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  1. Hi fellow bloggers! Thanks to everyone who took part in last week’s Star Blogger Award voting. This series kickstarted my Thursday blog writing and all I am hoping for coming months is to be able to keep this writing tempo. Of course, it is much easier to write when there are so many likes and comments. And now that I am set with promoting other people – it’ll be kinda hard to quit ;). Here is the latest Star Blogger Award post:

    http://howtoaddict.com/doodle-traci-york-ida-auclond-new-blogs-star-blogger-award/

    Congrats to Keith on winning The Star Blogger Award for last month. If you haven’t visited his blog – do yourself a favor and visit it right now!

    I am really looking for all types of feedback on my Thursday post. So – whether you have positive comment, negative comment, an idea on how to improve award – please let me know. I am all ears (or eyes… since I’ll be reading, right?). Looking forward to your feedback!

    P.S. My standard Monday motivational piece was published this morning at @ 8:00… in case you are interested in reading that also.

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    1. I love that you actually give a prize. It really does set you apart from the other blogger awards. It doesn’t even matter that it’s it’s a small dollar amount – it makes people feel like their writing is worth something tangible. Looking forward to the next round. I’m a fan of you doing it in 6 months and seeing if that leaves you with enough original submissions. If so, then keep doing it every six months. If not, then start doing it every 12 months. Regardless of which you choose, everyone appreciates the work you put into it!

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      1. Glad to hear others like prize that goes with award. I just can’t wait for when prize gets to $100+… it’ll be interesting moderating those nominations 😉

        Thanks for your kind comments – and feel free to stop by my blog anytime!

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    1. To me – it’s pretty inspiring how you turn almost everything that happens into inspiration for new blog post. I am catching myself that I am “studying” more and more what you are doing as a way to improve my own blogging.

      As I said in my own Community Post here – to anyone reading this – if you haven’t visited Keith’s blog – DO IT. Like right now… there is the link – click it ;). Definitely lot to learn by reading his blog… on both blogging and living.

      Keep it up Keith!

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    2. I like your post, Keith. It’s very timely for me right now… and I think that a lot of people would be motivated by your writing. Keep doing what you’re doing. ❤

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    1. This is a really raw post – I love it. I especially enjoy the way you describe calm love. I spent a decade being in passionate love. I was knocked off my feet when I discovered calm love. I ended up marrying calm love. You didn’t. Different choices, but neither of them are wrong. They just are.

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  2. Hello Fellow-Bloggers,

    I hope you’re all well! I’d like to share this new post with you:

    https://dynamicstasis.blog/2017/08/09/paris-a-photo-essay/

    It’s a selection of photographs from the beautiful city of Paris. What a wonderful place! I’ve tried to find slightly different angles to look at a few of the best-known landmarks in the city. I hope you enjoy these images – all feedback, comment, criticism etc very welcome!

    Thanks, JB.

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    1. You definitely should look into opening Instagram and Pintrest accounts… those are picture centric and you are likely to get much bigger feedback by integrating those channels.

      As for photos themselves – great work!

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      1. Thanks Traci. No, I’m afraid I’m not on Twitter; I’m a bit rubbish at social media! 🙂
        However, if you were able to share the post somehow (tweeting the link, re-blog (?), or sharing the link?) that would be great. Thanks for your support, I really appreciate it!

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      1. It’s nothing official, really. Hundreds of links are posted on these posts, and I can’t really go through each of them. So I’ll be going through the ones replied to my comment. 🙂

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      1. Hi there! Thanks for sharing the link. I visited your blog and I can see that it’s nicely laid out. A couple of things I would suggest if I might:

        – Did you intend to keep the site title in all lowercase? You could go to http://wordpress.com/customize -> Site Identity and change the site title to something like Marissa Johnson. Again, that’s your personal choice and you don’t have to change it if you like how it is.

        – This is also your personal preference, but if you want, you can use headings in place for the section headers of your latest post. On the post editor, you will see a drop-down menu that says “Paragraph” by default. You can choose heading 2, which I believe is best for section headers inside a post, that will give your headings a bit larger look.

        Other than that, nicely done! Keep blogging!

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      2. Thank you! I do like the aesthtic of having my title in all lower case. But I’m going to go back in and maybe edit all of my titles to be lower case as well to add a bit to the flow? Not sure. I’m going to work with the headings, becasue I think the Section headers blend into the text too much.

        Thanks for the feedback!

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      1. You’ve got a nice looking blog out there! One thing I would suggest is getting a header image that is wider. You can see that the header image does not fit the full width of the site, so it looks a bit odd. If you can find a header image that is at least 1080 pixels in width, that will fit perfectly on the header area of your blog.

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      1. Good job on getting a custom domain! That always makes blogs stand out from the crowd!

        I like the simple look and feel of your blog that focuses more on the content. Personally, I prefer to keep the menu area on the header limited to a single line (fewer navigation menu items), but I think it works well with your current menu.

        Thanks for sharing the link!

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      1. I like the simplicity of your blog. I do think that on some of your posts, including the latest one at this time, you could create break down the text into some more paragraphs. It’s, of course, your personal choice, but from a reader’s perspective, shorter paragraphs instead of a long block of text are always easier on the eye.

