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  1. Greetings fellow bloggers! This week here’s a link to a story I just published on my flash fiction blog, To Cut a Short Story Short. It’s entitled Gone Fishing (700 words). It’s based on a childhood memory, which I think makes quite a good story, and carries a moral too!

    https://simonjwood.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/gone-fishing/

    As mentioned in my previous posts, if you might be interested in joining a 300-word fortnightly story group then please contact me via my blog and I’ll be happy to send details. New members are always welcome!

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  2. Hello Community Pool,

    James from ‘James Proclaims’ here. If Monday is getting you down, why not check out my blog?
    Either you’ll enjoy my latest post, which will cheer you up,  or quite possibly you’ll think my blog is a bit rubbish, but then you’ll realise that you’re better at blogging than I am and that might cheer you up.
    Either way you’re a winner…

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    1. I like the post. I think the length is very comfortable from a reader’s point of view; it’s in the happy medium range. I also like your about page. Your writing is so clear and you convey very specifically, what you want your reader to know. Can’t wait to read more from you. 🙂

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    2. Hello there. I went through your latest blog and a few others. I really like your writing – very clean and to the point, but still has an artistic flare to it. 🙂
      short blogs are good every now and then
      i also hesitate to publish short blogs, but i quickly remind myself that quality is better than quantity sometimes. 🙂

      sarabisblog.wordpress.com

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    3. Good post. I love how you’re writing is so relatable and positive 🙂 I felt that the article was crisp and concise. The perfect length 🙂 Good job! Keep writing 🙂

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  3. Hello fellow bloggers!
    Today I published a post addressing that feeling of your past always haunting you. It’s something that I would have definitely appreciated several months ago when I was feeling like my past was going to define my future forever (it won’t by the way).
    https://thisstuffisgolden.com/only-you-are-in-control-of-your-future
    I would love any feedback you have on it, as well as anything about my site!
    https://thisstuffisgolden.com
    Thanks so much!
    Lauren x

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  4. Happy monday to everyone (if that exists :P) Hope your weekend was great!

    My blog just got a makeover, and I’ve been writing short posts about how to become better and more motivated bloggers/authors. I would love some feedback concerning my writing and my blog’s new look. Thanks to everyone in advance!

    Link: https://thegoldenlands.wordpress.com/

    If there’s anything I can do to return the favor, please let me know!
    Thanks!
    Dominic

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      1. Thanks for the compliment! 🙂 I’ve thought about adding more images, but I struggle with the fact that I myself am not a picture taker and I hate using images that are not my own. Maybe it’s time to revisit…

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  5. Hey all!

    I’m a blogger who writes about my experiences with the death of my daughter, my son (who was born dead but is now 2), and how it all relates to my spirituality.

    I started a series on politics where I discuss how and why I decided to vote for Donald Trump as a black woman. Please check it out and leave your thoughts…Even if you disagree all opinions welcome!

    This is part 4 of a 5 part series.

    https://reignoffaith.wordpress.com/2017/01/28/surrendering-my-politics-american-idols/

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  6. Hi Bloggers – In general, I try to keep my blog apolitical. The focus of the content is supposed to be running, mental health and family life. And I try to intersperse some humor in most posts. Every now and then the world frustrates me enough that I write a political post (which is usually something of a rant). As readers, how do you feel about getting blindsided by a hyper-political post on rare occasion? Bloggers who are not political bloggers, if/when you do this, do you lose followers?
    https://jefftcann.com/2017/01/30/whats-in-your-heart/

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    1. I’m interested to know what people say because I just posted a political post. I mean, I don’t think you can very well ignore things that are going on when they’re block capital BAD NEWS. I mean, I could, but it would feel disingenous.

      I want my blog to be light-hearted, but I don’t want to be an ostrich with my head in the sand either…

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    2. I went a political route after Donald Trump’s election and I have actually gained followers. I think the people who follow an individual blog get to know the readers perspective and, even if they disagree, they’re still willing to stick around.

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      1. That was a good post, I’m going to give you a follow. I feel like we are at a time right now where whether we want to or not, we need to draw lines of right and wrong, and not be afraid of our convictions. Friendships may be lost, but it seems important to speak our minds. I can think of nothing better than by blogging!

