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    1. Looks pretty good to me. I would suggest that you make your text color a bit darker to increase contrast with background… I like gray background though.

      Also, if you can decrease size of that header that separates comment section… lots of unused space there.

      If you have time, let me know what you think of design of my blog:

      http://howtoaddict.com

      (you can tell I’m fan of gray backgrounds, right? 🙂

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      1. First of all, I’m a real big fan of your name ✌️and your design looks really professional. Thanks for the feedback I will consider altering the things you mentioned as I also had some doubts about it. Thanks alot!

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      2. I do – especially here on Community Pool. If I don’t have much to add then instead of replying I like the comment… show appreciation for what person wrote + it’s mark for me which comments I’ve read 😉

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      3. That’s great and all…but I’d really rather not have someone blow up my notifications with likes. You do it every week. It looks as if you are stalking my conversations–and even if you aren’t, unfortunately that is how it’s being perceived. Please consider this…thank you

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    2. Hi! I adore your layout! It’s simple and complimentary. Also, the blog is very straightforward and easy to navigate. Not sure if I could go vegan right away; I have a sensitive stomach and it would be something I work up toward. Thanks for sharing; your writing is great, too. 💫

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      1. Yes I think it’s best to listen to your body and make small changes when you can if that’s more convenient for you. Thanks for your feedback on the layout! I’m glad you like it 😊

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    3. I love the simplicity of the layout , and the small personal touches ! Interesting post , being vegan isn’t easy ! I’m vegetarian so people say it would be easier for me , but I can’t part with my dairy , which is practically the reason that I’m not dead right now 😂

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      1. Thanks alot! I spent alot more time being vegetarian myself because I really felt like pizza 🍕 was my one true love 😂 so I understand the struggle. Hopefully, if you feel the transition is right for you I can be there to offer you some tips but for now I hope you remain strong in your vegetarian lifestyle as you have alot to be proud of. I salute you! 😎

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      2. Okay in am struggling with income right now my son is very sick right now and I am trying the best that I can to get is medical bill paid for and I lost my job because what idoit we got in office this . isn’t even helping me and my wife Tanya as two boys one is 5 and other one 7 years old it their was I god we wouldnt be in the predictable we would have barrow the money but they have turned us down everywhere we went to

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    4. I love the theme and tyhe look of your blog, but maybe a bit more contrast on the post background and text? Some readers may find it hard to read similar shades. I would suggest lightening the background or darkening the text. But in any case, your blog looks really welcoming. 🙂

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    5. Hey Chris,
      Just had a look at your site. I agree with what most comments say, it is really neat and clean. If I may though, I would suggest for you to make the title of your blog – RisFit – appear in the header, next to your picture. I believe that would make it even clearer. Hope this helps! Great posts by the way. I loved the Superman Diet 😉

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      1. Thank you I had it in the header previously but it was hard to read so I put it under the image temporarily until I decide whether to change the header image altogether or change the font color. Thanks alot for your feedback! Glad you enjoyed my post 😊

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  1. Happy Monday, all!

    First time dipping my toes into the Community Pool (because sharing my words isn’t scary enough, so let’s try doing it whilst wearing a bathing suit, shall we?). I wrote this blog post a couple weeks ago, and I’m still no closer to having a diagnosis. I figured splashing around in here would be a good distraction while I continue play the waiting game.

    Fair warning – I completely overshare (including my nicknames for my breasts) and use words like “nipple” and “bloody discharge.”

    Has anyone had a similar experience – either with unexplained bleeding, or a long wait for a diagnosis? I’d love to hear your thoughts over on my blog.

    http://www.traciyork.com/have-my-fathers-eyes-possibly-his-cancer-gene/

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      1. Awww, thanks so much! I do often hear things about my sense of humor, but usually it’s “grate” (as in, “you’re really grating on my nerves, Momma”) not so much “great.” You totally made my day! 😀

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    1. Hi! I don’t have a similar experience, but I’m sure keeping tabs on yours. Humor and an unflinching eye at seeing what is, and smiling anyway gives me hope that I’ll have a good example in you to follow if I do have to deal with this in the future. 🙂

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    1. Hey, are you new to wordpress in general or just to Community Pool?
      If the latter, then welcome – just share a few lines and a link to your latest post, and I’m sure you’ll get a lot of feedback from everyone here! And don’t forget to check out other people’s blogs as well :p

      If you’re new to wordpress, you’re still welcome here obviously, but I’d also recommend you try out First Friday. It’s intended exactly for people who are just starting out 🙂

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  2. hello wonderful bloggers , here’s a dark short fiction for you guys -https://finallyunchainedone.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/psychotic/
    hope you guys like it . 🙂 😉 ❤

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  3. What do you think of my side bar widgets on my blog at https://birdflight.blog? The order of the widgets, the number of posts under each category, and do you think listing “MY MOST POPULAR POSTS” (posts with most “likes” to date) is better than listing “MY TOP POSTS” (which lists posts in the last 48 hours with the most views)? The latter will always be more recent posts. The former could be from much further in the past.

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    1. I like how you have them set up, and definitely have the most popular posts instead of the top – that way, since you have your recent posts also listed, it will give you more variety (if that makes sense).

