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    1. If I could describe your blog in one word it would be: wow. Your energy is displayed through your writing and I believe that is very, very important and you have accomplished something that I have yet to accomplish: a nice flow when it comes to writing.

      Also, I love the variety of the subjects on your blog, your determination, your strength, everything about it is appealing to me. That you have the courage to write about such a sensitive subject.

      I really wish you the best & I would love to read more of your posts because you are really inspiring ♥

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      1. Hello Fellow Readers,

        I recently took to blogging here a month back and started sharing my experiences in the workplace. I think you might like to have a peek at it and share if you had any such situations or similar thoughts (dissimilar too :))
        These are all circled around my Ex-Team’s Story from different organizations.

        Word Press : http://justbeingsid.wordpress.com/

        http://justbeingsid.wordpress.com/

        Your views could help me write better.
        Kind Regards,
        Sid

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  1. I am working on an insurance blog geared toward answering frequently asked questions about insurance policies, avoiding claims, and what to expect during things like audits or accidents. My goal is to make the articles informative without bogging the reader down with industry jargon.

    I would love any feedback you can give on making the content more engaging, the use of humor in business blogs, or general things with the way I have formatted or displayed the content that would make it more reader-friendly.

    http://www.talbertservices.wordpress.com

    Thanks in advance for any help you can give!

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  2. Hello Fellow Readers,

    I recently took to blogging here a month back and started sharing my experiences in Human Resources, through posts. I think you might like to have a peek at it and share if you had any such situations or similar thoughts (dissimilar too :))

    This one is about my Ex-Team’s Story on .

    LinkedIn Link : https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140821213946-22803257-empathy-in-the-workplace?trk=mp-reader-card

    WordPress Link : http://justbeingsid.wordpress.com/

    Cheers !
    Happy Reading
    Sid

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  3. Hello, simple question from a newbie. When making most you keep adding to that post? Not sure how that works. I have noticed a few which made you do a lot scrolling up and down? Or a certain amount and just add another post/page to link the continue post and such. Things I have to grasp before I delve into anything. Keeping mine in draft till put all the pieces together. Thanks

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    1. I’m not sure this answers your question, but you can add to or change posts at any time, both before and after publishing. Once the post is published, you can still modify whatever you wish — just don’t forget to click the “Update” button.

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  4. Goodness me! I guess it’s too late for me to get mine looked at. 😦 Just updated my first ever yesterday. Obviously still very new… can use whatever help I can get!

    I don’t even know how to allow users to comment without having to sign in, which is something I read is a bad idea. Seems to make sense… but how to do it!

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    1. Hi flipingstones —
      First, you’re not late — the Community Pool is a weeklong event, with a new one posted every Tuesday.
      Second, commenters have to sign in to comment by default, so you don’t have to worry about that.

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  5. i’ve started my blog ‘morethanjustmothers’ today and im completely new to this blogging thing but am finding it fun! will defo be asking for help with it soon cos I really am learning as I go!

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    1. Hi Dee, just read your blog and think your first post was really well written, very natural and made me want to read more! I appreciate this is all very new and only started today, but you might want to think about adding a header image to the blog to make it more visually appealing. I look forward to reading more!

      Would be great if you have any feedback for my blog, we’re blogging along similar lines so we have things in common!

      I will definitely be following your new blog and look forward to hearing more of your thoughts!

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  6. Dear Readers,

    I recently took to blogging here a month back and started sharing my experiences in the workplace. These are all circled around my Ex-Team’s various-stories from different organizations.

    Word Press : http://justbeingsid.wordpress.com/

    Could not hyperlink it. Please could you visit the page otherwise.

    Your views could help me write better.
    Kind Regards,
    Sid

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  7. Evening bloggers! New post on my blog about the bravery in acknowledging issues that occur in front of us. “So many in the US and wider world feel like Michael Brown could’ve been them or their child. It’s a real issue that isn’t often discussed beyond a few casual, ground level comments.” Would love some feedback please. If you want to hear more of the advice, hope and truth follow basicresilience.com

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  8. Hi. So I just started a blog, and I know it’s not very good yet, but I was wondering if I could get some tips from more experienced people. You don’t even have to read any of my posts, I’d just like some pointers for someone who’s just starting out.

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    1. That’s an interesting theme (style) for your page. It’s very quick to load (a plus – readers won’t like waiting) and clean. Perhaps if you moved the content to one side or the other, and add a few widgets for things you care about? Take a look at my blog and you’ll see what I mean.

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  9. I’m not sure if this is a question or a bug report. When I go to the “Reader” page for blogs I’m following, and want to comment on any of them, when I click on “Comment” the comment box pop-up works fine. But when I click in the box to put my cursor there, the comment box partially collapses on itself, and when I start typing it completely disappears.

    I’m using a Win7 Pro computer on a 64-bit architecture, using Firefox as a browser. Any ideas what’s up?

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    1. Hi Priya, I read your article, and you have good content and style, but the font is very small, that I found reading difficult. My vision is 20/20, so it would be even harder for someone whose eyes weren’t so good.

      Your personal art makes me smile.

      Your posts in themselves are attractive with the images you include, but the background is very white. Perhaps a little background color or another theme to add some warmth?

      Namaste. 🙂

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  10. hello fellow bloggers! I’d love some feedback on my most recent posts and the site in general, if you wouldn’t mind checking it out i’ve got short stories, poetry and meditations! http://lifeonablankpage.wordpress.com
    thanks! I’d also love to see your blog so feel free to reply with your sites address!

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    1. Took a look at your blog. I’d recommend fleshing out your about page, particularly regarding the objective of your blog as well as a little something you feel comfortable sharing about yourself

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    1. I like your writing style. It’s descriptive and refreshing! Two things however: are these supposed to be short stories or are these personal posts? Either way, they’re well done. The second thing is watch how big your paragraphs are. I’m a skimmer when it comes to reading things on my laptop or phone. I would try to make them smaller so that people who skim like me will be able to retain more of the content.
      I look forward to seeing more of your posts!
      -Shelby (http://thirdwheelingaroundtheworld.wordpress.com/) #shamelessselfpromotion

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