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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. I read it when you first posted it and I was really upset at first as I thought he had died! I’m sure Brucie would think it’s fab!

    1. Excellent sentiments. I am not familiar with the celebrity that you wrote about. Thank you for the introduction and for providing another thought-provoking question.

      The movie: The Bucket List is my all-time favorite. The combination of Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson is truly a show-case of their best acting performances. I love the two questions that are posed in the movie and have tried to answer: Yes to both of them every day. Just in case you don’t know what those questions are: 1. Have you experienced joy in your life? 2. Has your life brought joy to others?

      It sounds like your idol, Bruce can answer yes to both of those questions.

      Enjoy your day!

  1. Hi, community pool swimmers!

    I’d like to ask for feedback about the footer widget area at my blog. I moved some widgets from the sidebar to the footer because I didn’t want the sidebar too crowded. But do you notice the footer widgets when visiting the blog? Is the footer helpful or is it better to have all the widgets just in the sidebar?

    I’d much appreciate any suggestions! Thanks and happy blogging!

    The blog I need help with is

    1. The footer is great, but less posts per page would increase the chances of visitors reaching that footer. The double side bar is overwhelming and distracting from the main content. My advice would be to let go/reduce some of the sidebar content and go to one sidebar. This would help many focus on what you wanted them there in the first place, your interesting content. Hope this helps <3 #0charm

      1. Thank you so much for your very helpful comment! You are right, I guess, I should reduce the number of widgets and sidebars, but I find it hard to part with any of them. I must figure out what to lose and what to keep first… Less posts per page is a great start, though, I’ll definitely go for it immediately! Thank you for taking the time to look at it and happy blogging!

    2. First of all love the blog. The footer widget matches nicely with the blog layout but I don’t think it’s really noticeable. Sure the sidebar might get a little crowded but in my opinion I think its better. This is my own opinion, at the end of the day it’s your blog and you should build at as you wish.

      1. Thank you so much for your feedback! It’s much appreciated. Sure, the decision is mine, but I love to hear what you folks think! Based on your responses, it looks like I’ll need to go for a cleaner and less cluttered look and possibly find a way to put all my widgets in a single sidebar. A challenge! But I’m glad to take it :-) Once again, thanks, and happy blogging!

    3. @mara eastern
      This may be hard to read but I believe it’s important to speak truth. Look closely at your stats and notice that you aren’t getting clicks on the cached widget data. When it comes to widgets less is more because each and every widget you post slows page loading time down.

      My website is faster than 78% of all tested websites and that’s because I’m on top of making sure that it loads quickly. Your website is faster than 40% of all tested websites and that’s NOT good at all!/cW13eR/ Within 3 -4 seconds of clicking in if a site has not fully loaded there will be a click out rather than a click in.

      The test for whether or not to add a widget or any sidebar link or footer link or widget to your blog is to answer these questions:

      1. Will adding this widget or link to my sidebar or footer provide my visitor’s access to blog content that’s not found on the front page of my site?

      3. Will adding this widget or link to my sidebar or footer provide my visitor’s access to additional high quality related resources beyond my blog?

      The rule of thumb is that if it does not accomplish the foregoing , then do not add it. So if your blog were my blog, then I would eliminate almost all the widgets in your two (not one but two! sidebars) and in the footer area as well.

      1. Thanks for that link! I just checked it out and it definitely makes for a great resource. I removed the community widget I had and it made a very big difference.

        I do have a question about it though and I’m wondering if you know. Under the “Performance Grade“ tab, the top 2 things seem to always be the poorest. But those have to do with javascript and query strings. With a free account, there isn’t anything one could do about those, is there? I’m assuming it’s how wordpress handles things when one doesn’t use their own hosting and such.

      2. Wow, thank you so much, Timethief, for your detailed and insightful answer! It is hard to read in that I’m not sure I fully understand all the technical aspects you’re referring to – but I’ll look it up and of course, I get the main idea. Yes, I’m now convinced that I must reduce the number of widgets; I think I’ll do it as part of Zero to Hero 2 the latest. Once again, thanks so much for the valuable advice!

