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    1. Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully taking a moment to be thankful allowed you some serenity from your burn out. I always enjoy reading what people are thankful for, because it makes me realize how much I can be thankful for in my own life, as well.

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  1. Hey Everyone,

    I am having a hard time finding the audience for my blog. What I mean by that is I when I create a post I will often promote it through social media and have noticed that the people who read my posts are typically the people who already know how to do the things I am explaining in my Adobe Illustrator tutorials. My question is when you post a new blog post how do you get the word out to people you think would like the post?
    Thanks,

    Kelcie

    https://kelciemakespatterns.com/category/blog/

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    1. Hey Kelcie!
      For starters, I absolutely love the layout of your blog! It’s so simplistic yet aesthetically appealing, and looks very very easy to use.
      I don’t really have any solutions for you, as my content is a lot more generic and probably appeals to a wider audience, and I still have problems getting it out there. This is a good place to start, though, and I’m sure others will give you more suggestions! The only other thing I can think of is joining facebook or pinterest forums, as I’ve heard people suggest that before.

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      1. I tried to reply to this comment earlier and I am not sure if it went through so if you heard this before ignore it. I didn’t even know Pinterest forums existed so I might try that. Thanks for the great advice.

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    2. Hello, your blog looks nice. Have you tried Twitter, using hashtags for Adobe etc.?

      There’s massive competition out there with so many millions of blogs. In my experience (flash fiction) you just have to keep plugging away, and over time your audience grows. CP is a great place to start!

      Also, are there any mags, online or off, you can contribute to, to get your name out there?

      Best of luck with your blog!

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      1. I have a twitter but I am really bad about using it. I mostly post on Instagram but I will have to try posting more consistently on twitter. Thanks for the advice.

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    3. Hi Kelcie, I totally relate and I think what it comes down to is a slow, organic growth of loyal followers. A fleeting audience might spike views of your blog, but having that return fare is far more essential to longevity. Community Pool is a great place to start and social media and networking platforms like LinkedIn, even, can be helpful in building a portfolio and sharing it with an audience seeking the kind of professional development and expertise you have to offer!

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    4. I’m just starting out, but I’ve found posting on a set schedule has helped. I also started out doing only a few types of posts and then branched out. Maybe you could write about industry trends in addition to tutorials?

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    5. Your thoughts are so relatable 😊 Like someone said, there’s lots of competition out there. I’ve been enjoying a steadily growing audience (of lovely bloggers I’ve befriended via comments) but mist of my traffic STILL comes from WP reader! Sometimes it feels frustrating but you’ve got to just look at the bright side and enjoy what you’re doing and love your own blog 💕 Happy blogging everyone!

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      1. That is very true. I had a blog before that felt like a chore but this blog is more of a passion project. Hopefully my audience will slowly improve but at this rate I am going to be 80 before I see that happen.

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    6. You’re blog looks awesome and while I don’t have any “definitely going to win you lots of followers” advice, I think utilizing Instagram could be beneficial. Creating designs and posting them is definitely aesthetically pleasing to a lot of people, and using tags and even participating in monthly design challenges could gain you a community of followers on there. I tried to see if you already had an instagram, though your social media link at the bottom of your page took me to your twitter so I wasn’t sure. Whatever you do, best of luck, it seems like you’re great at it!

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      1. I’m new to this too. I feel like ever time I post on community pool someone tells me that I don’t have a follow button. How do you get a follow button? I know you can enter your email to follow but I will have to look into that.

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      2. In your dashboard, there is an option of “Themes” within which there is also an option to “Customize”. Click on it. Now while customizing, there is an option of “Widgets” where you can find the said Follow button. Once you set it up it’ll display in your homepage. I hope this helps.

