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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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  • 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.
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    1. I was a little confused about the age of the narrator. At first it seemed like a young child, but then I gleaned it was a young girl, and then I wasn’t really sure because the name of your blog is “brandonsmommy” so I thought maybe it was an adult. I guess it was because I couldn’t really see the age/sex of the person in the picture, at least on my laptop. Hope this helps some!

    1. The name of your blog is difficult to pronounce and I don’t really know what it means. I like the look of your blog and your use of photos and bolded numbered items. I gathered, after some reading, that your blog is reflections about your journey as a religious leader. Maybe you might put an FAQ up explaining what makes up your exact role – Ordinand, I think it was? I’m not familiar with its meaning and probably others aren’t as well.

      1. Thank you Xina for your helpful comments. Bo-ru-ach-el-o-(h)im actually means ‘Come Spirit Of God’ in Hebrew. I like the idea of a FAQ page or glossary maybe, as you are correct some of the terms might be unfamiliar e.g. Ordinand = Trainee Vicar. Glad you liked other bits and took time to reply.

    1. As someone who doesn’t really use twitter I liked your article. I wasn’t aware you could schedule tweets. Even I may not use the tools you mentioned I liked that you gave good information about them. Good Article.

    2. That was cool! I may not be using the service any time soon, but I enjoyed how you covered it in a fun and simple way.
      I noticed that your blog doesn’t feature the “Like” button for WordPress users, though, and it made me sad because I wanted to give you a “Like”.
      Keep up the good work.

    3. One thing I would add is the ability to bulk schedule in HootSuite. You can upload a CSV file of upto 50 tweets at a time which can be a huge time saver.

    4. Looks simple enough to follow. You missed a word here though “getting (the) hang of it.” I work as a part-time CSR so I appreciate the tip. Not that we need to schedule a great deal of tweets in our center. Hope I was able to help you.

    1. I really enjoyed this post – it made me want to get reading right away and I imagine it will be a great record for you too.

      (The word composed appears to be duplicated in the first sentence)

    2. I have to commend you that you read and even blog about your recommended books. Good job! It also helps that there are pictures … do continue to write. I have not written anything on my favorite books, so I envy you for the effort of sharing yours with everyone. Mabuhay (this is a Filipino greeting, which means “Long live!”)
      Hope you can also check my blog. It just has lots of pictures and some short stories.

    1. Hi,
      I really enjoyed reading your blog posts! I think it’s easy to read and the layout is very nice! I really enjoyed reading your Daily Prompt for today =) I hope this helps!

  1. This question involves layout, I can’t seem to add a follow me on Pinterest button to my post pages, I have a generic one, I just copied and pasted my address, but it looks so unprofessional, any ideas? Thankyou!

    1. I don’t know if you are aware bu the follow me on pinterest link you posted is not actually a link you can click on. Are wanting people to be able to clink on it?

    1. Hi,
      I love the look of your blog!
      The only thing I saw was a few spelling errors. Do you use spell check? Also, the title “The Hidding Place” is that meant hiding, as in hide and seek? If so, it would be “Hiding.” Please let me know if this is what you were going for! =) Overall, your blog is really nice, and I enjoy your writing.

      1. No i don’t use it. Ooops omg i’ve been since the beginning with that name and i didn’t realize it. Thank you so much for tell me about it. If you see something more just let me know.

    1. Read half an article and followed right away ^_^ I love the way you write.
      Keep up the good work!
      And they layout is okay, though I personally prefer things with bigger fonts.

    1. I liked the look of the blog on my screen. Although, I feel that if someone was casually passing by, the arrangement of all the articles in one single panel makes it overwhelming.

      1. Thanks for the feedback! It’s quite funny because last time’s feedback said that the whole post scroll was too messy or some along those lines. I will take both things into account and see what things I can do :)

  2. Hi all,
    I am new to blogging and just added a widget to my profile to show my top posts. I think it looks good, but I would like some feedback. I am posting my blog also to find and connect with fellow bloggers who are new.

    Also, I wrote a daily prompt and would love to know what you think! Thanks in advance for your feedback and your time!!
    Thank you so much for following and checking out my blog! You sent such a sweet message, and I can’t thank you enough for your kind words! I look forward to reading more from your blog! I hope you have a great day! =) <3 always,

    1. I think it was a good idea putting the top post widget.
      I really loved your daily propmt for today and i wanted to comment but i couldn’t find the comment section ?
      As a fairly new blogger i also want to connect with more people. I am happy that i found you :)

      1. Oh no! Did you see the bubble caption in the upper right hand corner? Maybe if you click on that you will be able to comment? Please let me know as I want to be able to get your responses!
        Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog =)

    2. LOVE your blog! Amazing photos and I really like the captions under each picture. I look forward to following you! I have been thinking of your daily prompt all day and I will be responding tonight once my little ones go to bed.

