’s purpose and audience. Remember, we still tend to judge a book by its cover. Consider your audience’s expectation. What they would like to see when reading your topics?

To change your WordPress.com blog’s look, go to Appearance and go through all the different examples. Test drive a few by choosing them, then viewing your blog.

Poke around each new look. Look at how the front page works. Does it show full posts or excerpts? Click on a link to visit the single post view. Is there a sidebar here, too? Or not? Do you want one? Does anything else change? Click on a category and look at how the page may look the same or different from the front page or single post. Then do a search and see how those look. Anything different? The same? Do you like all of these views? If not, try another one. If yes, then let’s move onto the next step.

6. Fix Your WordPress Sidebar

The WordPress.com blog sidebar is made up of WordPress Widgets, blocks of content and navigational links you can rearrange and change. I call them sidebar accessories, though modern WordPress Widgets are not restrained to the sidebar, most are found there.

To access them, go to Appearance > Widgets. You can choose which elements are seen in which sidebar(s) and move things around. There are a variety of options.

One of the most popular is the Text Widget, which allows you to add text or HTML to your sidebar. This is a great way of adding a description of your blog, custom links, pictures, and other custom content. A reminder, JavaScript is currently not permitted on WordPress.com blogs, so you cannot use scripts or ads on WordPress.com.

At the minimum, it is highly recommended that you have the following somewhere in your sidebar, preferably near the top of the page:

  • Pages
  • Categories
  • Most Recent Posts
  • Search

Play with them. Update and save your changes and preview your blog to see the results. Not happy, change it. Happy, keep blogging.

7. Start Blogging

You are ready to start blogging once you have the look and feel of your blog set up, your categories, and your purpose.

Go for it.
 

Tips on Writing a Blog Post

WordPress Post Panel - 2.8To write an original post on your new blog, click Posts > Add New and start writing.

Here is a step by step instruction guide to help you through the details of writing your first blog posts.

Post Title

Fill in the title of the post in the post title form area. In the current version of WordPress, it is the first blank box at the top of the page.

Don’t worry about using apostrophes, hyphens, or quote marks. They will be visible in the post title, but cleaned up in the link, called the post slug when you publish the post. If you wish to change the post slug, click the Edit button next to the permalink below the post title.

For tips on writing post titles, see Writing Effective, Attention-Getting Headlines and Titles on Your Blog and Creating Effective, Attention-Getting Headlines and Titles.

If you would like to change the post title after publishing the post, see Changing Titles in the Titles of WordPress Posts

Writing Post Content

Edit the post example you used from the Designing a WordPress Theme – Building a Post Sandbox article. Using the Visual Editor (WYSIWYG), you will see links and images and headings, all the parts and pieces that can go into a blog post.

Visual and Edit buttons on the WordPress post editor panelSwitch to the HTML view in the post editor and you will see the HTML code that instructs the browser on how to display a web page. It appears intimidating at first, but there are only a few HTML codes in the average blog post, such as headings, bold, italic, images, and links. It helps to be familiar with the basic HTML so you can easily edit and fix any visually messed up code.

Create a Link in a WordPress Blog

To add a link to another post, blog, or website, click the link button above the post textarea. These buttons are called “Quicktag buttons”. The link button in the Visual editor looks like two links in a chain. Next to it is the “unlink” button, which removes a link. It looks like a broken link in the chain.

Enter in the address/URL of the link and the name of the link, write in the title you want the link to be. For example, a link to this blog would be http://lorelle.wordpress.com/ and the title would be Lorelle on WordPress.

WordPress Edit Post Panel - link buttons and panel

Add an Image, Document, Audio or Video File to a WordPress Blog

To add an image, look for Upload/Insert under the post title and permalink. There are buttons for images, video, audio, other media, and Polls, if you are on WordPress.com or have PollDaddy WordPress Plugin installed.

