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    1. Catchy name, nicely laid out. I like that you break your material into readable chunks instead of long running prose. It makes the longer articles feel clean and manageable. You are a very talented writer.

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    1. This is a fun and engaging piece! I had a laugh over the cat, and I can relate to the childless part and wondering if it is grounds for expulsion from certain places. I have only experienced IKEA online to date, and I may keep it that way now!

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      1. I loved this! Witty and all-too-recognisable (IKEA does something to me that means I can’t leave until I’ve spent £150 on coat hangers and candles. Every time.) You’ve got a new follower. 🙂

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  1. On my blog, I summarize and comment on 4 chapters of the Bible a day:

    religioustexts.wordpress.com
    Are my summaries clear and easy to understand? Are they too long, or too short? Are the commentaries interesting? Feel free to give feedback on anything.

    Christians, atheists, Muslims, and everyone else are all welcome! The blog doesn’t promote or attack Christianity, or for that matter, any religious belief.

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    1. Hi – you write very clearly and it’s easy to follow your argument. If I were going to suggest anything it would be to set out the questions/answers to Theodotus with question marks or something to make the answers clearer. Italics? I’m thinking as I write, and I don’t know what’s available to you on your theme. It’s the one part that wasn’t clear to me.

      I would think about dividing the post up into at least 2 parts – the first and the second century? Or 3 parts – with the Gnostics and Proto-Orthodox in another post? You could write something like a cliffhanger – in the sense of asking a question that you’ll answer in the next post. Without knowing at the beginning how detailed your post is going to be, it’s easy to run out of steam with its present length. Which is a shame because your story is thought-provoking, and you tell it well.

      As you say, it’s clear that you’re writing objectively and that you’re not proselytizing. Good luck with your blog.
      Best wishes
      Elaine

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    2. Thanks to everyone for their comments, especially Singbetterenglish! If anyone else has comments, whether positive or negative, feel free to let me know.

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    1. The photos are lovely! I love how rich the colours are in them. Maybe you could write a little about where/why you took them? Not a criticism; I’m just a nosy person who likes to read the stories behind pictures.

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    2. Your pictures are stunning! The only thing I would possibly add is more information regarding where the pictures were taken and your inspiration for taking them. But really great work!

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    3. I’d suggest playing around with a few themes. 🙂 Your current theme is better for showing off large bodies of text. Your photos are lovely – they would benefit from a theme that showcases them more appropriately. 🙂

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    1. Love this, it’s so creative and intriguing. I enjoyed reading through some of your stuff and I found it rather engaging. Also, good job with the cover picture of your stories, it looks very cool and original.

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      1. I’m glad you enjoyed it! It’s funny because I never intentionally write to make it sound like poetry it’s when I read it back that I notice that it does sort of rhyme!
        Anyway thank you for your comment! I love your site! It’s very informative! 🙂

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    1. I loved this post! I commented on the actual post but I forgot to say that this is something I find myself saying a lot to people. I don’t know why being happy and being nice make people think you’re a doormat.

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  2. If you will my good blogger community friends, check out my blog! I’ve added a lot of new interesting posts! whatiliketodobysteve.wordpress.com

    I will be glad to look at your blog and give you suggestions or compliments!

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    1. Kudos to you for being willing to debate political issues. ( I find my health better and stress levels lower when I avoid online debates of this sort!)

      I might offer a few suggestions as you are starting out- Your header reads UnpopularPo on the first line and litics on the second line. You may want to fix that unless it was your intention. Also, to gain readers interested in politics or the specific subject (i.e. Keystone Pipeline) try adding a category and a few tags to each post. That way they will show up in the Reader when someone searches for those topics. Consider adding an About page to give the reader a brief idea of who you are and what you want to accomplish. Best of luck and happy blogging!

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    2. Interesting subject matter, well-written and easy to read. Agree with your point of view on the pipeline if not so much on the Guardian being an impartial news resource 😛 Keep it up, interested to hear what else you have to say 🙂

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    1. It actually sounds like sound advice. I admit that the language is a bit too difficult for me, especially when one is not acquainted with the jargon of the field, but it certainly makes sense. I’m glad you shared 🙂

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      1. I just had an AHA moment after I read that article esp the part about knowing how much time something takes. Some chores take forever and some projects need “warming up” time. I am more realistic with my time right now and I love that.

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    1. The sheer amount of snow you have there is scary! Other than that, I very much like your blog in general and your post in particular. The blog has a fun yet clear title; the post is ironic and humorous. Great job 😀

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    2. As a native New Yorker (read: Hater of Boston) and rabid Anglophile, I really enjoyed checking out your blog. This was a fun read and I wholeheartedly agree with you on the Hershey thing.

