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      1. I have just visited your blog, and your post about making your own brown sugar is just simply spectacularly marvelous! Congratulations on your blog, and may I wish you the very best of luck with it; PS-When you get a chance, please visit my own blog, Dream In Music, at http://www.j2w7.WordPress.com! Thank you and good luck, with ❤-JW 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

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    1. That was simply the nicest read I’ve ever read! Best of luck with any future posts that you publish! With ❤-JW 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

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    2. Hi there, just checked out your post and I don’t mean to be a grammar nazi but the third sentence in didn’t make sense to me as well as the second to last sentence. I’m guessing there was a grammatical error?? Over all its a great post and I couldn’t agree more with making your blog more personal to match your style rather than conforming to the masses.

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    3. Totally agree! I hate pop-ups and love read more tags. I also found a few grammatical issues as mentioned already in this thread.

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    4. Great article. I shared on LinkedIn and Twitter. My only point of critique is a longish sentence in your intro might have worked better as two sentences. Otherwise, good content.

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  1. Hey all! Hope you had a great weekend!

    Recently, I wrote a post about dealing with the pressure to date in high school. I would love to hear what you think about the issue. Here’s the link: https://thegoldenlands.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/satisfying-the-urge-for-teen-romance/

    Also, I redid the way my blog looks; if you haven’t already checked it out, please tell me what you think of the layout and content of my blog.

    Thanks so much in advance! If there’s anything I can do to return the favor, please let me know!
    Dom (Aul)

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      1. Thanks! Yeah, the background is mainly just to appeal to anime fans and to show off the artwork for my book series. Thanks for stopping by and I will definitely check your blog out!

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    1. I think it was brave of you to write so openly about this topic. I did see the comment about it being long-winded. I’ll admit I skipped a few sentences, not because of the writing but simply because I was short on time and wanted to get through it quickly. I can totally relate because I get carried away with words too and it is always a struggle for me to be succinct. I wish you luck in striking a comfortable balance.

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  2. So early.
    Anyway, happy Sunday everyone.
    If you have time, check out my blog for life changing secrets(not really)
    Comment if you want me to check out your blog.

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      1. Hey, thanks for dropping by. I checked out your blog. I think it is easy to navigate and makes you think. I followed.

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      1. How do you always find my comments?
        Is this your hunting spot or something?
        This species is the piezoradeon. Watch him as he patiently waits for his prey while hiding in the water hole(aka the community pool).

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      2. Some secrets never were supposed to be out … And now that secret is out!!!
        I don’t know what to do, wail like a kid or face my biggest challenger?
        Who goes by their, I challenge you to a duel! The mightiest duel in the history of mankind vs Piezokind (just as you said hehe)
        well deal is a deal .. :p

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      1. I checked out your blog. You know how I feel about it from the comment on your blog. Thanks for dropping by.

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    1. The “(not really)” put me off – you might want to consider leaving that out. If it’s meant to be funny – I apologise – but it still put me off. 🙂

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      1. It kinda sets people up with the expectation that they will be disappointed and, because no one wants that, they (if they are like me) would avoid clicking through.
        There are loads of kinds of people out there – maybe allow that some of them share your own taste and would enjoy reading your stuff? 🙂

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      2. Cool! Thanks for that – there is some really good stuff on it that has the potential to change the world. It only takes one person to follow the advice in my ‘Well-being’ section or to improve their writing by reading my ‘Writing tips’ section and, BINGO – the world is a better place to live in! 😀

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    1. It has taken so much for you to create such a blog as this, and for that I congratulate you! May I wish you many success on your blog; With ❤-JW 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

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  3. Hi there,

    It has been a couple of weeks, but we’ve finally managed to find time to put together a couple more posts. Skiing in Switzerland is the most recent (and the link below) but there are a few other new adventures up as well.

    https://bridgetandalex.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/zurich-and-some-skiing-at-laax/

    Any feedback or tips will definitely be appreciated, and of course reciprocated, and if you’ve got a travel blog as well – drop a link below, I’d love to see it.

    Always good to see everyone out having fun on a Monday.

    Take care,
    Alex

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    1. Hello alex, I loved your post. skiing is one of my favos 😀
      one suggestion to change you font family. it will make your text more visible and readable .. rest is great !

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      1. *tears of joy* Thank you so much for encouraging me 🙂 I am feeling on 9th sky!………

        Yeaa on the way to your blog just followed you! .. follow me if you like 🙂

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      2. like i said before in the last community pool that, I loved the idea of your blog 🙂 I have 2 suggestions ..

