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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).

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    1. Is the “ugly, overweight French bloke” part supposed to be a quote by this Samantha Brick person or your own comment? Because if the latter is the case, I find it pretty inappropriate tbh. It would make your post very ambiguous since you accuse society of being superficial and “ugly” for pointing at others.

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      1. Absolutely agree with what you meant. I didn’t word it very well – i found his attitude ugly because he told her that he’d leave her if she gained weight. I might go and change that now. Thanks for your comment…

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    1. I completely agree with one of the points that you made in your post – that it’s annoying to receive the same news multiple times in social media. You also mentioned the inappropriate pictures that pop up from time to time.
      I think you covered the topic well. Great job!

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    2. I can agree with a lot of this. I like social media, but I also hate some parts. While I’m not that much annoyed by their “repetitiveness”, there are many other things that bother me. And I can understand that you worry about your son… There is btw an excellent TV show dealing with the question what might happen if social media actually took over the world in case you’re interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Mirror_%28TV_series%29 (Each episode stands on its own, so it’s more like a film series.)

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    1. Hiyah. I think I would prefer to be a happy scientist rather than perpetually ‘mad’. Angry scientists might be too emotional. I visit some invitational blogs, like We Write Poems, and enjoy the prompts. Hope your blog prompt site takes off.

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  1. Happy Sunday!
    I’m about three weeks old in this blogging game and am using the “Koi” theme. My blog is about dog & human friendships, and I just feel the theme might not be the right fit. Too feminine? Too artsy? It’s a beautiful theme, but maybe just not right for my blog.
    How long did YOU spend picking just the right theme?
    How did you know it was right when you chose it?
    Any free themes you’re just head-over-heels in love with?
    Thanks in advance for your help,
    Vanessa

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    1. I love the theme, too, but maybe if you found a theme where you could put your own picture in the header and use a picture of your own pets??? That would make it more personal to you and to what you are blogging about. I do love the theme you chose but since you mentioned it might not fit what you are blogging about I thought it might be a good suggestion. I think you can search for themes where you can use your own photo as the header. Beautiful blog!

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      1. Hi Beth Ann,
        Thanks for your honest feedback. I like the idea of a theme that allows pictures of the pets.
        You know, I tried one when I first started and it tiled the photo multiple times and I gave up. Now maybe that I’ve been here three weeks and know the system better, I’ll try again.

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    2. Hello Vanessa,

      While I do think the Koi theme is cool and creative, I believe there’s a disconnect between it and the idea of dog and human friendships. Personally, before choosing a theme I like to make a list of elements I’m looking for in conjunction with my “brand.”

      They could be adjectives such as excitement, happiness, fast, light, sharp, clean, geometric, etc… That way when you’re browsing themes you’ll already have an idea of the look you are going for.

      And of course this list of adjectives will stem from what you want your blog “brand” to evoke.

      Happy hunting!

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      1. Excellent advice, Veronica. You’re right on about deciding what my brand image is before I choose a theme.
        I think I just found the new theme but if I get bad reviews, I have my fallback…and it certainly isn’t koi. :)

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  2. I’d love to get some feedback on my blog in general: Posts, Theme, Visuals, and Writing Style, please. Any or all of the above would be a great help to me as a developing blogger!

    Also, how do you think I could attract more interactivity on my blog? Thank you!

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    1. About the interactivity: Maybe ask your readers directly for their opinion on whatever topic you wrote about at the end of your posts..? I wouldn’t necessarily do it each time but every now and then to encourage comments. And I think it helps if you comment on your mutual followers’ posts too. Some people are more likely to give input to you if they get a lot of input by you first.

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  3. Hi all!
    Does anyone have any suggestions on where to look for guest post writing opportunities?
    Or how to get others to write guest posts on your blog?

    Also what about suggestions on increasing page views?

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    1. I created a post with ‘Would Anyone Like To Guest Post?’ as my title and included my email address. It proved very successful – I had fifty five entries in the space of a few days. I’ll include a link below…

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    2. You could also create a page with a link in the menu or a widget with a contact form. There you can specify which type of guest posts you’re looking for. To increase page views, engage with others. Comment on other blogs and promote via facebook, twitter, etc.

      Many bloggers regularly feature guest posters, but I don’t know of an easy way to find them apart from browsing blogs and look who’s requesting.

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    3. Hello!

      I have never guest posted nor I had someone do it for my blog but I would look on the blogs I love as well as google (might come up with sites for this) and send e-mails around. Wait and have passion about your writing and let other people know you are looking for writing and having guest post written.

      As for page views, I guess you could go around reading other blogs and, if you like them, comment, follow or like their posts. If you have something insightful to say on their blog, some of them might visit you too. Also, if you’d enjoy it, do Blog Challenges or Prompts and don’t forget to engage your commenters. Don’t just look over their comments and walk away. Communicate, make them feel loved!