      3. Thanks – that website tester link is so useful. The problem is when you start a blog you tend to accept all the defaults in the settings area as you don’t really understand the implications of changing them. It is really important to go back and revisit these regularly. For example, after doing the speed test, I realised that I was displaying nearly all my blogs (up to 10) on my home page. As this is a gardening blog these were all rather image heavy too. This was especially unnecessary as I am using the twenty fourteen theme with the magazine style image links at the top of the page. Anyway after reducing this number to 2 the speed of my page load increased significantly.

      4. @Ron R
        @ mara eastern
        @ annette2121

        I’m happy I was able to help you. One of the biggest mistakes I see beginners making is cluttering sidebars and footers and not being conscious of the impact on page loading time.

    1. Suzie81–Hi, you have a great blog site. All those moving pictures are great! You had a very busy month, lol. Congratulations on all the traffic you get and awards. You make blogging look so easy. I’m new and I definitely don’t know if mine is interesting enough to continue.

  2. Hello my fellow bloggers! I am extremely delighted as I have won my first blogging award recently! I wish to keep up the good work so as always your feedback and comments are much appreciated! Here’s my award post which includes some interesting things about me. Feel free to traverse my other posts and leave your footprints. Thank you for all the support!

    1. Your blog is different, it has a different theme, overall image and I can see you must have worked really hard to bring up all of this. Best of luck for your future blogging experience. Following you :)

  3. I have created by own TV show in which each series consists of 13 episodes. On my blog, I have just finished posting a small extract from each episode of Series 1 in novelised form. Some feedback would be nice on individual episodes, the blog on the whole and the videos on YouTube (links on the blog). Also, any tips on how to keep readers interested in the gap between now and next series? Thanks

    (Similar to shows like Doctor Who, you don’t really need to read the episodes in a particular order so go back and find a random extract if you like. The Characters page should give you sufficient background to understand)

    1. You have put so much effort in. I’ve watched the trailer and only wish that I had been half as talented as you are when I was your age. Keep doing what you are doing!

    2. I have read that the new trend in indie publishing might be serials. Some have described the serials as being patterned on TV show seasons. Maybe you are riding the new wave to fame and fortune. Thank you, Silent

  4. A big Hello to all the Pool Swimmers,
    I would like all sort of feedback on my blog (positive or negative) as I write about social behaviors and routine life feelings and emotions. I would especially like feedback on the poetry section of my blog categorized as “When words become Poems”.
    P.S: Criticism is most welcome.

    1. Looks good! I just had a slight trouble locating your categories at first because it was way down the sidebar – maybe move the list of categories upwards and place it before the archives and comments? No big issue though!

    2. Hey! I really like your blog! I like the suggestion Mara made; another possibility you might consider is putting your categories up by your header with your about and home tabs. You have a lot of free space there, and it would make them very obvious.

      Also, I love your poetry section. I like how you give little descriptions for your pieces; it makes them very real. Also, you keep the poem very well separated from your description, so it’s obvious what is the poem and what’s the description.

    1. HAD to follow your blog because of the look of those chocolate squares… Don’t suppose you’ve ever cooked gluten-free before? That would help me out! Haha

      1. Thanks girl, I don’t really baked gluten free things yet. But will sure to experiment on something vegan style in future. :)

    2. Hi, I’ve had a look around your blog. You really do like brownies eh? This is a god thing! ;)
      In general, it is a nice blog. You have some good ideas and some nice photos. I have a couple of tips for you, which I hope are helpful.
      Firstly, Most of your photos are nice, and show off the food really well. However, my advice to you is to make it look as though you have placed it in front of the reader for their consumption, to make it look more enticing. For example, your lovely Chocolate Brownie Cake is facing away from the reader in the main photo, which doesn’t draw us in as much as it could. There are lots of tutorials and tips on food styling about, particularly on pinterest that you may find helpful.
      Secondly, take care with some of your instructions. You need to approach them really clearly, it is not enough to say “cook for 45 minutes, or until it is done” It is better to say “cook for about 45 minutes, or until a skewer pushed into the middle comes out clean”, otherwise you leave room for interpretation, which may not actually be the case.
      Other than that, I’m sure you will do well. Good luck

