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    1. Enjoyed scrolling through your posts.
      Your language might be simple, but it sure is efficient. You get your point across quite rightly. “Those little eyes” was brilliant. Keep ’em comin’!

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      1. I think it depends on theme you picked. Unless you pay for a theme its not one you generally have the option of altering much; with exception of setting a background photo/colour. Choose one meant for simple writing/blogging and there should be no problem.

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      1. Thank you 😀
        Please go ahead. I’m still just experimenting with it and I have to say, I’m starting to feel entertained. Maybe, eventually, I’ll turn it into a forum where I can run ideas and have people tell me if there’s a topic they’d be interested in. Fidgeting with it, I guess. 🙂

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    1. Hi there,

      Love your blog!! I have a quick question. I just created a blog and have a “home” tab like yourself. The trouble is I can’t seem to figure out how the “home” tab will actually take the reader back to the home page. I would really appreciate some help! Thank you!

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      1. Hey there!
        I think as long as readers click into the “Home” or “house image” icon, it will lead them back to your home page, which is the page that usually hosts your latest posts (or whichever posts you made sticky)

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    2. Your eye for details that might seem irrelevant to most is a distinctive quality I found most appealing.
      I found your thoroughly analysed reasons as to why you weren’t handed a business card a delight to read.
      “Interesting” would perhaps be the ideal word to describe your blog.

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      1. Thanks for roaming around my little blog. What a cool comment to receive – I think you’re the first (therefore, the most unique!) to say such thing about my writing. You’re right, I do tend to write about the nitty gritty of seemingly unimportant events, don’t I? Very glad you found something appealing.

        As to your writing, I like your sense of humour – the Lebanese Traffic post made me chuckle. As did your tweet about the apparent correlation between UofT male suicides and prostate cancer…

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      2. My oh my am I over the moon tonight. Thank you, inbloguous. Now if you’d just show us that “about” page of yours and perhaps explain your pen name…

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      3. I couldn’t find the right words to use in my blog name, so I figured I’d make some up.

        inbloguous(adj): the quality or state of being unbloggable.
        unbloggable: not fit for or worthy of being blogged about.

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    3. This is great! I know loading images on Worpress can be problematic, but if you select the image to be full-size and then adjust the height and width from there, you’ll get a cleaner shot!

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      1. Very true, history scribed. Although it won’t really count as accountable history until we get the perspective from Mr Gold Chains too. Haha, maybe if I ever run into him or his clan….

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    4. Hi Pixie, just read some of your blog and think it’s great so have started following. I live not far from you in Shenzhen and go to Hong Kong fairly regularly so I completely understand the things you’re saying!
      I’d love you to have a look at my blog and tell me what you think… I write about travelling & some personal stuff about living in China, but I’ve only recently started writing so would really appreciate some feedback. Here’s a travel entry: https://persephone2015.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/lovely-lovely-luang-prabang/ and here’s a personal one: https://persephone2015.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/quandary/
      Thanks!

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      1. Hi persephone, I loved your description of Luang Prabang and think there’s some very good travel material there! If I ever make it to Laos I’d probably try some of your recommendations.

        Perhaps consider splitting your piece into different paragraphs? From my screen it reads as one paragraph and it might be a bit hard for the reader to get to the end, which would be a pity because the writing is quite informative. I like the details. Generally for travel blogs (which is what your blog seems to aim for, alongside the bit about living in China) photos would grately enhance the reader experience! So add away with photos from your trip 🙂

        Thanks for browsing my little blog, keep writing! And thank you for the follow!
        Pixie

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      2. Hi Pixie,
        Great feedback, thank you! Glad you liked it! I thought I had split it into paragraphs, but for some reason it didn’t appear that weay when I published it – although I hadn’t realised until you said. I’ve now added a few photos (still a few to go though as I’m still sorting them out; I always take too many!) – would you mind having a look & letting me know if they’re ok/too many/not enough?
        Thanks!
        Persephone

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      3. Looks great! Yeah that happens sometimes – my paragraphs are clumped up if I edit a post in the new editor. This doesn’t happen if I stick to the classic editing interface, so if I have to edit something once it’s published I do it in the classic mode.
        Photos look good! You might have to decrease your file sizes though – currently it takes a while to load a photos if readers click on it, which 1) scares readers away because the image loads slowly and 2) I think lowers your ranking on the www overall! You can also opt to not let the image load and choose the file size before sticking it into your post. Though I’m definitely not the image expert … you can see from my relatively crappy photos sometimes 😉
        Anyone else have image tips please share!

