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      1. Hey loved the blog. The quote at the start immediately draws attention and the review has a good mix of story and author. Great blog, maybe add more visuals like the cover of the book to brighten up the page

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      2. Hi Cavan! Long story short, I’m beginning to read, so I’m now following you 😉 Anyway, about the blog; it’s nice and simple, and has a good layout. I think it will serve reviews of books nicely, but as mentioned; an image or maybe two in good quality would do great. Especially concerning the banner of the first review isn’t fitting very well. If you can’t find a better fit, it’s fairly easy to make one of your own (even in MS Paint). 🙂

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      3. Thank you for the feedback. 🙂 I encourage you to keep coming back!

        I think the sidebar works well on Cavan Reads. 🙂 I would suggest adding the widget that lists your top posts and pages, as a way of showing readers what’s most popular on your blog.

        In regards to A Day In The Life, I couldn’t find any posts, but I did see the sidebar and it looked good. I’d add the widget that allows people who aren’t on WordPress to follow you via email. You added that widget on Cavan Reads, and it’s just a way to allow for more followers. 🙂

        I love books (although I’m not a fan of horror), so I’m following. 🙂

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    1. Hi Rach, I thought that your blog was very nicely done and I am now following your page. I like that you have included videos and may decide to do that as well!

      Hi Cavan, I really like the layout for your blog and think that you have provided a lot of great content. I also love to read and will make sure to follow your blog to read your reviews. Keep up the good work!

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      1. Thanks for the feedback, Tabitha! 🙂

        Your blog looks great – I’d only recommend adding the widget that lists your top pages and posts as a way of showing readers what’s most popular on your blog. 🙂

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    2. Hey there – love the blog, especially how personal it is! One suggestion I’d have is to incorporate more personal pictures to build a tighter connection between blogger ad reader.

      Hope that helps! Would love any thoughts you have on mine, too! 🙂

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      1. Hi Jessica,

        Thanks for the feedback! I encourage you to keep coming back!

        I feel like your blog could use a more colorful theme, but that’s just my opinion. If you feel your current theme works for what you’re blogging about, keep it. 🙂 Gotta say, I like your weekly workouts. I may have to adopt some of those workouts. 😛 I’m now following! 🙂

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      1. Thanks. I like to bring to light what’s happening in the Middle East, because a lot of people don’t know about that stuff. The stuff I blog about doesn’t seem to make it to the national media. I encourage you to keep coming back to my blog!

        I would suggest adding the widget that allows other people who aren’t on WordPress to follow you via email, in an effort to allow for more followers. 🙂
        Also, I would make a more detailed About page. (Not that I can say much, mine is a continual work in progress. But if there’s one kind of feedback I keep getting, it’s readers wanting me to create a detailed About page.) Good luck with your blog! God bless!

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    3. Hey Rach, I visited your blog. It was really well organised. My feedback for your blog would be to improve your ABOUT page more effectively. Thanks! You may also visit my blog and give me feedback on it:
      muhammadashhar.wordpress.com

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      1. Hi Muhammad,

        Thank you for vising my blog. My About page is a continual work in progress. I wanted to work on it over Christmas break but somehow never got the time. 🙂 I encourage you to keep coming back to my blog!

        In regards to your blog, I would suggest adding the widget that allows other people who aren’t on WordPress to follow you via email, in an effort to allow for more followers.
        I enjoyed your post about terrorism in Pakistan. I conducted a research paper on terrorism, and I learned that no matter how many terrorist attacks the West has, the Middle East and Asia (and Africa) endure so much more. While this wasn’t a shock, it was a slap in the face that we fear terrorism here in the West, but for those in the East, it’s a rather common event, unfortunately. I like the points you made on eradicating terrorism, especially by installing democracy.
        Following!

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      1. Thanks! I encourage you to keep coming back to my blog! 🙂

        I enjoyed your post about selfies. You made a very good point that taking selfies creates a “cyber alter ego.” It’s very true! I especially liked the pic of the dude taking a selfie with a tornado right behind him. 😛

        I would suggest adding the widget that allows other people who aren’t on WordPress to follow you via email, in an effort to allow for more followers.

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      1. Thanks! I’d like to add a page listing the imprisoned Christians I know about. And thank you for the follow. 🙂

        I enjoyed reading the list of people who were rejected, and then bounced back to do great things! Rather inspiring, isn’t it?

        I would suggest adding the widget that allows other people who aren’t on WordPress to follow you via email, in an effort to allow for more followers. Other than that, you have quite the impressive blog. 🙂 I see how you’ve categorized your posts into various pages.
        Following!