WordPress buttons for uploading images, files, video, audio, and moreThe process for uploading a media file is:

  1. Click Select Files or the Browser Uploader options.
  2. Find the file(s) you wish to upload and select them.
  3. Wait for the media to be processed. A thumbnail is automatically created for visual files.
  4. Click Show to show the details of each file.
  5. Edit the details, adding the title, caption, optional description (for long, detailed descriptions), then set the alignment (for the text to wrap or not around the image) and the size.
  6. Click Insert into Post.

The process for linking to a file from off your site, first be sure you have permission to use the image, video, or other file type, then:

  1. Choose From URL
  2. Enter or paste in the Image URL.
  3. Enter a title for the image and a caption.
  4. Set the alignment so the text will wrap around the image.
  5. Click Insert into Post.

WordPress Panel for identifying and describing uploaded imagesThe process for using images already in the Media Library, images already uploaded to your WordPress blog, just click on the Media Library and follow the instructions for inserting an image or file into your blog post above.

To use the gallery feature, see Using the Gallery Shortcode in WordPress.

Adding Content Design Elements

The Quicktag buttons are great helpers to modify and enhance the look of your blog post text. They will make selected text bold, italic, create blockquotes, lists, and more. There is even a spell check button. Experiment with the Quicktag buttons to learn what they do.

There are two rows of Quicktag buttons on the Visual editor view. Click the last button on the row to show the second row of buttons.

WordPress visual editor buttons - button to see second row of buttons

Preview Your Post

To see what your post will look like as you are working on it, click the Preview Changes button in the right sidebar. This saves and stores your blog post in the database, but does not publish it. No one can see it until you hit Publish or Update Changes.

What Should You Blog About?

What you write about is up to you. This is your blog. There are no rules, only the ones you make for yourself. I highly recommend that you stick to your blogging purpose to keep you focused and on track. It will also help attract an audience of like-minded folks to your blog.

If you are looking for blogging ideas, then check out Hundreds of Resources for Finding Content for Your Blog to help get you started.

Just remember, it’s your blog and it’s your content. Write and publish original content so your unique voice is added to the online world. In other words, don’t copy other people’s work.

There is only one last step to setting up your new WordPress.com blog. Learning how to manage your WordPress.com blog.

Here are a few more tips for writing blog posts in WordPress and blog writing in general:

6. Managing Your WordPress.com Blog

Once you have done the basics and written a few posts, it’s time to start managing and administrating your WordPress.com blog.

Check Comments: One of the great thrills of blogging is the interaction, reading what people have to say about what you’ve written. To check the comments on your WordPress.com blog, go to Comments and scroll through the list of comments. If this is a brand new WordPress.com blog, you will automatically have a comment waiting for you from Mr. WordPress.

If you see a comment you would like to respond to, click Reply from the list that appears when your mouse hovers over the comment. It will open a small panel for you to reply to the comment.

If you see a problem or blatantly wrong misspelling and you’d like to fix it, or something you would like to edit out, then click Quick Edit or Edit to edit the comment and make the necessary changes.

Akismet Mark Comment as Comment SpamIf you feel that this comment is comment spam, do not delete it. Click the Spam link to remove the comment spam and send information about the comment spam to to help prevent future comment spam.

If the comment is grayed out and dim, it has been held for moderation. This means that it is waiting attention from you before it appears on your blog. To approve it, click Approve or click EDIT and then mark it as approved and save the comment.

If you want to think about a comment for a bit before letting others see it, you can mark it as Unapproved. It will sit in your Moderation queue until you’ve made a decision.

If you want to delete it, and it is not comment spam, click the Delete link. It’s your blog. You control the comments.

You can also search through your comments. To search, use the search form on the comments page and type in the keyword(s) for the comment you are looking for and a list will be generated.

Akismet Comment Spam Fighter PanelComment Spam: WordPress.com blogs are protected from comment spam by , a powerful comment spam fighting service. It is free for all WordPress.com users. For the most part, it catches most comment spam, but fighting comment spam is a never-ending battle. Within the WordPress.com community though, each of us has the ability to mark comment spam as comment spam, which adds the information to Akismet’s database, preventing the same comment spam from getting through next time.

