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  1. Hello everybody, Simon from To Cut a Short Story Short here with my latest post, a 1000 word story entitled Souls and Arrows. A young boy meets a mysterious old man at a village fete. I hope you like it and I’d be grateful for any feedback.

    https://simonjwood.wordpress.com/2018/01/14/souls-and-arrows/

    Also, if you are interested in joining a fortnightly 400 word story group and getting into a regular writing habit in 2018, please drop me a line via my contact page and I’ll send full details. New members always welcome!

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    1. I think that was a very well-written and interesting short story. The only constructive feedback I have really is on the accent of the old man. Maybe specifically state what region from America his accent is from, like “a southern American accent”, because we don’t all speak like that 😉😜

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      1. Hi there and thanks very much for your thoughts! TBH I just heard his voice in my head, I didn’t really think beyond that. But I take your point, and am sure I’d be the same if I read a pseudo-English accent! So I will give it some consideration. Thanks again!

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    1. A quick suggestion re: site design, you don’t have a homepage and/or rolling blog page.

      Once I clicked off your post and went to About Me, I had no way to get back to your posts. I would recommend taking a look at the structure of your website (top menu in particular) and also adding in more widgets on the right-hand side for easier navigation to previous posts and other sections of your site.

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    1. When you think of all the work and manpower that goes into producing ‘knock offs’ (that was a new one on me, it usually means ‘to finish work’ in England!) it’s a shame that effort couldn’t go into something more constructive and beneficial to humanity. 🙂 Some good points made in your article. Hard to disagree, really!

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    1. I liked the list format of the post – very easy to read. I was waiting for you to list out what you do love about Florida thought. 🙂 Some food for thought (or maybe another blog post?).

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    2. I really enjoyed this! Love the descriptions of what it’s like to live in such heat and humidity, I’ve always assumed I’d hate that, so it’s interesting to hear that some people really love it – maybe I’d be surprised! The list format and photos made it easy and comfortable to read 🙂

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      1. It really depends on the person as to whether or not you will hate humidity! If you think you probably won’t like it, you honestly probably won’t. Coming from dry air that always makes me feel sick, I knew that the humidity would be really good for me! Don’t get me wrong, there are days (and clothing items … AKA jeans) that make it nearly unbearable, but for the most part, I don’t think I could ever get enough of it! Thank you for reading and your kind words! 🙂

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    3. I am from New Orleans and I moved to Illinois several years ago. I don’t like the winters here and I miss the heat. It’s cold here now. I enjoyed the pictures and the heading really helped it flow along.

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      1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it! It is always nice to meet a fellow Wyomingite! I used to go down to Riverton all the time! Not so much anymore. We really only head down that way if we are in the mood to gamble at the casino! Haha!

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      1. Thank you so much! I suppose it will depend on which part of Cali he is moving from! If it’s from the northern part, he will likely think paradise (unless he has a fear of snakes, heat, or humidity), but if he is from the southern part, it isn’t too much different. Hopefully he is not a surfer, though! There won’t be any waves for him!

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  2. Hey everyone and happy Monday! 😁

    I run a daily posting schedule a la British English vernacular, which also includes Irish, Scottish, and Australian words and phrases too! Essentially I define the word or phrase and then use it as an example. I generally write flash fiction pieces but I dabble in prose and poetry, too.

    Yesterday is one of my personal favorite poems. (My absolute favorite will post on Wednesday!!!) 🎉

    https://britwitblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/14/to-crown-it-all/

    Cannot wait to swim laps and chat with friends, new and old!! 💜💫 Kelsey

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    1. Really great writing. I especially loved the lines: “The affair smells of pomegranates” and “love and fresh laundry.”

      🙂

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  3. My motivation and love for blogging is coming back. Anything that people would love to see me blog about more then please leave a comment.
    This is what it’s about: I started my blog a while ago because I got scared of the fact everyone’s going to uni and starting their lives whilst I’m here on a gap year not knowing what I want to do. I thought I love to write and read so why not start a blog and so I plucked up the courage to do so. I don’t know where this will lead but I’m writing about travelling, health and food so if that interests you then this should appeal.
    So please give my blog a read and comment any tips you have for me or things you liked on certain posts as I’d really appreciate that and i’ll be sure to check yours out too.
    Thank you for your support.
    https://strawberrytravelsblog.wordpress.com

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    1. I think lists are a great and effective way to express your thoughts in an easy-to-read manner. I would recommend looking into more widgets into your right-hand toolbar to encourage people to read other top posts or categories.

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    1. Thanks for sharing – I really enjoyed looking through. Is that main photo your wedding day? It’s a beautiful photo but just wasn’t sure how it related to the theme of the rest of the blog. 🙂 P.S. Belle was always my favourite Disney princess.

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      1. Belle is amazing:) and Yes the photo is from my wedding 🙂 though the photo is just more of a personal favorite and I chose it when I started (it was to house 1 story for family members to read) lol I do appreciate you pointing that out! Maybe it’s time for some reconsideration now that I have a more defined life and theme to my blog 🤔

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    1. Your poetry is simply phenomenal! Wow. Your write about the darkness so effortlessly that it tricks the reader, in some cases and not in others, that it isn’t always so bad…but you craft is like a true master of the art. I look forward to reading more of yours! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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      1. Wow! This felt amazing. I have always wondered if it would be okay to write about the darker part of our lives and today you just made me realize that’s it’s absolutely fine. Thank you for being so kind and supportive. ❤️😊

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    1. You had me at your tagline…love it!

