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    1. It was a really nice tribute, its so sad to think some people see such horrible things at such a young age. There are a lot of terrible things happening in the world at the moment 😦

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    2. I thought this was a really insightful post. People are always very quick to give their opinion on terrorism and I think it’s really important to hear from people who experience it first hand: The innocent people who have no political gain by talking about it. Thank you for sharing this!

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    3. It’s weird isn’t it? That even in this day and age there are still people out there that think they need to do these actions.
      It can be said for anything, it’s horrible to think that every person involved in this had dreams, a life, a job, friends and family.
      I know that war and human suffering at the hands of other humans will always be a thing, but surely, surely we must be getting closer to a time when we don’t have to resort to these actions?

      There’s loss on all sides when this happens and for that, it saddens me deeply.

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      1. I admire your honesty. You appear to enjoy being you. In my young 60 something opinion, your personality is all up in your blog.

        That to me, is what makes it a Mecca of sorts for your followers. Relatable, yet humble is key!

        Nice design, which seems to be congruent with your prose.

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      2. Thank you for the appreciation! It’s words like these that tell me I might be doing something right. I have tried to experiment with several themes but somehow nothing fits as well as this one and hence keep I coming back to it! I hope I can keep the good work going! Thanks again, Sparky Jen!

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    1. Hey Eddy, so I’ve checked out your site and left you a few comments too. Just wanna say, awesome work, great content, loving the stars rating system too, no idea how you got that in there lol!

      Anyway, just wanna say that I couldn’t find any “Archive” section and I think it might be a useful tool to include for readers who’d like to check out your older posts.

      Aside from that, I got nothing much else to comment on. Your site looks really clean and organized, the images are really nicely used and overall, my visit was really smooth and pretty cool.

      Keep up the good work my friend! Hope you can check out my site in return and let me know what you think!

      http://www.projectbiy.wordpress.com

      Cheers!

      Your pal,
      Benjamin

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      1. Hey Benjamin, thanks for all your comments and thorough feedback. Really glad you like my content. I do have a menu with a full review index and all of my old articles – would you say it’s not clear enough to find?

        Also, I really like the idea of your site. It’s basically exactly how I feel, and what I’m trying to do with my life. Your writing and overall layout is nice too, very clear easy to navigate.

        (The star thing is just an image I photoshopped. Sorry to spoil the mystery!)

        Eddy

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      2. LOL nicely photoshopped then hah!
        Well, maybe it’s me missing it due to lack of sleep affecting my perception (Work is sucking my energy source dry!) but when I’m settled over here, I’d check it out again and let you know?

        I’m happy to hear that you share the same idea as the team! Perhaps if you want to, you can check out our forum?
        Everything is new as of this moment so nothing much is up yet but I foresee things to change pretty soon but before that, it’ll be nice to see the change happening and maybe you can join us and be a part of the changing process 😉

        Anyway, whether you have the time to join us or not, I am already grateful that you’ve taken the time to respond to me and checking the site out so cheers to that 😉
        Would appreciate it if you like our Facebook page as well to show your support!

        Your pal,
        Benjamin

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    2. Hi Eddy! I can’t read your latest review on Batman V Superman because I haven’t seen it yet but I will check it out later this week. I did take a look at your Jump Scare post and I loved it. You have a great style of writing and your thoughts are very clear and easily accessible even for those who are not horror fans. Of the movies you have listed, I have not seen The Witch, so I will definitely check that out. I am an avid horror fan myself and it’s great to see someone who truly appreciates the genre!

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      1. I think I kept it pretty spoiler-free but better safe than sorry! Let me know what you think after you see it.

        And thanks, really. Comments like this make it easier to keep going when it feels like no-one’s reading! Ha. Always like to meet a fellow horror fan, too – what are some of your favourites?

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      2. Yeah I will check it out at the end of the week. Well I did actually really enjoy The Babadook and The Conjuring. The newest version of The Evil Dead really disturbed me, like I am 99% sure the DVD haunted my apartment. I think The Strangers was really good and terrifying.

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    1. If you want to do a giveaway and you feel like it is a good idea, then do it. Blogging is the freedom to write. You don’t have to conform to anything. I personally really like the idea of giveaways 🙂

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      1. I see what you mean. But honestly, don’t change your content. It is great, and if the content you are producing now is something you are passionate in keep it. Because if you changed your content, that doesn’t truly reflect your personality, then people are loving you for things that you are not. I love your blog, keep up the good work 💕

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    2. Always love looking around your blog and I really like how you’ll be writing other people stories on your site, I wish you luck in that accord and hope a lot of people participate 🙂 In regard to the giveaways, I think that’s a great idea! It’s always a way of increasing your following as well as generating more buzz around your site. Good luck with everything and I hope you have a lovely rest of the day!