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      4. More great advice, thank you! I shall have a play with the photo sizes a bit later. And yes, if anyone else has any hints & tips about adding photos please let me know!
        Thank you!

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    1. Hahaha I had no idea driving was such an ordeal in Lebanon. My favourite is the last point – being creative when it comes to parking! I wish I could say the same (sometimes, in desperation) for my city.

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    2. I would say that I’m never going to curse British road systems again in light of this post, but I doubt I’d be able to keep that promise. It will certainly make me less cranky on roundabouts however.
      This was a really enjoyable post, and you made great use of repetition.

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      1. For technically challenged (or, too-lazy-to-click-to-an-external-page) people like me, absolutely. Plus, hard as it may seem, not everyone has twitter (yet)! The about page is the page I almost always browse first upon reading a new blog 🙂

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    1. A quick trick could be to shorten your slugs into more digestible pieces 😉
      I’d perhaps get rid of the “ii-by lewis wollington” bit.
      My two cents, hope you don’t mind!

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      1. While I concur with pixie’s recommendation of going for shorter, to-the-point slugs in your posts’ permalinks, be very careful when you retroactively modify them after publishing your post, since all links that have already been shared will no longer work (for example, if you already shared your post on Facebook or Twitter, people who click on it won’t reach the post if you changed the slug in the meantime).

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      2. That’s a great reminder, thanks Ben. But within wordpress I understand the slugs to be automatically corrected (say, in a self-ping back or on another wordpress blog)? Or is this not true? Thanks!

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      1. Thanks so much Sherina! I’m glad you enjoyed my blog! I have looked at your blog and I love the layout and the way you have designed your blog! Your writing is wonderfully positive! We definitely need more positive blogs like yours! 🙂

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      2. You have a strong, welcoming voice. Post after post, I find myself leaning back in my chair and reflecting on the human condition. Keep at it! I look forward to future posts and reading more of the past ones.

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    1. What a beautiful layout. I like the pink hues at the header, and the reader friendly, clean posts. I agree with Sherina that it’s generally a very positive blog. Good work.

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    2. I really like the idea behind this piece and some of the imagery is really good, but the flow isn’t quite there for me. It may be that this needs to be a spoken word piece and on paper it doesn’t carry the same rhythm, but the mix of longer lines and shorter ones seemed more random than sculpted. I still liked the overall tone though. It’s certainly an interesting piece.

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      1. Thanks so much for commenting! I enjoy your view of my poem. To be honest I don’t consider myself a poet and I’m really new to writing poetry so I don’t take my poems that seriously. My main goal is to make people feel something. Thank you for your insight! 🙂

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      2. Balance,
        You might consider researching pentameter and reading more poetry to aid you in honing your craft. I struggle at times with flow and rhythym in my poetry, which is why I don’t ever share much of it. I have to remind myself that I must spend as much, or more, time reading and researching as I do writing if I really want to call myself a writer.

        Surgeons do not spend every minute of their work performing surgery. Much of their time is spent in study, research, and continuing their education. Many only actually perform surgery a day or two each week. An ounce of study is worth a pound of finished work.

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      3. Thank you for commenting!! I definitely read a lot of poetry I think it’s beautiful! I love Tyler Knott Gregson if you have not read his book of poetry “The Typewriter Series” I highly recommend!

        The difference with the flow is that it might flow in my head and not the readers and that is a risk you have to take and not everyone is going to like what I write and I have decided not to hold back my writing I just put it out there so I can get feedback and wonderful constructive criticism like yours! Thank you! 🙂

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    3. Bianca, What a beautiful poem and so true. I could relate to what you were saying. Your poem was easy to read and skillfully worded. It made me think of some situations in my own life and I could picture myself looking into the mirror and asking those very questions you posed. Great job with your writing! -Kristin

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    4. i love your blog , its definitely one of my favorite blogs now , thanks for writing it and please keep blogging and i would really appreciate some honest feedback on my blog especially from a great writer like , so will you think about it ?

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      1. Thank you for taking a look at my blog!! I love your positivity! I have checked out your site and some pointers I would give is more colour instead of just grey and white! Also add a picture to your Gravatar! And one last thing do shorter paragraphs because it makes people read more if it looks like it is in smaller more bite sized pieces! But overall I like the theme of your blog it seems really upbeat and friendly! Keep it up!! 🙂

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      2. thank you so much for the feedback and the follow , i really appreciate it and i definitely took by your advice and would love if you check out now and tell me what you think and if there is anything you would love to add .

