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    1. Congratulations. And that seriously looks like an amazing adventure, a part of which you are. All the best for the future. Captivating images. I really enjoyed the post throughout. The layout and the menus is perfect and just complements your organized blog. Keep writing. Cheers! (Well I’m not gonna leave behind a link to my blog cause that would such a gesture of spamming; but if you could, would love a feedback on my blog. I hope you have a good read. Thanks)

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    2. Really enjoyed your blog! I am definitely going to repost the lessons you learned this last year. I think a lot of my students (past and present) will benefit from what you have learned.

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    3. Congratulations! After reading your post, journalism is now something I’d like to pursue. I might just squish in some historical event talks into my blog whenever I can, because I’d just like to see how I am with that.

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    4. Congratulations on finishing your first year, looks like you’re off to a good start. I worked on a weekly drawing cartoons and submitted a few editorials; the best advice I got about writing was to read a lot, especially things outside of my own interests like fiction and poetry.

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    1. I checked out your blog and see you got a whack of comments. Good for you. But you don’t have a LIKE button — at least I didn’t see one — so I’ll leave my LIKE here.
      Another thing: It surprises me that you only have a “Tweet” sharing button, when you’re on Facebook and Pinterest. I don’t know just how important those buttons are, but I didn’t even see a Reblog button. You might want to look into this.
      You’re allowed up to fifteen tags/categories, and could have also used Personal, Writing, and Internet for this one. Hope this bit of feedback helps.
      All the best.

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      1. I believe the like button only shows through the WordPress Reader, I wasn’t able to find a plug in to add to the site. I will definitely have to look into the sharing buttons because I thought they were all on there. Thank you for letting me know. I’ll have to add a few more tags. I really appreciate your feedback!

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      2. Been awhile since I dealt with this, but I think if you go into the General Settings, there’s a place where you’re asked what feedback you want, if you want to be notified every time someone likes a post. Your Like button should show for every post, though. If not, contact Support.

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    2. Thank you for these insights. I like your clear and concise writing style. I need to look into the Facebook blogging groups. I have also started sharing images with the link to my posts on Instagram and found it helpful.

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    3. Wow I live the tips on how to get more views and followers. I am also trying to learn more about Pinterest (it’s harder then it looks) but I really appreciate the advice. very well written.

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    1. I enjoyed reading your post and found it informative in dispelling some of the myths about protein out there. This is especially true about the thinking out there that if we eat more protein, it will not turn into fat. Good post.

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    1. “I broke my horns and torn my wings
      To hear your voice , the way it sings”- the best line in the medley of all beautiful lines you have composed. The rhyming pattern , the emotions were all perfectly put. It was beautiful . Loved it throughout and your blog is so systematic, loved the layout. Keep going. Would love if you could give a feedback about my blog, there’s a poem which I had written titled as “Sailor” (though it nowhere matches the exquisite level of your writing) but some comments will be really appreciated . Thanks . Here’s the link to it- https://digantamisra1.wordpress.com/2017/04/29/sailor/

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      1. Thank you for reading and commenting, and I’m so pleased you enjoyed the story! Could you give links to a couple of your ‘faves’ please, and I’ll be happy to have a look!

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    1. Loved it. Spooked me too a little. Definitely very engaging. Makes you want to read more or hide under a chair. Lol. Great post.

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      1. Ha ha, glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for checking it out and commenting.

        Incidentally I’ve published five posts of excerpts. Each has 20 short extracts from stories on my blog. They are under ‘excerpts’ in the menu at the top of every page, but two you might care to look at are the supernatural and horror ones:

        https://simonjwood.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/its-supranatural/

        https://simonjwood.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/so-many-ways-to-die-excerpts/

        Then you can click to read the full story should you so wish!


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  1. Hi again everyone! 😄

    I’ve been working on an autobiography series about a recent trip to Japan. Shoutout to frequent community pool posters who have liked/commented on my posts. You guys make it worth it!!

    The latest entry details some luggage issues: http://wp.me/p8eD4m-hJ

    Please check it out and let me know what you think! Thanks 😁

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    1. I love reading about people’s travel experiences! Thanks for sharing your story! Also, great essays on your blog! I especially love the one about The Circle. Left a comment for you on there!