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    7. Hi Kelcie,
      Well done on your blog. Easy to navigate and read. Unfortunately it is very hard to get noticed and find an audience for any blog. It takes a lot of work.
      I would liken the work involved to looking for a job and the networking involved. A lot of my blog traffic has come from reading and following and commenting on others blogs. Most weeks I will comment on at least 30 different blogs. Sometimes it brings an audience, sometimes not.
      I have business type cards of my blog I hand out if there becomes an opportunity. Although this rarely gets new followers, it does bring in new viewings.
      I am a ultrarunner, which has given me the opportunity to speak in front of audiences. Often I don’t charge anything. This also gives the opportunity to promote the blog. A couple of weeks ago it was for a women’s institute. (the material on your blog would be well suited for a women’s institute). In my area the women’s institute is always looking for speakers.
      Definitely a lot of work and networking. For me once I got that base of followers, I have been very happy with the growth. Hope this helps! 🙂

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    8. Kelcie,

      Thanks for sharing your blog. I’m a new blogger and have been thinking about making a logo for my site and YouTube channel and am so glad I found your blog! I added it to my reader and hope to dive in when I have some time.

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      1. You are welcome. If you ever need any advice on how to make the logo you can always send me questions and I’ll see if I can answer them.

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      2. Thanks! I know nothing so I’ll surely take you up in that. I need something basic, but my blog is basically about balancing work and playing outdoors (mountain biking, skiing, hiking). I need something simile like maybe a briefcase and and a helmet or something. I’all hopefully have some time next week to play around with ideas.

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    9. Hi Kelcie like the other commenters I have no quick fix solution. Some of us are in the same boat. Just don’t give up. Keep blogging. I have 18 followers but when I read my stats the number of people seeing the blog are much more. I read a lot of blogs especially on here on Monday but I don’t necessarily follow them.

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      1. I am trying not to give up but I had just had a dip in my viewership so I thought that I needed to work on reaching a wider audience, hence, the community pool post. Thanks for the reply.

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    10. I’m the right audience for your blog! It’s awesome, really great layout. I’m not sure I have any new advice, just make sure you’ve got the right tags with things like ‘adobe tutorials’, keep sharing on social media – definitely Facebook it on surface Pattern Design community groups, and have a regular posting schedule. 🙂

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    1. Hey, I liked your post 🙂 I too have moved house (and city and country) a number of times, although not nearly as many as you have, and I must say that I’ve always loved it, apart from the leaving friends behind bit of course. Although I’ve always been younger and moving with my family (the last time when I was 18) so I can rely on my parents to figure out the nitty-gritties, while I just pack my stuff and move xD

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      1. Ah, it is quite nice getting to explore a new surrounding right? I remember when I was packing up to move to NYC, I was excited and scared out of my mind! Unfortunately, I had to deal with the nitty gritty of the moving.

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    2. Big moves are an opportunity to purge and purge ruthlessly anything that is a) non essential or b) not of real significance or sentiment. It’s amazing how quickly you can pare things down based on this criteria. For the things you simply aren’t certain you can part with…find a friend or family member with space to spare in their basement or crawl space. 😉 I wish I could say that I’m kidding but my sister legitimately has some of my “too big to fit” items currently furnishing her basement…

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      1. No kidding! I often have to remind myself that! If it werent sentimental value, I wouldn’t have kept it all these years. But these days, I’ve been making really tough decisions of giving away some of my memories! tear tear

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    3. Hi, I can’t believe how many times you’ve moved. And I think I read you’re only 25! Well, I’m (ahem) quite a bit older and have only moved a few times, yet have a large storage unit stacked to the ceiling!

      At the end of the day you have to take stuff with you, store it, or sell it/give it away. I’d store it myself, if I could afford to!

      Wishing you the best of luck with your latest adventure! Also, have you thought about publishing a guide to moving abroad. I’m sure a lot of people would value your experience. It’s much easier to publish a paperback and/or eBook than most people realise. I wrote a post on it not long ago.

      https://simonjwood.wordpress.com/2017/07/08/publishing-the-best-of-your-blog-is-as-easy-as-1-2-3/

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      1. Oh why yes, thank you!! I’m 23 years and some. I’ve certainly thought of publishing! It’s definitely work worth it. I’m currently working on one, that I’m hoping to launch at some point next year!

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  2. Hello to all the readers and writers out here!

    I am a big fan of reading- reading novels, reading novellas, reading short stories, and reading blogs! I just feel that reading takes you to world you’ve never been, to place that you’ve never seen. It lets you see beyond what is present around you. Isn’t it? Are you an enthusiastic reader, too?

