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    1. Great photos and blog!
      I am heading to Disneyland Shanghai next month and can’t wait! I last went to Disneyland over 10 years ago in Anaheim and loved it! I wish there was Disneyland here in Australia haha!
      PS love the bracelet

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      1. Just a word of warning, I heard the culture at Disneyland Shanghai is quite different, coupled with how the locals behave, hope it wont be too much of a cultural shock for you. Hope you have a great time !

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      2. Hi Pauline. I have heard that too! I have heard there is so much pushing and line cutting and a general lack of curtesy. I’m not sure I’m prepared and hopefully I won’t lose my temper lol. Thank you 😊😊

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    1. I love this post, and especially the title. I have never ventured into gardening but I have managed to kill most (if not all) of the plants I have ever owned. I have a cactus right now and I’m trying my hardest to keep it alive!!

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    2. I love your writing style, and your gardening style sounds rather like mine (best summed up as: just throw it in the dirt – either it will grow or it won’t). Gardening with cats is always a joy: my last cat’s favourite spot to go to the bathroom was always exactly where I had just planted something…

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    3. I’m so glad I’ve found your blog! I just read your About and I could have written it word for word (minus buying a house… kudos!). Can’t wait to read your stuff!

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    4. So I have been gardened every year that I could since I came home from the Army and still I learned from your post. Loved the light hearted feeling of the post. The one thing that personally I would suggest that I look for in every post I read (for info purposes) I would suggest at least make each item bold in example the all the numbered items like “Plant Seeds”, “Label Seeds”. I find it reads a lot easier and for some people that are looking for a quick list. Thanks for sharing such a fun and informative post 🙂

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      1. Oh yay! Thank you for sharing. The best thing about growing veggies is they’re pretty durable, so they can survive a lot of the beginner mistakes you might make. Tell you mom I say good luck!

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  1. Greetings fellow bloggers! Simon from To Cut a Short Story Short here. Well, looks like I missed the boat last week with the pesky time change in the U.S.A.! But I managed to jump in the pool quickly enough this time with a link to my latest post, published earlier today, a fully clickable contents list of all the stories/articles on my blog!

    https://simonjwood.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/contents-20th-mar-2017/

    If you have any difficulties in using it please let me know.

    Some of my personal favourites are: 100 word – 2, 6, 7; 200 word – 4, 11, 12, 24, 35, 52. 56; 300-600 word – 3, 4, 6, 10, 14, 17, 23, 26; longer stories – 7, 9, 10; TASWG – 4, 8.

    I’d be grateful for feedback on any of my stories. Also, you might check out 300-600 word – 26, if you’re interested in the case of Madeleine McCann (‘The most famous missing child in the world’), it’s had almost 2000 views so far, the most of any of my posts.

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    1. Excellent advice about promoting… and the analogy was novel, to say the least. 🙂 But regardless of the practicality of your brother’s advice, don’t go into engineering if you’d rather be a theoretical physicist. You’re going to spend a lot of your life working, you might as well go for what you’ve got a genuine passion for. That’s my just two-penny-worth, you can take it or leave it of course. 🙂

      But returning to the original topic of your post about promotion: a shame I can’t be bothered (too much like hard work). Not to mention some of us just want to share what we love whether or not people need it! 🙂 In my case that involves good books, nice places and an unhealthy dose of Herodotus…

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      1. Haha, good one 😉
        I see what you’re saying. The truth is, I don’t really care whether I’m an engineer, physicist, or mathematician. I’m just studying these fields because that’s where the jobs are. If I wanted to do something I was passionate about, I’d be an English major, or Humanities/Philosophy.
        But thank you for the advice, I can agree. 🙂
        You’re right! You should share and promote your thing whether people want it or not! The point is that first, make people want YOU, and then they’ll want what you’re promoting.

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  2. Good afternoon fellow bloggers!

    I hope you are all well and had a good weekend.

    My name is Mark. I am a writer and author looking for as much support as I can get to join me on this literacy journey. I am currently working on my next novel, the first in a new crime series which I am very excited about.

    If you do have the time, please stop by and say hello. It would be great to hear from you!

    Take care,

    Mark

    http://www.markdraycott.com

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    1. Hey Mark.. Thats a beautiful post.. I love the way u describe the power u have when you are telling a story.. Its so liberating to feel that u have control over the character’s life

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    1. Good post. Very well thought out and rational, which seems to be a problem for some people from both sides lately. We don’t do discourse in general anymore, which is why I love to be here on WordPress because we do seem to have good conversations and interactions.

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    2. That’s a really interesting topic, and it’s one that I’ve been thinking about for a while. I think that while it is necessary to write about Trump, sometimes people write about him too much, and media attention, good or bad, is what helps him. You wrote a great post!:)

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    3. Well written! I think about Trump a lot and I feel like I´m constantly discussing something he has done.. and I live in Norway. It is just because it matters so much to the whole world all the weird things that he keeps doing, and you should write about things that are important. Keep it up!

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    1. For me, your post was a good read. I’m not using WordPress as a social media tool; however, I see you and many others using it as a highly effective social media tool. That’s one thing I appreciat about WordPress. We can use it in a variety of ways. I can use it as a dual website/blogsite to share information on my topic of choice. Someone else can use it for a business website. Others can make it their dream social media site. 🙂 https://gracelead.co

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    2. i liked this post. I use my blog to explore topics and to self help when things get tricky i don’t really consider it along side the rest of my social media maybe that is because i write anonymously?