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  2. Happy Monday guys!
    Hope you guys had an amazing weekend, and a very happy mother’s day to you all. This is the link to my latest story, which is about the lives of the dwellers of a forest reserve in India. This story reflects the hardships of the simple tribes men, which they face in their day to day lives while living in jungle-wetland. I hope you guys love it, and please let me know your thoughts on it in the comments. Here goes the link to the first part of the story ⤵️

    https://weefables.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/sundarban-part-i/

    Thank you.

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    1. Great read. At rare occasions I found you pacing up a bit more than necessary( for example : In the last 3rd paragraph, the ending line “She held her son close” was a bit abrupt and hurried (completely my personal opinion)), but it was great. The essence of India, I could derive the experience, visualizing it throughout. Eagerly awaiting the next 2 chapters . Keep writing. Cheers! Would love some feedback on my blog if you can, here’s the link- https://digantamisra1.wordpress.com

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      1. Would be huge for me, if you could leave behind a feedback about my blog(you so saw this coming, didn’t you. Haha. Sorry , but guess what I’m just a newbie here. Anyways) Here’s the link -https://digantamisra1.wordpress.com

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    1. Nice piece of work; that’s some good advice, especially about the need to take from multiple sources. The paragraph about headlines and Saffron was great: Hey You! Look Over Here! 🙂

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    1. You did a great job of incorporating it into the text and it feels genuine. And I could be wrong, but I do think best practices state that you disclose first thing that the post you’re writing is a sponsored post. Also really like the look of your site. What theme are you using?

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  3. Hey guys!

    I wrote a few new blog posts in the past month and would be glad if you check it out. If there’s anything on your blog you want me to read, let me know.

    Why I love storms.
    https://akansha1104.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/before-the-storm/

    A fictional take on the struggles of life. A very personal article.
    https://akansha1104.wordpress.com/2017/04/07/prelude/

    My thoughts on the show ’13 Reasons Why’ and why it is important to watch it.
    https://akansha1104.wordpress.com/2017/04/25/13-reasons-why-a-show-that-needs-to-be-understood/

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    1. Loved your post “Why I love storms.” It gave me the chills! I especially loved that you love the feeling it gives you – like you’re “challenging the storm.”

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  4. Hello fellow reader and writers, Thank you for this community, within these last weeks, I have got an audience for my poems, even though it’s only few. I would appreciate if some of you could check out my piece other than poetry, here’s my latest one,
    Happy mother’s Day – http://wp.me/p8znfS-21

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    1. Good for you, opening up can be hard, and you expressed yourself well. And I know it was a deep/dark topic, but consider putting some images in to break up text a little. Also watch your spelling and grammar. I read through several posts and found a few mistakes.

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  5. Hi everyone!

    Hope you all had a great weekend! We have two recent posts for you to check out if you’d like.

    1) A story about a mother and the lessons she passed down (in honor of Mother’s Day!) https://nostalgiadiaries.com/2017/05/14/moms-lessons-for-mothers-day-everyday-nostalgia/

    2) Our newest Music Monday post, which is all about the perfect poolside playlist! What songs remind you of summers by the pool? https://nostalgiadiaries.com/2017/05/15/5-songs-summer-by-the-pool/

    Looking forward to seeing everyone’s posts today!

    Corey xx

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  6. I very much hope that you are having as much fun of a week as I am about to have, all of you bloggers and blog followers out there-I have just published brand-new posts this morning, and in case you have missed them, there are other past posts that are worth enjoying, and keep reading-There’s gonna be a whole lot more to come right here at KALEIDOSCOPE! So visit it today at http://www.j2w7.wordpress.com! The address once more is http://www.j2w7.wordpress.com!-JW

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  7. Hey everyone! I am a lifestyle blogger and a medical lab sciences student! I blog on The Unabridged Sass all about fashion, beauty, medicine, and everything in-between! I’d love it if you could check out my site (and comment yours too so I can check it out as well!) https://unabridgedsass.com have a wonderful day and I can’t wait to check out some new blogs!

    Chrissey

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