    1. hey,your link is not working. i think you posted the admin link which nobody else can open but the admin of the blog.
      And i would really appreciate it if you give feedback on my 1 week old blog:)

    2. Hey, there is some problem with the link you posted i think its only for admin of the blog and only they can open it.
      P.S i am a week old blogger and will really appreciate your opinion on it :)

      1. Love the posts, especially the one on singing. :D
        You have some minor errors in your grammar, proof read. These always, ALWAYS occur when we type and post without re-reading. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve rushed to edit an error before someone else pointed out. The proofread option by WordPress is pretty good.

        Happy blogging!

    1. I liked what you have written but feel that you could have written more. You know, personalized it a bit? At the moment, it is well written yet not connecting or reeling me in as a reader. Maybe a personal anecdote? Or a few lines in the first person?

      I loved your site layout!

    1. Good post. I would suggest getting your “about” page updated before posting more. I like to know more about the person before reading their posts. When I started my “about” page I just had a quick introductory paragraph but targeted myself with adding a little but more each day. Hope that helps :)

    1. You titled the post realiz(s)ations but I am not sure what the realizations are. I see that you compared American and British language which was interesting to read, but I think the title threw me off a little.

  3. Hello!
    I just read the comments above and plan on going through everyone’s posts.
    If some advice and views could be offered on mine?
    This was my attempt at expressing my views on societal crimes.
    I just read the comments above and plan on going through everyone’s posts.
    If some advice and views could be offered on mine?
    This was my attempt at expressing my views on societal crimes.

    If you are kind enough to check out my blog, that would be amazing too! :)

    1. Reading this post really opened my eyes….I had no idea this was happening! I really like the social blogs but I also appreciate being informed and educated to. It was very well written and I look forward to viewing our world through your eyes more often!

  4. Hi, I’m new. And being a geek who uses tumblr, I’ve come across a story idea where the main character in a book falls in love with the reader. Not being a professional writer, I simply played around with the idea. The following link is my introduction. Comments? Any feedback would be amazing. Thanks!
    If this link doesn’t work, let me know. You might have to copy and paste it… ? Like I said, I started my WordPress yesterday, so I’m a little unsure about methods.

      1. Hi! Thanks for following me and the positive feedback! Your blog is… Wow, umm… amazing. Life IS confusing, and your blog really allows the reader to explore the different emotions that makes it so complicated. And yeah, I know exactly what you mean about singing.

  5. I would like some feedback, I got asked what I wrote about in my blogs. I couldn’t really answer, do you think I need to add more specifics, maybe add a greater purpose? Any advice would be great!

    1. I think you’re off to a good start for a new blog, but if you’re trying to get your writing to “take off,” as you say, it might help to give your audience some sense of what you’re trying to do with your blog. For instance, I like your title, but I really have no idea what it means based on what you’ve written so far. You’ll probably attract more repeat readers if you can give them a handle to connect with, an idea of what to expect they’ll get when they “follow” you. Does that make sense? Even if you just say it’s a random hodgepodge of things from your life, that gives us an idea of what you’re trying to do. Or if you have a more focused niche you want to fill, share that instead.
      I hope that helps! Keep it up!

  6. As many people here, I am new to blogging and still feeling my way around the myriad possibilities. I would love general feedback on my blog since I am really struggling with the inner critic and keep asking myself if I need to tighten the scope of the blog even though I really would like it to be about random things that interest me.
    Any comments and suggestions would be helpful!

    1. My blog is the same – several interests merged into one. I’m not sure if it “works” but it’s who I am so I guess that’s okay. :-) I found your blog interesting enough to follow. However, I have a couple of suggestions: change the header picture because it makes it seem like it’s a blog on shoes, which it isn’t. And add a tagline that says something like: Clogging Along Through Life, or whatever.

      Also, I couldn’t get to your blog from the link you posted. It’s actually: No “www.”

      I’d love feedback on my own blog as I’m also rather new!

      1. Xina, thanks so much for the suggestions and for following! It is rather late here in the Netherlands, but tomorrow I will look at your blog and give you some feedback — I have to say it is not only helpful to get feedback from a total stranger but also strangely comforting to know that there are people out there who are in similar situations.