      Basant She
      https://thoughtsofasociallyanxiousextrovert.wordpress.com/

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      1. Thanks lovely! I am looking for anything honest/personal – so far I have had a story about online abuse, a story about mental health, and a story about insecurities. I’d like an array of stories – can be something you experienced that was negative or positive. I’m actually setting up a Kickstarter for it, as I think it would be a beautiful magazine one day – I just think a lot of people’s stories need to be told and sometimes they don’t know how or are too scared to do so (mine are all anonymous). If you wanna get involved holla at me! 🙂

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      2. I would be interested. I write my blog under a pseudonym so I can keep it separate from my real life and feel freer to be honest. But there are a few things I’m not comfortable even sharing in that space yet.

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    3. I really enjoyed your writing and your sense of humor, down to the subscribe button. 🙂
      The idea for Golden sounds unique and intriguing. My one comment is to put a link to your articles on the main Golden page as a sample of what people can expect if you write their story.

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  1. Wow, I’m so early.
    My comment is simple- please check my blog out and if you want I’ll check out yours.
    Have a great day(or night).

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      1. I had seen your blog before and it’s still as lovely as it was the first time. I’m just not sure where your “follow” button is… I couldn’t find it anywhere 😦 You can check out my blog and give some feedback if you feel like it 🙂

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    1. I had seen your blog before and it’s still as lovely as it was the first time. I’m just not sure where your “follow” button is… I couldn’t find it anywhere 😦 You can check out my blog and give some feedback if you feel like it 🙂

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    1. Hello Michelle!

      It’s always great to find a fellow Harry Potter junkie! Hit ‘Follow’ without a second thought!

      Also congrats on launching your publication! I have only recently started sharing my blog posts on Medium and I think it’s an amazing platfrom for writers.

      Good luck for all your future endeavours!

      It would be great to have you check my blog and let me know what you think!

      https://reveriesofanimaginationjunkie.wordpress.com

      Happy Blogging!

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  2. Hello fellow bloggers! I haven’t had a dip in the Community Pool for a while. It’s also been a while since I last wrote any flash fiction. But I did today. Let me know what you think.
    If you like it obviously.
    If you don’t like it I’m considerably less interested in feedback.

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    1. This is awesome! I would love to be a guest blogger for you and I’m totally open to you guest writing on my blog if you’re interested. I’d write something original for you, but you’re welcome to check out my blog to see if we’d be a good match.

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      1. I would be glad to host you! I’m trying this venture to discover more blogs and provide others exposure through mine. I will make sure to check out your blog 🙂

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    2. I woulf love to guest blog for you!! I will send you an email as soon as possible ! Meanwhile you could maybe take a look at my blog and see if anything is worth uploading on your blog!
      Cheers!

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      1. Thanks! I’m not restricted to writing styles. Basically, I want to share good pieces of writing by others, so as for myself and my followers to discover new blogs and to provide guest bloggers exposure.

        P.S. I read one of your writings and it’s crazy good! I would be glad to see one of your pieces on my blog

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    1. Happy Monday…I just took a look at your site. Your post on adulthood caught my eye. Left a comment for you. I enjoyed your take on it, especially noting your age.

      Question: Why in some places do you use a lower-case “i”???

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      1. It’s definitely not on purpose. I am used to the computer that I normally write my blogs on, automatically changing the lower-case I to an upper-case. So then I guess when I use my laptop it doesn’t do it automatically.

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    1. Happy Monday…I enjoyed reading several of your posts. I found them insightful according to where I believe you are and what you feel you know of life. Bravo!

      In my opinion, your blog reads a tad like a journal, or a diary. Just a mention.

      Also, I would like to see more breaks. New paragraphs, maybe a picture of you with each post, or a caricature of you. Just a thought.

      Overall, I enjoyed the reads. I left likes, but couldn’t seem to find a way to leave comments???

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      1. Thank you for the feedback.

        For commenting on the blog,
        there is the title to the posts on my blog and usually under the title there is red lettering and there is a leave a comment button there.

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    2. I really appreciate how often you post and I think the topics you choose are great. One thing I’d like to mention though is the fact that some of your posts have large blocks of text, this can be pretty daunting on the eye for a reader. I would suggest you split said posts into some paragraphs 🙂 Good luck with your blog and I hope you have a lovely rest of the day!