      1. Oh Thanks! that’s huge advice. Will see over it. Thanks for taking time and give a look over. I really appreciate it. And yes I do love brownies, who don’t? :)

    3. I like it! I like your balance of copy and photos (too many food blogs overdo the ‘process’ photos because that’s what Pioneer Woman does, but they just overpower the post.) The recipes seem a good balance between sweet and savory, and I’m totally trying that brownie cake. ;) The only piece of feedback I have is that I’m not a huge fan of these large sidebars that take up half the page and stay static while the copy scrolls. It just takes too much room away from your content and doesn’t really add value. I might look for another theme that allows more room for your great recipes. Hope this helps.

      1. Thanks Jenna, I would love to know how your brownie cake turn out. Be sure to tell me. And thanks for the feedback on sidebar. I was also thinking to reduce the height of it. :)

    4. I like your blog, the recipes seem very good and I’ll definitely try some (*yay* for chocolate). The only thing I would have as critique is that some of the pictures are a bit blurry, but I agree with JENNA that the balance of recipe and pictures is very good :)

    1. I love your theme (it’s one of those that I never thought of trying out but it looks excellent) and I love your troubled writing – in the best possible way! I just followed you on Twitter and I’m looking forward what you have in store next :-) Happy blogging!

      1. I only came into to changing to this them after seeing on another blog I like, seems like it was a good choice. And thank you for applauding the mediocrity of my life :), hope I can please you.

    1. Hey! I like your poem! You take the simple subject of “nail biting” and make it really interesting. I particularly liked the line “you can just go about turning/your cuticles into victims.” That’s a great metaphor. It also has a nice flow to it. Keep it up!

  5. Hello guys. I would love if some of you peeps give me some honest opinions about my writing. I specifically want to know if it’s engaging\interesting. I write a lot of lyrics, poetry and flash fiction on my blog Critics, fans, lovers – head over here please!

  6. Hey everyone ! I would love if some of you peeps give me some honest opinions about my writing. I specifically want to know if it’s engaging\interesting. I write a lot of lyrics, poetry and flash fiction on my blog Critics, fans, lovers – head over here please!


    1. I checked out a few of your poems and I really loved “A hard day’s wanderin.” I think your style flows really well and I think that your use of syntax is really well done. I felt like I could follow the image of the speaker going through the day as if I was watching a short documentary. Even though the story line was quite simple, your attention to detail and inclusion of vivid descriptions made the story come alive. The poem reminded me a lot of the song “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega because it was very simple, very relatable, and very easy to follow along, but when it was over, I felt like it’s message was worth a lot more than the actual events of the story. Overall, I think your sense of voice is very present in your writing and that can be one of the most difficult things to accomplish as a writer. Good work!

      1. Hi Tess, I can’t thank you enough for taking out the time to go through my blog. I’m so happy you liked “A hard day’s wanderin’ “. Finding a voice, that’s the hardest part when I’m writing and Im glad someone feels i’ve got a distinctive one! This is very encouraging Tess. Lots of love and light to you!


  7. Hi guys. I’ve started a new blog and on the last Community Post I got great feedback bit also some great constructive ideas. I’d really appreciate you taking a look, following and sharing bit most importantly your thoughts on the content. It’s been described as a “hilarious look at Life through a father eyes, comic rants & anecdotes”.

    Thank you in advance :)

    1. Hm, I wonder if the tagline of the blog is misspelled deliberately: you say “definately”? I like some of the posts transcribing conversations with children, but what I miss is some pictures and some other visual elements. The blog looks a bit bland to me…

  8. I welcome and would like to hear what anyone thinks about my blogs. I am incarcerated due to non-violent drug charges and with the help of my fiance I post stories about the chaos I am surrounded by daily.
    I also am a cartoonist/writer/artist who each day strives to better his life. I post my work as well and some of the success I have achieved while incarcerated over the past 5 years.
    Please let me know what you think, I appreciate all feedback!

