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    1. We do take a lot of what we have in our lives for granted, and as much as we want to help others, sometimes it just might be enough to help one other, if not as many as we can.
      And thank you for that word, Glossophobia. There are apparently more people who are afraid of public speaking than they are afraid of death.

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      1. I actually almost added that on my thesis – there are more people afraid of public speaking than there are of death – but I didn’t have enough material to prove it.
        Unfortunately, in today’s world, we don’t have time for our own family, let alone one other.
        Thank you for reading and the comment 🙂

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    2. You have such a strong spirit and voice. You vocalise your thoughts very clearly and with maturity. I enjoyed reading what you wrote but I do concur with @lilypup that you had several themes happening at once in that post which could be offshoots of their own 🙂 I look forward to reading more from you.

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    3. i really enjoyed your blog! I find it to be very open and relate-able. I’m sorry i don’t have any more constructive criticism i’m a newbie blogger, i only just started my own blog this week. 🙂

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    4. Hi LoudThoughtsVoicedOut! I loved your blog. It was so inspirational. One thing I would improve, and I am working on this myself, is perhaps maybe putting in more images in the text? I, too, have a-lot to say when I make a post, and I know it deters viewers to see a chunk of text. So I try to space it out, but I think one thing I need to do differently is add pictures! Not necessarily of myself, just funny or related/relatable (two totally different things, I know) pictures. But then again, I am pretty new. Just a thought! Congrats on one whole year! 🙂

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      1. Hey,
        Thank you so much 😀 I keep hearing that and I try to add pictures but some times, I just can’t seem to add pictures with certain topics because they either don’t go well or I can’t seem to find something that makes sense for the topic. I don’t know if that makes sense.. :/ I will keep looking for topics and pictures that go hand in hand.. 🙂 Thank you 😀

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      2. I totally know how you feel. Googling pictures on hearing or ears or hearing aids (because my blog is about hearing loss) always yields some…interesting results to say the least haha! I would appreciate any feedback you have to offer on my blog as well! 🙂

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    5. Hi there. I am new to blogging and today is the first day in this community of bloggers. I have visited your blog, and it is well written, but I think I recognize something in you that I have….. its called the “chattering monkey”. The thoughts in our heads that are so loud, and so constant that they need to be expressed. I encourage you to continue writing and making your voice heard. You say you as one person cant change anything, I disagree. I am one person and the sole intention of my post is to voice what I see, what I hear, what I know, in a way to help create awareness with people, so we can effectively start minimizing the crime that we live with on a daily basis.

      In closing, your voice is as loud as mine. Put them together and now we have two voices. Add another then we have three. Soon, we have a choir of voices. And it all started with just that one voice.

      Wishing you strength and best luck.

      Ghost

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    6. The post was easy to read and conversational. The writing good too! Keep it up! I agree with @earplug8 that some images may help with the reading experience. But I don’t bother with images either.
      Let me know if you have thoughts on my writing as well! Thanks 🙂

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      1. Thank you so much 😀 I will go through your blog right now 🙂 I keep trying to add pictures but then they just don’t work well with the topics.. I will remind myself and try and add some 🙂 Thanks for the comment 🙂

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      1. You love it when people hate you? That’s fun!

        Well, I love it when the few readers I have on my blog have fun and though I like a bit controversy here and there to spice things up, I’d hate anyone to feel uncomfortable or disturbed by what I’ve written. That wouldn’t meet my blogging goal 😉

        Thank you very much for you opinion though, it’s great to see liberal, non-mainstream views… Happy blogging to you!

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      2. I think it’s important to be open to opposing views too. I like it when people challenge my thoughts or writing. I guess it depends on what you are blogging for. If it’s recognition and finding support then no, having too many dissenting views is bad for morale. But if it’s to discover something or to work out a thought theory, then having the other side of the story helps critical thinking!
        Mara your blog is very cool. I like all the photos between the writing – I don’t think you are a bad photographer, contrary to your about page!