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    1. Hi Suzie
      I’ve read this post a few days ago and loved it. Very real, very funny, very scary at times! Glad you shared your stories with us and bestowed a bit of wisdom regarding the path to happy dating.

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      1. i just read your post , and its so funny and amusing , and i love the idea . you really inspired me to be more creative with my posts and your definitely followed by me now and i am looking forward for your amazing posts .

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    2. These disasters are brilliant! I left a comment on the post itself as well.

      I also love the idea of the Sunday Blog Share; I hadn’t heard of something like that before, and I’ll definitely be participating next week.

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      1. Thanks so much! I started #SundayBlogShare last November as a way of getting to know fellow bloggers and read their posts. Within 2 months there are over 1,000 posts shared each week every Sunday. You’re more than welcome to come along – there will be a guest host this Sunday and he’s brilliant so you’ll have a blast!

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      2. I look forward to it! I’m always trying to find ways to interact more with other bloggers, but my crippling awkward shyness has apparently also spread to the internet, so it’s been a little difficult. I really wish I’d known about this yesterday when my newest post went up! Oh well …

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      3. There is another one going on at the minute which is #MondayBlogs – post your link to Twitter and include the hashtag. It’s MUCH bigger than mine and Ive met hundreds of people on there! It’s run by @rachelintheOC and started about 3 years ago – there’s about 5,000 posts shared each Monday…

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    3. Really enjoyed this blog post Suzie! Thanks for sharing. Can’t believe all those stories are real (no. 9 is terrifying) – I’d say you are glad you’ve found “the bloke”! Head a browse through your tips section also which are a great help to a new blogger- thank you!

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    1. I really like the layout. It’s not too overwhelming, or flashy. I think the colours go really well together, and I love the picture.
      And I enjoyed your story about the forage into the world of fan fiction! I managed to get out of that a while ago, it all just got too much.

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    1. Really liked this post It’s useful even now when I’ve been blogging for a while, because sometimes the doubts take over and I’m back in the same head-space I was when I started out.
      Your blog seems to be really upbeat and positive. I’ll definitely be reading more of your posts.

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    1. Very nice street photography series! I think the photographs speak for themselves. I do like the simple design of the web but probably more posts to be displayed in one page (right now it is showing only 2 in mine) so I have to keep on clicking “Older Posts”. But this is great! I am looking forward to seeing more of your work!

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    2. I too make posts about travel and I’ll like to say your travel/street photography is well documented.
      On my screen it shows more than 2 posts though. Maybe you should have a general setting for everyone on how many posts shows up for them if possible or it could just be the way their screens are setup.

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    3. I like being able to see China from a local’s perspective. I wish there was more written content with each post. The pictures are beautiful, but it’s too easy to look and then look away, especially because I’m unfamiliar with what I’m looking at and am missing a really good story.

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    4. Hey Teresa
      Your photos are beautiful. I especially like the black and white ones. Sometimes when I can’t travel to a place (yet) I’ll look at photos of the same as a consolation. Now I get to look at your travel photos. Following you 🙂
      Pixie

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  1. Hello everyone,
    I am in need of some advice for my blog. I have quite a bit to post right now, but after thinking about the name of my blog (it’s really generic) I thought I should really change it.
    The problem is I’m not sure what name would really give it the diversity that I would want to write about.

    Basically, what I’ll be doing with my blog is writing about a little of everything such as things that I learn as I go through life, opinions on certain controversial events, creative stories, informative articles, etc.
    I thought about creating two different blogs to try to separate my topics and themes, but I attempted that and realized how hard it would be as of right now to run two blogs efficiently without making myself go crazy.

    If you could offer any advice I would more than appreciate it.

    Thank you!

    https://theandrewmillerblog.wordpress.com

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    1. I think you have a good start on blogging. I love your positivity! In terms of your questions about naming your blog… I guess you kind of have to decide how you want to “brand” yourself – currently you are branded by your name, but what blog title would sum up your posts or what you hope to write about? I look forward to reading more! 🙂

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    2. I’m quite similar in terms of posting a little bit of everything on my blog. What I do is have a different category for topics that are vastly different. So you could have one Category for Creative Writing, another for Articles. That way you don’t have to create a new blog, but everything is still easy to organise and find (and if something falls into more than one category, you don’t have to post it on more than one blog).

      I’m not sure if that helps you much …?

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      1. That actually does help a lot
        I still have to find a name for my blog, and I was thinking something along the lines “Thoughts from the Mind”. Probably not THAT generic, but something along those lines.
        I will definitely keep that your advice in mind!
        Thank you so much for the help!

