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The Community Pool is for those of you looking for feedback, 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.

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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. If you simply leave a link to your blog, it’s likely to be overlooked.
  • 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. Hi Intisar — I’m happy to see you chime in with feedback, but could you please avoid adding a plug (a link) to your site on every comment? People who wish to visit your site can do so by clicking directly on your user name.
        Thanks!

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    1. I love this post! What great thoughts. If I had one piece of feedback, I might say split it up into 2 posts, somewhere around #11, I just ran through them very quickly and the beautiful words weren’t sinking in. (But that could very well just be me…) Really awesome idea.

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    2. I absolutely love this idea. When I stumble across a phrase on the internet, I write them down in a note book. It’s what I turn to when writer’s block takes over. Very good idea!! Loved the post and you can count on one more follower!!

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      1. sorry I posted on the wrong place
        I was suppose to say here that your post was both witty and funny! that thing with the M sound got me haha
        sorry for the mismatch again

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      1. Hi all. I’m a newbie blogging a book I wrote
        Please visit the site and let me know what you think. Tricks and shortcuts would also be appreciated. Thanks all.

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    1. Hello Kate, interesting premise! But I will say that don’t rely on categories for your blog structure. Eventually, it might be best to compile some pages with links and perhaps an introduction to each group of chapters.

      Just a thought, very best of luck with the project!

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    2. Excited to read more, very interesting and well written.
      I have been considering doing something like this, although it would be very different from what you are doing as I am thinking of writing it like the field journal of the protagonist of the experiences, ideas etc. that they have in a post apocalyptic world. I want to explore what would happen to the everyday person in Australia if this was to happen.

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    3. Excellent idea and a good start! Serialisations are so rare these days but I have no idea why. I guess in the modern world we all want our fixes to order rather than waiting. I am looking forward to future chapters. You’ll have to work hard to keep your followers happy!

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  1. Hi guys! I’m writing an article on blogging so what would advice would you give people who are new to it? I’d love to hear some of your personal experiences too! Thanks :)

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    1. Try to keep the blog as one genre… Too much of everything is too much for a reader (in my opinion anyway!) And quality not quantity! (Though try to keep it fairly regular). Hope that helps!

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      1. Yes I agree, people sometimes get caught up in pleasing others so they write certain things to gain attention though it’s not where their heart lies :) Good advice!

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    2. hi
      am fairly new to blogging myself, and am very positively surprised to find such community support here. there is no shit storming (so far?) and real uplifting feedback. i also love diving into the transparent lives of others, its so exotic and inspiring and so enriching to find people all over the world with different lives. my advice would be to give blogging a try, as it is really worth it.

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      1. LOVE your blog. Just took a look at the post you linked to, and then couldn’t stop flipping through. Awesome. I’m new, too – just two weeks maybe – and your comment about hitting “publish” resonated!

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      2. Thank you for your super encouraging comment! I’m loving the blogging journey – and community. I’m all into all natural cleaning products and taking natural further through the house. You’ve got great scope for your blog there.

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      3. Thanks very much! While most of my fam thinks I’m a bit overboard, the truth is, I love learning about this stuff. And I finally decided to blog to have a place to keep all my research- for me, but also for others if they find it helpful. I’ve just made little changes over time to my lifestyle. I def don’t have the time- or money- to do it all at once, but that’s the journey, and the journey is what life’s all about, right? Really, the thing I love about your blog is your voice- you have a real voice and you can tell it’s authentic. I want to achieve that!

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    1. Like it! I get what you mean about Matt bringing some silliness to the character… let’s be honest – David Tennant was for sexiness (which totally worked). And the Ponds death episode was awesome! The Angels gave me nightmares for ages when they first appeared!

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      1. The Angels first appeared in Blink which was a Tennant episode. But they only featured the once and they really became an enemy for Smith, they really seemed to work more with his Doctor.

        Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Hello! I am interested in hosting an “Event” for other bloggers, an event in art journaling. Have any of you run events before? Beyond the message getting to your readers, how do you get the word out about it? Tips are welcome!

    http://creosomnium.org

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    1. One piece of advice I got when hosting events and getting the word out: Talk about it. Post on discussion boards. Send out a social network blast: twitter, facebook, facebook groups/pages that are similar, etc.