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    1. Like your content. Think it’s very interesting! I honesty don’t care if it’s controversial. If people have anything against your posts, they can give a respectful detailed comment as to why.

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      1. I just started my own blog and I discuss many things but I want to know what you think about it. If you do like or think it has potential to be good, then please follow! I’m trying to get my name out.
        whatiliketodobysteve.wordpress.com

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      2. I was about to check out your blog in return 🙂 I browsed through a few posts and I’m loving it — seriously; it looks like you’re a fun blogger, which is actually what I prefer. I’ll need to keep an eye on you!

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      1. I’m sorry if my post hurt you — by laughing too much! Thank you so much for your comment, that’s precisely what I wanted — for people to have fun when reading. And I was worried that I was maybe trying too hard and perhaps offended some more sensitive readers… Great to hear it’s not you! Happy blogging to you 😉

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      1. Awe, thank you! Yep, differences are the spice of life — and of blogging — but I prefer to stay more or less safe and not to break the internet, as the saying goes 😉 I like a bit controversy, but at the same time I don’t want too much of it. I aim at people having fun not at us arguing about serious topics, there’s too much seriousness in life already anyway. Thank you again for you opinion, it’s much appreciated! ❤

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    2. I think your post is perfect! Witty and interesting and intriguing to make me want to read more about your awesome shopping trips!

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    3. Hi Mara! Honestly, let’s get real here. Does it matter if you crossed the line? It is YOUR blog. YOUR little corner of the internet. Say what you want! I found your blog humorous and well-written. I believe that you have your (and everyone else’s) best interests at heart when you wrote this, so the rest doesn’t matter so much. Besides, straight laced is boring! You do you, Mara, you do you.

      Please feel free to check out my blog! You can access it here: http://earplug8.wordpress.com/

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      1. Hi there and thanks so much for your encouraging comment! You are right in that of course one is free to write whatever one feels fit, but at the same time, I don’t want to disrespect or discourage the few lovely readers that I have. But I also agree that too straight-laced is boring! On another note, I checked out your blog and I love the cause behind it. It made me think of my grandfather who is very hard of hearing but who refuses hearing aids. The result is we can’t really talk because I have a particularly tiny voice and he can’t hear me. I hate it 😦

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    4. I liked your bold opinions and I like your “whatever” personality in it. The controversy makes it interesting! Just be careful to not be too scatter brained when writing because although everything you said was fine, some of the thoughts could have me rearranged to be closer together for a bit more cohesive flow. Overall though, I love your style!

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      1. Thank you so much for your response, it’s extremely helpful to get other people’s thoughts and opinions! Yes, your critique is relevant, sometimes I tend to be all over the place where I should attempt more coherency. I’m learning as I’m going… Thanks again for stopping by and happy blogging!

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  1. Hi Guys! I just started a blog and I have some content in there. I will try to get more soon. I would like feedback from you. If you do like the blog or think it has potential to be interesting (which I think highly!) please follow! I’m trying to get my name out there. whatiliketodobysteve.wordpress.com In return of feedback and maybe even following me, I will give you feedback and maybe follow your blog!

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      1. Hi thanks for your comments. I always try to stay true to myself in my writing style for I’m a very honest writer. I like your setup for you blog as well.

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    1. Great blog! I would suggest some pictures. The video was a great touch but pictures of those truffles may just grab a reader or two!

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    2. I like your blog a lot. It’s very authentic and funny. The background seems a little overwhelming compared to what you’ve written. I think I would like your words to be larger, but maybe that’s ’cause I am so OLD! Keep writing. You’re off to great start!