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      2. Something like Scrambled Rambles? I’m not great with coming up with clever and witty, or thought provoking names. I honestly have no idea how I even got mine. It just happened.
        Glad I could help though, and good luck finding your name.

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    3. You general blog set-up is very typical of a start-up blog. It is very generic but thats not a bad thing. You should pick a theme that suits you – from the blog name to the blog colour scheme. Given that your interest lie towards the musical end of the spectrum that would be a very good place to start choosing. My advice is not to force it – blog designs evolve as we blog.

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    4. I’m sorry if this is a bit of a teaser, but we’re actually about to publish a post on this very topic — choosing your blog name — next Tuesday on The Daily Post. Stay tuned!

      In the meantime, in case it might help you, here’s a post we ran a while back in which two bloggers ran us through the process of choosing their blogs’ names:
      https://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/choosing-the-perfect-blog-name-two-wordpressers-share-their-secrets/

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      1. Thank you! I’ve been putting some work into overhauling the look and design of it. I look forward to reading TDP next week!

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    5. Personally, I think it’s a good thing to take some time to find a ”better” and clearer title for your blog. As you move along with blogging, you’ll notice what you really do like writing about, and this will help you choose a clearer focus. It’s also possible that you’ll write about pretty much anything. Having your blog named after yourself would work just fine then, and perhaps you can choose a subtitle to add some precision.

      When I created my latest blog, I knew I wanted a place to write about things I couldn’t address on my other blogs. So I chose to call it ”That Sort of Thing. Everything that doensn’t fit anywhere else”. I really like the title and layout of that blog, yet in the end I don’t write there too often. Sometimes only time can really help you know how much you trully enjoy blogging about!

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    1. I suppose there’s two types: the review for someone who is thinking of reading the book in the future, and the review for someone who wants someone else opinions on the book’s contents. I’d say it’s important to distinguish between the two.

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    2. It really depends on your aim for the review. The fashion in which you’ve written is suitable for a school assignment but is very flat textually if you are trying to promote the book. When trying to promote you draw more upon the enjoyable aspects of the book and provide examples. The one you have up is a more comprehensive version that provides the reader with a historical backdrop while analysing the structure.

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    1. Overall, the blog design is okay, if a little generic in general. However, the banner slogan feels a little let down by plain black and white. 🙂 It’s a nice slogan. If deserves something nice behind it.

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    2. Hi Jasmine. Your blog is very honest & sincere. Eventually I would recommend putting the info you have listed there into an About Page so that future readers can still learn a little about you even when this post is no longer on your home page

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    3. You’re using the same theme I am on one of my blog and yet it looks completly different. It’s always interesting to me to see how people make drastically different blogs out of the same building blocks!

      Personally, I find the background a little distracting. The font on the Suits theme is small, and I like to have a unified background to read it more easily. That’s just my taste, of course, and it should be noted that I wear really thick glasses. Maybe no one else has trouble reading!

      The instagram widget adds some color. Don’t worry about the blog being a little bare for now, you’ve only just started! Take some time to focus on finding your own voice and focus!

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      1. I didn’t know where to comment on your blog so I thought I would re-send the link to my blog on here and explain how you can comment. The link I originally sent shows my front page with my latest blog posts. If you had clicked on the title of the blog post you wanted to view then you would have been taken to a separate page just for that blog post and you would be able to comment at the bottom. Since it’s just as easy to send you the link directly to my post about success I thought I would do that instead.

        https://infinitedaydreamer.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/success-what-does-it-really-mean/

        Thank you in advance. I will also take a look at your blog 🙂

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    1. I think you have a great writing style. Very comfortable to read. The content itself really interested me and you seem to have a really mature and insightful voice about these things. Really got me thinking about what I would consider successful 🙂

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    1. Hi Courtney. I really enjoyed your post not only because Im a fan of Japanese gardens but also because your pictures are plentiful and capture the essence of the gardens’ elements

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    1. Because you post so randomly (on topics) like I do, I really like your organization into categories at the top. I also like the fact that you do not sick to a niche (despite what is widely taught) because people are varied and have different thoughts.

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    1. Edin, Cubic, Espied, Sketch, Creative, designer or similar are good options. It really depends what look and feel you are going for. Although the boardwalk one you have in use is not a bad choice either.

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      1. Hi Penshift!

        Thanks for your suggestions. I really liked Cubic a lot. Planning to also try out the others. It really helped.

