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  1. Allo all. Leisel from Skill Up Skillet here for another Community Pool of ohgodI’mstillsickcanIjustsleepnow. For those I haven’t met, hi! I run a weekly updated geek and game themed food blog. The kitchen is my battleground and each recipe I conquer helps me grind my cooking skills to the next level. If you appreciate food and/or gaming but don’t like cookbooks, probably you’ll love me. Humor and sarcastic wit abound! I’m apparently also crazy and taking two blogging courses at once, plus working on future features. Woo.
     
    As always, I’m always seeking new followers and new blogs to follow. Do you have any other communities, groups, or forums you frequent to network with others with similar interests? If so, I’d love to hear about it. I recently left one FB group for another and already it’s a much better atmosphere. I suck at networking and I’m trying I swear. (I’m hopelessly antisocial and kind of an accidental jerk; blogging and networking helps. You should see how bad my people skills were before I was the leader of a guild in World of Warcraft!)
     
    It’s summer here in the States and it sucks. Heat is bad. Humidity is worse. It’s okay, I’m here for you with an ultra-easy, two ingredient recipe to cool you down: Portal Slushies! The cake is only a lie because I’m making it for my birthday in September. Oh, you’re interested and want to see it? Why not give me a follow and we can celebrate my birthday together! Here’s the slushie recipe: https://skillupskillet.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/portal-slushies/
     
    Also, I just joined Bloglovin’ this morning and can’t figure out how to make the widget work. Anyone with Bloglovin who can offer a helping hand? I’ll love you for it. Lots. I want to add the widget under the Kitchen Fund. I’m betting that by the time I post this I’ll be at home because I’m sick of being sick at work. Will do my best to offer feedback where and when I can (but throw me a bone tomorrow, there’s a terrible training at work and boo).

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    1. Hi there! Regarding Bloglovin’ do you mean a link widget? It apparently doesn’t work for WordPress.com accounts but I got around it by downloading the Bloglovin’ image (same page as the widgety thing) then adding it as an image to my sidebar with a URL link back to Bloglovin’. I felt very clever! (although I assume this was the easiest thing in the world!) Hope this helps, apologies if it’s already been answered 🙂

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      1. Yes I think so! It’s doesn’t support free WordPress sites (hence the image shortcut) but works for self hosted WordPress. I’ve seen loads of blogs that are WordPress using it. Think of it as a broker for blog sites – it collects them all up so that all the different platforms can be viewed in one place 🙂

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      1. Morning! Your setup is incredibly nice for such a new blog. I might recommend adding more to your About page, however. And do you have any social media accounts for the blog? If so, show them off on the right under your two Follow buttons and it’ll look great.

        Huge thanks too for following my blog. Cheers!

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      2. For starters, awesome suggestions. I will get right on it. Thanks for the feedback and the compliment.

        Also, my pleasure following your blog. Your content is witty and makes me smile. Cheers!
        Cher

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    1. The photos of Wales are stunning!
      You have a great way of capturing nature, the waterfall shot is unreal.
      The only question I have for the theme is how do I navigate by specific location?

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    1. I think they are great!
      I didn´t think that six words and a photo could tell a whole story, but you totally proved me wrong. I love them! Keep writing! They are very inspirational and got me thinking..
      I only read a bit of your poetry, but I´m already a huge fan! This is really only positive feedback here;-) Awesome work!

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      1. @sunshine, Hi, I am so new to blogging. I love to write and so I thought why not a blog. If you had any feedback I would greatly appreciate it.

        P.S. I don’t have a clue.

        Thanks.

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      2. Hi cher! What exactly do you want to know? Is it about the content of your posts? Your theme/layout? It´s hard to give proper feedback when you don´t know what exactly you´d like to have it about.

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      3. Hi Little Sunshine, Hope you are well. Thanks for getting back to me. Hmmm…. you make some good points. Since I’m new I just wanted input on does the blogs site in general. So theme/layout and content would be my main concerns as I want to build a following. Any suggestion are most welcome. Hope you are having an awesome day.
        Cher

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      4. Hi Cher.
        For your theme I´d choose a different header image (since it´s featured-like mine was) and maybe also some new colors matching your new header.
        Then I´d recommend choosing one font and then sticking to same sizes (one for text, one for headings, and one for second headings), it makes it easier to read that way.
        Also I´d suggest making an own page for your disclaimer, instead of putting it right on top of each post.
        To your content, I´m not really an expert in your topics, so I can´t really say much there. Sorry.
        I hope the rest helped! Have a great evening.
        Little Sunshine

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    2. Hi Ben! My name is Charlie and I’m a fan of flash fiction. I also tried out to write some few times but always disappointed with the result. So I know how hard it is to write one, especially the shorter one. I have read yours and I like them. The illustration gave a deeper impression to accompany your story. Overall, good job! I will read your later works after this.