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    1. I checked out your blog and left a comment on your recent post. I like your content. Your tag line is a little long – might go better on your about page, but if you like it that way, it’s your blog. 🙂

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      1. Thanks for the feedback. 🙂

        “One of the things I love about God is that He always lets at least one person in on what He is going to do. Sometimes it is hundreds of years before He does it, sometimes it is immediately before, but He always tells someone.” I like that. Your blog is simple, but I like it. There’s not a lot of other stuff going on to distract the reader from what you’ve written. 🙂 Keep blogging. 😀

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    2. I really love the changes. It looks much lighter and I think it’s a better match with your content. It’s also easier to read, for some reason. Great content, as always!

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      1. Thanks! I like how this theme has a wider space for the text. The other one had a skinnier space and then wasted space on the right. 🙂 Anyway, thanks again for the feedback. 😀

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    1. I thought your blog is very well-written and displayed. Easy to get around and I really like your theme. Your message comes out and I can understand your life.
      Keep on writing!

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    2. Your courage and candidness is perhaps the most strikingly wonderful aspect of this blog. LOVE it. Thank you (in case anyone hasn’t thanked you already) for sharing your life with us. LOVE your theme and layout, it was really beautiful. Your blog has a quiet beauty and strength about it, and I feel your personality really shines through. Keep it up!

      I would love for you to check out my blog! I share quite a bit about the hardships I have overcome as well, but with an optimistic outlook. You can access it here: http://earplug8.wordpress.com/

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    1. I loved your poem and how it led to a reflection on a special day. I also appreciate your thoughts about gratitude. Your blog has a theme that makes it easy to read and looks attractive. I like your photo on the “front” page. It makes your blog a bit like a personal conversation. Nicely done.

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    2. I agree with Mara Eastern. I also like your blurb about yourself at the homepage. Your post about Letter Writing is inspirational too – what a great idea to write letters to those you are grateful for!

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    1. Really like your blog. I am actually a follower of your blog now. I have my own blog if you want to check it out. I just started but I do talk about my music as well.
      whatiliketodobysteve.wordpress.com

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    2. You’ve made a great start to your blog, and I really really like the theme you’ve picked (I’ve been eyeing up switching to it myself). Keep up the great work 🙂

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    1. I found your blog to be wonderful. You have a similar theme to mine, I think (what do I know, I am officially like three hours old on wordpress). I loved the content too. It is very candid and open, and I really respect that. Keep it up! I look forward to the next post.

      Feel free to check out my blog over at http://earplug8.wordpress.com/. I would appreciate any advice or comment you may have!

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      1. You have a lovely blog too! It’s wonderful of you to share your experiences from your unique perspective. And you are right about those hearing devices. And hearing in general. What is the point of it if not for blasting music!
        Keep writing!

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    2. Wow. That’s very well written and interesting. I like the way you blend your opinions with the research you presented. It seems like you put a lot of time and care into the post. Can you do that frequently? It would have taken me a while to do that!

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      1. I am doing the National Blog Posting challenge this month so, since I have to post everyday, the content isn’t always good. But topics such as these are what I’m generally interested in and this one in particular had been simmering in my mind for quite some time. The writing on this one actually didn’t take long. I had many more ideas on this but, there are limits to the attention span of blog readers!
        Thank you for reading! If you like content like this, then I have many such in my writing, blogging and Psychology categories. I’ve also written on writing and depression before.

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    1. Hello Mr. Tom, I think this works and is fun and different from the usual descriptions. Perhaps you could do a series of “New” places in the U.S. compared to their British counterparts. How do New Hampshire’s lakes compare to England’s famous Lake District?

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  2. For a few weeks/months now I have experienced problems uploading a new header image. I upload it, I crop it, but then only a blank field appears in the row of images. I delete it, try again, try with another image, but it ain’t work.
    That’s sad because I really love to have different rotating header images.

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    1. The way your blog looks is absolutely awesome. That’s the first thing that got my attention when I clicked to visit your blog. The content looks quite varied and the whole blog looks very professional — in the best possible way. So keep in up!