    1. Hi Joe – I think your blog depicts extremely well the chaos in prison. I thought to myself – if I ever think about writing a story that has to do with prison, your blog will be first on my research list :o) Keep up the good work, your blog feels very authentic. I wish you best of luck!

    2. Joe, I’m really glad you’re doing this. Your posts are well written, and really give a sense of a place many people don’t understand. Your POV is really well-established and interesting. i think you’re onto something really good here…

      1. It is really great to hear such positive feedback and it is such things as that which keep me motivated and positive when surrounded by such negativity daily.
        I really appreciate your feedback and I am glad you took the time to check out my blog. I am happy to have you as a follower and I hope you enjoy what is to come.

    3. Hi Joe,

      I just had a quick look around, read your latest post, and I’m hooked! This is really interesting stuff. What a unique perspective you have. I’m definitely following your blog. Stay safe and remember, we choose who we are and what quality of person we are every moment of every day. Our past doesn’t define us, our actions and choices right now, at this moment, define us.

      1. Very true! I want to thank you for your feedback and checking out my page, I really appreciate it. I am glad to have you as a follower and it is comments/support like yours that motivates me even more. Thank you!

  9. Hi everyone, if you are interested in spreading happiness around the blogosphere then do join in my endeavour and participate in the event -

    1. Hi Jessica,

      I loved your blog! There is an easiness in your writing, posts, photographs that I enjoyed a lot. I think your blog is very easy to connect to, a delightful experience. Good job!

    2. The look and the feel of the blog is nice! Just one suggestion, maybe you’ll want to get a personal avatar/blavatar image to replace the generated one? I love it when each blogger has his or her own individual avatar to remember the person by and immediately recognise them in the blogosphere!

    3. I agree with all the other feedback, particularly the personal touch. I like your style of using clever headlines with great photos to entice readers. I might actually like some of your recipes, like the chocolate chip cookie, but overall it’s a style you really seem to be owning.

      1. Thank you! I just checked out your blog and I really like the layout! The colors are very friendly.


    My blog is mostly about spirituality (my journey as a recovering fundamentalist and recent non-Christian who still believes in God may become a Christian again), living with bipolar disorder, and online dating. I simply would love more comments on posts…and more readers! Thanks!

    1. Your blog is fantastic. Really. Great theme choice for your content. Great content, well written and well presented. There is a great mix of content here, and you use photos and inserted quotes REALLY well. Quite frankly, I can’t think of a single piece of constructive criticism. It’s just great.

    2. I took a look at your site. I’m only new but it looks great. I just picked a title that caught my eye and read it, and loved the honesty. Keep at it. You have a new follower!

  11. Hello guys! I’ve been wondering if my posts are any good. I don’t usually get many views/likes. I think my posts are somewhat on the long side and to different. I created 3 different blogs for 3 purposes.

    The first one I want to ask advice about is my fiction blog, the first series isn’t exactly fiction but the past of my own other. What I want to ask is how the style is, is it any good ?

    Secondly I made a gaming blog for gamers duh :P I tried working on my layout skills etc, is that any good ?

    And finally my personal blog with thoughts and stuff.

    Any advice would be much appreciated!

  12. Hello, Happy Sunday!
    I am looking on some advice on setting up a blog hop/ competition. I have a food blog, which is where I mostly post about my own recipes, but I’d like to have a food waste feature, where I look at all the parts of the food chain where there is the potential for wastage, and what innovations people have come up with for reducing this waste, with interviews, news etc.
    Part of this feature is that I would like to host a monthly blog hop on recipes using leftovers. However, there are a couple of similar blog hops that I have found as part of my research, the closest one being No Food Waste, where people also link up recipes to use a glut as well as leftovers.
    My question is, do you think that my idea is too close to the others, and if so would there still be merit in setting it up? Do any of you have any suggestions for me that would help me to give my idea sufficient points of difference to go ahead?
    Thanks very much in advance

    1. Actually another of your posts caught my attention, the one called “Why That Fire-Spitting, Demon-Chasing Christian brother is just NOT RIGHT for you”, I loved it and left you a comment :-)

    2. I actually love what you’ve done with your content. You definitely have picked your point of view and all of your posts support that POV. You have a good strong voice, your posts are readable and scannable, and all at a pretty good length. The only advice I have is that you have this very feminine, emotional subject matter, and yet you’ve chosen a very utilitarian theme. I’d love to see your blog in something more creative that really supports your great content. Hope this helps.