      In Indonesia we have quite a lot of fans of flash fiction and I would love to promote your blog to some friends. 🙂

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    3. I love six word stories since they’re great fun to write and can pack such a punch. I think the ways you’ve used the stories and the photos together is fantastic. You’ve really hit the nail on the head with their snappiness.

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    1. Hi, love the short article!
      Great summary of Helen, and the pictures & layout make it very readable and easy on the eyes. I do similar summaries of cities I explore and will take notes on your delivery.
      Sidenote-great theme!

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      1. Ah, thanks so much! I’m glad I’m at least heading in the right direction. If you have any tips for me, I’d really appreciate it too 🙂 And thanks about the theme, I spent months tweaking it.

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    1. i am someone who very much likes using the * cough * Christians or whatever else i’m digging at wordology so that attracted me to your title… and a good message which we all need to be reminded of regularly. When we are truly loving people then we can leave the judging to someone else, or SomeOne else…

      This is a post i wrote a while back on being judged: https://brettfish.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/to-those-who-judged-me

      Keep on
      love brett fish

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    1. Hi Cathy, I am Johan. I blog and write in Dutch as my audience is Duth/Flemish related. I like your ultra light blog design. Where did you get that?

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    2. Hey Cathy, I gave your blog a read just now and glad that I found some book recommendation I could put on my summer reading list. Your book challenge sounds fun, I would like to do that in the future. For now I’m continuing to read the remaining of your book challenge posts. 🙂

      My blog is more or less similar in content, I also put my thoughts there with some book review and movie review here and there. It’s not as sophisticated as your blog though lol. Do give it a read if you like https://charliesanjaya.wordpress.com/

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      1. I disagree; I think your blog is far more sophisticated than mine. You have a lot of opinions about the world, etc. But I guess that comes with age and experience.

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    1. Hello there! I think your post is wonderful! I also commented there as well! 🙂 I think that the photos break up the text just right, so its not like you are just flipping thru until you get to your photos. You get to read and enjoy the photo at the same time! Good work!
      Cheers!

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  2. Hello Community Pool – I changed my Theme this week and added a new header. Any feedback welcome but preferably the “your site looks awesome” kind of feedback would be best…

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    1. “your site looks awesome”

      Directly copy/pasted from you. But no, really. Totally drastic overhaul and it looks like a change for the better. Great use of black, too, not overwhelming or depressing in the slightest. That’s actually a pretty significant achievement so good job.

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    2. I agree with leisel, it looks good. I came over to you last week and thought it looked good then too. I think this looks neater but your navigation is still spot on and everything is still easy to understand 🙂 keep it up!

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    1. Love it! I really like your headline! Very catchy 🙂 your blog looks good, you write well and your navigation is great and side bars are easy to understand! Keep up the good work!

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    2. Schweet, looks good, liked your Cosplay post. i really like the widgets and especially your About Me pic and Bio. For me the only part that feels a little weaker is the font and look of the blog title ‘Look Through My Lens’ – not sure why – the name is great – and the ‘I came, i saw, i captured’ font is great but something about the main font doesn’t capture me as much [sorry, i know criticism is hard to take and with this kind of thing i am completely not an artist type so my opinion should count for little] maybe it’s just that i like everything else more…

      But on the whole it is looking and feeling great
      Keep on
      love brett fish

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    1. I wasn’t sure, I felt like there were to many words I didn’t understand. I sound a bit dim saying that but I zoned out about half way because I couldn’t make sense of what was being said.

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      1. Lol! I’m sorry, I’m really bad a big words and understanding them when they’re put together, I also have a three year old shouting at me about needing a drink. I kind of get what you’re saying but I don’t know if I would go with ego…I think I would go with self esteem, maybe. Personally, I am good at some stuff but my self esteem stops me from thinking I can do better or maybe even continuing down a path of something I’m good at,

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      1. This is a very good question, as I am a new blogger as well.
        I have noticed, for me personally, all my site hits, seem to generate on the weekends and in the evenings. But it could just be because the majority of my followers and visitors are family and friends at this point. I don’t have much of a following…yet. 🙂
        I think with so many bloggers around the world, there may not be a set peak hour to post. I am of course, unsure of this because I am new as well.
        I hope this helps, and I guess I am kind of hoping for an answer to this as well.
        Cheers!