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    1. First of all, I love the irony of a blog about social media. Hehe.
      Second of all, Google+ needs to be subtracted from existence. That is harsh. I just wanted to make some sort of plus/minus joke 😛 Personally, I have no use for it, and I do not know anyone else that had good use for it. But I love your blog! It’s so fascinating to examine social media with a critical eye.

      If you could check out my blog over at http://earplug8.wordpress.com/ I would be so grateful! Any comments/advice is MUCH appreciated.

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    1. I really like your blog. I think it has a lot of potential. Maybe, add a bit more color but that’s not a big thing. I really like your title and I think I’l follow you and see more you have to blog about. I actually reviewed Intersteller on my blog. I blog about a lot of different things. I just kind of started but I have enough for you to at.
      Check me out and see what you think.
      whatiliketodobysteve.wordpress.com

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    2. I loved your writing style. I would enjoy more pictures as well (I need to add pictures to my blog) but your content is great! Very enjoyable. Even though there is a lot of text, it flows very nicely. I will be keeping an eye out for the next post! Check out my blog if you so desire! Not gonna lie, it’s sort of a skeleton of what I want it to be, but any comment/advice for direction would be great! http://earplug8.wordpress.com/

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      1. Hi! Thank you again so much for the follow and for the comments! I just checked out your blog and it is so engaging! I am ot sure which post you intended me to read, but I read the one about the “Travails of a Paper.” It was so fascinating and unlike anything I’ve ever read on paper or on a blog. I mean that in a good way! 🙂 Keep it up. I love the variety of content on your blog! I will definitely be back to read your next post!

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  3. I have a post up about law basics for writers. I’ve gotten mixed feedback on my law basics posts in the past and was wondering if you guys could take a look at this one and let me know what you think. http://amiecuscuriae.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/law-basics-for-writers-aka-on-behalf-of-all-lawyers-never-put-these-mistakes-in-your-writing-again/
    1. Does it come off as condescending?
    2. Does the humor come out in my voice?
    3. Is it entertaining and readable? Or too many tangents and too long?
    4. Does it give you information you think you’ll use in your writing?

    Thanks 🙂

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    1. Hi. First, beautiful header picture. No, it does not come off as condescending, though I only made it through point 6, which leads me to question 3: Yes, it is too long. It was entertaining and readable at the start but then it began to bog down.

      Maybe if you shortened some of the items. For example:

      3. Most cases (I don’t know the precise stat but it’s at least 95%) don’t go to trial. Criminal cases get pled out and civil cases settle. It takes years for criminal cases to get to trial. Even just the process of discovery and negotiation takes years. If it does go to trial, appeals can stretch it out even longer.

      Long enough to tell me something helpful, not so long that my head starts spinning.

      I know what you mean about accuracy in movies. My daughter and I make a game of it. Don’t get me started on how two young, single schoolteachers can afford the houses they were living in in a recent Hallmark Christmas movie. There was quite a Facebook chat about that one.

      Bottom line is that in movies, moving the story along prevails. We who watch must suspend belief and employ our hearts over our heads.

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    2. YES! A law blog! I will definitely be back to check on this blog because I am considering being a lawyer/law school, so this blog is right up my alley. Will definitely follow.

      1. No, your blog doesn’t come off as condescending to me. You are, however, voicing your opinion, which is totally acceptable and great.

      2. I did not find the post on the homepage to be humorous, but that doesn’t mean that . . .

      3. . . . it wasn’t entertaining. I enjoyed it a lot! I agree. Law is not realistically portrayed hardly ever in media. C’mon Hollywood. Get it together.

      4. YES, this blog is very useful! I will definitely keep your tips in mind.

      I would appreciate if you could check out my blog over at http://earplug8.wordpress.com/. I am brand new, so I need any and all types of advice! Thanks!

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      1. Well, I will gladly offer any advice you need on life going into law school. First thing, if you’re going to do it, go soon because numbers are way down so your odds of getting a job have gone up 🙂 Checked out your blog. I love the first post on the fire alarm and I feel the same way about the damn things.

