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    1. Hello! Did you ever receive a comment from me on your time travel post?! I only ask as I’m still figuring out whether this spamming incident is still leaving its trail. Also, are you ever up for collaboration? I had an idea but not sure if you’d be interested.

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      1. I like your blog, it had a great layout and your content is really well written 🙂 A little suggestion, maybe link to the trailer of the film your reviewing? it could be useful to help readers get more context.

        Good luck 🙂
        Elephant,
        telephantitroom.wordpress.com

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  1. Hi guys! Mark here. I have reached the final few laps on my journey to complete my first psychological thriller novel. It is almost finished and what a journey it has been. Now the editing process begins! I have just released my front cover so feel free to stop by and check it out! I still need all the support I can get so if you would like to ‘follow’ please do. It would be very much appreciated! Take care, Mark.
    http://www.markdraycott.com

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    1. You nailed the cover, even as a teenager i would have chosen this simply on the cover. Most times i flip to the end to help build suspense but the cover accomplished that already.

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    2. I really, really love the cover!!! I love books and yes I know that we should not judge a book by its cover but sometimes I do buy books before knowing what they are about just because they are beautiful to look at 😁. And yes, I would definitely buy your book! Great job!

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      1. BTW I like the simplicity of the theme and layout for your blog too. It really focuses the attention on you book and content. It wonderfully refreshing because its not a busy layout.

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  2. Hi everyone!
    Posted a a jazzy little recipe earlier today – would love for you to pop by and check out the rest of my blog too!

    http://wp.me/p6j1i2-yW

    And here’s a tip, especially for new bloggers – be careful how many links you leave on sites. I got tagged as spam last week and it may have been because I shared a post link on a couple of different meet and greets. :/

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      1. Hopefully it will make others aware – if you don’t comment on blogs much or don’t login regularly, you run the risk of not realising for a few days, so worth knowing 🙂

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      1. I noticed that my comments were not appearing. At first I thought they were just waiting to be moderated but when they didn’t show on blogs I regularly visit and comment on, or in the Pool which doesn’t authorise on an individual comment basis, I queried it with admin support. They didn’t see a problem at first but eventually realised I was wrongly labelled spam.

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    1. Hi Haylee, loved your blog, especially the illustration up top, it’s nice and catchy. I also like the feel of your blog, it’s easy to navigate. P.S can’t wait to try out your recipe 🙂
      I think you are doing great, all the best

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      1. Thank you so much for the kind words 🙂 You have a great collection of articles and ideas on yours. I love the ‘OneWord’ section – it’s simple yet powerful. Great stuff.

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  3. Howdy!

    I’ve set up a new-ish blog and got rid of my old one as it was a tad all over the shop.

    I’d absolutely bloody love it if you lot could have a look at the snazzy new one and tell me what you think, about any aspect of it; design, writing style, anything.

    This is the most recent blog post:
    http://thisstuffisgolden.com/2015/10/29/do-the-writing-you-want-to-do-and-do-it-today/

    I’ll do yours if you do mine 😉

    Thank you muchly.

    X

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    1. I love your theme and the styled ecard featured images- those are my favorite. Not a huge fan of having to scroll to the bottom of the page to see the Follow options, though. Interesting content, nevertheless. Following!

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      1. Thanks dude! I should really sort out my layout a bit more – I only focused on making those silly ecard things!
        I like your “What is this sorcery!”
        And wow, you are very much a gamer. Nice that you have put them in categories on the side.

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      1. Thank you! Your illustrations are amazing by the way. If I had instagram (I think I was born in the wrong decade), I would definitely follow you. You are super talent.

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      2. Hi, I love the neatness of your website layout and simple yet engaging writing style. I found it a little confusing to understand the navigation I believe, but that could be just the silly me or that more posts will do the justice as they arrive! Wish you good luck!

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    2. I really enjoyed your writing, it engaged with the reader and had a slightly wacky, informal, and irreverent feel with a definite charm too, a great combination that I really enjoyed reading. With regards to design, I think that the simple layout of the theme with the widgets at the bottom works well to put the focus on the writing (though a more colourful theme might echo more with the tone of the writing).
      Hope this was helpful, but obviously they’re only my ideas and opinions so feel free to ignore them if you see fit.
      Best, Matt

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      1. Thank you! I will perhaps make it sparkle a little more with colour.
        Your blog is pretty bloody established for such a young fellow, so nice one on that.
        Also very much enjoyed this sentence:”I am TheBookBlogger2014, I run the The Book Blogger (how imaginative was that?!) where I discuss [dun dun dun!] books.”