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    3. In solidarity of dealing with the snow in Boston I offer you a virtual *hug*. I feel you really nailed the relationship with snow as adults. We can still appreciate the beauty and it can be fun, but the cold, and the inconvenience are a wicked pain.

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    4. I completely relate to your snow problem! I live in New Jersey, but last year I went to visit over the winter, and it was undoubtedly the coldest I have ever been. Honestly, unless is summer time I have no intention of going back! Haha

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    1. I love your blog title, it made me smile when I read it. One thing I noticed is that your header image doesn’t really fit with the title, though – I think it’s one of the default images for that theme. Maybe think about uploading a different picture to make your blog more personalized.

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    2. I love your blog title yet on my mobile reader your header appears as “make your life suck” because of the phone screen width. I can relate to your feelings of nostalgia and have followed your blog.

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    1. Your Gravatar made me smile. Your post made me smile even more. Personally I’m waiting for the Cosmic Ordering exercise class, where you lie in bed eating Quality Street whilst visualising looking like Shakira (ok, I still wouldn’t look like Shakira after 100 sessions, never mind two, but it hurts less and you don’t have to wear Lycra).
      In the meantime consider me a new follower. Keep up the exercise and the witty posts!

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    1. Not sure what information you’re hoping for, but I would perhaps suggest a bit more information on your site… like an ‘About’ page,and depending on what or where your theme allows…some widgets.. like ‘lollow me’ and maybe ‘most recent posts and maybe a tag cloud.. Just some suggestions…. Diane

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    1. Though my cultural background is different from yours and arranged marriages are not a thing where I live, I thoroughly enjoyed your post. It’s insightful and thoughtful, it considers pros and cons of both and is unbiased. Good read!

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    2. I enjoyed this post very much. It seems to me that the media only tend to focus on arranged marriage when a negative story has emerged, we never hear about the other successful, happy marriages! It’s really nice to hear a positive opinion, and very well written, thank you!

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    1. I don’t like the idea of job recruiters looking at peoples social media to hire them. Mine does not give the best impression of me. I use it to post funny sayings and such. I thought your post was great and informative.

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      1. Thank you very much! I don’t either. Some job consultants tell you to “clean up” your facebook. But, someone told me to just make another work account and keep your personal one private, which makes a lot more sense.

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    2. I concur 100%. Informative post, thought provoking questions. Social media presence, and sometimes social media in general makes me paranoid. I especially liked it when you said it’s no longer about “fun”. Now it’s about networking, information, background checking.

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  3. Hello fellow bloggers! Still fairly new here and would love some feedback on my newest post: regarding Alan Turing’s pardon by the queen last year. I’ll post the link below. Also any general thematic advice/ comments on other posts are more than welcome, and indeed much hoped for!

    https://bencnicholson.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/the-consistency-game-why-pardoning-alan-turing-alone-is-not-necessarily-a-helpful-response/

    Thanks so much as always,

    Ben

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    1. Hey Ben,
      What a great opinion piece. You persuaded me to sign the petition.
      My only piece of advice might be a little more int erms of an introduction so as to not scare off readers who may not already be familiar with the story.
      H.

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  4. Hey there,
    I am not quite the newbie I feel to be but however- I am looking for feedback on my style of photography, my blog’s layout and theme and the style of posting at all…
    I’d really appreciate any comment 😉
    Thanky a lot,
    Mary

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  5. For almost as long as I’m blogging I had trouble with connecting to Daily Prompts and other WordPress challenges. Last week they have informed me that the problem is finally solved and indeed for the first time I’ve been able to link back successfully to Weekly Photo Challenge. This is a test if I will get equally lucky with today’s challenge. Here we go…
    https://impossiblebebong.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/go-ahead-make-my-day/

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    1. I was super near Segovia when I did my year abroad, so this was a lovely trip down memory lane. Love your pictures of the aqueduct and it sounds like you had a very similar experience to what I had when I visited! Keep it up, and enjoy your time travelling 🙂

      Ben

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    2. Love your post. I’ve never been travelling before, but this will give me great ideas. The phorography is fantastic, and I found the little bit of info about why it was built really good. 😄 nicely done.

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    1. I like the variety in your posts. The layout is also very clean and easy to read/navigate. I’m not sure if you’ve considered adding a bio page to let the reader know more about you and where you are coming from. Additionally, I loved the simplicity of your quote post. I tend to write down great quotes in a notebook…I think you’ve just inspired me to create posts based on quotes as well.

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    1. Wow!!! I mean just wow. Beautifully written. This felt like i was sitting in a coffee shop and just listening to you talk. It flowed so well. Wish I could write like you!! Xx
      Seasonal-rose.wordpress.com

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    2. I couldn’t find a comments feature on your blog, so I will write my comment here – I thouroughly enjoyed your post. I believe that a willingness to take new steps will result in incredible adventures and successes.

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