    1. Hi Mila; I remember reading Mark Twain’s answer to the question of how long a story should be. He said, “Until you’ve said it all.” Still, we live in the age of Twitter.

      So, how do we balance that? I will let you know if I ever figure it out. In the mean time, I try to remember the art of setting the hook. My first word, first sentence, and first paragraph are the MOST important words I will write. If I can’t hook them by then, they won’t read on.

      As a thought, you might use the MORE feature. On your HOME page, people will get the first few words of each post, and can either dive in, or look at the next article.

      Keep writing,


      1. Break your posts up into parts. My blog is mainly poems so i dont often run into this issue but you’ll notice for the two short stories i have written , one is broken into two parts, the other is broken into 4. I think theres three main reasons i find this is a good idea. 1. (like you expressed) people dont get bored of reading if from it going on too long, 2. It keeps people excited for the next part. Espessially if you try to end your parts on a cliff hanger or at a good part in your post. Rather than getting bored, they will more likely WANT to continue reading, and 3. This is a good way to assure you are posting frequently so there is less of a chance there will be long gaps where you might not post anything for awhile. (post a next part to your post the following day). Anyway, speaking of long posts, ill stop my rambling now ;) hope this helps!

    2. At nearly 2800 words, this is way too long to keep people’s interest on a blog post. (I’ll admit I started skimming after about 1/4 of the way through.) The sweet spot for most blog posts are 500-600 words. You’ve essentially written a short story, which is great. One way to deal with it on the blog is to turn it into several posts…serialize it like they did back in the day. Not only do you not overwhelm readers at one time, but you give them a reason to come back. Hope this helps.

    3. My english teacher has always told us quality over quantity. Readers will only read a post that long if it is very good material. The good news is that the material can often be made better by shortening the length. Conversely, in my own experience, my longest post is most popular, but that is simply due to the fact that it is far better than any of my other posts. So it can go two ways…just it usually doesn’t, and probably shouldn’t.

    1. Interesting. (I am Shoshone by the way). Have your read David Corbett’s “The Art of Character”, or Noah Lukeman’s “The Plot Thickens”? They have chapters and chapters about character development. Corbett spends a lot of time on supporting characters, describing the type and purpose of characters, and shows a way for you to discover what they should be and do.

      I discovered that, for me to understand my character, I need to set her in motion, to interact with other characters. I wrote what I called a screen test and made it into a little story, to see how my characters acted. I’m not trolling for hits, but, if you want to read about the screen test, you can find it at, as well as the brief biographies for each of the characters at and I even have a bad guy I have not screened yet,, but will throw him in with the other two one of these days.

      I wish you the best,


      1. Thank you. I will definitely check your stuff out! Truly appreciate your input, silent. How familiar are you with your Shoshone heritage? <3 #zerocharisma

    2. First of all, this is a super idea and it is a great way to develop your characters. I do the same with mine. It’s good to develop a lot of information in the background that YOU know, even if you don’t actually say these things in your book. I think you’re on the right track.

      1. Thank you, Jenna. I’m finding that I might as well spend the time I would sit starring at a blank page on writing what made my character who they are. And, it’s impossible to write valuable dialogue (greatest struggle) without that history. On my way to check your stuff out. <3#0charm

    3. I’m not a writer and can’t give advice on that but I read some of your character sketches and found them very compelling. They make me want to hear more. I’m following your blog :)

  13. What do you all think about my recent post explaining effective tag and pingback usage?
    I include a website that I found that helps me to choose relevant tags for my posts. Also, I’m going to start a series on self publishing for ebooks:
    If anyone is interested, I’m starting the series tomorrow :)

    1. I like the content, and your voice. I also am really loving your template and color choice! Your post is of a great length. The one thing I would advise would be to use spacing a bit more. Because your post is one big paragraph, it is hard to scan and read. A couple of line breaks would make your post much easier to read. Hope this helps.