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    3. Love your writing voice and I’m always up for a bit of ‘outside the box’ random – so great advice for people to write how they want and not worry about anyone else. Also enjoying the Disney CVs! 🙂

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    4. uper entertaining blog! I will definitely be reading all of your posts this evening… I personally love your dry humour- as someone starting out in their career, I love reading career-related blogs but most posts are a. Super serious, b. Not helpful, c.100% obvious. My only tiny recommendation is a touch more colour to match the wit! Cheers 🙂

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    5. I found your header subtitle to be comical haha. Definitely enjoyed reading through your blog and also your About page. Seem like a very down to girl person 🙂 I wish you the best of luck!

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    6. Your CVs are brilliant! I’m wondering maybe if you should add a ‘Home’ option to your menu (or whatever you want to name the page with the ecards!) because it’s not immediately obvious how to navigate back there – just speaking as a complete blog newbie, I’m sure others would be more on the ball!

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    7. Love Love Love your blog. I like the layout of the cards alot. It gives a great way of skimming multiples topics for the reader. I think that the color scheme should be the complete opposite. If not white at least brighter to reflect your personality and your content.

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  4. G’morning. I’m Leisel from Skill Up Skillet, a weekly updated geeky food blog. I am proud to announce that my month of Nightmare Before Christmas recipes was a success! I created a Halloween Round Up post to share all of the themed recipes in one central location, and I was even interviewed by another blogger! I would love for you to check it out and let me know what you think!

    http://skillupskillet.com/2015/10/30/lets-talk-tea-a-halloween-round-up/

    I am (gradually) working on a new (currently top secret) blog feature, but it is going to take some time to get up and running and looking nice. I’m anticipating two major changes to take place in about two weeks. It’s going to be super exciting, I promise!

    I do have one question for you all this week: how do you encourage readers and potential fans to stay on your site, rather than clicking away after reading a post or two?

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    1. I really like your blog and your recipes its an awesome idea, consider me a new follower!

      As for getting potential fans to say, its hard. Im not sure how to do it to be honest, keep writing engaging content. respond to comments to let readers know that you are listening to them. I found that sometimes a lot of the same people would coment on most things I wrote, I went on to read their blogs and became friends with them.

      Good luck 🙂
      Elephant,
      telephantitroom.wordpress.com

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    1. I liked the structure and how you broke it up by main components and it was definitely easy to follow. I think a possible addition to the past bowl section would be a couple suggestions for particular sauce + veggies + protein combos.

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    2. Love your blog! I’m a huge foodie and so looking at your post was enjoyable 🙂 I also like your header image; it’s cute haha. I think you’re doing a great job! I wish you the best of luck 🙂

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    3. I think that the idea, concept and theme are great. I think you should flesh it out more. I want to know what noodles and rices you use, how much they cost and what the packages look like so I know when I go to the grocery store. I want to see you make it. For instance If youre in a little apartment with a little stove and beaten up pots and pans just like others people will connect with you more. How much did this dish cost all together and how long did it take you to make.

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  5. Hello bloggers!!
    I am a normal girl in her final year of school trying to reach the world through my thoughts. All posts of mine presents my thoughts in form of small write up, poems or paintings. I use colours to convey things when words do not support me. So welcome to my blog OPEN SHACKLES at http://www.salorocks.wordpress.com : A blog which is not shackled by any thing and is 100% straight from heart.

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    1. Hi Kevin,
      Welcome back to blogging! I enjoyed reading through a few of your posts. Your content is great and genuine. The visuals also bring depth into each posts and I especially enjoyed your About page. I think you’re on the great track. Keep it up!

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    2. Welcome back Kevin. I found your about page to be humorous and inviting, which is awesome as it’s the first place viewers tend to check… It was enjoyable looking through your contents, I had a good laugh at the “why is chelsea football club hated so much” as I am quite the chelsea fan. You are doing really great, all the best 🙂

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    3. Welcome back to the blogosphere 🙂 I love your layout and your posts are very interesting. It’s hard to write about “why you blog” Im not sure I could pinpoint it so directly for myself.