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      1. Great blog! Please write a follow-up to your allergy one and to the divorce one. I’m sorry for your divorce but admire your ability to find light in darkness. I hope your husband can do the same. Keep up the dark humor!

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      2. Thanks for the feedback! I encourage you to keep coming back. 🙂

        I enjoyed your images. 🙂 I feel like your blog could use a more colorful theme, based on what your blog is about. Also, I would suggest exploring some widgets – when used properly, they can really add to a blog. For example, there’s a widget that lists your top posts and pages, one that lists your most recent posts (and another for comments), and another one that allows people who aren’t on WordPress to still follow you via email. 🙂
        If you don’t know how to add widgets, let me know and I’ll tell you. 🙂 Good luck with your blog!

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    4. Hi, Rach! I like your blog. I’m particularly fond of your more thought-provoking posts like “Let’s Go.” Sometimes I wish that there was a few more images to break up some of the longer posts, such as on your “Success” post, but that would be my only thing (and it’s something that I struggle with as well). Good luck, and keep up the good work on your blog! 🙂

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      1. Thank you for the feedback. I’ve been told before that I should include more pictures – I just have to remember to do it. 😉 I’ve also been told people like my thought-provoking posts, but I also want to bring to light the persecution of Christians, because many of us don’t know about these people.
        I encourage you to keep coming back to my blog!

        I very much enjoyed your most recent post under School and How to Get a 4.0 GPA. I’ll have to keep your guidelines for college in mind. 🙂 The only suggestion I have is to add the widget that lists you top posts and pages, in an effort to show readers what’s popular on your blog. Other than that, you have quite the impressive blog!
        Following!

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      2. You’re right, I didn’t know about some of the people that you mentioned. Maybe your blog will help bring to light how many there are and hopefully it will help many of those people to get released from those prisons. I will definitely come back to your blog. 🙂

        Thank you! Ah, the widget! That’s perfect! I totally forgot that they had a widget for that. I’ll definitely add it. Thank you!

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    1. Oh, a nice theme! And a lovely dump you have there… I was wondering though if you might not want to try a photography theme that would show your beautiful pictures larger and more prominent…? I like your theme but I feel it might not do your photos justice.

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    2. you have lovely pictures Joe! The theme is really nice and minimal. I’d have one suggestion. Photo galleries are nice, I use them too, but some images are just so good that it would be nice for them to be stand alone. Also if I were you I’d pick a theme for each photo dump so as to be more cohesive (e.g. flowers, park and so on).

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      1. Well it would be more SEO friendly to have a title other than Photo Dump. Oh and I didn’t mean to have only one photo posts, I meant that you can place some photos on your posts one under the other rather than in a gallery (which makes up the collage)

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    3. Hi Joe, Nice blog. I like the design for your niche. I want to say that it took a while to load your site – could be because of pictures. Just wanted to let you know so you may look at improving it. Good luck. ‘
      I would ask you to come take a look at my site and follow it it resonates with you – theleadit.wordpress.com

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    4. “A picture speaks a thousand words”. I am surprised no one said this in the comments yet. Your pictures tell a story and are beautiful to look at, so I subscribed. I do think however that putting them up in the way you do, all fused together in a large block, does take away a little from the impact they would have if they were individually framed. I personally would also like a bit more information about each picture, what was the thought you had when you took it, in other words what was it that inspired you to push the camera button at that moment, and where in the world it was taken. A few words or short sentence can do the trick. This can help shift the viewers focus from their personal perception to a wider one that takes them on a bit more of a journey and add a “thousand” more. Maybe post less more often?

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    5. I like your blog. You, sir, just earned yourself a follower! 🙂 I do kind of wish that you put more stuff about you, yourself on your “About” page, but that’s my only critique.

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    1. Hi Suzie,
      I really liked reading your blog post. There were some great tips and I always find blog posts more engaging when they are written in bullet points (maybe because I have a short attention span). I wrote a similar blog post related to dealing with the end of the summer holidays. It would be great if you had the time to check it out. 🙂

      https://infinitedaydreamer.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/summer-is-over-my-tips-for-getting-back-to-reality/

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      1. Thank you for the feedback and overall lovely comment. I hope your blogging experience will be just as fun and worthwhile 🙂

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      2. Hi Suzie!
        I thought your blog was amazing! It was quite similar to the blog i started only a few days ago.
        According to me being happy is the fundamental functioning unit for us humans. Your little tips on how to beat the January blues are no doubt going to help me! 🙂
        I would really appreciate your feedback on my blog, as i am still a bit nervous about it. Thanks 😀
        http://www.comeoutpositive.wordpress.com

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      3. Hi Melis! I’ve just recently started a blog and I came across yours… I really love the look of it and I really enjoyed reading the posts I saw. Congrats on the award, you really deserved it!!

