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  1. Hey bloggers. Welcome to OPEN SHACKLES a blog where I express what I go through in my life, what I feel about happenings around me, what emotions I experience etc through words and paints. But everything is incomplete about audience and I request you all to let me know your reviews. Waiting for your response at http://www.salorocks.wordpress.com

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  2. Hi. So, I got bored this morning and did a Dangerous Thing. I moved things around on my geeky food blog, Skill Up Skillet! Both the right and left content bars have been completely reworked. Do stop by and let me know what you think of the updated layout! I’d really love to be able to insert the bio pic and quickie About blurb just above the Feed Your Fandom menu but I’m not sure it’s possible to do so. What do you think? What would you like to see different?

    Also I posted September’s Featured Recipe last week. For those who voted, congrats, you can now have literal diabetes on a plate a la South Park’s Powdered Donut Pancake Surprise: http://skillupskillet.com/2015/09/11/septembers-featured-recipe-powdered-donut-pancake-surprise/.

    Seriously, I put an actual disclaimer on the recipe because (hopefully) no one is going to eat a plate of 9 pancakes with half a dozen homemade deep fried donuts alone. Swing on by and let me know what you think! (No, really. For having voted on it, not many people have checked out the post. Show the Lei some love?) Will poke around other blogs as much as I can; rush season at work is a terrible, terrible thing.

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    1. I REALLY like your site, the new layout is great very easy to navigate! Your pancake recipe looks so dangerous yet so amazingly good haha. I like the theme a lot its a great combination of personality! Looks fantastic =)

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    2. It looks great 🙂 really clear and easy to see 🙂 my only suggestion would be is to consider using the ‘read more’ tag while you’re editing, it will save visitors time scrolling and get them finding posts quicker 🙂

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      1. That’s strange, I’m really confused now. Are you not seeing the Read More tags on my posts? With incredibly few exceptions (really short non-recipe articles) I have Read More tags on every post, just before the recipe.

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    3. From what I can tell on the mobile app, it looks good! Rearranging always gives such a great feeling of accomplishment.
      Also, I’m doing a Nightmare Before Christmas post too! Can’t wait to see what you and CuppaGeek do! 🙂

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    1. Hi aul, good for you on getting yourself out there on smash words! Personally, I think your background is a bit too busy, but, with that said, I am not a regular visitor/reader of your blog so I am unaware of the significance of the icon and what it means.

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      1. Well thank you very much 🙂
        Ah, I understand what you’re saying. The icon that constitutes the background is my self-made logo for my book series. It’s the initials for “The Golden Lands”, all wrapped together (a cursive T, G, and L). Thanks for the feedback!

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    2. Hey, Aul, I love the writing and the idea. (If I can make a visual suggestion? This could be me, because my desktop is wide– I know people mostly use their phones nowadays, but maybe make the logo-on-repeat a little faded so it’s not as distracting? Or maybe make it a flat yellow background so the logo in the header pops by contrast?) Beautiful site and works either way, and good luck in your publishing adventures. 🙂

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      1. Aww why thank you 🙂
        Yes, I’ve been told by multiple people that the background is too bright, too distracing, etc. Thank you for your feedback; changes will be made. I’m glad you stopped by, and I hope we meet again.
        Good luck to you and your writing endeavors as well!

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    1. Did you know you have Recent Posts widgets listed twice in your footer? I think it looks great and it feels awesome to take that plunge and purchase a domain. It was a little maddening to scroll through your entire drawstring pattern post; that ran way long without having a Read More tag. Overall, great job!

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    1. About pages are always a bit tricky to write. My advice would be to keep things simple, think about what you actually want to tell people about yourself, what your blog is so far and what you want it to become.
      If you want a place to post poetry and any other creative writing that pops into your mind then say that. You can set yourself goals or set out plans for projects, it really is up to you.

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  3. Hello lovely people! I am May and I started my blog a month ago. I write a lot about my own experiences and thougths about society in general. I enjoy debates and even if people sometimes like my posts, they barely start a conversation and I would really like to share with you guys. Here is my blog: https://thoughtsarelikeclouds.wordpress.com/
    Tell me what you think and if you have the same interests, don’t hesitate to comment and/or follow! I will check your blog anyways.