        You may also consider adding some more widgets to the sidebar of your site. Widgets like Recent Posts, Recent Comments, etc are good not only for filling up the empty space on the sidebar but also make readers click to read other posts that they may find interesting before leaving your blog.

        Hope you find the suggestions useful! Thanks for sharing the link.

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      1. Hi! I visited your blog and I think that’s a pretty good review with nice images! I also like the ratings that you gave for things like staff friendliness and bathroom which aren’t something often found in most reviews. Well done!

        As for the blog itself, I do think that the sidebar looks a bit too empty. You may consider adding some widgets like Recent Posts, Facebook Like page (if you have a Facebook Page) and so on. Other than that, I like the blog!

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      1. I like the simplicity of your blog though I’m personally not a fan of dark colors. I think the sketches would blend well with a light background. But it’s your preference!

        I would suggest adding some sidebar widgets and adding a few words about yourself to the About page so that new visitors can get to know you a bit!

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    1. Hi, we went to Edinburgh a couple of years ago and loved the place. The people were great, so much to see and do. I would recommend it to anyone. Loved reading your post & seeing the pictures, it took me back.
      Ian

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    1. Kaylee – I’m curious – how do you define “a successful blogger”?

      Is it someone who earns X $ amount from blog (if yes, what that amount is?) Or is it someone who has good feedback on his posts (like 50+ likes)? Or just someone that manages to keep blogging for Y amount of time?

      Let me know – I am really curious to learn what you think are the best answers to these questions.

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      1. I would personally lean more towards good feedback and interaction with your readers than someone who earns X $ amount. Although if you are earning money from blogging I would say you are definitely doing something right. I think if it’s something that makes you happy and you are able to connect with others and start a community/group of friends you are doing well and “successful”. Earning money from blogging is great but I don’t think it is necessary to be considered successful.

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      2. Thanks for answering… after reading your article that’s what I didn’t get. And I’m sure others can benefit from that clarification also.

        Because there are many types of blogging. And I’ve learned that those that do it for money are much better served by focusing on keyword research and quantity… than community interaction and quality.

        Thanks for article and clarification and I’ll be following your blog!

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  3. Hi Everyone! If you love the paranormal- I have a real life situation that I have been blogging about- real events that have us suspicious and rather creep’d out… this is my latest post (and follow up) an original blog I posted last week. Would love if you wanted to give it a read and even share your own stories in my blog comments! IF spooky reads aren’t your thing…I have a wide variety on my blog… a lot of posts about depression, mom life, creative writing and so much more…. Hope to connect! 🙂
    https://theyoncecalledherpumpkin.wordpress.com/2017/08/18/things-that-make-you-go-not-again/

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  4. Hi everyone. Short Manhood Monday post this week but worth reading. It’s called Be True (2 min read time).
    http://wp.me/p876wZ-Gl

    Excerpt:
    There are billions of ways to be unfaithful to your wife but there’s only one way to honor your commitment.

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    1. You covered an interesting topic. I enjoyed reading it. I would suggest shortening your article just a little bit. For me anyhow, I am trying to read a lot of different posts and if an article is too long, I start to skim the article rather than give it my full attention. This was a GREAT post, because it was on a topic that has not been written about. I liked it a lot!

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    1. Hi Keli! The sub-title of my blog is “just another highly caffeinated mom sharing her opinions on the internet” so I am your target audience! My favorite tip is to take the damn help when it’s offered. Yes, yes, yes! I shared this with my FB moms group, too.

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    2. Great post. I can definitely relate. For sure going to follow for more. If you have time I would truly appreciate if you visited my blog. I enjoy when women are honest about the struggles of being moms or just humans!! 🙂

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    3. Yes, omg, yes! I need to heed your tip on taking the help when it’s offered, to many times I’ve turned it down because A) I can do it without explanation and B) it will get done the way I want it. I know that sounds awful and I promise I realize that! Oh and I loved the jokes I got a good laugh at a few of them so did my son! Thank you!

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  5. Hey all, I recently posted a piece about a visit to Jamestown, MO ( an Amish community in Missouri). Would love your feedback and/or comments as I work to increase my readership.

    Looking forward to reading your posts as well.

    http://wp.me/p75Eb6-94

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  6. Hello folks!

    So I was thinking about people. Not specific human beings, or even humanity as a whole, but of people, and how beautiful and vibrant and unique we are, and how, in the end, we are all the same people with our own painted masks…

    Here’s something I came up with: https://lampteacupoverthinking.wordpress.com/2017/08/21/painted-masks/

    Do leave a comment or drop a message. I’d love to hear from you, wonderful person!

    Love,

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  7. Hello to all the readers and writers out here!
    We all, at times, feel low and start questioning the reason to why we feel a certain way. Isn’t it?
    I recently wrote a poem in which I described how penning down my thoughts helps me escape the whirlwinds and turmoils of emotions going inside me. Through the poem, I’ve tried to express how important the pen and paper are for me. I would love to know what you think about it!
    Here’s the link:
    https://thescribblingssite.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/as-i-write-these-words/

    Hope you like it! Would be glad to have feedbacks!
    With love,
    Meher

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