so i'd been troubleshooting why (oh why) a new post would absolutely refuse to display -- anywhere. on the home page, an empty space where the content should be. any direct links go to the post page displaying only a comment box.
i found the problem: my post had "advertisements" listed as a tag in it. as soon as i removed that tag, the post showed up. just to check, i tried it with a second post. it's a replicable problem. bonified.
weird. i am glad that it's resolved.
hopefully, this FYI will help someone else out that encounters this or a similar problem with another tag preventing their post from showing up.
The blog I need help with is ayoungethan.wordpress.com.