      I would also add that consistency is key for new bloggers. It doesn’t matter if you post once a week or five times a week, but be consistent so your readers know what to expect.

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    2. Thanks this is so helpful! I’ve only just set mine up yesterday, with first post today, and I’ve just planned my next 10 articles now thanks to your advice and I’m excited to get more down in my free time ☺️

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  4. Happy Monday fellow bloggers!

    I posted a short fiction piece on my blog this week. If you have a moment to check it out, I would love to know what your thoughts are. And of course, I’ll happily return the favor!

    https://undertones.ca/2018/01/14/coyote/

    I’ve restructured things a bit so that my blog is primarily geared toward writing (fiction and creative essays). I’ve been feeling things out over the past few months, and this seemed like the natural direction for me to go.

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    1. That is a great story, quite different and much deeper than the simple scenario indicated by the opening paragraphs suggest. Beautifully written too. I’ve copied it and look forward to re-reading it and absorbing the intriguing detail. Commented on your blog too.

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      1. Novus Lectio: Thanks for providing feedback to other bloggers! To help preserve the collegial atmosphere in the Community Pool, it would really help if you could address others in a more friendly and less curt tone. I don’t question your motives at all — it’s just that when we write online everything tends to feel and sound harsher than it’s intended to be. Giving critical feedback can really help others grow and improve, but phrasing it with more empathy could go a long way.
        Thanks!

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    1. This was magnificent!! I love learning about Titanic; and surprisingly, I didn’t even know there was a debate on the last song played abroad the ship…but after reading your article, I find myself curious. Thank you for sharing and congrats on your (near) milestone!! 😁

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      1. Thank you so much! I’m so pleased the YouTube videos came across as they did (click-bait) I loved the music – surprisingly. Someone posted during the last week asking if you play music when writing. My response was ‘Not usually, watch this space!’ As I was (probably overdoing) listening to the Titanic Hymns repeatedly. 🙂

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    2. Congrats on these awesome milestones. Great post – I can tell you’re very passionate about sharing this information.

      I’ve become a new follower so I think you are a few over 200 now. 🙂

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    1. Hi Haseeb,

      I would consider looking at widgets for the right-hand panel of your blog. Adding widgets such as popular posts, last ten posts, categories etc. is a great way to keep readers engaged and continue clicking through your blog.

      Cheers.

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    1. I like your review though my impression of the movie was totally different – i liked it a lot and wasn’t even noticing any of the plotholes you mention. Granted it was the first star wars movie I ever saw in theatre and i was amazed by basically everything but… I liked it. And the people I went with had similar impressions… Amazing how views can differ!

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      1. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the movie a lot! I saw it 3 times in the theatre… but I’m also a fan and I needed to see how it fitted in the whole Star Wars universe (at least the movies, because I left out the Expanded Universe stuff).

        I think that liking something doesn’t mean you cannot be critical of it. Nonetheless, I had a great time too!

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    2. Hi Freddie,

      Great lead-in sentence – instantly hooked. You’re clearly a strong writer.

      I was a bit off-put by the huge Star Wars tiled background image. You may lose some readers via mobile by using such a large image that forces them to scroll.

      Overall, really great summary of the movie and I share many of the same sentiments. You should consider submitting this to a movie review site.

      Cheers.

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      1. Hello there – thank you for your feedback… unfortunately I do not have a choice (regarding the image), it’s all about the site theme and image dimensions.

        I’ll follow your advice and try to get this published somewhere as well 🙂 Thaaaaaaanks

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    1. Love your tagline and general tone.

      If you get into this genre in a serious manner (aka want to monetize) I would recommend doing some more research into effective themes with stronger calls to action and a more effective side-bar which will keep people clicking through your blog.

      Cheers.

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    1. I also think your port is very successful and getting a lot of attention, especially as Bratislava possibly isn’t the most sought for topic.
      It’s a very nice post and maybe I’ll go there some time soon, I’ll have a lot of time in a few weeks 😉

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    2. I think this post is very interesting, with some really good taken pics. ANd you got lots of comments and likes too, mine included, so keep going on!
      Lovely blog! ❤

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  5. Hello, hello, hello, all of you bloggers and blog followers out there(as well as those who have the day off due to the holiday)! Beginning today, I have just started my special series on “YouTube Superstars”, shining each spotlight on some of the stars and things that have made YouTube one of the best social media sites out there; I owe my heartfelt apologies in advance to those of you whom I have left out any of your other favorites; I have done as much as I possibly could to select the best that YouTube has to offer so that they could be featured on my blog. So with that, please enjoy some of the very best of YouTube in “YouTube Superstars”, right here at http://www.j2w7.wordpress.com! And hey, if you happen to enjoy my series now, then hang on tight-There’s more to come at KALEIDOSCOPE: Juts pay my blog a visit and become a follower! My address once more is http://www.j2w7.wordpress.com! (Oh, and you might want to check out my companion blog, SWIRLING COLORS, at http://www.itsjennw.tumblr.com!) Hope everyone has a good week, and a blessed one, with love-JW

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