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From images and animation clips to recipes, savvy bloggers know that adding media to posts makes them much more engaging. Get inspired today with three embed options that add pop to your site.

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With millions of users around the world, we're an international community of writers, photographers, and more. Enjoy these recent snapshots and soundbites, from Moscow to Cairo.

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We release beautiful new themes every week. In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers who are using the most recent additions to our Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit some of the blogs that are already using

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Extra, extra, read all about it: we're thrilled to announce a whole batch of improvements to your blogs, from image editing in the body of your posts to better, sleeker audio playlists -- and more.

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Young women with high cancer risk and early-onset breast cancer blog their way through diagnosis and treatment with humor, strength, and grace.

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We're excited to announce twelve new top-level domains -- including .info, .biz, .mobi, .fm, and .tv -- that WordPress.com users can register.

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Tumblelog-style themes need not be completely minimalist. Learn how you can put your own custom touches on Hum, Reddle, and Twenty Ten without spending any money.

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In case you missed it, a quick recap of the past week on WordPress.com.

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We just gave our emoticons a loving redesign. Check them out: they're sure to bring a smile to your face.

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We first met Christy after reading her post, My Grace is Gone (A Climb Out of Alcoholism). The sheer honesty and emotional intensity of the piece resonated with us — so much so — we not only bumped it to Freshly Pressed, we included it in our year-end Editors’ Picks …

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Happy Theme Thursday, all! Let’s jump right in and say “Hello!” to four awesome new themes. Outspoken Outspoken, by new seller WPShower, is a premium magazine theme with loads of customizable features. Multiple front page configuration options allow you to tailor the presentation to your liking, while gen

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More and more of us are blogging from our mobile devices. Today, we’re thrilled to announce new versions of the WordPress mobile apps for Android and iOS. Here are some of the new versions’ highlights. WordPress for iOS 3.9 The latest WordPress for iOS update is one of our largest …

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Our blogs are our online homes. With tweaks, we can show off not only our work, but our personalities. Are you nostalgic for the past? Do you love styles and designs from bygone eras? Let's look at ways to give your site a retro vibe.

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The WordPress.com community is a truly global phenomenon. With bloggers spread across every corner of the world, the stories we encounter daily in the Reader give us an unfiltered snapshot of the world we share. Today, we offer you a free round-the-world ticket — through the personal perspectives of people …

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What blogger doesn’t feel a twinge of envy reading a runaway viral success story like Seth’s — 26 million views? Whoa! We may not all be viral sensations, but we can make sure our posts are primed for sharing. Shareable content is about more than making sure there are Facebook and …

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One of the strengths of WordPress.com is the community — a global network of users, learning from one another and supporting each other. Earlier this month, Michelle shared blogs within the mental health community, and we’ll continue to highlight blogs that promote health and wellness. Today, let’s take a

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This week we have another roundup of five new themes now available on WordPress.com. Enjoy! Bushwick Bushwick is a fresh, free, and responsive theme designed by James Dinsdale, perfect for blogging. The custom header image has been given a unique vertical treatment, while excerpts are presented in an original tl;dr …

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We’re really proud that so many great writers from all genres call WordPress.com home. Last week, we welcomed one more — Jenny Lawson, AKA The Bloggess, whose site just moved on to WordPress.com’s VIP service. An incredibly popular blogger and now a New York Times bestselling author, Jenny’s blunt, i

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There are 47 million blogs at WordPress.com and every single one has a unique story to tell. Today, we’re proud to introduce you to WordPress.com blogger Matt, the man behind Must Be This Tall To Ride, a hilarious and often poignant chronicle of his life as a single divorced father. …

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In the two months since its release, Twenty Fourteen has already made quite a splash, becoming the theme of choice for almost 200,000 sites. If you’re a new blogger (hello, Zero to Hero participants!), it likely looks familiar. It’s our default theme for 2014, so it was the one that …

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When we start a blog instead of simply keeping a private diary, it’s because we want to connect with others. When you start to blog, you join a community. It comes as no surprise that many bloggers are drawn to online communities as a place to work through challenges — …

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It’s Theme Thursday! We’re happy to introduce an amazing new premium theme: Poly. Designed by the talented Justin Carroll, Poly is a colorful theme that features a dynamic grid layout perfect for artists, photographers, and anyone with a love for strong visuals. Options galore Poly has the option of a …

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Yesterday, we learned the ins and outs of pushing your new posts to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Today, we continue our tour of the Publicize universe with the three other social networks you can connect to from your WordPress.com account: LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Path. The ability to share your content …

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“I’m publishing posts every day, but where are my readers?” While there’s no exact science to successfully building a readership, you have a number of built-in tools on WordPress.com to share your work with the world. Our advice? Hook up your various social accounts to WordPress.com and let us do 

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Every so often, we sit down with an Automattician to help you get to know the people who work behind the scenes to build new features, keep Automattic’s wheels turning, and make WordPress.com the best it can be. In this installment, we’re delighted to introduce you to Happiness Engineer, photographer*, and beard enth

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We were all impressed earlier this week when we reviewed the incredible achievements of the WordPress.com community in 2013. Even as the year drew to a close, though, many of you found the time to win a few more (symbolic) trophies for your collection of blogging accolades. Before we clear the …

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It’s the first Theme Thursday of 2014, and we’re kicking the year off with two new free themes. Motif was designed to help you create a beautiful online presence for your business. You can integrate your logo with the custom header image, present your products with the grid page template, …

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Write more. Paint more. Photograph more.  Do something amazing. Go down a different path. Challenge myself.  New year’s resolutions — you might make ‘em, or you may think they’re trite and a waste of time. Whatever the case, you’re here, aren’t you? Exploring WordPress.com, cont

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When you refresh your résumé for the new year, why not also refresh (or create!) your online presence? An online portfolio highlights you in a whole new way. Portfolios aren’t just for artists — writers, teachers, architects, graphic designers, and more can use portfolios to share their work. If what you

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