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      4. Hi, it’s really encouraging to receive such positive feedback. I’ve just looked at your blog and I really like the layout and topics you are going to blog about. I look forward to reading your future blog posts 🙂

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    2. I like what you wrote. Christmas time was a time when my older children came 1200 miles home and spent a week. I miss them now and it would be easy to cry about it. I love Christian music and have never taken then time to create a playlist. I need to learn how to do this first. 🙂 Thanks for the great ideas!

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    3. hey suzie,i really liked your article and will be looking forward for more.Infact I also wrote something similar on jan1 of this year. check it out and give your feedbackhttps://randombuddy.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/building-good-habits-is-it-the-most-difficult-thing/

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    1. I reposted yours on my facebook page. That was good! The angry face made me laugh. Made me think of Mrs. Potato telling Mr. Potato on Toy Story not to forget his angry face. It’s only funny when it’s not directed my way.

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    1. Hi Lily,

      I enjoyed reading your Origins post and you write very well, so don’t beat your self up too much in that respect! You talk a lot of sense and blogging has helped me untie some knots in my own life, and this is coming from someone who probably isn’t your typical reader, a 32 year old man!

      Aidan

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    2. Thanks for sharing this. As a former sufferer of depression, I know how much guts it takes to put yourself out there. Your origin story resonates with more people than you think

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    1. I like the concept of your blog. I have a few suggestions– I kind of like the drawings of you ladies, but I think it would make the blog more personable if you posted actual pictures. Even pictures of your writing process could help readers connect better. I like how you talk out your struggle on your blog and identify the issue. It allows for other readers to avoid the same mistakes and also helps you through the process. Good luck with the novel!

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    1. Hi Aaron,
      I like that you touch such a serious issue in your latest post – as travel bloggers, we always tend to be a bit on the lighthearted side and I know it is challenging to treat political topics in the framework of a travel blog. I think you did that very well!
      For your blog in general, I think there are some choices in design that people may have differing opinions on – having the main content all on the left and “wasting” so much space for the orange bar on the right is one of them – but I know that orange fits your blog title and should be part of your design. I would probably have tried to center the main body in front of the orange background.
      I am not sure if I understand the message of the header image on your blog (the one with the beach) – it looks more like from a catalog for beach holidays and I am not sure if this is really the best fit for your content.
      But again, very well done on the post today!

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      1. Hey! Thanks for the feedback. I changed my theme to fix some of the concerns you had because I had some of the same worries about my original theme as well. Let me know what you think of the update if you have the time!

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    2. Hey Aaron, is it just one person or a community of “orange travelers”? I wish there was a picture of the actual traveler. If you want to stay anon, you could put up a picture of you wearing something orange but not showing your face.

      Your theme matches well with the title of your blog, but it would be cool to see more pictures of all the places you’ve visited. Maybe think about changing to layout to be more picture-based? Hope this helps!

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    3. I liked your post. It takes a deft hand to combine your politics with something so seemingly light-hearted as a travel blog. In reality, I think our travel experiences tell us a lot about who we are in the world as well as how we view it. I’ve got a couple of longish travelogues up on my site too- one on Japan, another on India. Cheers.

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  1. Hi! Because I’ve been totally lacking ideas and inspiration, plus feedback lately. Any constructive comment will be much appreciated:
    thehighheeledpapergirl.wordpress.com
    Thanks!

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    1. I like your vibe and positivity which is much needed in the world right now. I’ve followed you. I’m not sure I can help with the lack of ideas, but I do have one piece of feedback: maybe think about increasing your font size?

      Apart from that great. I want to read more from you.

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    1. Your blog’s layout and style are eye-catching and slick, so good job there 🙂

      Your writing has a lot of potential and there’s a lot of good stuff in there. (I read ‘Normal People’.) You might be able to up the emotional impact by editing down to make the writing more concise and direct. There were a few places where two or three sentences could be restructured into one, punchier sentence.

      It’s just a suggestion. If it helps–great. If not, ignore it.

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  2. Hi everyone! I would love for you to check out my blog! I’ve added quite a few more posts than last week. Some of the top ones are: https://whatiliketodobysteve.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/396/

    Or you can go to my homepage and see my newest post that is slightly funny. https://whatiliketodobysteve.wordpress.com/

    I hope you like what you see! In return, I’ll look at your blog and give you my thoughts and maybe a follow!