    1. I would suggest you add some content to your blog then let it be known by linking it on some social networking websites if you use any; such as Facebook or Twitter. You should also check other people’s blogs and comment on their relevant posts so that they could check your blog as well!
      Best of luck!

  7. The original point of my blog was to detail my journey of growing back to school to become a teacher. I still want this to be the point of my blog, but I worry that my posts don’t reflect this. I went through a difficult time this time and spent several posts going over it. I would appreciate any advice on how to bring the focus of my blog back to becoming a teacher.

    1. I just spent some time browsing around your blog, and I can see what you’re saying, but I wouldn’t worry about it too much, either. This is your journey, so whatever is significant to you is worth writing about. I have a hunch that as you get deeper into your education program, you’ll have more to say about that part of your life.

      I struggled with the same thing for a bit on my blog. I wanted a really specific teaching focus, so I wasn’t sure if it was OK to write about other things in my personal life. However, I’ve found that those posts are the ones that people connect to the most sometimes.

      If you want to bring the focus back to your journey becoming a teacher, try to work in some of what your learning in classes or practicum experiences. If you’re actually getting to work with kids already, those stories can make for great blog posts. I wouldn’t worry about talking about the other stuff in your life, too, though. Like I said, it’s all a part of your journey.

    1. The writing seems quirky but interesting. I did notice some grammatical problems -nothing egregious but it might be enough to give some people pause. For instance in your tagline you say “short fictions” which is strange usage. It should be “short fiction.” A lot of readers, writers, and those who are attuned to grammar may find that offputting. Otherwise, keep up the good work! It takes a while to build a following.

      1. Thanks for taking the time to have a look Xina. I’ll try to keep an eye on any grammatical problems. Being a fan of Borges’ “Fictions”, that usage – even if a little unusual – holds some appeal for me. Best, James.

      1. Hey well, I’ve just started it up, so I’m trying to inculcate a lot of things, and It might change as it goes by

        But one thing for sure, is that it wont be anything about ‘My Day’ as such, I’ll keep MY life off of the blog.
        and whats yours all about? x

    1. Your blog looks great! Keep up the good work! Your blog’s name is a little … provocative. In that, it suggests that your blog is sexual in nature, or possibly about pregnancy? That’s the only thing I noticed that seemed a little off.

      BTW, did you know that your profile pic is sideways? If you intended it that way that’s cool, but I thought I’d let you know if you didn’t!

      1. Thanks for your comment! Hm I never thought of it that way tbh. Its a nickname thats kinda been stuck with me for years… I’m not creative with names x3. Yes I did know that ! I thought it had a bit more interest rather than a regular picture :)

        Thanks for stopping by :)

    1. It seems like your son has a sense of humor about his fear, which is good! I enjoy your descriptive writing style, and the layout of your blog is nice and clean. Keep it up! :)

    1. Love the pictures . . . Hodgepodge leaves you open to posting anything on your blog, which I am totally behind. So far, so good, keep posting.

    1. You girls have some awesome photos, and I absolutely love the “Masks (part two?)” post! What a great way for you two to connect together while living in different parts of the country. Well done, and keep it up!

  8. I was wondering if there was a theme with two menu bars, as I had wanted to let one be for pages and the other for categories.
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Some blog themes have a Custom Menus feature, which looks like it might be what you’re looking for. I use Suburbia (for now) and I think it has this feature as well; I’ve been pretty happy with it just “out of the box” so I haven’t goofed around with its features all that much.

      1. Thanks for the advice. I think I will have to convert my blog to that theme for some time in order to experiment with it. . . Thanks! =)

    1. Is this your first blog post? If so, it’s a good beginning, but I’m curious to know more about you! As far as the content goes, I can appreciate the desire to find a long-lasting relationship, but just know that those usually look really different in real life than they do on TV, (but I’m sure you know that). :) I like your writing style, though, and I would love to see an about page to give me more info about you and where you’re coming from in your writing. I really like your theme, too. I hope you stick with blogging, because it seems like you’re off to a good start!

  9. Always late to this party . . . Still, anyone wants to read some excerpts of my novel, I’ve posted them on my blog. The novel’s called Bulletproof Werewolf, please check it out and don’t pull any punches. I have an agent, but she’s had no luck getting any interest. And also, take a look at the other junk I’ve got there. Any feedback is good feedback.