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  3. I am thinking about kicking my tiny unknown blog up a notch. But, I don’t know where to start. Currently I have a free wordpress blog, and it’s the bare minimal of content. If I could snap my fingers, and turn my blog into something more then I like the looks of lifeinlimbo.org —where do I start? what do I need to learn to turn my blog into something similar along those lines?…Thank you!

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  4. Hi all :) I recently started my blog in the hope that it will help school children deal with issues like bullying. It’s told in the form of a miniseries, and the main character goes through various issues that she has to deal with like bullying and peer pressure. I’ve also just posted a poem, if you don’t mind stopping by and letting me know what you think! Thanks :) http://theblossomingfallam.wordpress.com/

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    1. This is a really great way of targeting a bullying message for kids (and for everyone) and you are able to keep your posts long enough to contain all the important information, but short enough to keep the interest of younger readers… nicely done.

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    2. I can only repeat what has been said before: it’s a rare and very good thing that you have a clear vision for your blog and a specific audience on mind. Keep it up!

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  5. Hi :) I started my blog in the hope of helping school children deal with bullying. It’s told in the form of a miniseries, and my main character shows how she gets through her school life dealing with bullying and peer pressure. I’ve also recently posted a poem, please check it out if you don’t mind and let me know what you think! :)

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  6. I haven’t been on Community Pool, but I wanted to share how my blog is coming along:

    http://www.playadvantage.com

    I really took to heart all the feedback I got here and elsewhere on WP, as well as what I learned during the Blogging 101 and 201 courses. I went from nothing in early January. Now, I have a very robust site with over 1000 unique visitors a day (pretty good for a niche blog site) and a very strong social media presence.

    So thanks, everyone! Keep building good content and the visits will come.

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      1. Unfortunately, the new format is the main reason I don’t really give feedback on CP anymore. Having to type out links, not being able to see all the comments, making a comment and then being dumped back at the top of a 500-comment thread. It became too time consuming.

        At least I’m glad to see they fixed the issue with the names not connecting to your blog…

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      1. Sorry for the issues you’re having with the links! It might be best, to be on the safe side, simply to paste your URLs into your message — there’s less margin for error that way.

        Also, we’re aware of the annoyance involved with posting a comment and then being sent back to the top of the (often very long) thread, and we’re working on a fix. Stay tuned, and sorry for the inconvenience in the meantime.

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      1. I’m sorry. WordPress doesn’t let you edit links or comments and all of my links are wrong, even though I clearly understand HTML. I would delete it if I could but I’m not allowed to.

        You’ll have to click on my name. It’s the only way I know to get to the site.

        I regret coming back here. :(

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    1. It’s very well written because it draws you in from the first line, and is unexpected and unpredictable, which makes it interesting to read.
      I like the bitter-bitter (rather than bitter-sweet) feeling you get at the end, because I tire of HEA endings, although I like them, too, sometimes.
      I thought the last paragraph needed a line break, and visually I didn’t like the layout. I prefer to justify the text and leave a line between paragraphs because it’s easier to read, but of course, that’s up to you…

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      1. Thank you so much, so happy you liked it – I totally agree about the layout, I feel the same; I was kind of rushing in getting it posted in the community pool.

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    2. Wow, this is really great. I can’t wait to read more – the whiskey bottle at the end…! One thing that threw me a bit was the pic at the top — of the subway. When I read your first few sentences, in my head, I saw him asleep on the train, and her touching him as she sat next to him. It took me until the very end to realize they were in bed, and the rest was reminiscing. I think if this were a book, I wouldn’t have been confused, because I wouldn’t have seen the subway image. But I love the subway image. So, my feedback would be to put something in the first paragraph that tells you they are in bed – e.g., “He was asleep. His neck all kinked up on his favorite down pillow, the sheets all tangled between his legs..” — (I’m not a story-writer, so forgive me!) Anyway, really great beginning in general.