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      2. Thank you! I will definitely take you up on that offer. Sounds good — I am a sophomore in college now so I will go as fast as I can!

        Thanks for the compliment. I had a lot of fun with that post. Not with the fire alarm. But with the post. 🙂

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    1. Living in space… I always wondered if that was a Hollywood fancy or if it was actually feasible. If it was, would anyone actually want to go there? Even if we could accomplish it, I feel it may be an economic black hole. It would be starting all over again. Politics, human nature, anarchy, etc. What laws apply in space? On different planets?

      What about medical issues? What viruses exist in space? Radiation? Medicine?

      It feels so lonely to think that we may be the only of our kind here on Earth, but sometimes I think it is better that way. Living on planets opens a whole can of worms that I don’t think we are ready for. Frankly, can we ever be ready for something like that? I think society needs to be in a pretty desperate position. I feel perhaps we should try it unless we absolutely have to.

      I would appreciate it if you could check out my blog over at http://earplug8.wordpress.com/. I would appreciate any advice/comments!

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      1. I think in terms of the health issue (you pointed to viruses, radiation, etc) It’s why I think we won’t last very long should we move from here to there, but the future generations born there are the ones likely tot thrive and adapt to the environment.
        Cost-wise, it’s going to be a bomb for sure, so it has to be a collaboration. No one country can handle this and then stake a claim following their laws or societal rules. The colony will have to fend for itself in the long run. New rules, new laws, new ways to live. If this is an international endeavour, culture and religion may ultimately take a back-seat within colony living.
        In our own history, human migration brought about the same issues and it wasn’t without its own set of problems.

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      2. I think you are right . . . we need a lot of able and willing minds (and wallets) in order to proceed. Either way, I am interested in seeing how/where it goes in the future. Technology is amazing (my cochlear implant, which I talk about on my blog, is mindblowing) so I think it is a matter of human interest and ability at the end of the day!

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    1. I loved the way you presented this recipe. You ditched cookie cutter recipe writing in favor of style and pizazz. Go you! Will definitely keep an eye out for the next post! P.S. I was in Canada this summer so I enjoyed your Canadian updates!

      Please check out my blog over at http://earplug8.wordpress.com/. I would appreciate any advice/feedback!

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      1. Hi Shayna, thanks for the terrific and specific feedback! Right now the Canada posts are on hold (there’s still two or three more posts to go), because my travel journal is trapped under scaffolding in my room, but they’ll be back. I like your posts too, and have started following you – another friend of mind with cochlear implants has warmed me up to the subject, but sadly she doesn’t post so much right now. Her twitter is @anniebe3 (I dunno why I’m giving it to you, except you mentioned in your about section that you used to not really know people with cochlear implants on the internet)

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      2. Thank you so much! I appreciate the kind words, the follow, and the name . . . I have a twitter so maybe I will go follow her! Oh no! I hope to see the Canada pictures back up again soon. I made a video of my own Canada trip, and I would put it up, only I don’t know how/where it fits in with my blog… I am looking forward to your next post!

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    1. Hello! At first I was very confused, but upon second viewing the purpose has become clearer to me. I think you are fine . . . Blogging is difficult because we only have so much time to capture a person’s interest, and holding it is something else entirely. So, perhaps next time, I would incorporate the ad directly into the post (as opposed to a link) because many viewers are off put by having to navigate away! That’s just my two cents as a brand new WordPress user!

      I would appreciate it if you could check out my blog over at http://earplug8.wordpress.com/ and provide some feedback (anything really) as well!

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      1. Thank you for the feedback. Yes, putting the ad directly in my post would be easier for the reader, but directing the reader to another blogger’s post spreads the love. Plus, I don’t know the copyright status of the ad.

        I checked out your blog. The layout is clean, the writing is engaging and the purpose is a good one. Good job.

