I am a database programmer, but new to WordPress.
The site I am building is at: http://CorvallisSecular.org
My web host provided a script for installing WordPress 3.4.2; after successfully running that, I promptly upgraded to 3.5.
I am NOT running "multi-site".
I installed wordpress to its own subdirectory: (http://CorvallisSecular.org/wordpress/)
I have a static front page, and a handful of other pages.
I am using the Graphene theme, and a few carefully selected plugins.
My "permalinks" is set to: /%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/
My problem is that I want my blog page slug to simply be "blog", but WordPress insists on making it "blog-2".
Other people on this site have had this problem previously, and the solution was that they hadn't emptied their trash.
LET ME ASSURE YOU, MY TRASH IS EMPTY!
I have deleted the blog page, emptied the trash, recreated it, and WordPress insists on making the permalink "blog-2". I can change it to anything I like -- except "blog". It's not giving me this grief with any of the other pages on my site.
I haven't created a category or tag named "blog", and I have no "blog" subdirectory, or file in my file structure. Nothing else should be using this slug.
One clue: If I try to visit http://CorvallisSecular.org/blog/, it redirects to the root of my site. If I type gibberish in place of "blog", I get a 404. So SOMETHING is up...
Does anyone have any word of wisdom? I REALLY want my "blog" slug!
Thank you in advance...