Hello Whoops: Delete Your First Blog Post

If you’re starting a new blog, delete your first post. Think of it as a test. When launching this blog, I plunged into my inaugural entry and triumphantly published. Some time later, to my horror, I noticed the URL for that post: https://faithfulweb.wordpress.com/2006/10/02/hello-world/. Yes, that’s the WordPress default name, based on the classic phrase programmers use when learning to display text in a new language. Kind of like see-spot-run, but less sophisticated.

Facing a post whose URL screamed “newbie,” I contemplated deleting it and starting again. At the same time, the house blessings post turned into one of the most popular entries on my site to this day. Deleting or renaming could lose me links or search engine results so I left it as is. When sharing the link, though, I use anchor text whenever possible.

I haven’t made that mistake since, although it would be hard to since WordPress doesn’t set a default file name other than with the first post. But I don’t want any of you who are starting a new blog to make the same mistake so I’m sharing it here. You’ll also find this lesson on Daniel’s “blogging mistakes” group writing project on Daily Blog Tips. If you are looking for more blogging tips, Daniel’s site is a good reference. I previously participated in his site traffic tips project.

Has anyone else pulled a hello-world when starting a new blog?

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47 thoughts on “Hello Whoops: Delete Your First Blog Post

  1. I love this mistake, Mark. Am I reading right? You wrote a post on the first page and it had the WordPress welcome as the URL, although the subject was House Blessings, and now it is your top post. The irony is exquisite.

  2. Rory — my post correctly displayed the blessings info, but the URL itself was “hello-world” instead of “house-blessings.” I’ll follow your lead and enjoy the irony.

    Simonne — Glad it worked for you. If I had gone with a more traditional introduction for my first post, I agree that “hello world” would have worked.

    Ronalfy — Whew, I’m not alone in this!

  3. […] Delete Your First Blog Post by Mark Alves If you’re starting a new blog, delete your first post. Think of it as a test. When launching this blog, I plunged into my inaugural entry and triumphantly published. Some time later, to my horror, I noticed the URL for that post..Yes, that’s the WordPress default name, based on the classic phrase programmers use when learning to display text in a new language. […]

  4. Well, I am a programmer. So I loved the idea of having the first post named Hello World! I even comment that I am leaving it be for just that reason. So guess it just depends on what boat you are in. But if you do change the title of your first post, good idea to change the slug too.

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