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      1. Thank you for dropping by 😁 I’m glad my little site gave you an insight as to who I am. Some of my layers at least hahahaha xD
        I’m heading over to your site right away!
        Have a great day xD

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  1. Hi all! My blog is just about a month old now, and I’m having too much fun with it! (and just as much fun with interacting with other bloggers!)
    I’ve given it a little bit of a redesign in the last few days, so I’d hugely appreciate some feedback on how it’s looking – is it nice and clean, and easy to read? Are the articles interesting, or what kind of things could I be focusing on? Are there any general points that could be improved? Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

    https://thatanxioustraveller.wordpress.com/

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    1. Your blog looks pretty and the layout itself is well organised, I like how you have images to represent the posts, it makes the site more visually appealing. You have a good amount of widgets on the side which is always good and helpful for visitors on your site. Once you have a lot of posts, I’d recommend putting different categories up so certain types of posts are easier to find.

      In terms of what you should be focusing on, well, that’s up to you. because your blog is your own, you decide what your passion is when it comes to blogging. As long as you write with passion and meaning, people will be interested in reading your posts, just don;t lose your inner voice trying to follow others.
      I hope this was useful!!

      Check out my blog https://whenlifeawakens.wordpress.com/

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      1. Thank you very much for taking the time to check it out, and write such great feedback! I’m glad to hear that it looks good; it was a bit of a mess before! Categories are definitely something I’m going to do; I think I’ll replace the tag cloud.

        And I’m also glad you advised about writing with my own voice, and I agree. It’s definitely something I’m passionate about, having had a couple of reminders this year not to take life for granted (long story), so travel and this blog have definitely become things for me to focus on, and pour a bit of creativity into. I’m loving having an outlet for it!

        It was definitely useful; thank you again! I’ll certainly check out your blog, too! 🙂

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    1. I really like how interesting and informative the post was, I felt like I’ve learnt a lot of new things about maladaptive behaviour and the signs of it. In terms of boosting traffic, there are lots of ways to achieve it, I recently wrote a blog post on what helped me boost traffic. https://whenlifeawakens.wordpress.com/2017/08/19/100-followers-blogging-tips-tricks-beaboss-series/
      I hope this is useful!!

      Check out my blog https://whenlifeawakens.wordpress.com/

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    1. Your site is clean and easy to navigate, I like how you have an About page with a bit about yourself and your blog. You have some really useful widgets on the sidebar too which makes it easier to find certain things, as a reader. In terms of your posts, I’d suggest adding categories and tags so the posts can be found easily on WordPress Reader. If you’re interested I have a post on boosting blog traffic with useful tips https://whenlifeawakens.wordpress.com/2017/08/19/100-followers-blogging-tips-tricks-beaboss-series/

      I hope this was useful!!
      Check out my blog https://whenlifeawakens.wordpress.com/

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  2. Hiya, bloggers! I’m relatively new to blogging (I’ll hit three weeks on Thursday!), and I have a couple of things I’d like input on. Feel free to take your pick or scroll on past. 🙂 x

    1. I wrote a three-part series on TRAVELING in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Do you think “series” like this are better than writing it all in one massive post? Or does a short series become redundant/boring?

    Part One: https://kaiyaknox.wordpress.com/adventures-up-one/
    Part Two: https://kaiyaknox.wordpress.com/adventures-up-two/
    Part Three: https://kaiyaknox.wordpress.com/adventures-up-three/

    2. I wrote a BOOK REVIEW (my first for the blog and my first book review in about four years), and I’d just like thoughts from other book reviewers — Am I missing anything? Is the way I formatted the post okay or overly categorized? What’s your opinion on including spoilers? (I tried to be spoiler-free, but I caved and slipped one in at the end [with a warning].)

    https://kaiyaknox.wordpress.com/book-review-big-little-lies/

    Thanks for your time and input! xx

    Kaiya

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    1. I’ve had a look at your travel posts and I think they’re wonderful, I like how you give a few short points on what the next part will be about and the links you’ve included for different places. In terms of the length, it’s a good amount to write for each part so it’s even better that you split into three sections. Thought I would say for some of the paragraphs you could split further so they’re not too much to read all in one go. I don’t think a short series could ever be redundant especially if you’ve written it with passion and put the time and effort into writing it.

      In terms of the book review, I’m not familiar with the layout that’s usually used, but I like the introduction part that gives more background on the book itself. I also liked that you included content warnings since some readers can be triggered by certain mentions. And the spoiler warning was clearly highlighted as well which can easily be identified and skipped if readers don’t want to know or spoil the story for themselves.

      I hope this was useful!!
      Check out my blog https://whenlifeawakens.wordpress.com/

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      1. Thank you so, so much for your comment! I appreciate the encouragement and positivity. I will work on breaking up paragraphs in the future. 🙂 x I’ll check out your blog now and comment there.

        Thank you again for taking the time. x

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