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    1. I think the quality of the post and using tags are more important than timing, though Megan makes a good point about a worldwide audience. If you’re using a popular tag, the people who see your post will be in your time zone and online close to the time you’re posting. My approach is to post at different times, but that’s as much an accident as anything. I’m in the UK too. The biggest proportion of my visitors are from the US, but I’m really happy that I’ve had visits from over 100 countries in my first year of blogging.

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    2. I blog from the UK and I find that most of my posts have been viewed but people in the U.S. personally, I don’t think there is a right time to post, I’ve read that posting in the morning is good for traffic because people tend to check their WordPress when they get up, to be honest, it’s difficult to estimate what time that is with so many people visiting from all over the world, it’s a different time of day in all those places. I think the other answer is pretty good, concentrate on content and good tags/categories, that deprives traffic to your blog better than any posting time will. I’ve posted from as early as 6 am to as late (early?) as 1am and still had visits. I really don’t think it matters, although the I’ve only been at this a year myself so I might be wrong 🙂

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    3. That’s something I wondered too. WordPress have the stats page which give you your personal best time. I used to post at 9am uk time but switched it up recently and post in the evenings due to my own schedule and am getting less views. So perhaps morning is better?

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      1. Well, I guess confusing probably wasn’t the right word to go with. I think I felt a bit overwhelmed but all the Photos and also, because they’re all made to fit the square shape, sometimes your title is cut short so it’s not clear what the post is called 🙂

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  3. Hi everyone! I’ve been suffering a bit from writers block lately and yesterday I just managed my first post on my blog in 3 weeks. I’d love some feedback on whether it works. It’s about how it can be fun living in a foreign country (in my case the US) even when I’m hopeless at getting things right! Any feedback/suggestions welcome. 🙂

    https://albiontoamerica.wordpress.com/2015/07/26/how-to-not-play-croquet-and-other-anecdotes/

    Thank you! 🙂

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      1. Thank you! That post is really informative: I remember the first time I went to the US and ordered biscuits, I was disappointed! It’s definitely a different language sometimes!

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    1. I enjoyed the post thoroughly..! Your style of writing is really cool..! I’m sure you will get the hang of things in the U.S. 😉 Even I write a lot, though I’ve just started my blog.. Mind checking out my blog too?? 🙂 😀

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    1. Personally, I’m not keen on the blog theme, it seems like it will be very busy when you post more stuff. I would personally reduce your tag line to something much shorter, basically, you should write in there what to expect from your blog so something more like “my thoughts in words” or something like that.
      I liked your ‘about’ but you need to work on your navigation and also proof read a little bit before you post. Maybe head to the dash board and check out more themes and organise a menu that can go from one place like ‘home’ – where all your posts are to ‘about’ – your about page.
      You can asses the menu edit area if you go to your dash > WP admin > on the left hand side of the screen towards the bottom hover over Appearance and click menus. That’s should help you get it sorted, don’t be too afraid to muck about in the customiser either, as long as you don’t hit save, you can look at ways of customising and creating your home page a bit better without making any actual changes 🙂

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  4. Hello everyone.
    New here, obviously. I have recently started a new blog. Its about 3 weeks old. Precious little thing. I think I am on the right track. I am looking for ANY input. Writing. Layout. Navigation etc. I have a lot of super duper great ideas, that I hope turn out great “on paper”, so having as many tips and tricks up my sleeve would be, just awesome. I haven’t quite found my niche yet, but I think I’ve got something really good brewing.
    Also, I notice a lot of bloggers, whether here on WP or other sites, have Nicknames for their followers. (example- I’m MomHood so my followers would be nicknamed Hoodlums..ha ha ha) I would LOVE any feedback on some awesome wordplay for nicknames.
    Thanks in advance to any feedback that I get! You all rock! Visit me here
    https://themomhood.wordpress.com/

    Cheers!

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    1. Hi! I love your blog and the way you’ve organized it so far. “Welcome to the hood,” hahaha…even though I’m in college, your content seems like it would be relevant for someone like me to read. Some feedback: where are your actual blog posts? All I see is your About page on the homepage. I would suggest switching your homepage from static to just displaying your most recent posts. People will naturally gravitate towards your “About” page anyways. And regarding your about page, you could do with more structured, longer sentences with the intention of establishing a presence/identity on the blog. Tell me about your family, your goals for the blog, etc. etc. Also, I don’t really like the caps lock. Hope this helps! If you need any more feedback, I have a whole section on my blog devoted to helping new bloggers find ideas and stay motivated. It’s on my website, until “And Much More”, under “Meta Writing”. Cheers!