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    1. Hi! The pictures turned out great! I loved your text to picture ratio (I aspire to use more pictures). Your writing was also very good and super easy to read, grammatically correct, etc. I look forward to more posts! I would appreciate feedback on my blog as well! Check it out over at http://earplug8.wordpress.com/.

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    1. Great blog name. The layout is good and easy to follow. I like all the pictures in the posts, and the images in the street art section were very cool, especially the wire sculptures. The enlarged versions of the images took a while to load, so you might consider dropping down the file size and see whether or not it makes any difference in the visual impact.

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    1. It’s a good start! However, I would add a couple of widgets in the future. I’ll be interested in what else you have to say. Check out my blog if you will!

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  4. Hey guys,
    I’m an 18 year old girl from Russia who currently lives in England and I have recently started a blog in which I write literally anything that comes to mind! So far I’ve done posts about music and TV show reviews, healthy food haul, fashion trends etc I would really appreciate some feedback, I also really want to follow a variety of blogs to get stuck into the blogging community!
    http://evabukina.wordpress.com
    Thank you!

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      1. Thank you very much! Yeah I agree, still trying to work out how to use wordpress properly though haha. I really liked your blog, I enjoy the whole idea of the polls as it includes the reader and makes it interactive! 🙂

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      2. If you need any help, just ask! Thanks for the feedback and the follow! Yes, I thought the polls are a cool part of my blog. I try to keep my blog interactive.

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    1. Hi Eva,
      I did enjoy your blog, and read it right down to your introduction. I did love the variety of posts, as you mentioned, “literally anything that comes to mind”.
      As your number of posts grow, it might help to add categories

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    1. That’s a cool blog! I love the way the posts are presented, kind of like records. I thought the black and white was catchy, probably because so much of the world is vivid color these days. I like the text that appears when you hover on the link. Where on earth did you get those recordings? It’s a fascinating site and if it weren’t so late, I’d listen to more.

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    2. I’ve never seen someone use this theme before and it works really well with your blog. The “cheating” photo caught my eye and I was pleasantly surprised to revisit Shaggy. I occasionally blog about videos I like too, so it was cool to stumble upon yours!

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  5. Hi everyone!
    Here is a recent blog post of mine about sex education and how it is evolving with new media.
    http://victimtocharm.com/2014/11/15/changing-the-channel/
    One reason I’m asking for feedback is that this month I’ve been participating in both NaBloPoMo and Photography 101. My NaBloPoMo pieces are text-based, although they always include photos, while my Photo 101 pieces are obviously photo-based. I’ve noticed that very few people have been reading the text-based posts I’ve been writing while I get a fair amount of engagement on the photo-based posts.
    Any ideas on how to get readers to find/be more interested in the longer writings?
    Thanks!

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    1. I liked the YouTube post. I’ve noticed that too with my longer posts vs. when I post quick recipes. The recipes always get more views and interaction. I think people want a quick message to consume in a busy day. I have also noticed video and audio posts do pretty well in other platforms. I wonder if you could video or podcast some of your longer content to compliment the written out version?

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      1. Hmm I used to make YouTube videos (both long and short), but that’s not really a medium I’m as interested in anymore. Definitely a good point about wanting quick messages, especially with NaBloPoMo occupying people’s reading/writing time more than in other months. Usually the text-based posts do just fine with readers, but it might be an oversaturation issue this month.

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    2. Personally, I’m an advocate of shorter posts. There’s a lot of great content out there, but not a lot of time. Your post about about the changing landscape of sex education was very well done, and surprised me, but it also felt long. Personally, when I see on my reader that a post is over 700 words, I often pass it over, unless I know that blogger is screamingly funny. It’s just about how much time I’ve got before I have to get back to work.

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      1. To be fair, it was originally written for a magazine, so it is a bit longer than my usual posts which sit at about 400-500 word each. I definitely understand shying away from longer reads due to time.

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