    2. I like your post! It is great, I know you just started blogging, but make sure to do an about page so we learn more about you and what your blog is about! Great job!! I just started in January so feel free to poke around my site and give me any feedback as well!

  14. Hi all, I’ve been blogging for a few months now, and now I’m a bit more settled have been getting down to improving my blog – working through some of the ideas from Zero-to-Hero (might get really involved when it comes back around). I’m looking for some advice on my About page – comments, (constructive) criticisms etc.
    Many thanks!

    1. Seems straightforward and gets the job done. I would suggest adding maybe a paragraph of something more specific and personal. Perhaps there’s a short anecdote you can tell about why you love volunteering in Istria.

  15. Love the pictures and your captions are fantastic. This is a great way to structure a blog; it’s easy to read and makes people want to come back to see what you’re doing next. That said, I’m not a huge fan of the template. the huge left hand side never changes, and it just serves to make the photos (the stars of the show) way smaller and harder to see. I’d look for something that showcases your photos better. Hope this helps.

  16. My name is Deswayne, I am a newbie at blogging, I love what I do, I want to create something valuable, but I need an overview of my blog, of course I have a lot to learn, but a general overview is what I need, the question I need answered is whether surfers will look and read or pass me over because I wasted their time?

  17. Hey ! I’ve been blogging for a couple of weeks, trying to get as much experience as I can here at WordPress. The thing that I need the most now is to receive some objective feedback from you, guys; that will help me a lot.
    Please check out some of my articles and tell me what you think. Thank you in advance !

    Here is a link to my blog:

    1. I think this is great. You keep the posts to a readable length for a blog, but the write is still crisp and gripping. Your subject matter is both profound and personal. I have no critique on this; it’s very good.

  18. Hello everyone 2 weeks ago I started writing on my first blog, which I am really excited to. I will try to reproduce my way of everyday living through posts of what me and my husband cook and eat, our passion about travelling, photography. In a word, I really want to transmit the appreciation of those special moments in life through positivism. Please let me know what you think! My link to my blog is

    1. I thought your voice and style was really great, and I think the theme works for you. I was surprised when I read down to see you’re an expat. Right now, your blog is mostly recipes, but I think focusing more on your life in a new country (even while giving recipes) could really differentiate your blog. Hope this helps.

    2. Hi there, I’ve had a good look around. I have one thing that I am a little confused about, and one suggestion for you. In general, I like the theme, and the header you have chosen a lot, it goes well with the rest of your content.
      What I am unclear about is are all of your food posts recipes or are some the photos only? If some are photos, maybe differentiate in the title by saying “Photo: A really Tasty Pink Soup” and “Recipe: Special Chocolate Cookies”. I’d also advise not to make the reader click again to get the recipe, why not have both the image and the recipe on the first click? It will make the reader more likely to stay, read and try the recipes if they are in the same post.
      The suggestion that I have is about breaking up the recipes into paragraphs a bit. The instructions are very clear, but if you are to cook from it, it will be easy to lose your place. I would start a new paragraph whenever you talk about a new ingredient or method. Have a look at almost any food blog out there to see what I mean. Make it easy for your reader to cook from it, and you will soon have a loyal audience

      1. Thank you very much for your advise, I really need to improve the way of organizing my posts and making it clear to everyone who is looking at my post. Thank you ever so much

  19. Hey everyone! I would like feedback on the theme and content of my blog.

    I’ve quit 6 different instruments growing up and am currently documenting my journey/struggles of learning and not quitting another instrument. My goal is to be relatable and motivate others who are learning a new instrument… guitar in particular.

    Is the theme or concept of my blog intriguing? Should I post more pictures? How’s the length of my posts? Too short? Too long? Should I change the name of it? I’m thinking about changing it.