      Good luck 🙂
      Elephant,
      telephantitroom.wordpress.com

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  6. Good morning!

    Like many others, I am taking a Thanksgiving Challenge…with a twist.

    My son died on the 12th of August 2013. A number of months after The Accident, I decided to choose gratitude and began posting “Twelve Things I Am Grateful for on the 12th” each month.

    This month I am posting “Twelve Things I Am Thankful for in November” every day. My post included a list of things I am grateful for plus a prayer and scripture reference to go along with that day’s list.

    Check it out and let me know what you are thankful for today!

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    1. I love your layout and your blogs purpose, I think it’s important to focus on the positives sometimes no matter how hard that is. 🙂 I’m going to follow your blog because id love to read more from you!

      Good luck 🙂
      Elephant,
      telephantitroom.wordpress.com

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  7. Hey everyone 🙂 there’s loads of stuff on my blog, something for everyone hopefully, it’s a mix of (attempted) humour, true stories, everything really. Most recent post: Coming Clean
    I don’t know what’s happening to me, is it possible to go through your weird teenage confused stage again? I guess, well, so Buzzfeed tells me, your 20s are equally as daunting, and scary, when you’re trying to figure everything out but have no idea what the hell you’re doing. Ever since this, things have been weird for […]
    writing, life, band, past, confused, music, story, song, weird
    https://emmasguidetothegalaxy.wordpress.com/2015/11/01/coming-clean/ which also includes a story called Nobody Likes You, which is the most popular piece on there. Hope you like it 🙂

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      1. I write about my life, travel, grief, my faith, cycling, and whatever comes to mind.

        I started writing after our son was killed. My Journey through Grief into Grace in my blog title. I try to write about the hope, joy, and life we can have in Christ, even in the midst of tragedy.

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      1. The sunflower is a great name in that case! I wish you all the best! The pleasure was all mine xD But it d be great if you could have a review on my blog too…highly appreciated! Welcome! 🙂

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      2. Omg thank you!! I spent hours to do that so this does mean a lot! Thank you I am so glad you liked it! Thanks and same to you too! I m gunna keep an eye on that blog of yours too xD

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    1. Very inspiring post, NaNoWriMo was something I was too scared to take part in this year (again) because im scared of losing motivation and letting people down. But your post made me honestly rethink this and maybe next year I will work on it 🙂

      Thank you 🙂
      Elephant,
      telephantitroom.wordpress.com

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      1. Thank you! This year, I’m completing writing for myself and not thinking about it too much. Don’t think about letting other people, or even yourself down. I am writing for the sake of writing, and meeting that 50k goal. I won’t let it affect me too much personally, and I think that sort of objectivity is necessary to get the job done. I do hope you give it a try in the future. Thank you for reading!

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    2. I’m not a NaNoWriMo participant, but I am trying my hand at writing. My biggest critic is myself. I’ll try taking your advice and stop worrying so much. This is a very inspiring post. Thank you!

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    1. I wouldn’t usually come across a blog like yours, so I’m really glad you posted it here. I think your last post is beautiful.
      As well as the obviously personal content, I think it’s your writing style that made me read it through. For me, you get the balance between writing “properly” and still making your blog feel like a conversation just right.

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  8. Hey everyone. Welcome to November. I have two blogs Steve-says.net and talkaboutpopmusic.net. I’m really looking for any kind of feedback on the content and layout and looking to find more music bloggers. Thanks for looking and I look forward to visiting you blogs too. Cheers, Steve…

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    1. Great use of layout for both blogs, great use of videos and images in your posts 🙂 I didnt realise Paul Heaton and Jackie Abbot were making music again! The Beautiful South are one of my favourite bands. Thanks for letting me know! haha

      Good luck 🙂
      Elephant,
      telephantitroom.wordpress.com

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      1. Thanks. That comment has really pleased me. It makes me happy to know I have shared something useful music wise. I love their sound together and glad they are performing together again too!

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    1. Your blog is easy to navigate and inviting. I like that you feature a short summary of each article on the front page, making it easy to scroll through the articles. It makes it look clean. I also like that you post your beliefs right there, out front for all to see.

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    1. An interesting piece, but there were some phrases that didn’t seem to flow very well.For instance, ‘soon-to-be eventful past year’… I’m not entirely sure what to make of that. Was ‘ingestion’ supposed to be ‘indigestion’? I think good writing could be made even better by reading through your post a second time before hitting the Publish button.

