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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?

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  1. I just wrote a 5 paragraph blog post entitled – I Thought My Father Was God – and it disappeared. Literally. Gone. How is that possible? Can someone tell me how I can retrieve it? I have gone back, looked under drafts, nothing. I’m very frustrated!

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    1. I bet you’re frustrated. Can you try to rewrite it before it gets too far away from you — it sounds like a wonderful subject matter. Also — did you check your history? Good luck! Jan

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      1. I found it. Don’t ask me how. I can tell you, I was fit to be tied. Something changed in the formatting, and the text didn’t follow. Ugh. So, the good news is I found and published it, the bad news is the images came through as illegible text, not pictures. So I got to post it, picture-less. Thanks for your support!

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      2. Jan, I just read a blog post of yours about your relationship with your husband and the fact that you lost your parents. I’m divorced, but losing my parents changed my world. Something we can perhaps someday discuss. In fact, my memoir on this topic is in production! Heavy stuff.

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    2. Hi Wendy — I just visited your site and see the post published on your homepage. It seems like things are in order? I hope that’s the case.

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      1. Hi Ben, thanks for responding. This is my third try, I’m not doing well on WordPress today. I did find the post although I know not how. I was unable to insert pictures from my media library however. Any idea why? It showed up as symbols, text and patens.

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      2. Sorry to hear about the issues you’ve encountered with the media library today. I tried to reproduce this on my own test site, but without success — I’ve never encountered a similar situation.

        If this ever happens again, please contact us through the support form at the bottom of this page:
        http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

        If something like this happens again I’d also recommend taking a screenshot of the botched images — it would help us figure out what’s going on.

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  2. Hi, I haven’t tried the ‘pool’ yet, so thought I would jump in now I have just made my first real attempt at putting words to existing music; I’d appreciate feedback; thanks 🙂

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    1. If you were composing your post in the Text Editor (rather than the Visual Editor), adding an image shows just the code — but the image will still show in the preview, and definitely in the published post as well. Switching to Visual Editor will let you see the image itself embedded into the draft.

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    1. Hello!
      I visited your blog and it is interesting to note that you seem to be going somewhere with your first post- something similar to a serialised story – which is a great way to build up your audience! Good luck!
      I find your writing style good. I believe you could make it a lot more effective by making your writing more engaging in terms of clarity and better formation of sentences. You word choice is simple, which makes your writing palpable. I think readers will be a lot more intrigued if you could make your writing, say, a lot more personalised.  Hope this helped. Happy Writing and all the very best!

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    1. Hi – I was struck by a lot of lovely vivid phrases in your writing – “I could have painted the entire globe with money” is one that jumped out at me.

      The more you write, the more the words you don’t need will fall away. Then the words that shine will have room to shine all the more brightly.

      All best wishes with your blog and with your writing.

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  3. Hi there, absolutely brand new to blogging and feeling very put of by absolutely no views! Would love any kind of feedback on anything about my blog, thank you so much – I really really appreciate it!

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  4. @Ben Huberman I just had an observation to make. The “likes” on a post seem to determine its popularity while the same importance is not given to the comments and discussion it generates. Isn’t this anomalous? I got this impression from the “trophy” section which counts and awards trophies based only on the likes.

    Why is it so?

    Its been food for thought for me, so decided to share it….

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