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I once knew a person who titled the first post in his blog, "A first post."

It was immediately pointed out to him that correct usage is "The first post." To that he responded: Well, every blog has its first post, and this post is no exception, so this is just a first post (among first posts of all blogs).

Neither that person nor the other people were native English speakers.

I wonder, does that rationale makes sense? How does "A first post" sound like for a native speaker?

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I agree with your first-poster. Both are possible.

I made a first post on my blog today.

Other people make first posts on their respective blogs too.

I made the first post on my blog today.

This one is fine as well; now the implicit context is only my blog.

I made my first post on my blog today.

This is possible, since it is my first post on this blog; but it is a bit awkward, because you have my twice. You could use My First Post as a title, though.

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Sounds fine to me, for the reasons given.

We have a first step, a first word, a first kiss, etc.

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+1; I see nothing wrong with "a first post" and it could also be used as a subtle pun on the nubs who post "first!" –  MrHen Apr 27 '11 at 15:02

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