    I have posted a list of books I have bought recently! And, I believe it’s a huge book haul. You surely might want to check the list out. Maybe, you’ve read a couple of them? Do let me know if you have! Also, don’t forget to tell me if the same books are on your TBR list!

    Here’s the link:

    https://thescribblingssite.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/bustle-bout-book-recent-huge-book-haul/

    Keep reading!

    With love,

    Meher

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    1. Meher,

      I don’t know how I haven’t stumbled on your blog before, but it is LOVELY and charming and very well designed! Your list of books reminds me of my ever-growing list. I have to come back when I have more time to read more of yours! Thanks for the share and happy Monday! 💫😃

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    2. Meher, I’m glad you stumbled on my blog and started following as it led me to yours! Love connecting with fellow readers and I’m definitely going to be referencing your blog for recommended titles. 🙂

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  3. Hi everyone,

    I have a creative writing blog where I write short stories which I have written for a creative writing course I’m currently taking. I will also in the future be adding new content such as posts about the craft of writing and book reviews. I also do lots of arts and crafts with my kids so I’m sure some of that will feature to. Come and take a look!

    My newest post is a first attempt at looking at the craft of writing. This particular post focuses on imagery and how it is used. Let me know what you think and whether you would like to see more posts like this in the future. Any feedback is welcome as always.

    https://howtoraiseanadult.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/imagery/

    Thanks in advance

    Kristina

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  4. Hope. Joy.. Feelings cloaked as words.

    zeckrombryan.wordpress.com

    Hope you would drop by and review my latest posts. Constructive feedback is greatly welcomed. Some study advice or life advice would be very nice. Thank you so much for your time. Have a blessed heart.

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  5. Hi everyone! My name is Josie and I have a lifestyle blog! I recently shared some of my top Instagrammable spots around Dubai! Check out the link here:

     https://josiearana.com/2017/09/20/dubai-most-instagram-worthy-spots/

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    1. Oh, wow! I’ve not been to Dubai, but heard from a number of friends that it’s amazing and a “must” to scratch off on my travel bucket list. Salt looks so interesting! I love the sculptural fried egg!

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  6. Hello Fellow Bloggers,

    I’d like to share this post with you all – it’s about how I felt running three ultra-marathons in the West Highlands of Scotland. The races were 42 miles (68 km), 53 miles (85 km), and 95 miles (153 km) long. I’ve described each race, but I’ve also discussed what it meant to me physically and emotionally to run that far.

    https://dynamicstasis.blog/2017/04/21/three-long-journeys/

    I hope you enjoy it!

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    1. I love the experiences that inspired this post. Marathon running is an incredible feat, of physical and mental resilience (particularly to someone like me who struggles to even jog 10 km, at a leisurely pace). Your account of each race is even more engaging because it’s in a setting unfamiliar to me as I’ve never traveled to Scotland before! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to reading more of your work.

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    1. Thanks Kaylee, we have just started our blog. We have mapped our own domain to our WordPress.com site but will definitely look to change to WordPress.org at a later date when our blog – hopefully grows. Thanks for the advice.

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    1. The checklist sounds interesting, but I would rather just see it in a blog post than download it. I’m more likely to read it if I am taken to a website than if I have to click to download something.

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  7. Hey, hope you’re having a good day! (And if not, here’s something that just might help :p https://justaplatypus.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/bad-day/) It’s been an active week on WordPress for me, as I made a conscious decision to make my blog a little more happening. I’ve been writing more, writing different kinds of things, and actually sharing it on my facebook page so a few more people get to see what I work on in secret here, the rest of the time. Anyway, as always, I’d love some feedback!
    Here is my latest, a poem about all the problems I face in my society (in India) – https://justaplatypus.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/problems-with-my-society/

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    1. It’s so challenging isn’t it to put yourself out there in a realm that is more closely intertwined with your personal life! I find once you do (or at least, when I did), it can be quite liberating. I enjoyed my initial glimpse of your blog and look forward to checking out more of your work.