    Best Wishes!
    Steve

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  3. Hello everyone,
    I’ve recently started a new blog and would love to have some feedback on it!
    I will be sure to do the same for you if you do!

    Also I would love some blog buddies 🙂

    graciellen.wordpress.com

    Thank you!
    Graciellen xx

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    1. Hello theraotown, I love your blog! That painting of the eiffel tower is lovely 🙂 to improve it I would suggest maybe changing the header image to make it look more personal, other than that, well done! Keep going xx

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    2. Love the look of your blog so far! I think a good way to personalize a site easily is a custom header, I’d recommend trying out some that represent what your blog is about, to differentiate it from others with the same theme!

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    3. Hey theraotown, your painting is beautiful, and I can see your passion for fashion and art. Love it.

      As a suggestion, I think your latest post would make a great “About Me” page, explaining why you’re pursuing your own personal art now. I’d be interested in hearing more about that old man.

      Also, since you did a #tbt, try connecting your blog to your Twitter account so anything you post would go up on Twitter as well. Hope this helps!

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    4. I enjoyed your post. It was well-written and I could imagine you as a kid, watching this older man paint. And YOU are a talented painter. The red in your painting is very effective. Great job!

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    5. I started salivating on seeing the ” momos”(coz I haven’t tasted it since some time).U captured the essence of Maldives,and YOUR artwork is beautiful.U can add some more widgets if you like.keep going………..

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    1. I don’t think I would have noticed them if you hadn’t mentioned it, but knowing they were there worked for the story. Maybe at the bottom in parenthesis remind people to click to the next page.

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    2. I have to admit–the page numbers confused me.

      The read more tag is not a problem. (Most blog readers know to click on it.) But after hitting the read more tag, I thought that was the end of the story. Which means I thought the Pastry Chef and The Business Man ended in a very odd place.

      It took going back to your site two more times before I ever even noticed the page numbers at the bottom and went, “Ooooh–that’s what she means.” Now I can read the rest of the story.

      Have you considered calling them chapters, instead–or parts?

      Ex: The Pastry Chef and The Business Man (Part 1)

      That would be clearer to people like me, at least 🙂

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      1. Hi Stacey,

        Yes, I think I’ll need to go back and rename the ‘parts’ and use separate pages instead with links at the bottom to go to the next chapter. Thank you

        Clare

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  4. Hi Chaps,

    This is a cool thing!

    Naturally, I’m seeking some feedback on my (fairly new) blog. Comments about the layout and subject matter would be useful, as would be anythoughts on the writing – but I should warn you that my posts tend to be loooong (maybe that’s the problem). There are a couple bits of poetry too.

    All comments constructive (and destructive I suppose) welcome. And naturally I’ll reciprocate.

    Here she is:

    http://revolutionfrommybed.wordpress.com

    Thanks

    M.

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    1. Hey there! I like your layout, it’s not too bust and tends to direct focus straight to the point – your words. I do think you might be right when you sat your posts are very long and a potential problem. Although what you’re saying is most definitely worth reading I would maybe try and condense it down a bit in case people get bored and wander off before you get to the important crux of your post.
      Good luck blogging! 🙂

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      1. Hi Hayley,

        Thanks for the comments and the “Read More” advice is so very, very, very, useful! Even though I don’t/can’t/won’t sew, I’m going to follow your blog and read the articles just by way of a thank you.

        Thank you

        M x

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    2. I like it! Maybe consider adding some color, unless you are going for the gray scale, which sorta seems to fit your theme.

      Also, in terms of your long posts, I would suggest inserting the “read more” tag when you are typing them. That way any visitors can scroll through your site more easily to see multiple posts.

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      1. Thanks Kassie. I like the layout of your site. It immediately draws me in and I want to read more. Colour is good! (although I’m deliberately doing the dreary/arty monochrome thing).

        Also looks like you have interesting things to say, so I’m following you now.

        Cheers

        M x

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    3. Your theme and layout work well with your content. (I visited the site before you put in the read more tags and also afterwards and those really do add.)

      The posts are long. I think that’s a problem for a lot of blog readers, though I know it’s very difficult to make anything other than a superficial point in less than five hundred words. It’s certainly an art that I haven’t mastered.

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    4. Very imformative and well written I’ll make sure to follow. Im new here so if you could spare 5 minutes to check mine out and give me any feedback? good or bad would be great. Thanks for your time.