    1. I like your content and I think it’s good to go into a “niche”. (I’m also a niche blogger; it’s a good way of staking out your own territory.) That said, I feel like your blog is overpowering and too utilitarian. It reminds me of something people would use to sell stuff; it’s a little too ‘in your face’. Since you write about art (essentially) it feels like a more creative theme with a softer color palette might help.

      1. Yes, I understood. I meant to say “theme” when I said “layout.” I decided to return to my original theme until I find the time to customize something better. I appreciate you clarifying.

    1. Love it. LOVE the bright, colorful photos. I think it gives a really good sense of who you are and I wouldn’t change the content one bit. The only stylistic advice is that the second headline is a smidge too big. I actually thought I had moved on to another blog post, instead of another part of the about page. If you shrunk that to subhead size, it would be perfect. But that’s a nitpick. ;) Overall, it’s great.

    2. I’m a new blogger, but I just want to say that I fell in love with your “About Me” section. I love your energy! I feel like you’re talking directly to me and automatically became a follower. I wish you muchos success!

    3. First my credentials…Been in NYC for 33 years. In off-off for 10 of them until I decided eating while less fun, was more satisfying than directing. I wish you well with your career. You never know if lightning is going to strike until it does!
      As for the About section? I feel you are splitting the difference a bit. Too much balance between wacky city gal and “hard ass” New Yorker. Sometimes you throw down with “fuck” and others you censor “f*ck”. Maybe pick one? Just a thought.
      Read several of your posts. You have a very fun blog. But really…I must insist. Commit! See a movie! Any movie! Don’t wait for a boy, grab a pal and go!

    4. That’s a great About page; witty, tells the story of you and your blog, gives us a little background, and all the links make me want to click through to read the stories behind them. Thank you for sharing

      1. I love that!! I’m a new blogger and I think my about page could use some work. As everybody else already said, I love the energy that bounces off the page! I also love that it was long, but still entertaining and I didn’t realize it was long until I finished reading it. Breaking the text up with your fun photos was a great idea. I also love that although it is bright and long and has a lot of content, it still looks really clean and polished. Great job!

  20. I was blogging about how happy my flag counter (who would have thought – flags making me happy. Hahahaha) made me, and someone needed a wee bit of directions of how to install one. Told them, and then did a little tutorial with screenshots. It’s been helpful to a few, but I’m not pleased with the image of where you drag the “Text” box up to the sidebar. It looks like you’re supposed to drag it up to “tag cloud”. Aaaargh. Is it easy enough to understand, or should I redo it? (I could take multiple screenshots, and paste them together, showing the whole page)

    1. Yes, it’s very helpful. I’ve never thought of doing that, but I have a lot of international readers, so it’s a great idea. Thanks!

      1. Thank you! I never know how far to simplify things (I used to run a forum, I lost count of the times I had to explain copy and paste :) ). It’s irking me, the whole text to tag cloud thing, but I’m not certain if it’s irking me enough to be bothered to take the screenshots and paste them together. :)

      2. I don’t know…I figured out which one I needed and was able to understand the whole tutorial. Maybe use a circle around “text” instead of an arrow? (But then you can’t show the movement of the text box. Hm…)

    1. I think it’s great! You’ve got a particular niche and audience and you’re keeping your point of view on those. Your posts are a great blend of photos and text, and they’re just the right length. You also have chosen a really great theme that supports your content and fits your point of view and style. I have nothing to add critique-wise. It’s great.

    1. What kind of feedback are you looking for? It’s a disturbing subject matter and post. What audience were you looking for?

  21. It’s my life . Nothing special , maybe just a common story with a lot of observations and emotions and feelings . Like a wind … Don’t know , will you help me knowing it ?

    New here and I want some good friends rich of a intellectual mind .

      1. Don’t worry you’ll learn eventually. Start reading and appreciating others. They say a good reader can be a good writer. So just appreciate others, they will surely appreciate you in return.

      2. Well that actually depends on what kind of an overall look do you want for your blog. I would suggest choosing a theme that shows your recent posts in a grid way or a short list and then using a custom header.