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  1. The Star Blogger Award voting will be held later this week (Thursday), so today I wanted to put focus back on my motivational post:

    http://howtoaddict.com/theres-hole-soul-cant-fill-motivation

    With regular schedule these posts seem to be getting great response. I have been thinking about how I can expand on that and provide even more to readers. What often comes to mind is to maybe take questions on motivation and answer them. But that takes willing audience. Plus, I would need to expand on why I am the right person to answer motivational questions… not sure if I can tell people something like: ‘check my About page, then come back’.

    Curious to hear what you, fellow bloggers, think. So, please let me know – how would you expand on this motivational series of mine? Or, do you have any question on it that I can answer here?

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    1. Hi Doc! I like the idea of taking questions. It’s a bit like a “motivational advice column.” You could take an individuals question and answer it, but ensure you’re expanding it to cover more universal themes.
      I also think, to your point on whether you are the right person to answer the question, you might consider adding personal anecdotes on how you’ve overcome a similar or related issue, or know someone who has. I always find that examples help to ground the discussion. We humans LOVE storytelling, and personal examples (or examples from out in the world that you’ve read about) can be powerful ways to share a message.

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      1. I find it hard to allow myself to write about my own personal struggles. At least directly – I’ve always felt like I would be whining. And I hate whining.

        We’ll see, I guess. I definitely understand how I could connect better with my audience if I wrote about my own sufferings. Just not sure I’m in the right mindset to write that kind of blog posts.

        Thanks for your feedback Angela – you got me thinking.

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      2. One way to go at it indirectly would be to find examples of public figures who you admire who might have gone through something similar.
        I totally get it, though. I don’t share personal stories unless I’ve reached a place of detachment from them. They are true stories about me and my life, but I don’t feel protective of them anymore. There are some stories I’m not ready to share. Maybe I’ll never be ready to share them. So, you’re certainly not alone in that.
        I think of it like loaning a friend a book. If I’ve already read the book and I know how it ends, I’m happy to give it away and maybe not ever get it back. But, if I’m afraid they’ll wreck it, or keep it, then I know I can’t loan them that particular book. It’s the same with my personal stories.
        Now I’m rambling… 🙂

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      3. Public figures and their struggles… that’s great one. Because in essence – all our struggles have already been experienced by someone else. Plus, blog post is likely way more engaging and visible when it’s about celebrity then about me.

        I’ll think about it and definitely give it a try in some form. I’ve actually been thinking about something similar – I wanted to write “I hate Tai Lopez” post for last 2 months.

        It’s still a question of how to write it in a way that’s not “gossip piece”. But I think I can pull it off.

        And please – if this is you rambling – keep doing it ;). Can’t imagine how productive you are when brainstorming if this is rambling 😉

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      1. FAQ is pretty good idea – maybe I can touch upon stuff that people often mention but never follow up. Like workout – how I got myself to exercise every other other day. Or how I got from couch potato to running 3 miles in 25 minutes.

        What I honestly struggle with is how to present it in a way that doesn’t come across as bragging. If you have idea on how I could solve this – I’m all ears (or eyes… since I’ll be reading it I guess ;).

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      1. I am so bad with the technical side of things. I didn’t even know that you couldn’t post comments on all of my posts so thank you for letting me know.

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    1. I liked your post! When I went to school back in 2001 for Graphic Design, we learned on a vector program called Macromedia FreeHand. I much preferred it to Illustrator, as I found it simpler to use. It’s now obsolete, and I’m no longer in the work force, but I still have a copy from way back when that I use for myself when the occasion arises.

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      1. I have also found that Illustrator glitches a lot for me or I have to press things multiple times to get them to work. I do like Illustrator though. It just takes some getting used to.

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    1. Such a fantastic post and great to hear how you have positively spun some negative remarks. Blogging can be tricky because we put our heart and soul into our blog and throw it out there for critique – and some people can give critique in a positive way and some people just criticise without offering any constructive feedback. For the record – I think your blog is looking fantastic.

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      1. Thanks so much for the kind words! I guess what I’ve learned is that even when people aren’t constructive, there’s often a kernel of truth in there. And even when they are constructive, we don’t have to accept everything they say as an accurate critique.

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      2. Very true! Feedback is an important thing to learn to give and receive – sounds like you’ve got it sorted!

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    2. Seems I missed a lot last week – didn’t browse comments at all actually. As for critique that was sent your way:

      1) Is obviously wrong – it is there as a crutch for negative feedback
      2) Again wrong, reblogging is your personal preference
      3) This is up to you and moderators to decide, not random person on the Internet

      I think you handled it great – provide constructive response and proceed the best you can. You turned it into another blog post on your site that’ll likely be well visited – so it’s definitely win for you 😉

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      1. This was actually from two weeks ago. I was on a family vacation last week so didn’t have time for the Community Pool. Thanks for your note Doc — I appreciate it. (By the way, it looks like the community pool is closed next week! We’ll have to find a different way to connect).

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    3. Hi Kevin. I’m sorry to hear about your negative experience. I’ve had some disagreements in my comments before but nothing so blatantly stated. I usually have wonderful feedback and interaction here, too. I think that’s part of being in a community. However, you handled the criticism well and I give you props. Thanks for sharing and keeping on blogging! 😃💫

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    4. Good afternoon and thank you for sharing your post. I do agree that it is disheartening to get negative feedback. But as long as you are enjoying writing your blog and you are happy with the content then that’s what matters.

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      1. Thanks for the note! I agree mostly. But for me, blogging is more than journaling. I’m not doing it just for me – I’m also doing it to connect with others. As long as I have some people who like what I write, I’m happy!