      This is how I builded my readership back in the days when I was active. I hope those things will help you. You have a very nice blog with a honest writing style. I will stick around~

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  4. Hi, I’m a spanish blogger, and I’d like you to read my new post: http://buscandotrabajoatiempocompleto.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/feria-de-empleo-buscar-trabajo-en-irlanda/
    It’s about a Jobs Expo in Ireland. Here, in Spain, we are living a difficult moment and It’s very difficult to find a job; so I’m doing my best to help other people in the process.
    It’d be great if you re-blog my post; because all I want is for the information to spread through Internet.

    (I apologize for the mistakes writing in English. I hope you forgive me) :)

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    1. I think you’re doing fabulously! You’re using different sized pictures and spacing them well throughout the blog.
      You have good word and picture flow and keep the reader’s attention.
      I would say you might want a less playful theme? It is a bit distracting from your core message.
      (My theme is doing the same and I am changing it today!)

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      1. Thanks! Thats a great point, I was honestly thinking about changing it before :) I’ll have to search for some new themes in the next couple of days. Thanks again for the helpful advice! :)

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    1. Hello Stephanie,

      Great header photo! It really fits with your blog title: The Energy of Mindfulness.  I don’t think that it’s confusing that you’re mixing photography and writing about swimming.

      However, I do think there are a couple of elements that might help the layout of your blog:

      1-You can use Categories (that way, readers can go directly to the topic they are looking for, let it be about photography, or about swimming,

      2-You can use the “More tag,” so that only an excerpt of your blog post appears on your home page. Readers will be able to see more that way (instead of having to scroll all the way down).

      Happy writing!

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    1. Hi Beth Ann,
      I love that giving idea!
      I would say the only thing I would add is an update on how Betty is doing now. If May was her diagnosis month, surely there must be some updates on her progress. It could be a simple one liner about how she’s doing.

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      1. Oh great idea!!! Thanks! It is all on her CaringBridge site which I linked to but did not actually say in print on the page!!!! Every day is a battle for her but she is back at work part time so that is a good thing. I will figure out how to word that so it sounds better than what I just wrote. :-) Thanks!

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  5. Hi guys. I’ve come to the conclusion that ill be using my blog for more photographic purposes and I’m not sure whether my blog theme is suitable for my blog. Also. I’ve changed my theme a couple of times as well as my header and wanted your opinion on whether it flowed nicely and if the colours and header went well together? An objective view is always so helpful!

    Thanks for your help!!

    Elsie.

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    1. Elsie I have in my blog a free theme that is specific for photographic, is call Nishita with 18 widgets; althoug I have very long post it is working for the thematic I write about (Art History) that theme focuse in images and you
      can personalize colors, pages wide and so on. this is the link for the theme….http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/nishita/.
      Is you whant take a look at the theme in use in my blog to have an idea if can work for you too.

      http://www.historiadelarteen.com

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    1. I liked your layout and design. I prefer the clean look and your template works well with that. It is not all cluttered and distracting which is a plus in my book. Love your positive attitude and message. Encouragers are great people—-always good to have those folks in your life.

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  6. Hello, I’m cosidering the following lines for the opening of a story. Does it grab your attention? Let me know, any comments apreciated.

    Charlz blinked in shock. “From the day I was born, every member of this family has made it plain by word and deed that I did not belong. Now you want me to save you?” He laughed derisively and said coldly. “Give me one good reason why I should bother!”

    http:emilykarn.wordpress.com/

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  7. Hi everybody, I would love to get some feedback on my poetry blog:
    notenoughpoetry.wordpress.com.
    Please share with me any suggestions you may have on the entire experience: poems, layout, theme, etc. Thank you!

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    1. You could have less categories. So instead of game reviews and game news, just put it under a general tag of gaming. Same with Movies and guides. Maybe cut out the fitness and focus on the rest.

      Other than that, I hope you manage to keep it up :)

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    1. Sanyay I visited your page and I personally liked, is very clean and go righ to the point, I read your marketing ideas and I am glad i did that I learn a few things I did not know about it.

      I would like personally tho some post guia- list in a left or righ column, because now you have few post but when you have a lot of them, visitor will have to scroll down and up in order to find what they are looking for. But overall I thing your fine. Good lock

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    1. I liked your post on gardening, and I think your humor is very clever. She really thought you were growing drugs? The castor leaf only vaguely looks like a cannabis leaf, and I say that without even being a smoker. It just goes to show that some people are just too ignorant. Sadly, it means that too few people garden these days, and that’s a real shame. Keep on writing and posting yor photos!

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  8. Hello everyone! I joined WordPress a few days ago and I’d just like to hear if you think my layout works for my blog’s purposes. It’s about illustrations of squirrels made in MS Paint. Also… if you have any ideas what “situations” I could put my squirrels into in the future, that’d be great! :)

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  9. Hi guys,

    Not sure if this is the right place, but is it possible to get feedback on a theme I’ve been working on and am planning to submit to WordPress.org. It’s my first attempt at a submission so any feedback would be great. If this isn’t the right place, can someone point me in the right direction?

    Happy to post link to the development version of the theme (if it’s allowed). Any advice would be great!

    Thanks in advance!

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