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  1. I’d like to invite everyone to stop by and check out a poetry piece from a few months ago, “Could Be Alien.” I was surprised by the reception, and this turned out to be one of my most popular poems of 2016. The image is a perfect match and I think that had a lot to do with the success. If you like the poem, 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/2016/09/04/could-be-alien/

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    1. It’s a good poem for someone looking for inspiration. The imagery is wonderful, and the picture is a perfect match! Keep up the good work! Perhaps you can write a story or another poem to extend or work off of this one.
      -Author S

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  2. This is my first community pool comment! My blog exists to encourage others in their faith in Jesus Christ; to encourage joy in the Bible and to show how awesome the Old Testament is! I’m currently doing a 12-week study on Ecclesiastes, one chapter a week! Let me know what ideas you have about the look of my site and if I need more pics or other pages. https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/56979398/posts/1282214576 Thank you and I look forward to checking out your blogs!

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    1. Love hearing about other blogs aiming to encourage people in their faith! I read through your about page, it’d be awesome to write some blog posts on parenting and marriage and what that looks like as a Godly woman. (Because 20-year-old newly married women love to hear other women’s stories who have MUCH more experience.) Excited to see what you have to write about Ecclesiastes in these upcoming weeks!
      -Allie https://thewifeofalumberjack.wordpress.com/

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      1. Hello Allie! I love your site. Following you too! I love your ideas about blog posts. God laid an Ecc. study on my heart so that’s taking up most of my effort but to do special features on how the points in this book speak to those areas, would be a great idea. Thank you! And thanks for joining me in this study! The book is so great.

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    1. This is simple and excellent advice for new bloggers and seasoned veterans alike. Keep it consistent, organized, and pleasant. I’d love to get some feedback on my blog if you wouldn’t mind.
      Happy blogging!
      -Author S

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      1. Good luck with your resolutions! There’s nothing wrong with having a few cliches in the list. Losing weight and getting more organized are always good ones to make, especially if you’re in dire need.
        I’d say you could turn your blog or at least part of it into a sort of progress tracker. Keep track of your path to accomplishing your goals and branch out. Maybe you’ll find something new to strive for.
        Good luck and happy blogging!
        -Author S

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    1. Though I enjoyed reading your post, I have a small recommendation. I would suggest changing the header of your website. I personally dislike it, as it takes up nearly a third of the screen and does not seem to be closable.
      Maybe get a theme in which scrolling down on the page lets the header disappear?

      Other than that small issue, I like your website. 😀

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  3. This is awesome. I totally agree with you in that money isn’t wasted if it encourages you to spend time with family and friends. I’m thinking I’ll follow your example and definitely do more game nights!

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    1. I really enjoyed the format of this post, and how I learned a lot about your in it. I also think your logo is really beautiful, and the layout of your blog really highlights your writing and photos. Your baking looks delicious! 🙂

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    2. That was a great post. Your website looks amazing and is easy to navigate. I like how you present information in a simple, reader-friendly way. I look forward to seeing more from your website in the future.

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  4. Hi, Ever’body!

    Pobre Tomat here after a major hi-atus!

    New Post–https://bellsandwhissles.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/come-hell-r-high-water-3/

    Hope all of you are well and newly inspired! Ready set GO!

    @belleswhissles
    bellsandwhissles.wordpress.com

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    1. I enjoyed reading your most recent post ‘What I Wish I Would Have Known At 18.’ The writing on your website is of good quality.
      By the way, I would recommend fixing the tab on your page labelled ‘Welcome to Dylan Westwood’ as at the time of writing this comment, it leads to a page of unused text widgets.

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  5. Hi – maybe a huge ask, but only for people who are interested. I am relatively new to blogging, and started my newest blog: https://writeaboutquotes.wordpress.com with the goal to at least write something every day this year. My other blog: https://inmyaspergersworld.wordpress.com was started as part of a writing course, and is my journey with my son who has Asperger’s Syndrome. I have big dreams of making a career out of writing and editing, and would love feedback on my work – any sort. I just want to get my writing out there.
    Thank you,
    Kellie

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    1. Writing about quotes is a great idea for a blog – it’s a strong theme and should give you plenty of fuel for generating ideas. Good luck with it!

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  6. I used to blog frequently elsewhere have moved to WordPress. Looking to make some connections and learn about others! I’m a mama of 4 year old twins and cancer survivor!

    kaylashaddix.wordpress.com

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    1. You have an excellent website, however, I would recommend putting your posts through a spell checker before uploading, as I noticed a few small typos, such as ‘yer’ instead of year and ‘aI’ instead of I. Other than that, great writing.

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  7. Yes I have just started my blog yesterday. I have wanted to do this for a very long time but was very afraid. I would really like some feedback on my writing as well as tips for proof reading and punctuation’s. I know I tend to use the word and a lot. I may need to take a writing course. My blog is called a daily dose wisdom things that I’ve learned over the years. missmanublog.wordpress.com

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    1. After reading your ‘Being Able to Take Advice’ post, I have a few suggestions:
      -Add an image or two to your posts.
      -Try to make shorter paragraphs. Rather than 8-10 sentences per paragraph, try to aim for 3-6 sentences.
      -Your website’s front page still has a few placeholder posts. You may want to delete those and replace them with your own posts. (By placeholder posts, I mean the ones on the front page of your website labelled Blog Post Title.)
      Overall, I enjoyed reading your writing and I am now following your website. I hope to see more posts from you in the future, and I will be sure to read them. Good luck with the future of your website!

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    2. You might want to try a free editing app such as hemingwayapp.com . One thing that would help is to break up your long run-on sentences. For example, here’s one way to break up one of them. “We have been friends for a very long time. We experienced this even in our teenage years. Many times, I was on the other side of the issue. She would try to tell me something for my own good, but I had my mind made up that I was going to do what I wanted to do regardless of what anyone had to say about it. I didn’t even care.” Regarding your content, you might enjoy the book Crucial Conversations. I have a summary of it on the Book Summaries page of my site: https://gracelead.co

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