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      1. Thank you so much for your comment, very helpful indeed! I’ll go back and make sure it’s clear. I really appreciate your taking time and comment on this, thank you again!

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    1. Funny write! (and truthful too). I’m now using a standing desk because between my paying job and my heart job, I’m in front of LCD wayyyy too much.

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      1. Thank you! I’ve seen people in doctor’s offices standing with their keyboards on counters or on tall stools. :) I suppose the fluffy cushions wouldn’t look professional.

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      2. True. But it would be cool to see them wear them on their heads for a day, just to shake up the clientele a bit. :)
        PS. I used to use actual bed pillows, lol!

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  7. Hi everyone! I have recently decided to start this blog giving insights into studying and living in the UK. The main purpose is to support future students with useful information, but sometimes I prefer to write something less prosaic embracing various subjects. If you have any suggestions or possible questions I would be happy to listen to them. Hopefully, my knowledge would be vast enough to answer to your thoughts.

    Many thanks

    http://floresdiane.wordpress.com/

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    1. I think it’s a good idea because there are a lot of young people from other EU countries who need the practical advice you offer. I’m an Engish teacher in Spain, and many young people ask me about all these practical matters you mention. The problem is getting the blog out there to people who need it. I don’t know how that could be done…

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      1. Dear lucciagray,

        Thank you very much for your feedback. Indeed, promoting the website is the main issue but I am still working on it. I have started advertising it on FB pages related to this subject and I will try to expand on other social platforms as well. At the moment, it is easier for me to inform future student from Romania or the UK. Hopefully, world of mouth will help me making this page known.

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  8. Hi fellow bloggers, I would be grateful if any one can delete the second column which appears on my blog. I mean the column with admin staff it looks clumsy with the two columns. Here is the address to the site:- december18blog.wordpress.com. Thank you in anticipation. Mabel.

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    1. I’m not a whiz on this kind of thing, but from first glance, it looks as if you have created two different sidebars of the same thing. I don’t think anyone else can ‘fix’ your blog remotely. Try looking under the Appearance tab carefully (found under Dashboard, on the left). See if you can identify where you may have duplicated something.

      Good luck, HTH.

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    1. I like the clean look of the page, but I did have difficulty locating where to click to get “into” the post that I wanted to like. Might just be me though :)

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      1. Thank you. The post you are talking about didn’t have a name did it? That might be it. Clicking on the title of a post is the quickest way to access it. Unfortunately I have trouble coming up with names for what I write. If you click the link for commenting I believe that would take you to the post though. Sorry for the trouble, and thanks again for looking at my blog.

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    1. Mine would be “Hate”, I would hope (eternal optimist that I am) that the removal of the word from the world would diminish the occurrences of terrible acts in the name of hate.

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    1. You did quite well on that poem!

      I think your change in tone makes you human, warm, and frail, like the rest of us; but something we often neglect to include when assessing a teacher, or even dealing with them, when we have children.

      Your heart is showing…

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      1. Thanks so much. I was going to write a little post about a parent that treated me like a real person this week and might add your comment in (if you don’t mind of course!!). I’m glad you’ve enjoyed them and thank you so much for your feedback and taking the time to read my posts. I’ll drop my your blog when I’ve finally finished writing my 400 odd section of reports!! X

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      2. You’re more than welcome to use it. And it’s always good to write about the good too (so you can go back and read it to remember it happened at least once!)

        Drop by when you can, good luck on the 400 plus reports!

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      1. If you want more followers and views, I would say post everyday. Also, include a lot of tags for searches and make sure you have an interesting title. – franthebookie.wordpress.com

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    1. What a great new voice! I look forward to watching you develop your writing skills, while teaching others things we most likely have no true perspective on.

      New follower here.

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    1. Nice theme, works well for the music arena. I’d not have all of the lyrics displayed, for a reason or so:

      They take up valuable content space

      Distracts from the nice, clean thematic run you have going at the top of the page

      Really disrupts the symmetry, and leaves one wondering where to click to get to the music

      Good luck!

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