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    1. I love your layout! And I think, if you have a presence online. For example checking other people’s blog out and commenting and making your presence known will get more people to your blog!

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    1. not to be too teacher-y, but lifes should have an apostrophe–life’s a bbq, since it is short for life is. I also felt lost about what what the main point of your blog versus ads. I like the idea, but there seemed to be less content and more noise/ads than on many.

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    1. does your blog have a main theme or organizational idea? or is it personal writing on lots of topics? One comment is that you may want to take time to proofread, as someone like me may get distracted by little errors. another thing I thought is that the title is hard to parse without spaces in between the words, so I ended up focusing on isn’t ass weet at first. I found the breadth of topics really interesting, and was quite touched by the personal note about the death of a friend and the cross on the side of the road.

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    1. Hi. I was interested in your pages as I work as an employed educational consultant. I wondered if you could add something about the impact on children the new learning would typically support as a result of adults attending the sessions? Hope that makes sense!

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      1. Yes – that could help someone tune into why they need your service more easily! It might also help support bids for budgets to buy you in, if there needs to be justification e.g. to a headteacher or governing body.

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    2. Hi – I thought your blog looked helpful and knowledgeable.

      There’s language that we wouldn’t use on this side of the Atlantic – words such as ‘lazy’ which are considered a bit pejorative when you’re talking about a child. But if they’re in use in California, then that’s your world and your language.

      One sentence that I’d probably smooth out and simplify, if it were mine, is the one on your home page that ends: ‘and ever wondered with whom you should use each and why, this is for you.’

      I was very struck by the expression of pure kindness, encouragement and interest on the face of the woman on the Learning Ally video. She should be cloned and distributed throughout the classrooms of the world!

      Good luck with your blog.

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      1. Lazy is definitely cindidered pejorative, but you would be shocked how msny times people–even parents! Use it about their kids before they understand the learning disability. I’ll try to iron out that sentence. And thank you–the woman on the cover of the learning ally webinar is me! I’m glad i look all those things! Hopefully it will make people want to hire me to train their teachers or talk to their parents!

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      2. Gosh – you really do look wonderfully warm, friendly, hopeful and engaged in that image on the video. Yes, if I had a child who needed help, I’d hire you on the basis of the expression on your face in that video alone. I don’t know if other visitors to your home page will realise that the video shows you. I had assumed it was just a video that you use in your work, rather than you. Maybe I’m just one of your less observant readers!

        Ultimately, we read humanity and kindness in peoples’ faces, don’t we? Faces trump words any day. Please do go out and reach as many children as possible. Good luck with your blog and with your business.

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    1. maybe because I am older and my eyes are getting old, but I found the white letters on black hard to read. I also thought it might be good to have your title across the top, as it took me a while to realize Think About It was the title of your blog. Maybe a title and a tag line.brief intro to the theme of your blog. You may want to include a reference to being Mormon, as many people won’t recognize the references to Moroni and Nepthi, etc.
      🙂

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    1. It would appear that you’re embarking on a project similar to the Garden Gnome that people took all over the world, or the couch that was photographed in all sorts of strange places. Since the pure novelty of that is over, it’s important to have something special about your frog, the character or quality of your photography, the locations you choose, or to have some other element- a story line, amphibian philosophy, commentary on the locations of the photos, or something, to give the blog some interest.

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  1. hello everyone ☺️ I’m a baby blogger, and I was wondering of anyone had tips on how I could improve my site. I want to make it more user friendly but am a little lost. any advice would be amazing! my site is missvictorianichole.com
    thank you!

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  2. Hi, I’m relatively new to blogging and I was wondering if there was an optimal length for a post. I try to stick to a word count of between 500 and a 1000 but maybe I shouldn’t be worried about it. Any advice? Thanks, Sarah

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    1. I think 500 to 1000 is a good goal. Some of your posts look like they are a bit longer than that but I think its fine to have a long post every now and then. I would even encourage a long post occasionally.

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    2. As long as it’s catchy, it doesn’t matter if a post exceeds 1,000 or even 2,000 words. My best friend recently wrote a 2,500 word piece which I read to the last letter. 🙂

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    3. First of all, nice blog. I think link should be determined by the subject. For my own travel posts I generally write between 700 and 1200 words with a generous portion of pictures as well. All depends on how much have to say at the moment

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  3. How does this look? I try to make my post cover the topic completely in about 500 words. Some posts end up being longer but I try to keep it short and to the point.

    http://www.classichistory.net/archives/romantic

    I want to add about 1 post per month for the rest of my life. Its a blog about history. I would love to have some feedback on my last article. It will help me shape future ones. Thanks in advance!

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  4. I’m a newbie blogger at WP. Want to find out if I can have several blogs under different pseudo names and just one account?

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  5. Helppppppppp!!!!! Someone, anyone.. is there anyone out there who can help me???? I wrote a blog of my interpretation on Daily post the painting “Nighthawk”. . As a first time blogger, I’m sending out SOS to anyone who can tell me if I’m doing it “write”.

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    1. It seems like you’re having trouble creating a pingback to the challenge page. What you’ll need to do is copy the challenge URL:
      https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_writing_challenge/oh-the-irony/
      Then, you’ll need to go back to your post, and create a link to that URL. You do that by highlighting whatever text you wish in your post, clicking on the “Link” button in the toolbar, and pasting the URL. That’s it — once you update your post, the link will be activated and will create a pingback on the challenge page (which means you’ll see a link to your own post under the challenge, along with other challenge entries).

      Let me know if any of this doesn’t work for some reason!

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    1. I really liked it, especially all the emotion you conveyed with your words. I would suggest using “and” instead of “&” and also trying to split it up in some sort of stanza because at times it could feel a little overwhelming when it’s line after line with no breaks. There’s also a few punctuation/capitalization errors, but those are easy fixes (:
      Overall it was extremely well written I definitely liked it!

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  6. I recently changed my layout, and wrote a new article 🙂 I would love some feedback on what I can improve on or what’s good..etc 🙂 sobeidacuriel.wordpress.com

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