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    1. I like the idea of your blog and I enjoyed reading the post about photography ideas 🙂 I would love to read a post in which you share some thoughts and photos of nature and art! Everyone enjoys those two things haha 🙂 good luck with your blog!

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    2. That effect you get from snow falling in the featured image to the bottom is amazing. For your NY Resolution post look to deepen your meaningful resolutions by providing deeper context whenever as to why those resolutions are specifically important to you. This introduces greater stakes.

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      1. Im not sure whether you talked about my blog but the idea of putting more meaning in my blogpost is indeed something I feel like I should do more. Thank you for the reminder it is truly helpful!

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    3. It takes a long time to build a blog and get views. Make sure to use tags effectively, and “swimming in the community pool” is a good start. Come here and share every Monday. Just be patient, and post a few times a week on somewhat of a schedule. It takes time. Good luck and happy blogging.

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  1. Happy 2017 everybody! I hope this year will be an amazing year for you all 🙂 This year I have so much planned for my blog already and I am so excited to continue writing and blogging. I would love to hear feedback on my most recent post welcoming in the new year, or if you fancy having a scroll through and picking a post which suits you then that would be more than great too. Thank you all 🙂
    https://50shad3s0fjay.wordpress.com

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  2. Hello everyone! Happy new year! I am pretty new and not very experienced when it comes to this blogging journey. But I do love to write and I could use some feedback on my pieces of writing and style. Therefore, if you could spare some of your free time and check out my blog, I’d really appreciate it 🙂 here is the link! Thank you a lot, have a great day!
    https://oceauxnic.wordpress.com

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      1. It’s alright haha. Thanks for checking it out. 🙂 I liked your list of post. My favourite one was definitely the one in which you compare love and cake! So creative and… well, true! Nice work!

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  3. Hey everyone! Hope you all had happy holidays! If it perks your interest, I run a pop culture website, and recently I’ve been writing about my favorite films. Given that Christmas was recently, I wrote about It’s A Wonderful Life, which I think is the greatest Christmas movie put to film. I’d appreciate some feedback on that post:

    https://popculturalstudies.wordpress.com/2016/12/24/personal-favorites-its-a-wonderful-life/

    Thanks! Happy blogging! 🙂

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    1. I honestly don’t know if there’s much else you can do with your blog to make it more visually appealing. My eyes are tired (typical scientist) and I could read it on a laptop screen just fine. You also use tags, but have you ever found other blogs/posts that use similar tags? Finding other like-minded bloggers could help grow your audience, you know?

      https://scicasual.wordpress.com

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      1. Oh, it’s not so much about interesting content (you’ve got enough, it appears), it’s more about doing some legwork to find your audience. Not everyone knows how to do a tag search.

        Seriously, I didn’t know how many science blogs there were on here until I learned how to do that…

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  4. I’d like to invite everyone to stop by and check out a photography piece from a few months ago, “Farewell to Fall 2016.” The photograph was taken during a hike on Thanksgiving Sunday and shows the death of one season and the birth of the next. If you like the photograph, please click the “like” button on the post page. Comments and feedback are always welcome, and please leave them in the comments section of the post page as well. If you like what you see, feel free to browse around, and follow along so you don’t miss anything as I post several times a week. Thanks in advance.
    Drew
    https://drewmartinwrites.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/farewell-to-fall-2016/

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    1. Welcome and great start! I also write anonymously and find it so great for working through stuff and also getting other perspectives – be great if you could pop by. Looking forward to reading more posts – good luck

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    1. Welcome to the WordPress community. We’ve got cookies…well, recipes for them. You’ll have to do the work yourself, sorry.

      Anyway, now that you’ve got your blog set up, let out your blogging voice for the first time (feels good, doesn’t it?), now it’s time to spend an hour or two faffing about in the Customizer so you can get an idea of how your blog works, making sure your social media links go somewhere, perhaps a bit more on your “Ask” page (Would this be your “Contact” page instead?), maybe even play with colors? You’ll see when you just let yourself play.

      https://scicasual.wordpress.com

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    2. Welcome! You use the same theme as me and it looks good. Just get writing. I like honest real life blogs I also like relationship and love blogs. Pop by mine if you like and I wish you luck on your blogging adventure 🙂

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  5. Hi everyone!

