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Don’t forget the sunscreen: it’s time for this week’s Community Pool!

Have you just published a new post and are dying for some feedback? Did you recently start your blog and could use some layout or design advice from your more seasoned peers?

Tap into the wisdom of The Daily Post blogging community and leave your question here in the comments. Others 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. Hi Suzie – I agree with Fernanda and notesfromthebathroom floor – you captured the tragedy of everyone whose life is torn or destroyed by suicide. I hope a lot of people find help in your post.

      I suppose, if I was going to add a thought, it would be that when you implore people considering suicide to tell someone, it would be good to encourage everyone to listen without brushing the idea of suicide away as ‘silly’ or ‘attention seeking’ or ‘selfish.’ It’s one of those subjects that we don’t know how to talk about, so it’s easy for frogs to jump out of our mouths.

      If somebody has trusted you enough to lay their soul bare in that way, it’s one of those – ‘you have two ears and one mouth for a reason’ situations.

      Have you heard of Suicide-Safer London? Here’s their website http://www.suicidesaferlondon.org.uk/ I’m not part of their organisation, but they seem to have good information.

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      1. I think the act of listening rather than immediately offering advice is a skill that lots of us need to improve on – its easy (and human nature) to want to jump in there and help, but far more difficult to simply sit back and listen to what someone has to say… Thanks so much for your comment and for the link too – really appreciated!

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    2. Great post Suzie!! I too, was really affected by the death of RW. Thanks for writing this perspective as well. We sometimes don’t realise all those around us who are suffering. :)

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      1. I think your voice is very honest and clear. You communicate your thoughts on family and having a good moral compass very succinctly. I might suggest seeing if you can tie in your personal thoughts to the wider issues a bit more, eg exploring the ups and downs of working in the service industry or a bit of a brief history of marriage in different cultures. But maybe you just wanna keep it personal. Great work anyway.
        I’ve made a blog about my experiences starting out as a singer songwriter and my thoughts about mental illness and why anti immigrant political parties don’t make sense. If you (or anyone ) has any thoughts positive or negative would love to hear em. Be brutally honest, go on :)

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    1. I love the narrow theme, but you may want to consider some custom design to add some color. It is very stark. Also, with everything narrow and centered, your photos may be better centered in the posts. As for the writing, I like it :D Loved the beginning part about Heath Ledger. I never got to do that either.

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      1. Thanks heaps Laura :) As a student who has limited spare cash, the custom design probably isn’t an option for me at the moment (sad face) but I will definitely be looking into this as soon as it becomes viable! Do you know of any of the themes that perhaps would be better suited to my blog, and perhaps create a nicer site?

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      2. There are tons of great themes that are free and allow for headers or such things that will give more color and dynamics. Your best bet would probably be to spend a bit of time trying them out, seeing which you like. The theme I use is free, though I did purchase the custom upgrade.

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    2. I think that everything looks nice. The only thing I would suggest is, if you have a Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you should make a widget for each one of them and insert it on your blog. It would personalize your blog and make the viewers feel like they can connect with you more. Great work though!

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      1. I don’t have IG or twitter, and the only facebook account I have is my personal one. I wouldn’t mind people from the blog accessing my account, it’s just that I don’t particularly want my facebook friends to see the blog :/ thanks though!

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    3. I liked the theme, I am starting my 1st blog as well, just a tip that I know will help. Share your thoughts things that you would like to read to help you get better in whatever field is personal to you, people like to follow you in your journey.. You don’t know how many more people is going through that as well that you could help. Follow your dreams and do what you love :)
      Visit me and give me your feedback as well :D

      https://fernandaschoice.com

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    4. Hi Darcy. Welcome to the blogosphere. Thought your site was simple, but from your writing it seemed to fit your “voice”. Some more pictures would be nice (maybe the 11 yr old self contrasted with the now) but everyone’s comfort level is different

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    5. I like the theme but maybe a bit of colour to fill all the white space either side. Or perhaps incorporate some handy widgets.
      Your writing style is great. Very fluid and reads well. I am not a huge fan of flashy gifs but that’s just me.

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      1. Thankyou! I guess I come from a bit of a tumblr-facebook background with a bit of buzzfeed (don’t hate me) thrown in, so I’m used to seeing gifs everywhere, but I will definitely keep that in mind :) Please forgive me if this is a total dunce of a question, but I actually don’t know how to add images on the sides… Would you care to enlighten me? Hahaha thanks :)

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    6. One thing i do is a monthly journal update just to update my followers on different things going on in my life. It lets them know what has been my recent inspiration behind my poetry and also creates a chance to interact on a more personal level. Hope this helps :)

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    7. I like the content but I personally find the theme a bit sparse and the font a little small. I also agree with the person that says centre your images, but in general these are small things, content is king really and your writing is fluid and easy to read.

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      1. Thankyou! I am currently in the process of trying to find a (free) theme that I don’t find tacky and is a bit more interesting, but I will definitely centre those images. Do you think that the subject is appropriate – or perhaps interesting is a better word – and do you have any topic/post tips?

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      2. When looking at the themes you can preview them so it shows you what it looks like with your own content. I change my theme every now and then enjoy hunting through the previews. You can also customise some of the themes (even free ones as mine is free) and add header images etc.

        When you say appropriate subject do you mean on that specific post or your blog title overall? Either way though I think both are good, better than mine lol, I lack inspiration on subjects.

        As for topics that is a difficult thing to call, I personally have been suffering from a lack of inspiration lately as well as self doubt on what I do post about so I may not be the best person to give advice on this, and it all depends on where you want to take your blog, if it is more a life kind of blog then post on memories, wishes, thoughts, interests, passions and/or use the people you follow in order to get inspiration for posts.

