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    1. I saw your blog and have commented on a few posts that I liked. One bit of feedback though – I didn’t see a wordpress follow button anywhere, so I haven’t actually been able to follow you although I’d have liked to (without subscribing by mail).

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  1. Hello everybody. Simon from To Cut a Short Story Short here. I’ve been revamping my menu system and installing drop down lists. Due to the limitations of my free theme (Sela) it’s not brilliant but I hope it will help. I’d be very grateful for any feedback on ease of use!

    Also, here’s a link to my latest story, a tongue-in-cheek SF tale of what happens when a robot gets to keep 10% of her earnings! Heartless Desires, just 600 words.

    BTW, I run a fortnightly 300 word writing group, please let me know via the contact page on my blog if you are interested. New members always welcome!

    https://simonjwood.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/heartless-desires/

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    1. I’ve noticed you among the first to dive into the pool every week. Just a suggestion – If you checked out other blogs and made some friends I’m sure your followers will incline in no time!

      Peace 😏✌

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      1. Hi, many thanks for the feedback and I appreciate what you are saying. The long lists DO look a bit too much perhaps, that’s what I wondered. I’ll look into simplifying them a bit after a little more feedback. Thanks again!

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      1. Hi Kristen, many thanks for taking the time to check it out. In fact, the feedback I had was that the dropdowns were too long, going off the screen, and that this made things look a bit messy. So I found some time today to change it to the alphabetical system you saw, where all the lists should stay within the screen (I designed it for a small screen). Sounds like that has improved things anyway!

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      2. Oh! I didn’t even read the other comments, but I liked your dropped down screens 🙂 I think you have everything organized very nicely. I have been working on doing the same with mine. It will be awhile before I have more post and it’s necessary. But I like the way you chose to do yours!

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      3. Thank you Kristen, a couple of comments were left on my blog as well as those here and I also mentioned it in a previous CP post.

        I saw a video on YouTube of how to do those dropdown menus. You have to do them manually on wordpress.com which is a bit fiddly but basically you select menu items (via dashboard/appearance/menus) and drag them into position. You drag them a little to one side to make sub-menus. That isn’t obvious – if I hadn’t seen the video I wouldn’t have guessed!

        I have to say that when I look at some blogs I’m left wondering exactly what is on them, so I wanted to make it easier on mine. So, yes, you might incorporate that idea into your own blog in time. Good luck!

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    1. I’m planning to do something similar in my own yard! Maybe your pictures will give me motivation to actually start it because so far… I also agree that exercise is torture! Great post 🙂

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      1. Thanks and yes I am! We just moved into our house over the winter and it needs some type of better landscaping that won’t break the bank. I’ve been waiting for all the flowers and everything else to grow fully so I can decide to keep/move or chuck.

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    2. Exercise is not torture, it’s invigorating! Glad you are trying new things though, it’s always a lot of fun and a key to healthy living. Time seems to go by more slowly when we change our normal day to day, thus, more enjoyable. Great post

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    3. I like your style of writing…and had to chuckle a few times as you describe the patio project. The pictures are great, especially the one of your husband sitting back while you do the heavy digging 😉

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    1. You are a fantastic writer, dare I say I am a bit jealous of your skills! – I read Orwell’s 1984 recently, and I had to constantly close the book, stop, and think. It’s an eerie feeling when you can picture so much of his writings coming to fruition.

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    1. I really appreciated reading your post where you are talking about this from such a personal angle. You do a great job of weaving together all of the stories of the people connected to the tragedy, while connecting your own thoughts as well!

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    1. Thank you for the pointers and the link for ‘On Writing Well.’ I complete a walk-through after finishing each piece and full edit before posting, but still don’t find all the missteps; hopefully the book helps.

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    1. Its a really nice poem you made there. I especially like your reference. Its not easy coming up with such a piece from a sacred piece.

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  2. Hi there!

