Community Pool

The Community Pool is for those of you looking for input, whether on post ideas, writing, blog design and layout,…

The Community Pool is for those of you looking for input, whether on post ideas, writing, blog design and layout, or anything else. 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).

Read on for the ground rules and to leave a comment . . .

  • 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.
  • To keep from losing your place in the comment thread while you visit others’ blogs, right-click on a link to open it in a new tab or window.
  • No running on the deck.

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    1. I read your static homepage and I really liked it! I found it to be refreshing. My only question is about the Celebrate Recovery ~ what is it exactly that you are recovering from? Is it the death of your mother? I only ask because when I hear 12 step program, my mind automatically goes to addiction. It wasn’t completely clear why you attend Celebrate Recovery and what it is. I briefly went through your other pages as well and did see under resources you do give a clearer description of what it is, however, I am just thinking a clearer picture of what it is on your static page would be good. Or having the resources on your static homepage would make your site easier to navigate. I really do like the ‘about me’ being the first thing you see though!

      1. Thanks for the feedback. Recovery is a lifestyle for me. What brought me to recovery was my work addiction, but that I found out I was co-dependent and had many addictive tendencies in my life. Your feedback is good food for thought to edit my home page. Thanks!

  1. Hi! Over the past few weeks I’ve had some great feedback on many of my posts and on my theme and general layout. It’s been fantastic; thankyou to everyone who has commented so far!

    If possible, I’d be super duper grateful if I could get some thoughts on my actual writing, and writing style in general. Also, if you have any ideas for a new post, that would be amazing, as I am still quite new to blogging.


  2. Hi, me again! Quick question, i’m currently using the Oxygen theme for my blog as i wanted something simple and easy to read. Does this look ok or is it too dull? Are there any themes you would recommend that aren’t sore on the reader’s head? Thanks

    1. I like it. It’s a nice clean look. The only suggestion I have would be to reverse your side bars. In my opinion you have the most important things on the left and the least on the right.

  3. I just started another blog for writers of fiction to come to have their work critiqued called KRI-TEEK MEE. I started it based off a recent Community Pool: Focus on Fiction. I’ve been looking at it and I’m wondering if there is too much information. What I would like to know is if it is a lot of information and if so, what can I pair down and of course any other suggestions you may have.

  4. My blog has recently got consistent. Before it was here and there. I have set a goal to post one photoblog which began this week (Wednesday) and one weekly blog (Mondays). I have reviewed many of the dailypost recommendations and tried to implement, but not getting much traffic, its about on par when I stopped blogging regularly 3 months ago and recently began again. My stats are just under the last quarter in 2012. I use SEO and Social Media (mostly twitter, yahoo and tumblr). What I’ve noticed is much of my viewers don’t get past the home page. Take a look and give some feedback about making the blog more appealing to continue reading. What am I missing?

    1. Hey Kirby – I’m no expert by far, but i took a look, and i found myself distracted, looking left and right, rather than focusing on the articles that should be drawing me in. One thing that struck me was that the blurbs were too short and interrupted mid thought to pull me in.

      Changing Seasons could benefit from more structure to guide the readers’ eyes where you want them. On first read through, i didn’t make the connection that “Camp Shenandoah, April 9th, 1862″ as a heading to a letter – the central theme of the post it seems.

      I think a little more upfront to set the context of where you’re going (pull me in), give the letter, and then tell me what it means to you. (i.e. a “conclusion”, or call to action). “what a man thinks about when facing death – his true love” …. a challenge to live every day like this soldier. To live our core values. To face life’s difficulties knowing what’s truly important.

      Great stuff, keep going!

  5. If anyone is still following this post, I would appreciate your feedback on my ‘About’ page and ‘Recipe Box’ page. Looking to find a way to get more traffic to both. Please help a girl out!
    Thank you!

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