On rare occasions a good comment gets picked up by Akismet’s comment spam prevention techniques and you may find it in your Comments > Spam list. Scroll down the list to see if anything appears to be a good comment and mark it as Not Spam or Approve.

If all the comments in the queue are spam, you can just leave them there and they will automatically be cleared out after a specific time period, or just click Delete All Spam.

Do not be fooled by nice comments. Comment spammers are tricky and will often include comments that compliment your writing or your blog. They will even say “thank you” and encourage you to respond in some way, making their comment look like it is participating in the conversation. Look closely. You will often see that the website links to casinos, drugs, porn, or some site that isn’t quite right looking. If in doubt, check it out. Also check email addresses. Many use hotmails.com which looks like hotmail but isn’t. Don’t be fooled. Comment spam is evil. Kill it.

Blogroll: Your Blogroll is your list of links to other sites typically found in your blog’s sidebar. If you would like to add links to other blogs or websites, click the Blogroll tab and fill in the information for those sites. For more information on how to enter links in your WordPress blogrolls, see Using the Links Manager from the , the online manual for WordPress users.

WordPress Dashboard Latest Activity sidebarDashboard and Blog Statistics: As part of managing your WordPress.com blog, you need to stay on top of what is going on around the WordPress and WordPress.com communities. From the WordPress.com Dashboard panel, you can monitor updates and new information about WordPress.com, and see what posts and blogs are attracting the most attention and traffic.

In the Dashboard sidebar, you will also see the Latest Activity section. This highlights the most recent trackbacks or incoming links (other sites linking to you), comments, recent posts, and other information about the activity on your blog.

WordPress Blog and Feed Stat Links from the WordPress DashboardIn the tabs under the Dashboard title, you will find links to your Blog Stats and Feed Stats.

The Feed Stats display how many people are viewing your blog via feeds and what type of feed reader they are using to access your blog.

The Blog Stats shows you the traffic statistics of your blog. It shows you a chart of how many times your blog has been accessed (not counting visits by you), where they are coming from (referrals), which posts are getting the most traffic, top search engine keywords that brought visitors to your blog, and more.

Do not expect these to show much measurable traffic for a while. It takes time to attract attention and build an audience. For some, it can take months and months, maybe a year. For others, depending upon their blogging topic, it can take less time. Be patient and concentrate on the blogging, not on the statistics.

Related Articles About WordPress.com

For more help, I’ve included a list of articles below, but do stop in at the and the site to ask more questions and get more information on using WordPress.com.

WordPress.com – The Future of WordPress in Action

WordPress.com is a beta testing site for the blogging platform, too. New features are added, changed, and fixed all the time. This may mean that things get screwed up once in a while, but for the most part, it is a chance to use and abuse the latest in blogging technology.

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26 Comments

  1. Posted July 26, 2006 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    All I have to say is wow, very nice article Lorelle. Matt should put that on the FAQ page

  2. Posted July 29, 2006 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    A link to this should be in the default text for an invite.

  3. Posted August 1, 2006 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    NOW you tell me…

    You should’ve posted this YEARS ago! LOLZ!!!

    Beautiful post.

  4. Posted August 16, 2006 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    Lorelle, this is an excellent primer article. You’re doing a lot of wordpress bloggers a good service! I got to your blog looking for references to trackbacks.

  5. uptoknowgood
    Posted August 21, 2006 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Glad to have found this blog. Great resource. I need the help.

  6. Posted August 28, 2006 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    I must read article for the new bloggers and good work…

  7. Posted January 13, 2007 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,

    I’ve just started a WordPress.com blog this week and all the advice on this post has been very relevant and extremely helpful for me.

    I agree with you on the ‘About’ page being an important link in your blog. I’d hate to visit a blog where the ‘about’ page is left blank or has very minimal or trivial information about the blog. Leaves the blog with no purpose.