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      1. AHHH! Thank You so much for your feedback! I truly appreciate it.
        I have been bouncing back and forth in my head whether or not to change my front page. I had it set to recent posts, than changed it. I wasn’t to thrilled about it either. And, I’m not very good at writing “biography” style, so that is definitely something I will work on and fix for my Blog. I’m still working out kinks in the menu styles and navigation. Thank you for pointing out that you can’t find my posts. I will fix that too, for future viewers!
        Thank You SO much again for your help and honesty! 🙂

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    2. Hi, Megan! You have a very exciting blog with a very attractive but neat layout. So congratulations on getting so many things right in the first few weeks itself! Your content is also amazing. The links on the header image are not working though. They kept coming back to your about page and so I had to click the menu bar.
      I love the idea of Hoodlums! I think it is a great nickname for your followers. I’ve been blogging for over a year, but I sadly don’t have any, real or potential, nicknames for my followers…
      Good luck with your blogging!

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      1. Thank You for your feedback. I appreciate every ounce of it. I am currently working out all the kinks to menus and navigation. Its a lot of work getting this to where you want it, eh? But its so much fun!
        Thank You again, and I hope to see you back! 🙂

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    3. I liked it, it’s a work in progress, which is evident when I click in places but nothing comes up but that’s good, you’re laying the foundations and that’s a great way to start! I liked what you wrote. Each part I explored that had content was written well and your overal appearance is great! I liked the colours and images used, nicely done 🙂
      In my personal opinion, I thought your sidebar was too long. I liked the links along the bottom and how accessible everything was 🙂
      I’m a mum blogger too, although our blogs are quite different! I personally refer to my audience as kaboodlers, I think hoodlums is catchy! Keep up the good work

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      1. Thank You so much for your input. It is a work in progress, and when I think I’m getting somewhere, I end up disliking it. But I love the process of elimination. I am having so much fun already!
        I will definitely work on my menu bars, navigation and such. I truly want my site to be easy to get around and pleasant to read/view.
        Thank You again for your feedback. Its awesome to know so many great people out there are willing to help, lil ol me! 🙂

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      2. You’re welcome 🙂 would love it if you have five to check out my blog too? Blogging in the same sort of area, it’s always nice having feedback from a fellow mom-blogger, although the I would be a Mum-Blogger since I’m from Wales lol

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      3. I love it so far! When I don’t have the 4 year old running around, I will definitely be reading more of your stuff! It does seem like we blog of the same things! Happy blogging and Cheers!

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    4. Hi Megan,

      I really like your header because it’s very unique. However, it’s difficult to read the writing because the red really blends into the black. Maybe change the colours?

      Also, I suggest including an about page. It makes it easier for readers to connect to you!

      Hope you like blogging so far!

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      1. Thank You for your input. I do agree with you that the logo, bleeds into the background. I will tweak that up a bit.
        I have a hard time writing “about me” pages. I get a serious case of writers mumble. And the whole thing turns into a run-on sentence. So, yes, an about me page is in the works. If I could just get it down on the way I want my readers to see it. 🙂
        Thank You so much for your suggestions. I appreciate it greatly! Cheers!

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      2. About pages are special in that you can write whatever you want, and no one has the right to disagree. You can write about some of your interests, what your blog is about, etc etc. Just remember to make it short and sweet–not one, long paragraph. You can always look at other blogs to see what their About pages are like.

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  5. I think one of my newest posts might be of interest to readers in community pool. https://livinglearningandlettinggo.wordpress.com/2015/07/25/perfection-is-not-the-goal/

    Also I’m wondering where some you get free photos and clip art for your posts. I use wikimedia regularly and getty occasionally but they often don’t have what I need. Most of the others that say free when you do a google search, ask you to join for a fee or when you go to their sites and you pick a photo they tell you what it will cost to buy it. I find the photo search so frustrating.

    You might also be interested in knowing that you can use The Sunday Wrap (http://theseekersdungeon.com/category/the-sunday-wrap/) to share the favorite post you’ve written that week on your blog and the favorite post you’ve read on another blogger’s blog. That has been a good way for me to share my posts.

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    1. I’ve found getting online images a nightmare too. I resolved to not using the. In the end, I find it difficult to understand what and how they work… If I add media now, I either link to it or use my own

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      1. I have found that you have to get certain keywords right in order to get the picture you want from online. I try my hardest to use my own and refrain from using outside sources, but sometimes you have to. Good Luck! I’ll check out wikimedia as well!

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  6. I’m looking for a way to make my homepage look better. I’m not totally satisfied with how it looks. It seems like it’s a little cluttered and unprofessional.

