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    1. Hi there. The text is quite dense. It would work if you were writing it about a well-known fictional character

      I was wondering, perhaps you could drop in some snippets of your book to show us what he is like? He sounds interesting but without context, it doesn’t really grab

      Good luck!

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      1. Ah, that makes sense. I suppose it was more geared to people who already knew about Kartrus, but I see what you’re saying. Do you think dense is a good thing? Thanks for the reply!
        Aul

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      2. Geared towards people who know him is a good thing… unless you happen to be a new person stumbling upon your blog. If not excerpts from your writing then maybe links to other places “read here first” sort of thing?

        Dense is not a problem with characters who are familiar. I just think you need an extra hook for new readers. Good luck!

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    2. Took a look Aul. Very descriptive. My only question is if this is a snippet from your novel or just an aside describing your villain. If this is textual from the novel I think it is way too much exposition. You could cover much of the pertinent information via dialogue and actions. If this is just a ‘bio’ on your villain then sure, plenty of info there.

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      1. It’s not something from the actual book, just something I wrote for the sake of the blog. I thought it would be interesting if I had an actual character from the book writing it, so that’s why it might have looked like it was from the novel. Thanks for the review!
        Aul

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    1. Hi mara, I always like the look of tag clouds, you may want to try that! But let me just say that I Love your layout! It is very bright and crisp, which is eye catching!

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      1. Hi April, thank you a lot for your feedback! Actually, I have the tag cloud in my footer and I like the look of it too, which is why I pointed you only to the sidebar in my question ;-) Once again, thank you for the compliment, I must say your blog is quite cute too :-)

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      2. haha If I had scrolled down all the way it would have hit me in the eyes lol! I haven’t seen the tag cloud in the footer before and I like it! very unique :) Thanks for the compliment!

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    2. Hi Mara,
      I wouldn’t say there is an optimum amount, just ensure that navigation around the site is easy. Having views your site, my feedback would be that you have a clean, crisp and easy to negotiate site there! Keep it up!

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      1. Wow, thanks, that is good to hear! Sure, there’s probably no optimum amount of widgets, but I guess I’ve been trying out different things to do with the sidebar for too long now and so I can’t really see it from a perspective at this point…

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    3. Hi Mara, I totally agree with April and Adam. I think your blog looks great, very easy to navigate and has the balance between texts, photos, and decorative elements. I honestly like the look of it a lot!

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      1. Oh, thank you, I can’t believe I’m getting such positive feedback! I was bracing myself for honest criticism (which is perhaps yet to come, heh).

        I checked your blog in return and I do like the look of it, too, in particular your About.me widget. A beautiful photo and a great description!

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    4. I think the widgets you have already are great, however I think the search box should be nearer the top. If someone wants to look for something they will more than likely look for the search box at the top. You have just reminded me that a search box is absent from my page!

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      1. It is, but it will come in time :) You need to reach out to other blogs too as you ask others to reach out to you. Visit other blogs that interest you, read some stuff and comment.

        Good luck!

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    1. The blog looks great. The problem I see is that there are no titles, so I don’t know what the post will be about until I click into it – which I may not be interested in. Kind of a grab bag – which could be interesting or could feel like a lot of work to get to content I want. Can you maybe add a tag so that when I hover over the picture, it gives me the name of the recipe or such?

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    2. The theme suits your blog content very well. Just my opinion, you should insert image of the same width to your writing by inserting it as “large” instead of the theme usual image size.

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  1. Hey all! I’d love some feedback on my blog. How does the site layout look? Do you have any advice about the content? I just wrote a movie review about Frozen, which I feel strange about since it came out so long ago, but I just watched it very recently. I’d love any criticism. Thanks so much!

    neverstationary.wordpress.com

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    1. I don’t think it’s too late to write about Frozen. I think your balance of posts is really good – a good mix of things I’d want to read about. Great job so far.

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    2. Your blog looks great. Just wonder is it only me that can’t see the first image at your sidebar below your search engine. By the way I like how your Frozen’s review. Never thought of seeing it that way.

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    3. I like your blog name. But I might be a tad biased being a devoted pet sla.., er, parent!

      You certainly are a prolific writer and I hope you keep it up. I liked your movie review. Details, in my opinion, are so important when reviewing something. You managed it quite well. Great job! :)

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      1. I’ve not quite figured that out yet…. Maybe once the “Poland” post views stop going through the roof I’ll have a little ponder lol. Honestly, why did my most popular post have to be the one with the boobies haha

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    1. Hi Tarika. Never saw your original theme but I think this one works with your subject matter. I don’t use any cosmetics myself so I can’t speak as to the content. But your header image is catchy and if I were looking for a shade of lip gloss or eye shadow I now know where to look ;)

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      1. Thanks! Glad you like it, I was just concerned about the change. But I used to have my widgets in the footer, and having them in the sidebar makes them a lot more accessible to my readers. Thanks for your help :)

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    1. It’s quite word heavy and your strapline is very self effacing, but the content seems good and incredibly honest. I’ll be following, with a view to dipping in periodically.

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      1. Okay, here goes:
        Firstly, the site flows well and your focus / love of literature is immediately apparent. The tone of the writing is fabulous – positively brimming with enthusiasm and wide eyed wonder. You seem to have populated the site with a great deal of content in a short period of time. My only slight criticism is that some of the articles could do with reflecting a little more of you – because you speak with an infectious zing – instead of handing all the credit to those that inspire you.
        The site is easy to navigate, looks clean and approachable and I kept me reading for a good twenty minutes. Love it – keep it up!