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      1. It really is, and in fact with this last one I got a lot of very passionate defenders of our city telling me I shouldn’t have mentioned the name of just one city at all – although I stand by it, because I don’t think it’s right to point fingers elsewhere when I experience it all in one place regularly.
        But still, it’s a lot scarier when people you know are finding fault with your writing on a personal account :p

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    2. Wow guys, I hit 100 followers today. I know not many of them will see this message, but even just to the last 5 or so who helped me hit that milestone through this platform, if you see this, thank you so much! Going to be doing my best to live up to this achievement! 😀

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  8. Hello!
    Don’t you just love the way poetry makes you feel? The feeling of being immersed in the words that express emotions, giving meaning to the feeling… isn’t it just mind blowing?

    I love to write poems just for the sole purpose of unearthing what’s actually going on inside me. I recently wrote a poem and would love to know what you think about it! It’s about how I feel while I’m trapped inside the self-made cage.
    Here’s the link:
    https://thescribblingssite.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/cages-bars-and-empty-hearts/

    I would be glad to receive feedbacks!
    With love,
    Meher

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  9. Hi everyone,

    I started a writing and lifestyle blog a little while ago and am keen to receive some feedback from others. My blog is honest and quirky with a twist of humour.

    I love to write personal essays, where I draw from life experience and express myself through a written blend of insight, perspective, candour, and humour.

    This particular post explores my relationship with my sisters. It delves into the complex (but ever persistent) nature of the sisterly bond, and sibling dynamics in general, with lots of humour incorporated in for good measure.

    I hope that you’ll check it out, and perhaps a few other of my posts that I’ve written so far!

    https://undertones.ca/2017/07/28/sisterhood/

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      1. Rebecca, thank you so much! I’ve been following your work for awhile now and I am such a fan of your writing, so to hear you enjoyed my post means a great deal to me. I stumbled on your blog in an earlier Community Pool thread when I was still far too fresh to be sharing my own work. Yours remains one of my favourite ones to follow!

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    1. I can’t wait to peek further inside your blog. It’s so intriguing and very well designed! Also, it seems like we have some similarities.

      Did you know that your name isn’t linked to your blog? It makes finding your blog just a bit harder to find.

      Thanks for the share and I look forward to seeing more. 💫😃

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      1. I didn’t, no! Thanks so much for the tip and I’ll make sure to remedy that when I get home (and I sort out how to….)
        😉

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    2. “Undoubtedly, a borrowed-without-permission offense; which, according to the law EVERYWHERE, is considered theft unless committed by a sister, at which point it’s rendered negligible under the sisterly clause.”

      Haha Ha!! That had me laughing out loud on the metro just now! What great writing – a lovely cadence to your literary voice. Thanks for sharing!

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      1. I’m so glad you enjoyed and related to the post, Elzie! Initially, I wrote it with a far more serious tone, but as it progressed, it naturally evolved into a light-hearted and comedic perspective on sisterhood. I think that must be an indication that sometimes it’s just better to laugh and let things go. Otherwise, I think my sisters would drive me mad, in a far less funny way.

        Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog and I so look forward to reading yours as well!

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    1. Claire, as a fellow writer I’m always happy to discover others who share my love and passion for the written word. The piece you posted is lovely and I look forward to checking out more of your work! This online community is a great forum for developing meaningful connections with writers such as yourself, which I love. 🙂

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    1. It’s hard to put yourself out there, thank you for opening yourself up. I also just wanted to mention that I love the title at the top of your page, and the balloons are neat, but they are blocking some of the words in the subtitle.

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  10. Hi everyone, happy Monday!
    (And 🍗 Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! 🍗 )

    Just wanted to share my most recent post: https://paperybox.ca/2017/10/05/memories-of-my-childhood/

    It’s more of a personal post, but as someone who travels for new sights and experiences, sometimes we forget that looking back at the past, revisiting memories, going through keepsakes, is also “travelling”. We may not be there physically, but the thoughts and feelings remain.

    Hope you enjoy the read, and I am welcome to any feedback! 🙂 ❤️

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    1. Definitely true that visiting your past is also traveling! Even reading your post about being nostalgic made me nostalgic for my own past. Can’t wait to go home for the holidays to dig out some old treasures!

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      1. The holidays is the perfect time to be nostalgic! So many emotions go through you – from feelings of warmth, to even embarrassment (like you can’t believe kid you did that haha). Have fun!