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    5. You are quite a good writer and the color tone of your theme matches your topic. You might consider some kind of background image, like people sitting at a French cafe, to add more “oomph.” The post was probably too long for most readers. You could break it into sections by ending each part with a (rhetorical) question that might engage your readers.

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      1. Thanks Teachez. I was trying to get the background thing up but it didn’t look right. I know what you mean about the long posts. I have a tendency to waffle. I just love words and sentences (and paragraphs too).

        I appreciate your feedback and nice comments. I’m going to check out your blog now…

        M xxx

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  5. If there’re any of you out there, who think traveling with kids is beneficial for them and feel like sharing a story, I’ve just opened a guest section on my blog called TinyTravellers where I’m putting together a couple of my posts as well as posts from guest bloggers telling their points of view on this topic. Feel free to check it out and let me know if you have something to say about it! http://tinyexpats.com/2015/01/18/tinytravellers-welcome-note/ Also check out what’s already there in this category http://tinyexpats.com/category/tiny-travellers/

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    1. Your content is intriguing. I read several posts including ‘Endless thoughts’ and ‘Forgive me for knowing you’, and they were all engaging and interesting. Your tone is dark but I really like it. ‘Endless thoughts,’ was my favorite so far.

      The blog design is clear and easy to read. The black text on white surrounded by the dark, really gives the blog drama and makes the posts pop.

      There is a lot of content on the post page. It makes for a long scroll and I couldn’t find a menu, either. Have you thought about adding a menu with a home page and categories? Maybe an about page?

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      1. Thank you for reading! Yes, my tone isn’t the brightest out there…
        You aren’t the first to mention the menu and categories. I’ll definitely get that in place. Thank you again for the comments 🙂

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    2. I love the look of your site, especially the curving lines to the left. I would include an “about me” section. I enjoyed the pessimist piece you wrote. It might help if you had categories or some kind of organization of your posts, especially as you increase in number! Keep writing!

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      1. Thank you for reading and the positive response, yes the categories and menus to help organize my blog are definitely something I’ll be getting in place soon!

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    1. The overall theme is cool, I especially love the header image. I have two suggestions:

      – I’d put a little less focus on the site widgets. The way you arranged them is good, but they take up half your site. In my opinion it would be wise to give your actual posts a little more physical space to guide the eye towards them.

      – I personally find your chosen background image really nice and fitting to the theme, but it’s a tad too distracting for me. Maybe experiment with the opacity settings to tone it down a little bit?

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      1. Thanks for your feedback! I’ll definitely look at changing the things you’ve mentioned, I hadn’t thought of the background as distracting but now you’ve mentioned it I can definitely see how it can be! Tuning it down a bit will definitely help, thanks a lot 🙂

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    2. You really did an amazing job on personalizing your page! I especially like how the widgets merge with the rest to create less of a this-is-a-box-and-there-is-a-widget-inside feel, and it’s also a great idea to “sign” your posts. I agree with Philipp Ulrich that it might be a good idea to reduce the contrast of the background image a little.

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    1. Hello Ms. Berryduchess,

      I love the personalized theme of your blog. The layout and colors match your writing style and tone perfectly. I also love your pictures and quotes. Not much concrit from me! Keep doing you.

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    1. I love the clean look of your blog! I think the first thing I noticed was that you don’t have social media buttons at the top for people to connect with you. I have a website designer who is good, if you’re interested. She’s helping me with a new theme right now. I also have a graphic designer who just did a new logo…

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    2. The theme is alright, but the site could use a bit more contrast in the color scheme. I’d suggest starting by making the headlines a good bit darker to make them stand out more from the rest.

      Also, that cat picture is hilarious!

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    3. I’d play around with some of the customisations on WP first before getting someone to design your website — make sure you have a clear idea as to what your site needs and what you want. As a new blogger you’ll probably end up experimenting with different styles of post so you can try out different ways of presenting your blog to know what works and suits your style of content — what might look good at first isn’t necessarily going to be the best thing for helping readers navigate, or give you the flexibility to add pages and social media feeds etc.

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    4. I enjoyed your post (and the hilarious cats). Is there a reason you didn’t put all of the post on a single page? The theme looks a bit monotone for such lively writing. Can you add some background color or images? I have found that WordPress publishes numerous posts on improving your blog. Other bloggers out there also post great tips. I wouldn’t pay anyone until you have tried free resources first. Keep blogging. You are worth reading!

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    1. Hi. I took a look. Youve got quite a range of subjects there. As for suggestions I would recommend creating an About Me page so potential readers have a chance to get to know you and see why they should follow you. Hope this helps

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