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  1. Hi. I recently started a 300 word fortnightly story group. We could still do with a few more members though, so if you might be interested, please drop me a line via the contact page on my blog, To Cut a Short Story Short, and I’ll be happy to send details. If you’d just like to go on the list to receive the stories (with the option of possibly contributing in the future) then please do likewise.

    In the meantime, I just published a new story, sort of in the style of John Wyndham, a ‘what if’ story – 500 words on what would happen if the National Lottery didn’t go *quite* as planned….

    https://simonjwood.wordpress.com/2016/11/12/luck-of-the-devil/

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    1. I have had to follow you so that I can catch that photo diary! I’m looking forward to it 😀 Your trip sounds like a lot of fun and now I have the urge to go to Paris again! At least I’ll know how to do it cheaply 😉

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    2. Hello,
      I found your blog to be so great! I really liked it. Your name “Curlygirlabroad” is what got me to check it out and I am pleasantly surprised. I love how you travel and take pictures, but I also enjoy how honest you are in your posts. Keep up the great job. I aspire to travel as much as you. I haven’t been out of the U.S but I plan to soon.

      If you could also check out my blog and give me some feedback that would be so great! I travel, write, and take photos. Thanks in advance!

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    1. I really enjoyed this post! I loved how well organized it was. I didn’t get lost and was able to follow along. I liked how you write and show pictures, and then you write and show pictures again. It’s a very nice format. Keep up the great work!

      I also really liked your photos in general and the meaning behind your blog. I gave you a follow because your blog idea is a bit similar to mine 🙂 It’d be awesome if you could also take a look at mine and give me some feedback. Thanks in advance!

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      1. Wow thank you so much for reading and for the great feedback! I really appreciate the time. I went to check out your blog and loved the first post I read! Can’t wait to sit down and scroll through the others! Thanks again and happy blogging!

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    2. Looks like an awesome trip! I would love for you to check out my latest post. I only launched my blog yesterday, so any feedback would be appreciated!

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    1. I liked how you included your perspective from both sides of the issue. It always seems like “we” would do something better than other people until the roles are reversed! I enjoyed reading your tips. They were thorough and useful.

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    1. I love your book review post. I really want to read Perks of being a wallflower, but I have a gazillion other books waiting to be read first. Also I’m very happy to see your love for Gossip Girl and Skins!

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      1. Curlygirldabroad — thanks for commenting in the Community Pool! I wanted to let you know that you don’t need to add your site address to every comment you leave, since anyone interested in visiting your site can just click on your username and they’ll be taken to your site. It’s better go without the URL since many bloggers can interpret it as a borderline-spammy plug, which would be a shame considering you’re just trying to share feedback.

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    1. I really liked your blog! I get a very artistic vibe from it. Your layout is very clean and elegant. As for your posts, I find the pictures you put up give a sense of depth into your writing. Very well done 🙂 I think you’re quite talented and I’d like to encourage you to keep up the great work! Cheers!

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      1. Oh! Thank you so much John! That really does mean so much to me as I haven’t had my blog yet and I find myself being so passionate about it. ❤

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    1. Hello,
      I think your blog is great. I clicked on it because I saw the word travel 🙂 I really enjoyed the pictures you put up and the descriptions of the places you’ve gone. I also like how the categories are right at the top so I had no trouble navigating around. Keep up the great work!

      As a fellow traveler/photographer, It would be greatly appreciated if I could also receive feedback. Thanks in advance!

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      1. I have gone through your site.t contains all ingredients that make a good travel blog as your pitches cover everything from street photography,wildlife,mountains and natural panorama..

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  2. They say the worst wounds, the deadliest of them, aren’t the ones people see on the outside. They’re the ones that make us bleed internally. It reminds me of what J.K. Rowling once said, that some wounds run too deep for the healing. True, but I want to do something about mine; I can’t nurse them forever and continue bleeding so, I followed Oprah’s example. She said: “Turn your wounds into wisdom.”

    https://impossiblebebong.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/open-wounds/

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    1. I liked your post and gave you a follow. The writing style is fine. I like how you express your opinion in this one without meandering. You said it, you mean it. That is good writing. I’ll double back and read some more of your stuff.

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  3. Hey everyone! I’ve had my blog for almost a year now and it has really helped me to deal with my feelings. It has become my safe place and so my posts often times reflect my mood, my likes and dislikes, my disappointments ad my times of joy. Lately, i’ve been writing a lot about what’s happening in the world, namely the US Elections.
    I always welcome feedback and I love to exchange thoughts and ideas with other people so if you ever have a minute go check it out and don’t be shy in the comments. And i’m looking forward to finding some great blogs on here!

    https://thoughtsintothelight.wordpress.com/

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    1. No Writing, No Sleeping is exactly the same problem I’ve been having over the last few months. I think your writing style is simple and pretty darned good! I’ll be popping up every now and then to see what you’ve got to say 🙂

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      1. I did, I wrote something a couple of days back, and I will be writing as frequently as I can in the days to come. Don’t let that writer’s block back again, let the words flow!

        P.S: Thank you for the great read!

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      1. Haha I was afraid someone would say that! My previous version just had info about the website and none at all about me. I’m shy.

        What kind of information would you recommend including?

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    1. I think it’s good! Priscilla said she wants to know more about you but I think if your blog isn’t that personal and you strictly write about soccer, more info isn’t needed, especially if you’re not comfortable with it.

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    1. Hi, great post! I really like all the pictures you put up and how thorough you were in your post. I would love to visit there myself someday! Although I don’t know if I could go by myself. It’s quite scary haha. It’s always nice seeing other travelers on wordpress and so I’d like to encourage you to keep up the great work!

      It’d be awesome if you could also check out my blog. I also take pictures and travel when I can. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated 🙂 Thanks!

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  4. Hi, there…Truly here…I would be delighted if you’d let me know what you think of my latest post:

    Nov 12/16…”Desperately Seeking Snoozin”.

    For those of you familiar with my creative-writing style/preference, it is riddled with wordplay, old-school music and pop references, philosophical observations, and optimism in the face of personal growth. Given that not everyone has a frame of reference for my references, I outline them at the end of the post. My hope is that it makes you smile, feel uplifted, encouraged, and connected…if so, you will have done the same for me 🙂 http://www.trulyunplugged.com

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  5. hey friends

    Tomorrow is exactly one year since my best mate Rob died of cancer and so i wrote a piece about that, throwing some words at the screen talking about how i feel:

    https://brettfish.co.za/2016/11/14/remembering-friend-rob-lloyd

    But earlier in the week i wrote this piece on Restitution having attended South Africa’s first ever Restitution Conference and it was really powerful:

    https://brettfish.co.za/2016/11/10/restitution-the-beginning

    Would appreciate your eyes. Also have had some people commenting on the size of the font that is used – would love some comments letting me know if you feel it’s too big or small at the moment?

    Thanks so much
    strength and love
    brett fish

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    1. I love your writing, it is so easy to follow. Your blog seems like a place where I can learn more about music, which is something that I’ve never even thought of learning more about. I’ll explore the rest of your blog as soon as I can, and I hope to read and learn more. Thanks for the great read!

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    2. I had to take a look just because it is the first song that springs to mind when I think of Buddy Guy and a favourite of mine. It definitely didn’t disappoint. It took me right back to some of my other favourite artistes. I’ve not listened to the blues for such a long time. Thank you for jogging the memory it’s a good piece and I really like the way it’s written.

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