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  1. Hello bloggers!

    It is my first week of blogging and I would love some honest critique.

    My post is about a personal journey that I am to improve my life through the law of attraction and practicing gratitude.

    The aim is to transform all of my negative energy into positive and to hopefully inspire others to do the same.

    If anyone finds this of interest please have a read or if you know of any blogs surrounding the subject I would love you to share them with me!

    Here’s the link to my blog –

    http://allthingskayleighcake.wordpress.com/

    It’s a little plain, I am still familiarizing myself with this site 🙂 x

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  2. I’m almost certainly the lone wolf to say this but in my experience with community pool, bloggers aren’t at all interested in feedback on their writing. Rather, they just want someone to read their blog and/or bask in amateurish praises and empty platitudes. Silly and sad.

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  3. new post up about the original Wolf-man! Check it out if you like, love, own, despise, or want a dog or if you have ever seen or touched a dog. Looking for feedback and followers. Thanks…………go to thecaninecalmer.wordpress.com

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  4. Grrr. Late to the party again! Anyway, does anyone have feedback on my newest post? Also, feedback on my blog in general would be GREAT. Thanks,
    John

    My blog: umFlight.com

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  5. Hey,I am Wangechi Gitahi from Kenya.I would highly appreciate your feedback on the recently published posts about backpacking Northern Kenya.I would like to know if reading them evoked an emotion to want to also backpack here using the same routes.I would also appreciate any feedback on the blog as a whole in general.Thanks in advance.
    http://wangechigitahi.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/backpacking-northern-kenya/
    http://wangechigitahi.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/loiyangalani/
    http://wangechigitahi.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/baragoi/
    http://wangechigitahi.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/samburu-county/

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    1. I Michael
      I have checked your blog and it looks interesting, as you have been to different places in Finland. I would change either the background picture (not because of the picture which is really nice, the problem os the colour that makes it difficult to read the post) or the colour of the font you use.
      I like you add pictures in every post, and they look great.

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  6. Hey guys, I am super new to blogging and would love any advice you have to give me! My blog is cleaneatingfeelingfabulous.wordpress.com and I intend on putting up a new blog later today! I want to follow likeminded people and share our foodie journeys together! Love love xo

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  7. I’ve been on a rare art streak. This feeling is new to me and I love that I’m able to put simple ideas on paper these past couple of weeks even though I should be busy with school. I hope some of you can check out my blog. I try to write poetry though but I haven’t written in quite some time. Still lacking inspiration on that area. Really really appreciate any feedback! Love always, Cath 😉

    http://lovealwayscath.wordpress.com

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  8. Hello everyone. I updated my blog after kind suggestions by bloggers from the community pool last week. I made an about page only last week. Can someone comment on my ‘about’ page? And also ‘about me’ on my gravatar profile? And feel free to mention any other glitch you notice on my blog.

    I really appreciate you taking your time to visit my blog. Thank you! 🙂

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    1. Minhaz, your poetry is gorgeous and I loved your about me section. I, too, wanted to thank you for sharing your poetry with the world. It is not easy to open one’s heart in this way! One quick thing that I noticed in your about me section—you said, “what our thoughts are…” and I think “what are our thoughts…” would be a bit better? Thank you again for sharing! Cheers!

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      1. We all do it! Truly your poetry reminded me of why I love to write. Words are beautiful and you use them well. Will you check out my blog? I feel as though it is missing something in general and I’m not quite sure what! Having read yours, I fully trust your judgement 🙂 http:throughleavesoverbridges.wordpress.com

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      2. India, this is a truly beautiful blog. It is neat and looks lovely.
        I find your poetry utterly stunning. Your thoughts are mature and you present them in a vivid flow of words. And yes, it is neat. That is one of the many best things in your writing.
        About page of your blog is smart. Instead of telling about yourself, you speak about what you believe in. “Our beliefs define us the best.” And you tell that without using words. You just prove it.
        Now, let me be honest dear. I am not very experienced in the universe of blogging. You most certainly overrate me.:-) No, complains though;-)
        Otherwise, I am looking forward to enjoy reading your art.
        Thank you for sharing, India. Keep writing.
        Have a nice day.

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      3. I’m stunned. What a kind response! Thank you! You’ve made my day as well! I look forward to following your blog and learning from you as well. I love the simple beauty in your poetry. I wouldn’t dream of thinking I overrate you 🙂 we are two dreamers aligned in our way! Here’s to never letting poetry and a love for written words die!

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      4. 🙂
        I just noticed after I replied to you, that you don’t have a display image for your blog. That image is important because it shows as thumbnail when someone bookmarks your site.
        Also, you can link your social media and other sites with your blog.
        These things don’t matter much, but thought to mention them to you if you might have missed them.

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  9. Hey everyone! I’m a relatively new blog, and would totally appreciate any feedback about anything, from writing style to the topics to the blog format! Please keep in mind that I am currently using the free WordPress themes and what not and don’t have too much intention to upgrade to any paid features (for a little while, anyways)

    My URL is: http://thirdwheelingaroundtheworld.wordpress.com/

    Thanks in advance! I look forward to all your feedback 🙂

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    1. Hi Shelby. My first suggestion would be to add some imagery to your posts-pictures, graphics & the like. You also might want to add a photo of yourself in your about page (if you feel comfortable with it) as readers like to have an idea of whom they’re reading. Just a thought

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  10. New to this Blogging world, any help on tips on how to use it will be very helpful! I decided to take this step as I absolutely love writing! AND I recently finished school, and the thought of not going back is driving me insane! I want to keep my writing skills alive and improved! SO, again, any help and tips will be much appreciated! 🙂

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  11. Hey Bloggers!.. Im like super new as in this is my first 72 hours of having a blog. I put up 3 posts so far about 3 of my fav restaurants. Sort of like a food critic concept. Would love if anyone has the time to choose one of the 3 food recommendations and let me know if it holds your attention? Or is it too wordy?

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    1. I agree with RosieRose, I absolutely adore the layout. They are definitely not too wordy, in fact a little more description of the places, the ambiance, what the dishes taste like might be good. In general I thought they were fun and well written and definitely made me hungry! 🙂

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    1. I like the look. I think it’s clean and pretty, it reminds me of spring for some reason :p The only thing I found is that I have a harder time reading things when they’re all centered, just because it’s not the normal structure. However I think having it centered is a good choice for the look of your blog, so in the long run I think it might be better and it’s probably only a personal hangup anyway.

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    1. I think you are using it well as an outlet, and a good one to boot. I like your poetry. My only thought on you ‘thought’ blogs was that I would like a little more. I have a tendency to run long (as you can tell) but I felt yours was a little short, I wanted to read more on your destiny blog that wasn’t there. Good nonetheless though. Also I like the look you chose. 🙂

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      1. You’re completely right about that. I kind of fell short because it was that kind of day where words just escape you. But I will add more! And id love your take on that post as well. As in what do you believe.

        And thank you! 🙂

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    2. I’m liking what you have so far 🙂 Followed~
      What I think you should add is an about me page, though. I know it’s tough to describe yourself, but try your best.

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      1. I just followed you right back. Even though you just your piece on Robin Williams in depression said the worlds that I have in my head but just couldn’t articulate as someone who suffers from depression. I look forward to reading more of your blogs post.

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      2. Thank you Felecia, for your kind comments. I’m enjoying your blog, and your optimism. Thanks for sharing your journey. Everybody should try what you’re doing, I mean that sincerely, maybe the world would be a happier place. Cheers!

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