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    2. I think they look fine, but I’m on the app. I’ve been contemplating side bar widgets on my blog, too, like how much is too much or too little. Yours looks neat and organized from my end! I struggle with having too much white space. I didn’t see any issues for you. Does this help? Let me know if you’d like more specifics. Cheers! 💫

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      1. I used to write very long posts too. I found that gradually people were not reading them as much, but I occasionally still throw a long one in every once in awhile. Its your blog after all! 🙂

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      2. Very true, some won’t read longer post. I figured that I will just have one type of posts that are these stories with music and if someone are in the mood for that type of post, they know where to find them 😊👍

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  4. Thanks to support of you here on Community Pool I am well on my way to blogging regularly. Last week again produced record amount of comments so I’ll be instituting “Featured comment of the week” on all my Monday posts from now on. Here is the latest post:

    http://howtoaddict.com/give-surrender-can-focus-things-matter/

    Please let me know how you like it and if there is anything you think I could do to make my posts more attractive.

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      1. Ahhhh I’m glad you think so! The BA is just a piece of paper that tells me I somewhere survived four years of hardcore education. 😅 I’m always glad to comment! And yes, I do need to pop in more often!

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      2. Surviving four years of hardcore education is a worthy feat! And I can tell you are quite disciplined… writing those blog posts of yours every day is quite a feat. Anybody reading this comment – do yourself a favor and go to theloyalbritwit’s blog and read few stories… you’ll be hooked in no time.

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    1. I liked this post. We too easily get caught up in all the drama in the world today. We need to prioritize and stand our ground on the things that matter most to us.
      Thank you for your post. Keep up the good work.

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    2. Awesome post! Let go of the things that don’t serve you and focus on the things that offer you lasting success. This is a great idea and I’m pleased to read your perspective on it. Really enjoyed this! 😊

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    1. Wow! This poem was beautiful and breathtaking. Is this your first foray into poetry, or just writing romantic poetry? Whichever the case, bravo!! Your pacing and imagery are well thought out and I sincerely adored the concept of time through daylight, nighttime, dawn, twilight etc. Thanks very much for sharing! 💫🙂

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      1. I’ve been writing poetry for quite a while now, but always shied away from romantic poetry. I’m so glad you liked it! You, in specific, because I love the work you meticulously put up on your blog everyday. Thank you! ^_^

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      1. I’m so glad you liked the poem! I wish I had something more helpful and/or witty to say about how you could start, but all I have is: emotion, image, rhythm, flow.
        It’s wonderful to meet a fellow (Indian?) blogger!
        Cheers,

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    1. I thought this blog was well written. Great ideas usually come from those who aren’t afraid to be themselves. Society has always consisted of the idea of thinking alike, fitting in, doing what is expected etc. I just think we see it more today because of social media. Either way, I agree with the message you are sending. Nice job!

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  5. Hi everyone!
    I’m back with a post today after a little while, about music and playing the piano, among other thoughts. I’d love it if you gave it a read! https://justaplatypus.wordpress.com/2017/07/31/of-piano-lessons-and-prodigies/
    My previous post was about how I’ve been writing a bit less often, as well as sharing something interesting I recently did – and I’d really like to know what everyone thinks of this idea, and if you’d like to try it too! – https://justaplatypus.wordpress.com/2017/07/15/writing-therapy-and-peoples-perceptions-of-me/
    Good to see everyone here this evening, can’t wait to discover lots of new blogs to follow! 😀

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  6. Hi Everyone! I would love some feedback on my site’s setup and readability (as well as any other feedback you may want to offer). I am only a few weeks into blogging, and I am really looking to grow my audience. If you are interested in home improvement, home design, or DIY projects, please feel free to follow or subscribe. Check me out at http://damselwithadrill.com/ and thank you so much in advance.

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    1. My Fiance and I just closed on our first house not too long ago and are moving in in less than 2 weeks! I have so many projects in my mind of what I want to do. Glad I found your blog for even more inspiration!

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    2. I like the idea and the layout …wasnt quite sure what each post was on though as there was an affiliate disclaimer thing going on that took up most of the space .

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  7. It’s July 31st so it’s time for a Monthly Look Ahead! The coming month isn’t too exciting for me but if you’re interested, please write your own MLA post! I’d love to read them!

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    1. You’ve got pertinent, relatable, and great information in your post, Ida. There’s so much that goes into writing and editing that could lead to a writer throwing in the towel. Great advice and comments. Cheers! 💫

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  8. Happy Monday all! My blog focuses on video games, Netflix and Tv Show Reviews, fanfiction, creative writing and anything geeky! I’m always looking for new friends so don’t hesitate to drop by! The link this week will be for my creative writing piece, it’s a poem about the daily topic :Lust! Feedback appreciated as I’m trying to get better with 1st person!

    https://gamersunitedgg.com/2017/07/30/daily-prompt-lust-explosive-love/

    Have a great day!
    -Luna 🙂

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    1. These are cute, I particularly like the awkward date 🙂 This set-up is different and I personally like it. Not sure how old these stories are, but you have your whole life ahead of you to fall in love! Keep writing though, these are good memories

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