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  3. Hey fellow bloggers..
    I’m sure you have never read anything as dark as this blog!
    Well it’s not mine but a special friend of mine!
    Wanna know about her?

    The dark sky tag  – http://wp.me/p8aUsT-i

    Please do check out her posts!!
    I’m sure you would be amazed!
    You’ll never regret it!😁
    Happy blogging!!😊😄

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    1. Hello Lost Astronomer! I stumbled across your blog and it blew me away. A males perspective on such a challenge is insightful for both sides. Thank you for sharing you and your wife’s journey. I’m sending good and healthy vibes your way. I will make sure to keep following ! Great idea and posts!

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  4. Castlerigg is a six thousand year old stone circle set in a stunning amphitheatre of high fells. Wainwright described the Pike O’ Stickle as a “steep ladder to heaven” and declared, “no mountain profile in Lakeland arrests and excites the attention more than that of the Langdale Pikes”. The two are linked by an ancient Stone Age axe industry. In this post, I visit Castlerigg at sunrise and climb the Pike O’ Stickle via Stickle Tarn and the magnificent cliff of Pavey Ark. I’d love to know what you think.

    http://www.lakelandwalkingtales.co.uk/langdale_pikes_and_castlerigg/

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      1. Thank you. I really enjoyed your story, the Beach and the song. I’ve left a longer comment on the page. Great imagination and skilful storytelling. Wonderful stuff.

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  5. I would love feedback on my latest post (and other posts)! Trying to establish a theme for my blog. It’s all based on an upcoming jaw surgery that will have my mouth closed for quite a while. I’m a talker, a social butterfly! And now I will be forced to shut up and start listening. What an adventure! I’m beginning this journey as “The Girl Who Listens” and even before the surgery, I’m already noticing so much in the world around me as I focus on this listening. Thanks for the read and any criticism!

    https://whileshelistens.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/the-inevitable-crash/

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    1. I thought this was lovely…. a neat way to think …because how many people really pay attention, especially in a thoughtful way when we see people falling off their bikes. I had to stop chuckling in my head while I was reading about these people falling too, so I’m glad you were able to check in on at least one of them.

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      1. Thanks for the feedback! I was chuckling when I wrote it. Sad but true! Thankfully they both were fine. I appreciate your insight!

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  6. Hey all!

    My friends and I started this blog about 9 months ago, and we’ve had a ton of fun doing it and have gotten a few followers, but we’re having some trouble breaking into the “next level” in terms of readers. It can be a little demoralizing seeing blogs that have existed for half the time ours has with 10x the number of followers.

    Anyway, here’s our most recent post. We’d love any feedback or constructive criticism you all might have! Thanks!

    https://finestbagelsblog.com/2017/03/19/baltimore-city-school-funding-following-the-money/

    -John

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    1. Perhaps I’m missing something, but couldn’t see any ‘Subscribe’ button in your blog. You will hardly get any followers if you don’t allow them to follow you in the first place. Good luck!

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    2. That post was really well-researched! All of your articles are well-written and informative. As for gaining followers and readers, maybe you want to interact more with other bloggers that blog about news/politics like yours, or promote your blog (especially your most recent post) through social media. Promoting it within your community might also be helpful. Good luck!

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      1. Thanks! To be perfectly honest, we were a bit reclusive until about a month ago. I genuinely didn’t even know the community pool was a thing until then, but being part of the community is far more enjoyable, haha

        -John

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    3. What is the ‘next level’ you want to reach? And from what level? I had a look at your blog but you don’t put your follower count there. 🙂

      Although it’s good to have a goal to work towards, I think it’s very easy to get suckered into the statistics and lose the will to carry on. Seen it happen to loads of people! So I wouldn’t focus too much on the number of followers… In any case, as the others pointed out, you need to make it easier for people to follow you. Personally, I can’t be bothered with promoting my blog but I did at least put a sign up form there for people who randomly bump into it!

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      1. So that’s a pretty good question, and I can’t say we have a very well defined goal. I got a few recommendations to make better use of the WordPress tools, so I added some widgets to our blogs to make it a bit easier to follow, ect. Thanks for the input! Appreciated 🙂

        -John

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    1. You are very creative!
      If I could suggest anything, personalize your theme more. You’ve had the blog for ages, but you’re using a default look. It’s just a suggestion.
      Your posts are perfect.

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      1. You are so kind – thanks for popping over and having a look and commenting! I really do appreciate it. I haven’t actually considered the theme at all, to be honest! It just seemed to fit with what I was doing, and I really liked it – but you are right that I should freshen it up with something more personal! It simply didn’t occur to me, haha! Cool, thanks for that – I shall play around with it in the morning. 😀

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      1. Thank you! Yes the street artists have just started around town and there are a couple of other pieces that I’m going to post at some point. The bird was interesting to see take form over the month it took to paint.

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    1. I don’t think that it was too preachy at all! What you wrote about is important to hear. I think that it was a great post, and a lot of people would relate to it. Thank you for sharing!:)

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