      Regarding your actual blog, I love your logo but hate the background and theme. The organization of your widgets seems to be all over the place as well, you may want to take a look at it. Usually I prefer to see Follow options first in the widgets area. I found that the Random Post button was nonfunctional, too. Did I do something wrong? Best of luck!

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      1. will go through post again. I like the background though, I liked it best compared to the previous ones I’ve used. Any reasons you hate it.
        Theme I kind of agree, it’s doesnt show much on the homepage except titles. Widgets I dunno what to do there anymore 😦 Will check that random post thing. thanks for the feedback Leisel.

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    2. I really enjoyed your story. I saw below that you liked your background, but I have to agree with the commenter it’s hard to read on the background, is there maybe a way of having a plain background under your text but keeping the background for the rest of the blog?

      Good luck 🙂
      Elephant,
      telephantitroom.wordpress.com

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  9. Hey everyone! I’ve had a serious case of writer’s block the past month, and I really want to get back in the swing of things! My blog is a lifestyle blog, about what it’s like being a new/young wife. I could really use some inspiration or guidance, even some topics you would like to hear about from my point of view! Any and all help is appreciated, and I’d be happy to give your site a look-see 🙂 link is below!

    http://www.newishwife.com

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    1. I love your layout and use of images, they are fantastic. I think you have a really interesting idea for a blog. I haven’t read all of your posts have you written about people’s reactions to you being married young? or expectations of people about your marriage?

      Good luck 🙂
      Elephant,
      telephantitroom.wordpress.com

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    1. I’m following because this is a topic I need help on myself, so yes indeed, I need and want more creative confidence. Overall impressions are good of the look and feel of the blog. I look forward to reading more from you!

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      1. Thanks Robert, welcome along on the adventure! I have several post ideas lined up including: fear, perfection, inner critics, imposter syndrome and on and on and on. It is a daily struggle so glad that it is already resonating with other creative people!!

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    2. Hello,
      I think what you’re doing is awesome. Definitely giving you a follow. Creativity is such a beautiful thing we humans possess and it’s unfortunate to not nurture such potential. I encourage you to keep up the great work!

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  10. Hello beautiful people! !
    I am Mukthi Raja from India. I am 17 years old and this is my second take on blogging. The first one left me in pieces. *sigh *
    Now, i am looking for criticism. Tell me where i am going wrong, tell me where i have scope to improve, point out my mistakes , point them and help me grow!
    https://songoftheforlorn.wordpress.com/
    Thankyou all you beautiful people!

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    1. You made me have to look up two words with your most recent post. Good job, that practically never happens. A couple things that may help: Run your About page through a spell checker real quick. There are some words bunched together and capital letter issues. I would also recommend adding pictures to your posts, especially the longer ones. Have you considered adding widgets to your blog?

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    2. Great layout and lovely colours. Id suggest using categories though, and maybe having them at the side for people to access different types of posts. Also, id look at the widgets that you can add to your blog, you may find some that are really cool. Maybe add a follow button, I found it hard to find the follow button 🙂

      Good luck 🙂
      Elephant,
      telephantitroom.wordpress.com

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      1. Dear elephant,
        Firstly thankyou for checking my blog out!
        Also, thankyou for your suggestions! They are valueable and i shall try my best to incorporate them in my blog! 🙂
        Thankyou once again
        Mukthi

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  11. Hey everyone! I’m a lifestyle/travel blogger and i’d love some feedback on my new post which is about the beautiful, wintery Brockhampton Estate in Herefordshire, England. Love Dita x

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      1. The new post and your blog overall looks great. Nice photos and I like the content. I haven’t seen everything you posted so forgive me if you do have longer posts, but at least on this post maybe a little bit more about the location would be great. If you do elaborate on your other posts forget the comment! And I have followed you 🙂

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    1. I love your blog! The layout of your blog is very clean and elegant. I especially liked the white roses to the left side. Very artistic 🙂 I’m also a lover of traveling and so I can definitely relate to similar interests. I would just like to encourage you to keep doing what you’re doing. I wish you the best of luck 🙂

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  12. Hello People, I am new to writing and started this blog because I thought I could have some place to jot down things I’d otherwise keep in mind forever. Though, I’ve successfully started doing the same, I could use some honest feedbacks on how clearly (or not) the write-ups are understandable and coherent. So a new visitor’s perspective could give me some much-needed ideas on overall improvement if any.
    https://thoughtsuncluttered.wordpress.com/

    -TIA

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    1. Hello Tia,
      I absolutely love your blog. The layout is very clean and elegant. Very simplistic and artsy. Your content is also amazing. I especially liked your most recent post. I’m quite the introvert and so I can’t help but to embrace solitude for that is where my solace is found. I gave you a follow 🙂 I wish you the best of luck and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more!