    I became active on wp a few months ago, and I’ve been playing with several different ideas of things I can post. Mostly, it’s silly poetry and a few short prose pieces, but now and then I try to throw in some articles with my thoughts and opinions of things. Here are links to two of my recent posts, https://justaplatypus.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/the-art-of-napping/ (article) and https://justaplatypus.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/i-love-you-more/ (poem) so you can check out whichever interests you.

    Eagerly awaiting feedback on everything you like and dislike!
    Thanks 😀

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      1. Haha it’s so nice to hear that, most people just laugh it off as silly and childish when they hear it (I used to be called Perry the Platypus growing up by my friends, and that’s where it originated haha). But I’m glad it attracted the attention of someone new, and I hope you like what I write!

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    1. The most important thing is that you are writing for you, and not monetization. Therefore, you are doing everything correctly!

      And your pieces are good, I wouldn’t hit dislike even if the button existed.

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    2. Your napping article was informative. It’s strange how much there is to know about naps. When someone tells me, “Somebody needs a nap,” I wonder what type of nap they are recommending? 🙂 The images seemed to be repetitious, although, some people might prefer one style over another. https://gracelead.co

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      1. @paminat0r, the image criticism is very helpful, thanks, as this was actually the first post where I’ve included any images at all. So perhaps I went a bit overboard xD i’ll keep that in mind

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  3. Hey fam,

    Hope everyone’s having a super duper Monday and a lit swim!
    Bits and pieces of my life carefully placed into little posts of Micro tales, poems and paintings on my fairly new blog!

    A little love, some appreciation and heartwarming feedback would be highly appreciated!
    And definitely a lots of friends please!
    Hop in and say hi if you’ve got a min!
    Much love! xoxo 😏✌

    https://chaosxdblog.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thanks for checking out my latest post via Community Pool, Chaos. Really like your stuff, as I am in a kind of “dark phase” of writing myself. At least, temporarily till I finish this short story!

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  4. Hi everyone! Yesterday’s post was a very personal one. Last week, as I about what Easter meant, I decided I wanted to give my daughter a story that she could cherish longer than any amount of Easter candy. It is a story about two lives: one that began and one that started over. One day I hope she reads this and understands just how precious the gift of her life was to my own. I would love for you to check it out: https://nostalgiadiaries.com/2017/04/16/the-gift-of-a-new-life/

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      1. Yes I did, your nasty spam monster caught it up! Have you ever visited your dashboard and discovered there is this secret place that most of your comments get held up at?

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  5. Hello everyone, I ahve a photography blog. I post pretty reguarly every week a mixture of film and digital photos (although film is what I prefer to share). Why not check me out and let me know what you think;

    This is a like to a new series of mages taken on a recent trip to Budapest:

    https://the6millionpman.com/2017/04/17/hungarian-adventure-part-one-to-palinka-or-not-to-palinka/?frame-nonce=a4f71f672b

    And this is a link to a long running street photography series:

    https://the6millionpman.com/2017/04/17/street-photography-olympus-om-d-em-5-85/?frame-nonce=a4f71f672b

    Thanks for your time

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      1. I do love shooting film ,hence why so much of my blog is devoted to it, the look and process of it is just fantastic. But I really don’t like the whole film vs digital debate thing because at the end of the day it’s about what works best in the situation and for the photographer (also because I own 2 digital cameras and shoot a lot of street work with a digital camera). Thanks for your comment and for taking a look 🙂

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    1. Everything looks good from here, I love book reviews (I do them too!) If I may say though, the pink is a bit hard on my eyes, perhaps a darker tone would be more suited. Just my 2 cents! Great work!

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    2. I’ve been experimenting with writing book reviews, but it took a few drafts to figure out how to blend summary with opinion in a way that worked for me. Your format, structure and wit all look good; you got all the important stuff in, so if that format works for you…go with it.

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    1. I love engaging with you all. I sat staring at your post for a good 5 minutes, trying to think of a reply without putting my personal life out there. Really all I can say is “be strong” and I think you can connect the dots with the rest.