    I also need help growing this blog outside of my group of friends. My traffic only stems from Facebook and Twitter, but even then it’s only my core group of friends. Any advice would be super helpful. Thank you!

    clemsonfroshblog.com

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    1. I think it looks okay, maybe it’s the colours throwing you? They’re quite bright and can sometimes be off putting, personally I’m good with colour but it’s not everybody’s cup of tea. It takes a long time to get a steady audience, almost all bloggers with tell you that, try not to worry to much about traffic right now. I wonder if it would be better to have more than one post on your front page? I know you’ve got access to other posts but I think a lot of people respond better to scrolling through them rather than clicking… I know I do.
      Maybe keep an eye out for blogging 101 courses, they’re available to all bloggers and might be handy for you if you’re new to this 🙂
      In general though, I think you’re doing fine, everything will come as time goes by, just have patience. Also, one last thing. It helps to comment and like other blogs. Maybe scroll through the posts that have tagged the same tag as you, it’s a great place to find likeminded bloggers and a great way to combine getting traffic to your blog as well as finding other bloggers who’re talking about the same stuff as you, to fill up your reader with

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      1. When you were in the customiser, did you press save?

        Sorry, probably sounds like I’m accusing you of being an idiot, I’m not, but I’ve done it before and. It pressed save thinking I had made the changes and it all reverted back to original.

        I’ll keep checking to see if it does change though 🙂

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    2. Great idea for a blog! Maybe you could start sharing on some Clemson facebook pages for your graduating class. On the homepage comment – I think the layout looks good, I would consider updating the background color to something else bright than the purple as it can take away from the content and other images. Good luck!

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    3. Interacting with other bloggers is key. Don’t just read their posts; like and comment on them. It’s a great way to gain views from not only the blogger you wrote to, but also others. People are always looking out for more blogs to follow, so they will most likely click on your blog.

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      1. I really like those colors. Bold. Professional. Not too kiddish and not too adult! Good choice! I flipped thru your stuff and it looks really great from my end. I’m still pretty new to this blogging thing as well, so I can’t give a true expert opinion, but from a readers stand point. Very well done!

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    1. I like The Quotosphere a lot! I would like to see an about intro on the main page if possible to give the reader an idea of your intentions for the site and what types of quotes your sharing, upfront. Good luck!

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    2. It may be because you’re allowing people to scroll through your homepage instead of having to click through every post. If you want to combat this, perhaps you should switch to a static homepage, and let people navigate different categories of quotes. Your post structure is also very complicated, when I don’t think it needs to be, considering that your main content is just short quotes. You don’t need the “publish this” and display of likes and comments showing on the home page because it becomes very cluttering. Hope this helped. If you want more help/advice, I have a whole section on my blog devoted to helping bloggers stay motivated and find ideas, under “And Much More”, under “Meta Writing”. Feel free to check it out! Hope this helps. 🙂

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      1. Not necessarily, but definitely simplify your homepage and consider more ways for readers to click on individual posts. The way your website is right now, I could read through all of your quotes without clicking anything, and it only registers as a single page view in your Stats page.

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      2. Guess it’s time to try out a different theme.
        In fact, I’m actually having confusions about this blog. I’m having thoughts about shifting it to Tumblr. What say?

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  7. It’s been a while since the last time I post here. I just gave my blog its own domain name and updated my portfolio curation as well.

    http://adhika.net/

    My blog contains my photography journal (the blog section), and it also hosts my online portfolio and a link to my Flickr gallery. There is a lot of photo editing blog/tutorials and my blog is not about that. It’s about the art of seeing, art of composition. So, if you are into photography, I’d love to see you around my blog! 😀

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    1. Loved your article, especially touching on the loss of attention span due to the way we now digest media. We need to keep written text around (and hardcover books!) as a reminder of the importance of education and true absorption of information. I liked the format of your post as well, kept my attention throughout.

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    2. Couldn’t agree with your views more. Technology is deeply affecting the foundations of our ways of connecting and bonding with each other. People these days try to feel more through emoticons instead of real time expressions. People expect others to be a texter good enough to be able to please the receiver, instead of just meeting up and trying to understand the underlying currents of human emotions.

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    3. I liked your article quite a bit. I noticed your use of headings and thought they helped break up the text and guide the reader.
      My favorite part was your idea on text dying out. I am weary of this happening when I see people using more emojis than words in a text message, fb comment, etc.
      Initially text speak created a new lexicon and form of grammar, but now it seems that it is replacing words with pictures.

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      1. I’m glad you liked it, yes, I had an idea for breaking up the text using them.
        Exactly, text created a new form of grammar, which seems to be threatening text itself.
        Thanks for reading!

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