    I must thank you for such useful information.

    Cheers!

  8. Posted January 26, 2007 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,

    Thanks for the tips. The Step 1 is very important, yet it’s often overlook.
    I did a little feature of this post in my blog.

    Cheers,

    Aldian

  9. Posted August 3, 2007 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    You are very knowledgeable and very passionate about WP.
    Thanks for sharing your words and wisdom .

    johnpiercy

  10. Johan
    Posted February 12, 2008 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Hello!

    I just want to know, how can you make the related articles under the post? I think we should add plugins, and we should upload some files. But I don’t know how to upload files to wordpress.com (except for images, etc).

    Sorry for my poor English.
    Thanks!

  11. Posted February 12, 2008 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    @ Johan:

    While it would be nice to have such a Plugin, we don’t, so I create mine manually. Just search through my blog to find the articles I’ve written that match up with the content and create a list. It’s fast and simple and better suited as it really relates the content with the post rather than relying upon guessing algorithms and matching keywords.

    To upload files to WordPress.com, use the same method as you do for images. The list of acceptable files for uploading is found in the Upload section. It’s that simple.

  12. guitarrabueno
    Posted February 20, 2008 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    I’ve recently joined WordPress and this information is very useful indeed… Many thanks Lorelle

  13. narcissuslover
    Posted February 26, 2008 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    i’m still new n ur blog really help me..
    but sometimes i get confused!
    haha..
    My english wasnt so advanced..

    could someone leave a comment on my blog?

  14. Posted April 2, 2008 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this great post. I’ve taken alot out of this and I will use it on my own blog.

    Thanks again

    Kevin

  15. Jim
    Posted April 11, 2008 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    What a great post. Very helpful guide for us all.

  16. radyo
    Posted May 15, 2008 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    iam using joomla but i change to wordpress

  17. zofishan
    Posted July 5, 2008 at 4:11 am | Permalink

    How can i put an avatar? I’m really confused. I checked out all the options in settings and users but i can’t find any related to uploading an avator. Please Help!

  18. Posted July 5, 2008 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    @ zofishan:

    Adding Avatars and Gravatars to Your WordPress and WordPress.com Blog is the answer. :D

    The avatar, if you are using Gravatar, is uploaded via the Gravatar site. The avatar for WordPress.com is uploaded via the Profile settings panel.

  19. Posted July 28, 2008 at 4:30 am | Permalink

    Thanks alot!
    Now I do have an avator! :-)

  20. biofir
    Posted December 28, 2008 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    Mulai ngeblog dari artikel lorelle.wordpress.com… :-)

  21. Tom Troughton
    Posted March 28, 2009 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    This is an excellent post with valuable information for the beginner wordpress blogger. Thank you for sharing your time and talent!

  22. Posted May 8, 2010 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Thanks for helping newbies

  23. topshapefitnessblog
    Posted May 14, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    I already have a WordPress blog (actually 2 accounts, but I have a reason not to use the 2nd one)
    I made up a user name and password. Fine. But this time, I do not want my user name to be the name of my blog.
    Q; How do I name my blog? I believe it does not have to be my user name, which it now appears as.
    Alternatively, can I alter my user name, somehow?
    I know I’ll find an answer in their copious support links if I keep looking, but if someone could advise me, it’ll save me a load of time.

  24. himagain
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    Actually not sure how I got here – new user chasing info all over.
    2 important things:
    1. REALLY valuable, concise presentation of a practical how-to thanks!
    2. I’m very disillusioned to find almost no activity here for YEARS!

    Your Site should be a hive of activity :-{

    Well. I’ll be baaaack. I hope you are still in contact with your blog here, Lorelle.

    • Posted November 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for your kind words.

      I’m not sure what you call activity as I get several thousand visitors a day. Not every post, in fact few posts require comments. I don’t write for the comments. I write and publish to help and the majority of the comments on this site are “thank you.”


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