        To narrow my choices a bit, I’m really looking for a theme that would go well with Black n White/Pencil Drawings as that is what I’m currently uploading.

        I selected broadwalk just for a try, but there are 2 points which I’m feeling a little uneasy about:
        1. Navigating to the page, the images are shown twice, first one as featured image and second one as the real upload.
        2. The feature image just blows up/stretches the image to the width of the screen, which is a little annoying for vertical/non-landscape images.

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      2. You’ve highlight both reasons why broadwalk and I don’t mesh. See how far the theme template will let you alter the theme colours and experiment. Sketches won’t necessarily show well on any of them. The safest background colour is white though.

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    1. Hi! Here’s some feedback!

      I like the layout, it’s clean for the most part. I would recommend shortening the subtitle of the blog and adding the text in the sidebar instead.

      It would be great to see a few more images and more color. Using images in the sidebar is a good option: you could add a photo of you with a link to your gravatar, a quote you like, a few photos you took, etc.

      In the about section, I would really like to learn more about who you are and what you blog about. Having checked a few of your posts, it seems that you focus on a few specific topics: let readers know what you have in store for them. If they can’t find information easily, people often move on to the next blog. You can keep what’s there and simply add a description of your blog if you want.

      I hope this is useful to you!

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      1. Wow, thanks so much for that feedback! I know that took time, so thank you. I want to add more pictures to my posts… I just need more time to post. 😉 I encourage you to keep coming back to my blog!

        You’ve got quite the impressive-looking blog. And over 5,000 followers? Wow! 🙂

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      1. Thanks a lot. I think your articles are really interesting and so I followed you. Hoping some really cool stuff would come out.
        I think you should work on your design a bit. Its nice, but not what I would call ‘attractive’. Experiment with some colors, I am sure your blog will totally rock then.

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      1. Thanks so much. Those were really needed! I had some reservations about showing my face, and your ideas have been a relief. I never really could figure out tags, but I will definitely try to use them in my next post!

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    1. I like what I’m reading and I’m curious to see what you’ll write next: I’m hitting that Follow button!

      I’d love to connect over this project of focusing on happiness and well-being. It’s something I have been working on for a while now, and I’d really enjoy sharing what (little) I have learned, as it had done me tons of good!

      If you are looking to adding so images or photos to your blog to make it look more alive, I recommend connecting to your instagram or Flickr account, if you have one, and displaying some photos in the sidebar. You can create images or a logo for your blog using canva.com or PicMonkey. You can also add a widget on the sidebar to display the avatars of the people who follow your blog. It’s a nice way to thank them for being part of your community and add color!

      I hope this was useful! Cheers!

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    1. The fiction is well-written but please please rethink the yellow against white text/symbol. That actually hurt my eyes. But the scheme worked perfectly for the images – the yellow against black was comfortable to look at.

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    2. Hey there! I am in a time crunch, so I did not post any comments on your blog YET…but I did have time to look through and click on your Follow link. 🙂 Hope to be back on soon so I can read and comment more!

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    1. Hi Ben, good website. I really like how it becomes a hub for all your work and social media (500px, instagram). The theme is very apt especially for people that are trying to get into post-processing. The learning curve can be a little bit daunting. I, however, had a difficulty navigating back to the “Blog” from other pages. Maybe that’s one thing that you could improve from the blog. Keep up the good work, I am looking forward to seeing more of your work!

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    2. As a person who is just getting into photography, this blog is absolutely great for me. I received the Lightroom tutorial book for Christmas, but it is massive and way too intimidating to look through. I’ll be using your blog as an alternative 🙂

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  2. I recently joined the blogging community. As a (part-time) photographer, I seldom have the opportunity to share my world in words. My goal is to write about the story behind my shots. I hope I could inspire people to go out there and shoot because with a camera the world is your oyster.

    https://rly242.wordpress.com/

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      1. Ben, thanks so much for your kind words. You have a lot of great shots there. I probably annoyed too many people by dwelling in one place for far too long in my travels! 🙂

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    1. Hello! Your photos are great! I love that you provide details about your work. I don’t love the fact that no images are displayed on the Blog page, but I suppose it adds to the mystery and makes people check out every post to see the photo beyond the title! I would love to see more galleries, but since your Flickr profile is linked to your blog, I can see your photos there. Good work!

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  3. Hey bloggers, I have a new post up v soon and i posted another one recently. Would love to hear some feedback on these posts and my blog in general.
    Catriona13.wordpress.com
    Blog instagram: @catriona13blog
    IF you check out mine, i ll definitely have a look at yoyr blog

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