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      2. I couldn’t agree more! I can truly respect anyone who knows what they believe and why, even if our beliefs differ. My goal is to share my own beliefs and experiences in a way that is palatable. Thanks for the follow. I loved the monochrome snowy debris photo.

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    3. This is interesting, because I feel the exact same way, except my political posts remain in Drafts or get deleted. It’s the only thing being covered in the news 24/7, so if fellow bloggers comment and put their own spin on things, I don’t have any issues with it, even if we have differing opinions.

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      1. Hello, just a question: how do you actually “add” a read more tag to posts? My homepage only shows excerpts but there’s no “Read More” at the end, only an ellipsis (…) and I’m not sure if that’s emphasis enough for readers to realize it’s not yet the end of my post, especially if I add an excerpt that’s one paragraph long ✌

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      1. Thank you, I enjoyed thinking that one up. Usually for a daily post I only give myself 5 to 10 minutes to write them. If I come up with nothing then I skip that day.

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    1. Hi! I really enjoy your blog. I notice that most of your posts are short and I like that.

      I think you should post more often. I don’t know if it would help you but it helps to keep me on track.

      Posting everyday forces you to post things you wouldn’t normally. I’ve had an interesting time seeing things that I thought would flop do bether than the things that I thought would be hits.

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    1. I’m not an educator, but am excited to start reading your blog. The 100th day of school post brought back some memories… like when I had to bring in 100 items in the 1st grade and brought 100 beer bottle caps, embarrassing my parents (they’d accumulated over a long time!). In any case, I like your layout a lot as well!!

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    2. I feel so happy about you posting this ideas, that I may as well share my next 100th something and how to celebrate it! Thanks for sharing! Maybe you could try some funnier colors (?) I feel it doesn’t fit your happy writing style. I would loved my english teachers did this when I was at school.

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      1. Hello! I’d love to read about your 100th day. That’s a great point; I like the look of the blog but I think you’re right in that it doesn’t exactly fit what I’m writing about! Thanks for pointing that out!

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    1. Exactly my thoughts about productivity, but this is not a system that works for everyone. Loved the post, but the initial comparision between stories could have been shorter or better yet use a couple images (or in my style… memes). Loved the stats and the back-up!

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  7. Hello! Today I wanted to blog about the soul-destroying process of trying to purchase Hamilton tickets, or maybe my constant need for chocolate, or even something-something-movies-and-happy-endings-something…. but then I woke up and remembered that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. So I wrote an open letter to the world instead.

    https://whendoigetthemanual.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/open-letter-to-the-world/

    I’d like to hear from other people about how they’re feeling at the moment, and whether or not there’s anything more we can be doing. In the meantime, let’s keep our eyes and hearts open guys.

    *tiny fist bump*

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    1. Is it proper Community Pool decency to advocate for a blog? I adore this chick’s writing! This post is a great read along with every other works she’s made. You should for sure, check her out!!

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      1. Thanks for being able to comment positively despite disagreeing. I’ve been on your blog and found your posts very eloquent and moving. I’m impressed by your faith and in a way envy your conviction.

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      1. Same! I think I can kind of see what you did there, and it’s a really clever way to make the most of the wordpress settings & still make your blog your own. Very cool.

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    1. Wow! Gorgeous layout (super love the colors!) and great content! It feels so neat, I like how you categorized your posts. Plus, easy navigation! I’m struggling to do that just yet, so maybe I’ll steal some ideas from you 🌻

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    1. I don’t have a solid answer for you there, but I find that people tend to gravitate toward the things THEY like, so even if you’re really passionate about something it may take a little while to gain a following that values the same things. Food is the same way; recipies on my blog seem to get more attention than the other posts I personally like or am proud of. So I’m right there with ya! That being said, I really like your about page & share some of your interests. Looking forward to reading more!

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    2. In time you will find your niche, and if you don’t, that’s okay. Putting your posts into categories may help, so that you can write about sustainable living, minimalism, books, cats… And pretty much about anything as long as they’re easy to find through categories. You may also try to think something these categories have in common, and that becomes your niche. Think simple living, home life, something like that… hope that helps. Good luck and just keep blogging! See you around! 🌻

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