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    1. Hi! I am a frustrated writer ended up being an engineer. @.@ I hope you can follow me and give me tips about writing since the blog ( a very personal blog) that I just recently started is the very first step I took to become a writer. Thank you! :)

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    1. I liked the theme, I am starting my 1st blog as well, just a tip that I know will help. Share your thoughts things that you would like to read to help you get better in whatever field is personal to you, people like to follow you in your journey.. You don’t know how many more people is going through that as well that you could help. Follow your dreams and do what you love :)
      Visit me and give me your feedback as well :D

      https://fernandaschoice.com

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  1. My blog is four month old and its about my journey about how I quit smoking after 35 years. Lately it became more about the subject “addiction” in general. I would like to see more traffic on my blog, especially from smokers, because somehow its not very well known that there is support available when you want to quit smoking (online support). I am using this to get the word out (sorry) although I love peoples input, positive and negative -both…it makes me grow as a person -and hopefully my blog will grow too :-)

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  2. hey guys (-: My blog’s all about prose and poetry! Would love to hear your thoughts on my work – do comment on my respective posts on my blog and not in this thread! Thanks and I’ll not hesitate to help you out as well (:

    blancosirena.wordpress.com

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    1. dont personally like horror hahaha too scared most of the movie.. will follow, my husband will enjoy it!! he is always looking into reviews for horror movies nd stuff!!

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  3. Suzie inspired me to ask fellow bloggers a series of questions to better get to know those I write to/with on a daily basis. Stop by, have a look, answer some (10) questions and feel free to post your own. It’s an awesome way to get to know each other better!! Many thanks to Suzie81speaks for such a genius idea!!
    ~Kate

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    1. I like the layout of your blog! And I’m sorry about your last post…. I’ll be praying for your friend, whatever difficulty he may be going through.

      Also, I like what you wrote in your profile information: “I would LOVE an intellectual conversation!” May I ask what about?

      rachsthoughts.wordpress.com

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      1. My best friend is my boyfriend whose son drowned 5 years ago. Today would have been his son’s birthday. However, I can’t post about it, because my ex husband actually mocked the death of his son. I can’t take a risk that should I post specific details, they may comment on it and he might see it. If he knew things were said, he would lose it. He’d snap. So, as much as I want to vent my frustration, and seek advice as to how I can help him through the grieving process, I can’t. I thank you for your prayers, sincerely.

        As far as intelligent conversations go, whatever’s on your mind. I love meeting new people, as each individual is their own novel. Each person has stories to tell and I love learning them. I’m an introvert, and can only handle small amounts of socialization. It’s much easier to do behind a computer screen. So… Hi! I’m Kate. Nice to meet you.

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    1. Hi Misha,

      I like the design of your blog, graphics and layout. A suggestion perhaps would be to break your recent post about Face Creams into paragraphs. As one block of text it can be easy to lose your place when reading.

      Best of luck!

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    2. Hey! I like your blog, but I like how you keep your blog posts short even better. ;) Personally, I don’t mind reading other peoples’ blogs, but I don’t necessarily want to sit down and read a book on each blog. I want to be able to quickly read through blogs, but also be able to get something out of them. Good luck with your blog. Oh, and I’m following now. :)

      rachsthoughts.wordpress.com

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      1. I agree with the comment from badger hawks about keeping blog posts on the shorter side – rather than longer. If you want feedback ask for it. Starting here was a good place to go. Ask a question at the end. Also start reading the work of other bloggers and getting to know them. This is a great place to find like-minded bloggers.

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      2. Hey there, thank you so much for the feedback, and totally agree about lengthy posts.. so i appreciate what you have said. Thank you for the follow and good luck too, I’ll be sure to follow back : )

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      3. Thank you so much for the feedback, I have taken it on board and totally agree about lengthy posts : ) Thanks again and good luck too, I have also followed back : )

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    3. Hi Misha! I really enjoyed the lemon bit! I’m a fellow LL (lemon lover). I will be following you now as well, and hope to pick up some more DIY tips. Blog suggestion: Any tips on an at home Keratin like treatment?? THAT I would love to learn more about! I am brand new to the blogging community as well, and just posted my first. Would love the return feedback – cheers.
      Margot

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      1. Hi Margot! Thank you so much for the feedback, it means a lot! And thank you for the flow too, Ill be sure to post some exciting DIY and beauty tips.. I will look into a home keratin type treatment and be sure to post about it, sounds interesting! I will scoot over to your blog now and have a look, I’m looking forward to it : )

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  4. Hello, I have started off with a basic free blog site. What kind of investment do most people jump to, and how long does it usually take for people to start responding with feedback to my blogs?
    Thank you! J.

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    1. You can get feedback even if your blog is a free one. All you have to do is reach out to other bloggers and comment on their things, if you’re doing that then you will get comments on your own site as well.

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      1. I agree with this comment, if you take the time to read other blogs and provide meaningful and honest comments. They will also return the kindness. :)
        Welcome to the blogging community jay

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    2. Hey jay4dogs. What I’ve seen is that commenting on this Community Pool and reviewing other blogs really helps to boost your blog views/comments/followers. :) Like Horrorvile said, reach out to other bloggers, and they’ll reach out to you! If you review a blog, chances are that blog’s blogger will then look at your blog, especially if you include the link to your blog at the end of your comment. Good luck and God bless!

      rachsthoughts.wordpress.com

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  5. “the bass of your thoughts pounds your cracked mind”

    Hey guys! Recently made a new post. It is a little abstract but I would love to hear your thoughts! Any other criticism on my blog is also much appreciated. Thanks!

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