      Great work so far, looking forward to more.

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    2. I love the way that you write. I left a comment on your blog but it says awaiting moderation, what does that mean?
      I would really appreciate if you could check out my posts, I’m writing a daily blog and often feel like you have…

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    1. Like your site! This was great informational post, I worked in mental health for many years and it still amazes me how the world isn’t aware. Only thing I could suggest is possibly some links to good articles or sources where the info came from.

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      1. Hi Joseph. Thank you for looking at my post for the word “jolt”. You suggested to “colour the word jolt differently”. Do you suggest removing all color (just black and white) or some other color. It is colored just because it is the necessary hyperlink for the Daily Post. Thank you!

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    2. I loved your post! I thought that your article was really informative and helpful. I could really relate to it in boys and pieces. I would really appreciate if you looked at my blog (I’m writing a daily log).

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      1. I’m thinking of starting a travel section for my blog, or maybe a new travel/food blog altogether, so I love seeing people’s travel related posts. I’ll be sure to go through yours now, and give feedback there!

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    1. You have a good variety of information, I like it! I had no idea about this app, it sounded better at the beginning than the end so I’m glad for the review. I just made a post on Mindfulness and Exercise for my health and fitness blog. If you have time, Check it out there’s a couple good links for mindful meditation practices. beyoubestrongblog.com

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    2. Nice post. I’d suggest breaking up the days a bit (By this I mean change the colour of the text) . Maybe also use photos of where your doing stuff etc. This would make the overall feel of the blog less word heavy.

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      1. My two cents worth. I’ve stopped showing the tags in my post so it doesn’t clutter up the page especially on a small mobile screen. I still use them though. Personally I try to include as little non blog related info as possible so readers can focus on reading the blog eg I always think author / written by is a bit redundant unless you have multiple contributors to your blog.

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    1. I really like the theme you’ve chosen, I think it suits your posts a lot! And your writing is good too. One thing to be careful about is how many tags you use though, I think over 15 is generally not advised. Try and stick to the most relevant ones only, or I think there’s a chance of it being seen as spam or something (I’m not the most knowledgeable about this, hopefully others can help more on it)
      But overall, nice blog! Keep it up! Also I recommend using the daily prompts, they can be very helpful for when you’re starting out

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    2. Hello! I’m a student too, so I understand you!
      I have a few suggestions for your blog. One, consider adding images to break up the text. And two, I feel like your font might be a little small, so consider making that larger.
      Happy Blogging!

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    3. I checked out your blog, it’s super cute! I loved your writing too. I recently started my blog a few days ago too, so I was hoping you could check it out… thank you 🙈

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      1. It’s always a delight in making others happy 😍😘
        Thank you for staying by 💖
        And for the link too…. I’d surely come by to read some of your beautiful blogs 😊💖

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      1. You know I was actually waiting for you to read through my piece and give your thoughts and corrections, and u am so glad you did. Thank you for reading it and your feedback..

        Much love 💕💕💕

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  6. It has officially begun, all of you bloggers and blog followers out there-It’s “DC Superhero Girls Hero Of The Month Week” here at KALEIDOSCOPE, in which I present past special “Hero Of The Month” webisodes of that popular cartoon series direct from YouTube, all to whet your appetite of those super-heroic females(Well, at least it would keep you satisfied until new episodes show up)! But that is not all-There are also other posts to peek through, and I also have new ones lined up this week as well, so I strongly advise to keep it here for all of the fun, right here at KALEIDOSCOPE-At http://www.j2w7.wordpress.com! (PS-I hope that nobody ate too much Easter candy yesterday!)-JW

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      1. Well, that is just marvelous! And remember, if you make a mistake, just keep trying…You’ll get better! Thank you again, and I very much hope you keep visiting my blog in the near future!-JW

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    1. Paying it forward is so important. I used to be the angriest son of a bitch on the planet, now I am calm and collected – its just not worth it. Being kind makes me feel so much better than being a raging lunatic lol.

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