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  1. I recently looked back at my time in blogging, what changed and what’s still the same was really interesting to me. Why do I stil choose to bare my soul in writing? I’d appreciate it if you could take sometime to read my thoughts here: https://thoughtsofasociallyanxiousextrovert.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/baring-your-soul-in-writing/. Thank you so much! I wouldn’t mind having a look at your blog as well, it would be my pleasure. I hope you have a lovely day head of you!

    Basant She

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    1. It’s true, that new car smell kind of wears off after a while. But you say you love writing so that is half the battle. Give yourself a break. Don’t be so hard on yourself for not being shiny every day. I totally understand though. I went a long time only writing once in a while. It just didn’t read how I wanted it to be and I got tired of it.

      For me it helped to write about everything and not worry about how it sounded. You don’t have to show every word and sometimes in the process of just writing your moments, you find a nugget of gold in there to share with others. Even the feelings you are going through are poetic and well said in this piece.

      You said, ” I feel slightly trapped with something I love very much but I can’t clasp it at all.”

      That’s awesome! I’ve felt that way so often…add a few lines and divide it up pretty and it’s a poem that would touch someone else who feels as you do.

      Allbest as you get past this slump. I followed your blog as I see we have a few things in common.

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      1. I think your example with the new car smell is the perfect way to put my dilemma. I believe I’m hard on myself because I was on a roller coaster that only went up and all of a sudden I was pretty much free falling down out of the blue. Thank you so much for your advice, I’ll try doing that as well and thank you for complimenting my writing, it really helped set me at ease with everything. I’ve always wanted to have a go at poetry and now I’m really considering it!
        Again, thank you so much for your everything, you’re far too kind.

        Basant She

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    2. One can really tell how sincere you are in your writing.

      That, and you have a good heart. Really love your blog so far and you are doing a good job maintaining it so don’t worry lol!

      Your writing is infused with your soul. That’s my way of telling you not to change your writing style. Everything seems to be in order so change isn’t necessary, in my opinion anyway!

      Things being the same aren’t necessarily a bad thing, no? 😉

      Talk again bud! Hope this helped in anyway!

      Your friend,
      Benjamin

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      1. Thank you so much for your lovely and kind words! They really did help me find more confidence in my writing 🙂 Thanks again and I hope you have a pleasant rest of the day.

        Basant She

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    3. Your post on baring one’s soul in writing was just simply wonderful! May I wish you the very best of luck in your blog, and I sure do suggest that you please check out mine at http://www.j2w7.WordPress.com! With ❤-JW 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

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      1. Thank you for your lovely comment, that was very nice of you 🙂 I had a look through your blog and I did enjoy the content very much. I have a few comments on the header image. The image itself is beautiful but combined with the text colors and the small icon on, it’s a little too much on the eyes. PLENTY OF EVERYTHING FOR EVERYONE! for example is in a very dull gray color.

        Basant She

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      1. I had a look through your blog, I personally would appreciate more color from a header image or something like that in the side bar, it seems a little too bare for me. I really enjoyed skimming through your blog though, keep up the good work, you’re doing great! Thank you for all your great comments with me as well 🙂

        Basant She

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    1. gah i couldn’t help but click follow either! you have a way of telling stories…it was like you were talking to me directly. And that piece about your sister was so touching and beautiful – i have a sister too, so i related to it a lot, actually. stay strong and stay amazing ❤ xo

      also, here is my blog https://perfectionhasapriceblog.wordpress.com if ya wanna hop on over and then tell me what you think! 🙂

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    1. HI! I left a question on your blog. I love the golden theme. Another question: Why gold? Just curious? Maybe you’d like to check out my blog. https://coellefornia.me I’d love to know what you liked or not. Thanks and happy anniversary! (My blog was actually a year old, but I didn’t even think about celebrating, lol) It’s a great idea!

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    1. Great job for someone who is just starting out 🙂 Maybe add a subheading under your blog name so it’s easier to understand that this is a fashion/style blog without diving in? Just an idea, good luck with everything!