        1 change the font family ..
        2 You have amazing tagline but the header is making it invisible ..change your header .. rest is cool+amazing 🙂

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      1. Thank you for not leaving a link to your blog at the end of each comment you make — when done so often, it becomes a form of spamming. Anyone interested in visiting can always click on your name and reach your blog easily. Thanks for your cooperation!

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      2. You are welcome, Mr. Huberman.-JW P.S.-You get these for your comment: 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

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      1. I have just read one of your posts about giving comfort to others, and I think it is so heartwarming; And I would like to thank you so very much for following my blog(or is it liking one of my posts?), and may I wish you all of the best, and please be sure to always be reading Dream In Music at http://www.j2w7.WordPress.com! Thanks and good luck, with 💗-JW 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

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  4. Hello! I’m typing up all my teenage diaries from the 1990s and the time has come to introduce the Snogging Code to my blog so I’ve added it as another page. It’s pushed the headings onto 2 rows which I guess is ok but I was trying to keep them to a minimum. How many headings do you have? Do you prefer other blogs to have fewer headings or is it easier to find what you want when it’s all on display?

    Also, someone else’s comment here last week got me thinking… Is better to have a home page as a grid rather than a stream of posts? I imagine it’s easier to pick out a post to read that way.

    Thanks,
    Tess x

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    1. Hi! I like the two lines, I like the choices I’ve got to navigate around with the different headings and I think the formatting looks great still. I only have two right now – but I’m only three posts in and eventually planning on doing something with more headings but not sure what yet!!

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      1. Wonderful post, and a great read as well! I hope that you have much continued success with your blog; Good luck and take care-JW 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

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    2. An option to the grid idea is to change your settings so that only a few lines of each post show and readers have to click on continue to read the full post. The advantage is that it is easier to scroll through your stream of posts to find ones of most interest. Your 2 rows of headings don’t bother me. Mine site has 2 rows as well. http://gracelead.co

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    3. This one , i liked. Usually i dont do diaries, but this one definitely did catch my eye. Don’t freak out if you see too many views on the blog today!
      :p
      will start from the first post if possible without popping my eyes.

      Also could you check out my site too?
      Anyways… I warned you, no freaking out!

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      1. Ha, that’s fine, I don’t mind at all. At least I’ll know who it is… I often wonder who’s binge-reading my diary when I can see I’ve had waaay more views than visitors! It’s nice to see that some people stick around for a while though.

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      2. i guess it takes a lot of time until you have content to binge read and people to to that. I hope i have enough patience to reach that day!
        you just helped me flare up my motivation quo! I shall strive until I find binge-readers!

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  5. Community pool is here!
    I just wrote a new blogpost! Its a humurous story of mine and a a little bit humiliation and EMBARASSING experience of mine!
    I hope you all awesome guys out there find it interesting!
    https://piezoradeon.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/how-to-not-get-humiliated-in-public

    This is my blog
    https://piezoradeon.wordpress.com/

    I am a little new and would like to have some feedback about it! Thank you!
    I would be very happy to return the favour!

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      1. Thank you! Some memories are supposed to be that way, bitter-sweet humiliation-bliss! This seems terrific!
        Also am happy to give you a pleasure read!
        Hope you check out more stuff! Happy reading!

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    1. Your blog is amazing ! so user-friendly and a fun place 😀
      I wanted to know how you manage to have different pages and just like your home page and could post on each page.I know my question is rediculous be I need some help:D

      Enjoyed your anime reviews 😀

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      1. No it isn’t ridiculous at all!
        I use the Pique theme(it’s free) which has panels, the different pages you say. I had to create two pages for each topic, lets say books.
        I made two pages one named books and another being books I reviewed. I assigned the first panel to books. (The page’s featured image is the one in the background and the content of that page is yet again the same picture center aligned. This picture is linked to the page Books I reviewed)
        So, when you click on the picture, you go directly to the page of the books I reviewed.
        I did the same thing for each panel!
        It feels good when someone asks this stuff!
        Thank you yet again!

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    2. Nothing better than an embarrassing tale with a moral at the end. That was funny, I probably would have been giggling myself had I been on the bus!

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  6. Hi everyone,
    I’m really excited to share my post “My Oxford Adventure” today! After letting a twitter poll decide this weeks post, I hope you all enjoy reading it. There are a lot of photos and even a video of my time spent in Oxford. I would greatly appreciate some feedback on my writing style, layout and blog in general.

