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Introducing: The Community Pool

One of the things we’ve been excited to see develop here at The Daily Post is your engagement with one…

One of the things we’ve been excited to see develop here at The Daily Post is your engagement with one another in the comments — offering feedback, ideas, and support. We thought it would be valuable to carve out a space here for those of you looking for input on your work, so today we’re introducing the Community Pool.

Community PoolIf y’all are interested, here’s what we’ll do: once a week (probably on weekends), we’ll put up an open Community Pool post. If you have a post, page, or idea you want to bounce off someone, leave a comment. Your fellow bloggers can then click through and offer input either on your site, or in the comments here (feel free to indicate which you’d prefer).

We’re hoping the Community Pool will be a way for you to both get the feedback you’re looking for and get introduced to new blogs you might not have stumbled across. That being said, this is not an open call to post a link to your blog asking us to come read, it’s a space for back-and-forth between bloggers who want to improve what they publish.

A few reminders before we get started:

  • You’ll get the best feedback if you can be as specific as possible about what you’d like people to respond to or where you’re struggling.
  • Please keep all comments civil and constructive. We’re here to help and support one another, not to beat anyone down.
  • If you haven’t looked at our Commenting Guidelines in a while, now might be a good time.
  • No running on the deck.

With that, welcome to the first Community Pool! Come on in; the water’s fine.

Photo by t_a_i_s.

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  1. I think this a great way to get more people to find similar bloggers or even get out of their comfort zones when it comes to writing. I personally need more help in writing fiction or anything that’s not dark and sad. :D

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    1. Hi Theena, your blog sounds much like mine – I too sometimes write about sad events, especially of the past yet still try to see the ‘white lining’. I have just started to write some short Flash Fiction stories (very nervous about it at first) but I find that I can express myself further through my stories. Fellow bloggers can be very supportive :-)

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      1. Thank you. I will have to look into yours because I’m sure I can gather some tips from your dabbling in flash fiction. The past is what gets us where we are, and I am grateful for it all! Thank you and look forward to more interaction in the future.

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  2. This sounds a brilliant idea! The blogging buddy idea when you first started postaday really made us all reach out to other bloggers around the world.

    I am currently writing a novel which could be filed in travel and romance. It is a far cry from my blog and I wonder if I should create another blog dedicated just to writing?

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    1. You’ve already done the first thing I would have suggested: broached it on your blog. Now, how do *you* read those comments? Enough to indicate serious interest? Or not? I’m in no position to judge, obviously. How about this? Do a “progress report”, or two, or three. See if there’s sustained interest.
      OTOH, OpEding myself, if you feel really strongly about it, especially if you think blogging about it would help your writing, then forget the previous paragraph and go build your site. And see what happens.
      (aside: I deliberately wrote “really strongly” as opposed to the sadly overworked, previously good word, “passionately”. After the first million times, it sort of lost its punch :D)

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      1. Thanks Chopin :)

        You’ve been a great help. If I stop and think about my followers, different people/bloggers comment on different types of topics. For instance gardening may spark one persons interest but not my excitement over completing NaNoWriMo. So I suppose posting a variety of topics keeps the blog active. I already have a gardening, healthy eating and photography blog. So if I start yet another blog as well as keeping ontop of social media, I won’t acutally have time to write!

        BTW I could not see your blog URL

        Kind regards,

        PiP

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      2. Hi PiP,

        Glad it helped. You’re right…blogging should be a a means to an end, rather than an end in itself. Given the kind of posts you write (I’ve had a very pleasurable look-see), staying with what you have seems the thing.

        Aaah yes, you could see my URL, because I’ve been procrastinating. All there is is a filler post anyhow. With the start of the semester (I’m an academic in my bread+butter life), things have been a bit hectic. But nothing is forever….

        CS, aka %%robert

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  3. OK. I would love people to come by and look at my blog. I post daily, journaling feelings, recounting conversations, saying what I think.

    I would like comments on the illustrations. How do you think they fit to the subject matter? I would like comments there on posts where you think they fit particularly well, and why, and where you see room for improvement.

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    1. Hi Clare. Took a quick look at your blog. One thought is this. You might want to break up your paragraphs and make your font darker and bigger. It’s hard on the eyes.