      Basant She

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    1. your blog is so cool! i commented directly on there – but keep it up! 🙂 I also added to your “all about you” page which i thought was pretty cool!

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    2. I read your post. There are some excellent tips there, especially for a blogging newbie. I added several additional tips that have greatly increased the engagement on my blog of just under three months.

      The main “must have” for me is a responsive blog theme. Visitors use a number of screens. I would suspect the smaller phone screen is the most used nowadays.

      If the blog doesn’t work on this screen (check it), I would encourage the blogger to shop a more responsive theme. There are loads of them for WordPress.com blogs. Just be sure the one you choose doesn’t say “Self-Hosted” only!

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  2. Hey everyone. I’d love some feedback on my blog and if you can spare a couple of minutes, I’ll definitely check out yours too. Have a great day.

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    1. I enjoyed reading your article. One thought I had when I saw the picture of you, friend, artist is using his own words. Let him be the speaker instead of paraphrasing what he said.

      In my opinion, this dialogue would make your article even more relatable. I did listen to his music. I can tell you were thrilled to receive this birthday surprise!

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    1. Never met another bigger Green Day fan other than the person always staring at me in my mirror. Your blog is awesome. Loved the clean layout and easy to look at design.

      Your writing and personality is very attracting. It has a certain style and flair which I really enjoy reading. Keep it that way bud. Glad to have found you and your blog.

      Talk again soon 😉

      Your pal,
      Benjamin

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    1. Hey Khadija (Kah-tee-ja!),

      Just saw your blog. Got some Pretty cool stuff there 😉
      Anywho, is it me or there’s no “Archives” in your blog? Would be useful to add one so that your followers or readers can refer back to your older content with ease. Talk at your blog bud!

      Your pal,
      Benjamin

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      1. heeyy Benjamin!
        Thanks for reading my stuff:) Glad you liked it! I just checked..my blog has “archives”. Were you viewing at the mobile version of my site? A friend pointed out sometime ago that the archives and a few other sections don’t show up in that version. I think there is no fix for that. Been thinking about changing theme..that might help.
        I wanted to read your stuff, but didn’t find any post on your blog.
        Glad to have found a new bud in the blogging world.
        Your pal,
        Kah-tee-ja!

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      2. Ah indeed I was viewing via mobile because I was out and working lol. Wouldn’t worry too much about that though since it’s just the mobile version that lacks it. Perhaps you can add a little note somewhere that indicates for archives, use the desktop view on readers’ browser.

        Perhaps at your “About Me” page where everyone would SURELY go to first lol!

        Anywho, if you are still interested to, feel free to check it out my blog here 😉

        https://projectbiy.com/category/blog/

        Your friend,
        Benjamin

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  3. Hey friends! My name is Benjamin and I created a blog for a community called “Project Believe In Yourself”- a community where positive people can gather to help each other out and share our lives and experiences together to inspire and motivate each other in moving towards a better life!

    Please check my site out and let me know what you think of it. In return, I WILL review your site for you. If I’m busy when you respond, I will review it the next time I’m available so don’t fret- You WILL get a review for your site if you review mine for me. It’s a promise!

    Thanks for reading and cheers for awesome community spirit 😉

    Benjamin

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    1. Hi Benjamin. I read your latest post. I even went to You Tube and listened to the song so I could familiarize myself with it.

      I wonder…can you put Kansas directly on your blog??? There’s a clear message on there. Yes…I probably will hear the guitar for the rest of the day.

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      1. Thanks for checking in Jen 😉

        Haha perhaps I’ll put a link to it later on somehow so everyone can listen to them via online stream. Spread the love and awesome!

        Your pal,
        Benjamin

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    1. Yo yo yo Dope Life! I’m loving your blog. I notice your site visitors do as well. When you get lots of replies, that suggests to me that you’re “sparking” interest. Visitors want to think. You are giving them the opportunity to shine some light on their lives, and since finding “happiness” seems to be huge right now, hooray for Dope Life!