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  11. Hello all!
    Actress here 🙂
    I like to speak my truth through short stories and various characters.

    https://actressinreality.com

    Check out my blog and let me know what you think.

    This week:
    Desensitization is a big thing nowadays and no one seems to talk much about it. Yes, it can make you stronger, but it also takes away the human in you. Stops you from showing or feeling certain emotions… it’s dangerous.
    https://actressinreality.com/2017/08/30/violence-in-reality/

    Stay tuned and stay woke!

    Sincerely,
    Actress

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  12. Achieving your dreams can mean giving up your comfort and leaving everything you love behind. It can be painful and make you forget that something amazing is actually happening. I found at least once small trick that can help and wrote about it in my most recent blog post:

    https://jamesistrying.com/2017/10/07/even-when-it-hurts-smile/

    Do you have any tricks or secrets to staying positive, finding comfort or growing to love a new city where you don’t know anyone?

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  13. hi all! continuing with my horror-themed posts for the month of october, i have two new posts since last week:

    https://waiyd.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/even-i-have-my-limits-horror-films-i-can-never-watchrewatch/
    https://waiyd.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/its-werewolf-season-ginger-snaps-2000-review/

    i’ll probably be following up with the two Ginger Snaps sequels for the rest of the week, but i’d love to know what other types of horror film related posts i can do next. rly appreciate all your feedback. thank you xx

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  14. Hello everyone! Hope your weekend was AWESOME like mine!

    I run a British English creative writing blog, mostly dabble in flash fiction and poetry. I just finished an eleven part murder mystery if that’s your thing. I’ll post the first and if you like it, just keep hitting next!

    https://britwitblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/come-to-that/

    If murder mysteries aren’t your thing, I’ll leave a link of just my blog and allow you to wander around freely.

    https://britwitblog.wordpress.com

    Hope you enjoy and I look forward to reading yours, too. Cheers! ❤️💫

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    1. Great read! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work and taking a more in depth glance through your past entries, when I have more time. It’s always great to connect with other writers and to read their entries. And I mean ‘really’ read, not just randomly ‘like’ on this feed, which I promise, I’m not doing 😉 I’m also a fan of your blog’s title! Love the Brit wit.

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      1. Thanks so much, Jacqueline, I love getting feedback from people! Please feel free to snoop around all you want; and if you want suggestions, I’ll also give you a handful or however many you’d like. (But there’s always the Series section you can start with if you’d like that, too! 😅) I adore connecting with writers in this community, especially since our community is brilliantly awesome and super friendly! When I’ve got some time other than a quick sixty seconds, I’ll pop in and give your blog a look. 😄 Oh!! Thank you for liking my title!! 💫❤️

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  15. Hello fellow swimmers. I´m getting some good clicks at last, people are reading my blog and this week I can add Japan and Singapre to the list! However, I´m still not getting followers, what would you recomend? With love @seekingcircus.wordpress.com xx

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      1. This is so true. Slow, organic growth with a solid, steadfast readership base takes time to build, but is totally worth it.

        Once the initial foundation is laid, the pace can quicken and blogs often gain momentum in acquiring more followers.

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  16. Am I doing too much?

    Aside from the ongoing story of Kabize Vipertree, I’m posting my first wife’s poetry (she passed in 2001. Some of poems were published, but most of her work has only been available to her immediate family and friends.) And I’m posting my own poetry written many years ago.

    It doesn’t leave much time for other stuff, right? Fortunately, the poetry only involves typing and proofreading, and I can stay ahead of the game.

    Of course, pre-typing in MS Word then copy-paste into the blog interface has issues. The formats don’t exactly match up and it requires a bit of editing. Is there any trick in the blog interface to disable the wide paragraph break?

    https://indysligo.wordpress.com/

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    1. The story in your latest post has potential. I have two suggestions. (1) Bring things to some type of resolution at the end of the story. In this post, simply stating that she had gained a sense of the origin of her issues and was ready to move forward would be sufficient. (2) Check your spelling. You have several typos. For example, “sometwthat” https://gracelead.co

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      1. Yes… permanent !!! A never ending inspiration. Looking forward to see Alexis there. Just visited your site…
        Seems cool and interesting and offcourse you have right to change your name..hahaha😊

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