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    1. Great post, your write sometimes you do have to be ruthless when you prioritise. It was an interesting read because I am very much the type of person who thinks “Ill do it tomorrow” I love your layout

      🙂
      Elephant,
      telephantitroom.wordpress.com

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    1. Hey you, so went through your blog and the poems are really interesting. The content is not really the problem.
      Try adding a gravatar image. and update your profile there, because now the image is blank and the blog looks incomplete wihtout it-another reason is adding gravatr image instantly helps readers separate your blog from others. Like you can see even in this comment, your blog icon is blank.
      Other thing themewise, Try to keep your widgets to the top(my preference, as I personally find it time consuming to scroll to the bottom of the page, also something that I do so..), and add some menu. The idea is the first half of your page should give an idea of what your blog is about. I am on mobile WP, but in case you dont have a menu, do add it, it completes the blog also helps the readers easily navigate your blog. Hope this helped!

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    2. Id add the read more tags, I think they add a provisionality to a blog as well as keeping it tidy. But for you I think they could be important in hiding the twists in your poems, like you said.

      I like your theme, it suits your style!

      Good luck 🙂
      Elephant,
      telephantitroom.wordpress.com

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    3. Just to address a question raised above: the reason some elements of your site switch positions on mobile devices is because of the responsiveness of your theme, meaning that your layout automatically changes depending on your reader’s screen size. You sacrifice a bit of control with that, but gain enormously by having a site that people can read comfortable no matter what device they’re on.

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  13. Hey everyone,
    Last time I got some constructive feedback on my blog, mainly on fonts and widgets. This weekend I arranged it and tried to resolve the defects that were pointed out. Therefore, I would like you people to have a glimpse at my blog and, if possible, provide me with some productive advice. Any interaction with the blog is highly appreciated and will be payed back.
    https://effectivethoughts.wordpress.com/

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    1. I found your post really interesting, I really like your layout and use of read more tags. I think your post is really useful and I like that you included a presentation.

      Good luck 🙂
      Elephant,
      telephantitroom.wordpress.com

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  14. Hey everyone! I just started blogging and I would really appreciate your input on what I write. These things are from my mind i would love to see what you thinkhttps://loststoriesofthemind.wordpress.com/

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  15. Hey ! I’m Joe and I take photos, I have a passion for traveling and exploring. My blog celebrated its first birthday a few days ago and I’m excited to continue sharing my images. I also have just published a new post which I am super proud of.

    I would love it if you could head over and give me some feedback, a like or even a follow 🙂

    https://joetakesphotos.wordpress.com/

    Thanks !!

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    1. Hey Joe, your blog is really cool, love the blog header btw. My only feedback is the theme, since your blog is image heavy, maybe use a photography theme as it will showcase your blog best. From what I see, you’ve use a theme that’s mostly for texty blogs.

      Oh n hey, I have a posted a link somewhere in the beginning , mind giving feeback? thanks.

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    1. I like your writing!! I recommend looking back over your posts later and decide what ignites you most. You can always have odds and ends, but I find that having a focus for the blog and a few goals makes it much more rewarding.

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    2. Love your blog. It’s awesome to see fellow travelers and writers here on the community pool. Keep up the great work, my friend!
      As for what you should be writing: Honestly, it’s up to you. This blog should be for you and what you want. I don’t see anything wrong with you writing about your city if that’s what makes you happy. I wish you the best of luck 🙂

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    3. I like the fact that you just blog about whatever you want! But I couldn’t find the like button or comment on your blog maybe adding them ahead with the post will get you more of them. Pretty clean blog tho! Thanks! Cheers! 🙂

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      1. Welcome! Maybe that is it! Everyone’s running behind a niche while you have the whole package! Maybe you should have a few more menus but sure look in to it! I m sure youll figure it out! If you don’t i can try helping you out with it, not an expert myself but kinda understood a bit here! Cheers ! 🙂

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