    My blog is justnormaljosh.wordpress.com, and I’ve been experimenting with different lengths of posts lately with my last two posts.

    Also, please leave me some feedback on those featured posts on my blog! I’m trying to figure if I should do more posts like those.

    Also, how is my image selection? I’m trying to create a ordinary neighborhood aesthetic (like in Kelly clarkson’s breakaway video lol).

    Thanks and happy new year!

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    1. Hi Josh! I really like the layout of your blog. I read a couple of your posts and thought the length was good. One idea as far as photos would be to add a featured image to your posts.

      Charlotte

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    1. 80’s music is the best! The look and feel of the site is great and really matches up with your content. We like the 80’s (and all the other decades, too) and music of all kinds over at the Nostalgia Diaries, so consider us a fan!

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  6. I have just started my blog few days back. Would love to hear from my fellow bloggers their thoughts about it.Please be gentle as I’am still a new born baby in this big wonderful world of blogging.Thanks in advance.

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  7. Hey, everybody, I just started today! Would really appreciate feedback! Send whatever feedback you want, I’m 21 years old! I’m a big boy, that loves writing poems and things like that lol. Help me out!

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    1. Your point is excellent. My favorite part was, “It may not have marble grounds, but definitely has moral grounds. It may not be pretty to the eye, but upon contemplation, you may find that it may be what God wants to see.” My only suggestion is to consider the length of your posts. It seemed a bit longer than necessary. https://gracelead.co

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    1. Agreed. Motivation alone ain’t gonna cut the mustard. The Will Smith quote does it for me. Also, to coin an aged cliché, actions speak louder than words!

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    1. If the photo is a picture of your planner, it’s lovely! You have an easy and relatable post to offer a quick organizational tip in the new year.
      Happy 2017!
      -Author S

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  8. Hey everyone! It’s a new year and a new challenge for this month. Come visit the Ink Owl for fantasy flash fiction and illustrations. Come read tantalizing tidbits and get hooked on unique stories never written anywhere else! It’s happening all month long right here: http://wp.me/p7OhSP-10l
    Happy reading!

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    1. You have a lovely image for this story! The concept of the Dragon Moon is interesting, and your descriptions are detailed. I would keep an eye on dialogue tags and small grammar errors to fix, but otherwise, it’s an interesting start.
      Feel free to stop by and take a look at my works.
      -Author S

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    1. I’d have to see what your old theme looked like, but I like this one! You have many passions but as long as it’s organized well, it should connect with many different interests in others! You’re a bit different with the gaming element. 🙂 I’m a runner too (although on sabbatical after baby, lol. A looooong sabbatical.) so I’ll have to check that part out.

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      1. Hi, thank you so much for stopping by and letting me know your thoughts! I appreciate the feedback. I think that organizing the variety of topics is the hardest part lol.

        Thanks again!

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      1. Hi Allie! Thank you so much for checking out my blog and for the feedback. I greatly appreciate it! I agree about photos. I am a very visual person, so I think photos go a long way to help tell stories.

        I just checked your blog and followed. Happy new year!

        Charlotte

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    2. I love the home page with all the tiled images! Also, the categories make it easy to find your way around. You may want to try some color schemes, but other than that, the blog looks great!
      Feel free to stop by mine if you’d like!
      -Author S

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      1. Of course! I’m glad I could help! If you’d like to stop by and leave some feedback as well, it’d be lovely.
        Happy revamping!
        -Author S

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    3. Hey Charlotte,

      I love the look of your blog – you use the same theme as me, so you are preaching to the converted really!

      One thing I chose to do was to have my widgets in the tertiary area – when you do that they appear without the coloured border around. I think that looks better, in a minimal uncluttered way.

      Just a thought – all in all, good job!

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