    I have a range of posts, which means that some are more photo based and others are more focused on the written content. I hope you enjoy exploring my little patch of the internet and I look forward to discovering other wonderful blogs.

    https://coffeeshopdreams.wordpress.com/2016/03/19/my-oxford-adventure/

    https://coffeeshopdreams.wordpress.com/

    Thank you and happy blogging! 🙂

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      1. Thank you! I was a little unsure about how to present it at first since I haven’t written a travel post in a while. I know, I would’ve loved to have taken some photos of the books. 😦

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  7. Hello Everyone! I hope you had a happy weekend …
    Welcome again on community pool..:)
    As a blogger how are you feeling today on the scale of 1-10

    If you just started and don’t know how to set up your blog then you must take a look at this jump-start posts!

    https://thelearnify.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/road-to-blogging/

    https://newswiretalk.wordpress.com/2016/04/07/say-yes-to-hard-work/

    Please have a look at my blog! and provide me with your feedback and suggestions…

    Many Thanks ❤

    Aki

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    1. I like the colors of your blog, but I found it hard to navigate the posts or filter/chose something specific to your site I’d want to read about. Maybe a fixed menu that’s a little more clear? Or a drop-down box of categories? I think it’d help someone who came to your blog without a specific post in mind:)

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      1. There is a search function where you can search for anything on the site, I did try and sort it into categories but I generally only write in 2 or 3 categories so it’s not really worth it 🙂

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    1. I really liked your blog. It looks delicious. Great, now I’m hungry. Thanks a lot.
      Nonetheless, I just had to follow you.

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  8. Hey there!

    We are a brand new blog – a platform started to discuss issues concerning women. We are motivated to provide an alternative narrative on womanhood, pop culture, patriarchal domination, sexism and other things along that line.

    If you’re interested in stuff like that or want to contribute an article, drawing, poem (anything, really), please check out our blog!

    Any feedback about the theme, articles, opinions, format will also be appreciated.

    The blog: https://thefwordnet.wordpress.com/

    Thanks in advance!
    Happy blogging!

    Love,
    TheFWord Team.

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    1. I’m terrible at sewing but I think I could do the project based on your very clear step by step instructions. I liked your minimal back story. I find when I’m reading tutorials or how to’s I hate scrolling through endless backstory to get to what I was looking for. Good stuff.

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      1. thank you so much dear and I hope you’ll follow every post by clicking on the “follow” button at the sidebar(if you are using a phone) or below (if you are using mobile). It would also meet alot to me if you leave your comments on any topic that interests you. The plan is to keep the blog as interactive as possible.

        Thanks once again for checking it out

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      2. Sorry I’m still figuring out this. And sure I’ll comment. but can you maybe check mine too? It’s not as fun and interactive but i’m still starting off so it’d be lovely to have your thoughts.

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    1. Nice stuff. My sis in law is a personal trainer. I’m more of a spiritual person but we have the deepest talks on how stress affects the physical and mental aspects. Liked it!!

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    1. Nice thoughts. I especially like that you’re learning about how language works through rhythm and “the marriage of a few words thrown together.” You say poetry is a suggestion, but I would say it is truth in a moment that few rarely stop to pause in and discover.

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    2. “It is liberating, exciting, irresponsible writing. But, I keep wishing I was better at it.” The essay is beautifully worded and you summed it up pretty well. Why don’t you check out our blog, see if maybe, you can submit in something for us to publish?

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  9. i have just started a few weeks back but i want to have a kind of makeover since now i am on vaccation and have a lot of spare time..
    it would be nice if you could just help with helping to get noticed
    mandyk04.wordpress.com

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    1. Hi, I loved the theme and the black background!
      Honestly, I felt it’d be better with lighter shades !
      Black definitely is classy, but is dark and doesn’t fit quite well with the kind of stuff you post!

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      1. Cheers Alex! I only wish I had more time there. Thanks for dropping by!
        PS I’m just awestruck after checking out your page. I’ll be following your travel tips 🙂

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    1. I’ve never been to Scotland but it looks really nice. It is odd to think, Edinburgh is a city but does still look rustic and have an old-fashioned feel intertwined with the more modern buildings and sight. I enjoyed your post, maybe I should visit Scotland one day haha!

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    1. Loved the picture of the sunset whilst you waited for the ferry! I liked the mix of pictures and writing, it made it easy to read. I love how Disney pay so much attention to detail making every aspect of their parks look amazing! I’ve followed you, looking forward to seeing more of your content 🙂

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