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  2. Hey everyone!

    I did a mini series on “Morals vs Ethics” a little while ago. I’d appreciate some feedback on it and maybe some suggestions for a new series if any strikes you.

    http://jstrd.wordpress.com/portfolio/

    I would also be interested in finding some pictures for my blog and related visual content. My current set up is rather lacking in that department and any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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    1. There’s so intriguing content here, although I haven’t had the time to read all of the morals vs ethics parts. The site could do with a little colour / pictures. Why not integrate the work of an online photo blogger into your work, crediting their involvement? It might be worth trying to find a collaborator or two, via something like flickr or Instagram. However, the content seems solid, so I’m following now. Keep it up!

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    2. If you do a google image search, click on “Search Tools”, a sub menu will appear. If you drag down the “Usage rights” option and click on “labelled for reuse” that’s stuff you can reuse for free without worrying about copyright infringements. It’s polite to credit your source though :)

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    1. I think this is a great idea. I was thinking about this with movies recently – older movies I missed and don’t know I regret not seeing. :) I’m looking forward to seeing more of these.

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    1. Welcome to the blogosphere. I’m sure you’ll develop a signature style as you continue. I would suggest a meatier about page. Doesn’t tell the reader a whole lot about you

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    1. Love the concept, so immediately following. It’s always great to get a different perspective – as a father of two boys, I’m sure there’ll be a great deal of common ground! Best of luck with the new site.

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    2. As a girl with a boy twin I loved it! Cool to see the mom’s point of view especially on mother’s day since I know us twins can be a handful!

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  3. Hi all,
    I’ve released a new WordPress plugin that enhances the default WP search engine by using Microsoft Bing Search APIs.
    In terms of search results relevance, it’s even more powerful than Relevanssi because it uses a real search engine: Microsoft BING.

    As far as I know, this is the first search engine extension that uses an “as a service” approach while retaining enough flexibility to use the current WP theme to render the result set.

    Would be great if you would consider to try it out and in case you feel it appropriate, drop a review in the WordPress Plugins directory.

    Here it is: http://wordpress.org/plugins/smart-search

    Thank you everyone

    Cristian

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    1. I want to, but I am not tech savvy enough to. Please give me instructions. Also, in order to review, I need to know what to look for in performance differences. I realize you just explained that, but I didn’t understand. :) Maybe I’m not your target?

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  4. I’m so glad I joined this community. I have received so much feedback and I’m so very grateful for the people I’ve met along the way!

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  5. Hi everyone!

    I’m always looking for new traffic on my blog, as well as to build a community of readers, writers, and friends. I write about writing, parenting, life in general, and whatever I feel like writing about on a given day, and I love hearing feedback, thoughts, feelings, and so on.

    For the purpose of this comment, I’m linking to one of my favorite past posts, a little thing that I called: Be Your Kid’s Cheerleader, Not Their Bodyguard (http://nopageleftblank.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/be-your-kids-cheerleader-not-their-bodyguard/)

    Please feel free to stop by and browse around! Cheers!

    -Tracey Tobin

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      1. Thanks for the tips, Lana. :)
        I’ve never had the gumption to create my own events or blog hops or anything like that, but I’ve been participating in them a lot and actually recently met a great number of fellow bloggers through the A to Z Challenge. I’m planning to start (belatedly) the Blogging 101 stuff soon as well. :)

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    1. It looks quite clean, and your approach feels focused, but the fonts look quite small on a mobile device (iPad). You might want to install a plugin that optimises the site for mobile – there’s loads of decent help on the WP forums. Best of luck – and keep it up!

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    2. Hi Robyn. Welcome to the world of travel blogging (that’s my gig too). Your page is nice and clean looking. Don’t be shy to add widgets as you go. Best wishes

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  6. Hi all, I’m just very new to blogging and wordpress and, as a non-native English speaker, my writing may seem funny at times. Still, I really wanna share my experiences and thoughts with people, thus venturing into the blogging world. I’d be grateful if you could check out my blog:

    http://sugarhighbydonaya.wirdpress.com

    and give me some feedback or suggestions on any aspects of it, e.g. theme, widgets, my writing, topics, etc. Thank you so much!

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    1. Hi Donaya. the link should’ve been ‘wordpress’, not ‘wirdpress’ (reminds me of ‘weirdpress’ lol). Non-native speaker? Don’t worry about that. Abot your blog, it surely looks sweet, I mean, ‘sugary’ enough to me. :)

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    2. I don’t know what you’re worried about Donaya. I thought your English was better than a lot of ‘native’ speakers. I mean, most natives can’t even spell Frangipani ;)

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    1. The blog is excellently focused and streamlined, and I like your choice of the theme/design too.

      Just a detail: your background image loaded a bit slowly for it, consider checking if it’s .jpeg or .pgn (the former is better for faster loading) and if it’s not excessively large…

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    2. LOVE this idea. The use of the sticky note (and a different background in each one) is really clever. Great balance of types of content. Great work.

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      1. Thank you so much.
        I’m always trying to find interesting topics to explore and to share.
        I love posting daily quotes as I found they inspire me to change, to feel different or to just see life in a different light.

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    3. Nice blog Hermine. I liked your about page as well–the right amount of info to give the reader insight into who they are reading. And when I’m not writing I’m reading, so I’m a bit partial to your subject matter

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  7. Hi all im using free WordPress for my blog and i notice there is no plugins option to insert a slider is this something you can do trough html or is it only a premium feature ?

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