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    1. Oops! I’m getting an “Insecure Connection” error message. I dare not open your page in my browser. I don’t know what the problem is, but I hope you’re able to cure or reroute. It’s Wednesday morning 4/27.

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      1. Is there some way for you to go into your blog’s dashboard, and do a look-see? I don’t want to worry you, but it may cost valuable site visitors, likes, and comments. Just a mention. I’d love to visit, but won’t open my browser to chaos. Highest and Best!

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    2. For future reference — there’s no need to add a link to your site, since your name at the top of the comment links to it. It’s the link in your comment that makes people receive that warning — clicking on your name takes them there without a hitch. Thanks!

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  4. its always comforting to be surrounded by like minded people (here in terms of blogging practices, climbing up the ladder and achievements). Thanks to the Community Pool for providing the information and bringing everyone together. After all, we are all social animals….

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    1. Hiya Hannah…I enjoyed visiting your blog today, and noticed you’ve been blogging for a while. I only interacted with two of your posts, and then set out to read your About page. Did I overlook it? It’s typically the page site visitors flock to; at least they do on my blog. Would love to read up on more About Hannah. Just a mention!

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      1. Jen!! Thanks so much for your lovely feedback on my blog. You’re too sweet 🙂 I am in the works on that About Page. It’s under construction, but I’ll let you know when it’s up, if you want. Again, thank you for your kindness and I will definitely be reading your blog when I have a free moment! 🙂

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    1. Your latest post is open, honest, and inspirational to read. I’m sure your site visitors will appreciate knowing that we all have struggles. They may also wish to borrow your trainer. What a motivational person!!!

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    1. Hi Lisa,
      I have read through your blog – well started to and I like that you are so honest about the emotions are you feeling with regards to losing your father. I think it’s amazing that you feel able to share this with the world and as a fellow member of the “dead father” club – it felt comforting to know that I wasn’t the only one feeling a range of emotions at that time.

      Well done, keep going.

      Free feel to check mine out and suggestions are welcome xx

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    1. I don’t think your blog is too busy as there’s a lot of white space and it’s very clean. However, I do suggest using a different theme that can showcase your photos as a more central point. Your photos themselves are gorgeous!

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  5. I wanted to share this post with a piece of my poetry. There is a bit of silly, awkward humour in it and it’s Monday. Monday needs laughs to make it less heavy. I hope you enjoy it. I look forward to going to the comments below and visiting your blogs. Everyone coming by will get a visit and a read. I always make new friends from this feature on WP. Yay Spring weather, yay WordPress, yay Poetry! (Imagine pom-poms here)

    https://geletilari.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/how-to-save-the-world/

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  6. Greetings and salutations to all.
    I’ve been writing for years, but am new to “blogging.” I enjoy having a forum to express my thoughts and I am loving all of the knowledge and creativity I am finding in other people’s works.
    My interests include spiritual living, recovery and addiction/alcoholism.
    Looking forward to swimming in the community pool…

    Sean

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    1. very nice blog, looks clean and neat. the writing is easy to follow and the posts well written. would love to see your about me page completed so we know a little bit about who you are. it’s also a great place to tell the purpose of the blog. Keep writing!

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      1. Thanks Suze!
        I will find a few coveted moments to sneak away from the drudgery of real life and work to complete it…I enjoy browsing all the posts much more than I like to work, hahaha…if only blogging paid the bills…

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  7. Hi everyone. I’d like to share my blog here for all who would like to visit. It is a technology-driven blog, focusing on the Bootstrap CSS Framework for web development. It was originally created for a class, but I began to really enjoy it and want to keep it going. Here’s the link if you are interested. Any feedback is welcomed, as I am still pretty new to WordPress.

    https://bootstrapblogr.wordpress.com/

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    1. i read the blog and it seems interesting. I haven’t a clue what you are talking about though. Don’t worry, though, as anyone with a brain that remains functioning will more than likely understand all that computer stuff. I am lucky in that after seven years i now know where the on button is on my box thingy. lol

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