      Basant She
      https://thoughtsofasociallyanxiousextrovert.wordpress.com/

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  3. Hi friends! I’ve recently started a new community where positive people gather to not just socialize but support each other and go through life experiences together. It’s basically a movement to get people to assist and boost each other up in life! Please take a look and let me know what you think of this site so far!

    http://www.projectbiy.wordpress.com

    If you review my site for me, naturally, I’d review yours for you so please help me if you can!
    Hope to hear from you awesome people 😉

    Your pal,
    Benjamin (David Long)

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    1. Fascinating! I did drop by your site. Read a bit. Liked. Followed you because the word positive and believe get my attention right now. I wish you the highest and best in your endeavors. May your community grow mega mega times!

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      1. Hey Sparkyjen, thanks for the comment and review! I am currently at work but as soon as I get off and got time to, I will return the favor and check out your site. Cheers for the awesome spirit and well wishes 😉

        I’ll talk to you again later!

        Your friend,
        Benjamin

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      2. Hey Jen! Thanks for the visit and comment! I’ve checked out your site too and I just wanna say that it’s a really wonderful blog.

        You got lots of inspirational content in there and it’s precisely what I wish to help spread to the world. I’d be honored if you will join our community and maybe even our forum as well! I’m very positive that you’d make a difference in a lot of people’s lives.

        Naturally, it’s up to you to join us if you got the time and motivation to of course 😉

        Either way, loved every minute I spent at your blog. Will check in again for sure!

        Cheers and again, stay sparky Jen!

        Your friend,
        Benjamin

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    1. Hi Mac…..I used to have the Adelle Theme for my blog a while back so I immediately liked “the look” of your blog.
      My only thing is that I don’t know exactly the purpose of your blog. I think you can define this a bit on your About page. Just so your audience knows what to expect from you. For example, I can see you like travel, food and general topics.
      I think it will help to elaborate more on your About page.
      Good luck!
      Ili 🙂

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    2. Hi Mac…

      I read one of your post. Hint: Group hugs!

      I left a comment on your blog too. I wish more visitors would, don’t you???

      Personally, I like your writing style. Would you say your blog is more of a Personal Blog? I notice you write on many interesting topics.

      I’m still deciding on a cubby for my blog too. In my opinion, posting is more important at first. Otherwise, you fixate on the “What Is This” question and stall. Just a mention!

      Keep on rolling. Oh! Love the name of your blog.

      At the end of the day…who doesn’t like Mac and cheese?

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    1. Hi…I like your logo because I can get the gist of your blog from it.

      However, I tend to view blogs (especially my own) in all browsers, and using laptop, iPad, and phone. That way I can tell how responsive the blog is resized up and down.

      Your logo (though very cool) look a bit small to me by comparison to other objects on your page. Could you check all your devices and see what you think???

      I wouldn’t have brought up except it was my very first thought.

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      1. Oh that’s a very good point! I was struggling to make it fit on my Twitter header and kind of forgot about the other optimisations. My only difficulty is, I can’t make it much taller and if I make it wider I think I’ll need more content to add to it but don’t want the issue of it looking to cluttered. I think I’m going to have a look at work tomorrow and on different devices to see how it appears and try and make it look better! Thank you for the comment though, I really appreciate it!! 🙂

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    2. I like the look of the logo – it definitely catches the eye – but I did find it hard to read the text. I’m not sure if it’s just my bad eyesight, but that might be something to think about.

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      1. Haha I don’t think it is your eye sight, I think the triangle background is quite busy so maybe that is drawing away from the text. I think I’ll have a play around with more fonts and colours to see if I can stop it from being lost amongst the other components! Thank you! 🙂

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  4. Hello swimmers.
    Welcome to my blog KNOW YOUR WORLD at http://www.salorock.wordpress.com

    Here you will get to know about my way of seeing world. My way of seeing things, my opinion , my thoughts and all all all. But it’s your appreciation and criticism which makes the real difference.

    So Waiting for all of you.

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    1. Bravo! Love the title of your blog. Right off the bat…Know Your World spoke to me.

      Posts were interesting. The pictures caught my eye, though my phone scrunched them together a bit. The Cubic theme is interesting. I wonder if it’s my devices that make it look busy. Just a mention.

      I followed you because I want to read more of your insights on the world. Even a young 60 like me doesn’t know the half of it.

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    1. I attempted to leave this comment on your blog. There was something about a ping back. I was allowed to leave it.

      I found the pop culture analysis post interesting, and insightful. I knew a little about your subject matter, so that help me to stay focused.

      Here is my comment. I cut and paste it here:

      I didn’t have a lot of access to comics when I was growing up (50’s), but I was aware they existed. I guess they weren’t exactly thrown at girls anyways.