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    5. I think that the way you choose to promote your blog is up to you and the direction that you want to go with it. I cannot agree with the commenters statements because it seems that he/she isn’t really intending on being constructive although it may appear that way. It seems more to me that it’s coming from a place of frustration and it’s hard to judge the merit of the claims being made. Keep doing what you’re doing everyone may not appreciate it but

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      1. My thoughts exactly! Creative works aren’t always appreciated the moment they’re created, but whether or not the true value is realized immediately doesn’t take from it’s worth as a whole.

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    6. Kudos to you for taking this feedback to heart and analyzing it in a thoughtful way. The other blogger was right–you know you’re really connecting with people when you get both positive and negative feedback. Keep on truckin’!

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      1. Appreciate your note Rebecca! I’m sure it’s true that the more successful something gets the more criticism it gets. So here’s to a future for both of us with a lot more criticism!! By the way, love the keep on truckin’ … feels very rust belt. 🙂

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    7. Aahhh what a critique from that person. I would have collapsed it was me. But, hey, keep your head high. I only noticed you from this forum a couple weeks ago, and I have liked your posts. You handled the situation so well.

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      1. Thanks so much Michelle. I sort of did collapse for a few hours actually. Thankfully I was able to put things in perspective and pick myself up. By the way, do you have a blog? It’s not linked from your profile.

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      1. Thank you Simon, I just changed the font color to a darker color. I hope it will appear better on your screen as well as others. I wanted it to be different than the other text but didn’t think about how light the color was.

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      1. Great advice! I’m torn on the LinkedIn idea for me, personally. I have a freelance writing biz (working for universities, mostly) for which I have a site with a blog–and I share that with my LinkedIn contacts. However, I haven’t shared my creative WordPress blog with my LinkedIn contacts, worried that they’ll be confused–or worse, worry that my creative writing/reading/blogging will hamper my work on their university projects. Hmmm. Will be reading your post over again to see if your advice might work for me. Love your site–I’m following. Maybe you’d check out my latest post: https://rustbeltgirlblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/what-kind-of-place-is-this/

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      2. That’s an interesting dilemma. I’m not sure, but I have found the community very supportive. Good luck. I’m sure you will figure it out. Maybe send out a post asking your contacts for advice on this?

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    1. Thanks for sharing Kaylee Marie! 😊

      I might have to look into sharing my blog via Pinterest too! I was just worried about managing it across too many forums. Does anyone else have any tips for this?

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      1. Thank you! It’s the worst thing about a food blog – when you’re hungry it’s terrible! Just had dinner myself though so can get back the motivation again!

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    1. I enjoyed your insightful post. Thank you! And I hope maybe you have one or two inspiring kids this year–either that or some down time, so you can get that inspiration back. Can’t imagine working with kids all day–even my own! So, thank you for that! One design issue on your site–on my laptop screen (which is quite small) the balloons block some of your tagline. If that matters to you.

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  2. Hello everybody, Simon from To Cut a Short Story Short here, with another chance to have a look at an article I published recently on the one year anniversary of my blog. In under two weeks it’s become my most ‘liked’ post to date! It’s entitled ‘One Year of My Blog: 20 Useful Tips!’ and addresses many of the problems faced by beginning bloggers whilst still being of use, I hope, to more experienced users.

    https://simonjwood.wordpress.com/2017/08/22/one-year-of-my-blog-20-useful-tips/

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      1. Thank you for reading and commenting. I find we just never know anymore. Last year we had two tornadoes touch down with no warning, not even the storm system was a warned one. It was an anomaly. I know it gave a lot of us anxiety for awhile when even a small storm approached.

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  3. Hello everyone! I’m Chrissey and I write all about fashion, beauty, life, food and everything in-between on The Unabridged Sass! Here is my newest post, I’d love some feedback, as I did something a little different and shared what I wear to work in a week!

    https://unabridgedsass.com/2017/08/31/what-i-wore-to-work/

    I’d love to hear what you think! Also, I’m looking for some new blogs to discover and read so please share yours!!!

    Chrissey

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  4. Hi everyone! I run a daily blog that’s British words and phrases themed but the examples are original writings of my own!

    I hit some fun milestones this weekend: reached 1,000 visitors AND 5,000 views. Wow! Holy smokes, friends, THANK YOU FOR THE LOVE AND SUPPORT! ❤️

    So my link this week is for another special milestone. My first continuation mini stories has ended. I suppose one doesn’t have to read the previous stories to get the gift of this one. Here’s the link:
    https://britwitblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/03/chat-up/

    But if one is interested in the entire series, check out my series page and it’s under “Fortnight.”

    Happy swimming, blogging, and Monday! Cheers. 💫

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    1. Congrats on the milestones! Those numbers seem enormous to me! I’ll continue to dream 😉
      Loving your mini series! Will go back with a cuppa and read some more. Thanks for sharing! Have started following you ☺

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      1. Oh, thank you so much! Means a lot to me! 😁 Don’t worry; you’ll get it soon enough! I never fancied I would get to them either. I’m blown away by it daily. Chin in! It gets so much better, this blogging thing.
        How sweet! I hope you enjoy it. Let me know if you want a guide around the blog. 😃❤️

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    1. I definitely enjoy your layout and astronomy theme. Fellow space geek here. I was recently given permission to share some wicked pictures of the recent solar eclipse on my blog (taken in Oregon during the totality by someone who knew what he was doing!) I was so excited to share them. They’re truly amazing photos. I will be following along for your space insights alone. Best of luck to you (blogging and IVFing!)

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    1. Really good stuff read them and yes emotions uncensored instant follow would be great if you can read our first post and get some feedback on how we can improve thank you

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