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  4. Hey guys! I hope you are all having a good day. Please stop by and catch up with my new short story ‘The Carter Chronicles’. Part 4 has just been released! As always your support is much appreciated. I am still working hard to finish my debut novel so watch this space… It won’t be long! Mark
    http://www.markdraycott.com

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    1. Love the basic idea of the blog, but a few more post about bullying, handling over protective parents , feeling left out , etc idk just an advice. I would personally love reading things like that

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      1. Hey, Jade–Lori here! Thank you very much for your feedback. One thing Jamie and I are absolutely going to start doing is making the blog more friendly not just to parents of middle-schoolers and teens, but also those guys themselves. Love the ideas you threw out, and we will be incorporating those in to the mix very soon. Appreciate any and all future ideas you care to throw our way. 🙂

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      2. Haahha hey Lori! Yup that is exactly what I meant! Because if the parents will read what you are preaching out to them…maybe it will be easier for them to talk to the kids too! Just an idea! Sure I will if I think of something I’ll totally spam ur blog xD Haha great to you meet you! 🙂

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    2. Yes, middle school kids are a unique brand of human, so a blog like this is always appreciated. I really like your layout, design, and use of images. Two observations – 1) Do you see your audience as the parents, kids, or both? The first two articles were definitely directed to parents, but on the most recent one, it was hard to tell. 2) You may want to utilize the More tool in your posts, which enables you to show a greater number of articles on your home page without too much scrolling.

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      1. Thanks for this feedback! One of the things we really wanted to do was create a forum where Middles and their parents could connect over the topics we write about. We have thus far been pretty heavy on the parenting end of things, but we’d like to start adding more content for the Middles, themselves–particularly after one of our younger readers mentioned they’d like to read more about bullying, overprotective parents, and that sort of thing. I think, though, in light of your observation, we may need to find a clearer way to do this. Any ideas?

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      1. I found the photos really interesting especially the abandoned train ones, thanks for sharing! One thing I would suggest is maybe making them a little smaller? Each one nearly filled the screen on my desktop. The text to photo ratio is good. 🙂

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      2. Thanks! I’ll look into making them a bit smaller – at the moment they’re a percentage of the page width but maybe I should shave a few percent off…

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      1. Mine’s a self-hosted site but there’s a e-mail subscription box under the hamburger menu (top right). I’ll have to hack my theme a bit to make it a bit more prominent.

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  5. HI! I’m getting back into the habit of blogging after a long hiatus, and I’d appreciate comments on the general appearance of https://kestrelhill.wordpress.com
    Also, what do you think about ‘while I was away’ posts — what was going on while I was out of the blogosphere?
    I find Facebook is sucking away a lot of my content – I’ll post pictures and a few lines and don’t then feel like expanding things to a full blog post. So lazy!
    Feedback, please?

    Naomi

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    1. Your blog is lovely. I love your tagline! I’m not sure how it looks on a computer, but on my phone your background was a little distracting. I had a hard time focusing on your photos. Otherwise I really enjoyed it 🙂

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  6. Hello Swimmers! I hope everyone is having a lovely day!

    This month, The MomHood is giving some extra focus to writing and engagement with fellow bloggers. I love my photography so much that I’ve put my writing on the back burner. Which is why I have signed myself up for Blogging Universities Writing 101 and Blogging 201 courses. I have not skipped any classes, though the Cafe across the street has some delectable danishes in the window and I could use a cup of coffee….anyhoo, here are a couple of the posts I have up.

    https://themomhood.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/ckecklist-to-do-list-remember-where-i-put-it-list/
    https://themomhood.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/writing/

    Also, I have a new post with a poll. Voting ends today so get your votes or answers in by tonight!

    https://themomhood.wordpress.com/2015/09/14/help-i-need-somebody-help/

    And do enjoy the song while relaxing on your raft drinking an umbrella drink!
    Cheers!

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  7. Hello everyone..!
    I run a blog which contains all my writings.. Be it poetry,articles or just random stuff.. Once I a while, I post about other day to day stuff too..! Would really appreciate it if you could have a look at it and give me your valuable feedback..!
    https://thecoolbookworm.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/poetry/
    This is a link to one of my posts.. It’s about poetry.. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out my other posts too! 🙂
    Cheers,
    Deek 🙂 😀

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    1. I also would like to ask you guys about the separating the posts per page. Can anyone point in the right direction on how to do that? Or is that only possible for paid blogs? Thanks.

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      1. You can determine how many posts you show on your blog’s homepage (no paid upgrade necessary!) — you’ll need to go to My Sites (at the top-left corner of the screen) > WP Admin > Settings > Reading, and there change the number of posts in the “Blog pages show at most” setting. You’ll also want to make sure your “Scroll infinitely” box is left unchecked.

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