      Today, I eat, drink, and sleep movies and tv shows based on Marvel Comics. I’m thrilled they still exist, but must admit I prefer the characters Live & in motion.

      Keep Pop Culture Alive!!!

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      1. Hey Jen! Thank you for your kind words! Just out of curiosity, which post were you trying to comment on? Was the ping back a problem?
        And you make a strong point – there has been a gradual takeover by comics in all media, as they’ve shifted from a niche market to a mainstream powerhouse.
        Thanks again!

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    1. Diya…I love the way your blog views on my phone. It flows so nicely. I suspect your visitors are comfortable locating both your posts and pages. A good theme is key, isn’t it?

      I didn’t read. I scanned. Still learned that using formatting is another key piece because not everyone has the time to stay long on your blog.

      I’m new myself. Looking at other blogs helps me grow as a blogger. Personally, I love leaving comments. I’m hoping more visitors will consider leaving more than a ‘like’ as well on my blog.

      Thank you!

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      1. Thank you so much Jen for taking the time to comment. I am pretty happy with the theme I’ve chosen although I have and still am looking for ways to customize it. It definitely looks a lot better on a PC but I’m still tweaking and hope to strike a fine balance someday 🙂

        I’d be happy to take a look at your blog too. In fact I’m heading over there right now 🙂

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      2. Feel free to leave “sparky” comments on the blog and here too. It’s definitely a work in progress. The blog itself is a little less than two months old. I have much to learn, but what fun I’m having. Hope you are too!

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      1. Thanks so much for the comment Natalie. Yes, I’ve been told about adverbs not being particularly liked by editors and I know my usage can be on the heavy side (along with exclamation marks 😉) However, I was mindful of this when I re-edited my daft and have certainly reigned them in. I found it bizarre when I first read about it, as adverbs are taught extensively in school over here to add to quality to writing.
        Your piece on ballroom dancing was really interesting – such a great way to be active and I completely understand about the confidence / empowerment angle.

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  5. Hi Guys! Yesterday I published my first little short story, it is about the life of an old Portrait Maker. I would love if you will spend time and effort reading it! 😀 I would also like to hear your comments and opinions about my post 🙂 Feel free and read my blog 😀

    Here’s my post link —-> https://iamearljames.wordpress.com/2016/03/27/the-portrait-maker/

    Thank You very much Guys! and Happy Blogging 😀 Have a good week ahead fellas!

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  6. Hello people!
    I’ve just uploaded a photography post for the first time in a while on my (mainly film) photography blog, consisting of some shots I took on film over the last year or so that have been sitting on my hard drive.
    you can find the post here:
    https://anotherlifeinlondon.wordpress.com/2016/03/26/from-the-cutting-room-floor-pt-1/
    or my blog here:
    https://anotherlifeinlondon.wordpress.com

    I would really appreciate it if you would take a look and give me any feedback you might have! Also, let me know if you have a photography/film photography blog you think I might be interested in as I would really like to widen my network of fellow film enthusiasts. I’m also looking for anyone who knows their way around a photo editor at the moment to give me some tips/help me out, so please do get in touch/reply to me here if that applies to you. Thanks!

    Annie

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    1. Some beautiful images there, I had a quick browse back through some of your older posts and realised I’d actually liked previous stuff on your blog ages ago. Very nice to have re-discovered you and followed.

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    1. Hello fellow introvert! Your first post was so relatable it hurts. Looking forward to posts from you in the future 😀

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  7. Hi again lovely people. Still trying to tweak my newbie author blog…well writer…not an author until I publish so more a dabbler… I digress…. Just put up a very personal memory in the form of a memoir about an old school friend that passed away some years ago from prostrate cancer. It’s my elegy if you like. A find memory from when we were 16.

    https://fictionisfood.wordpress.com

    Feedback, comments or like are most welcome…not only on this piece but also on the blog. Thank you in advance 😊

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  8. Hi there folks! My blog is bookish and geekish currently. I just added more options on my menu bar. Honestly I’m also debating whether to keep my theme as is or whether to focus my blog more specifically on books and bookish fandoms so I can focus on a narrower target audience. What would you do? Any critiques or reviews would be helpful! Thanks!

    http://geekinggoddess.com

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    1. Hey your theme is working out just fine, except, i am using it on a phone and i could not find any widgets !! Maybe it’s my phone’s problem,i am not sure. But to check it out on your customizer!!
      Cheers!

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      1. Thanks for letting me know. I know on a computer, the widgets appear in the sidebar on individual posts. I assumed they appeared at the bottom on a phone. I will have to check it out. Thanks again for the heads up!

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