      As far as your illustrations go, they are very detailed and consequently, hard on the eyes. Your content is reaaly good in that you express how you honestly feel. I know I have a hard time expressing my own views on controversial subjects in a way that doesn’t come across as accusatory and angry. Anger has a place but it generally expressed better in person. In print it is hard because we can’t see your body language and facial expression. Blogging is hard work. I’ve struggled with the very things I’ve brought to your attention. Hope this helps.

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      1. That’s a really good idea to email offline and to still keep it constructive by giving feedback on good points and the not so good in a kind manner. This would also work well if the blogger asked for an in-depth critique of their work by someone who has a lot of knowledge about the particular content, like Poetry, and applying to others styles. Yes, good idea! :-)

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    1. I probably would not use the word, “hate” just because it can sound harsh! I think I would say that the line really didn’t “work for me,” or it sorta “turned me off.” And, then I would explain why.

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      1. Lauren, I will agree with you about the word hate, it does sound harsh, however, it is the truth. And people can appreciate the truth. There is some hate that I am dealing with and the only way that I can be helped or get help is to admit the truth. Call it the way it is, hate is hate. And there is somethings that I really HATE right now. Good Post, thanks for being HONEST!!!!!!!!

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  4. great idea, still a bit shy for comments, but have a group that does encourage me. Glad to know this exists, and when I get bold enough to even let my group of friends know I have a blog I may join in, for now I remain anonymous… ;) Thanks for being here and offering support and encouragement and ideas. I look forward to reading your posts daily. DAF

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  5. I think this is an excellent idea! It will not only help the visibility of our blogs, but it will also be a great place for us bloggers to learn from each other.

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  6. I think i like this, but i am a “Show me” type of guy. I can glean more b y looking and touching or using than reading. i will eagerly await it in its trial form.

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  7. Well, my blog is here: https://liquidmatthew.wordpress.com/

    I guess what I’m wondering is whether it’s interesting. I know that’s sort of vague, but it’s basically a development blog for my writing, and I’m wondering whether the stuff I write about is the sort of thing people would find interesting if they’re interested in the writer.

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    1. hmmmm Liquid I taken aback by your banner. I suspect I have some prude in me somewhere….but before I even read your posts, that was jarring for me. I tried reading but all I could think of was…Is that you in the banner and why would you want so much of yourself on the banner?

      It’s distracting. Those are my honest feelings. I will try reading again.

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      1. It makes sense, in that you’re an erotic writer. But I’ve been reading and you don’t write only erotica so maybe consider something a little more subtle, so it appeals to a wider audience?

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      2. I think that’s a good idea. I like the reading imagery, though. But I’m sure I can find something equally valid. I think I’ll try to see what I can find. Thanks for the advice!

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      3. I agree that a more subtle banner would appeal to a wider audience. I clicked through to your site, saw the banner, decided that I’m not really a reader of erotica, and then left the site before even reading what you had to offer. But after seeing Vernette’s response, I clicked back through and she is right – you do write well. I think if you toned it down – maybe made it more suggestive (perhaps draped in a sheer fabric or hidden in shadow or something) rather than nearly explicit, you would prevent what I did (click away before reading) from occuring with other readers.

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    2. Liquid I love the banner. I think it’s tasteful, beautiful, and sexy. I only skimmed your writing, but from what I’ve seen it looks very interesting and I’ve decided to follow your blog.

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      1. Thank you! I appreciate it! I think the banner isn’t too risque, but it’s not exactly safe for work, either, so it might be turning people off who might otherwise read it in more formal environments…

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    3. I found the direct aproach on your blog amusing and have subscribed. Although the Interracial Sex Survey took me surprise until I realised it was an erotic blog :oops: I loved the banner and as someone said above “it’s tasteful, beautiful, and sexy.” It ties in well with your theme. Now if people came across to my blog the banner would not be appropriate as my target readers are different and would be shocked. Still it’s horses for courses …

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      1. Well I love surveys. I have a few on the site. It seems like people like the banner… Maybe I’ll keep it the way it is.

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    1. Lidia,
      If you copy your URL at the top of your blog page and paste it here, it would easier for all to just click on your link that leads us back to your blog. Hope that helps. <3

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