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Where WordPress bloggers support each other with feedback and advice.

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  • While you’re not required to, we encourage everyone who requests feedback to also reply to at least one or two other bloggers who need some help. Spread the love!
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  1. Morning WP community poolers! 😀

    This is my first splash in the WP pool for 2018! I just got home from New Zealand and spent a couple of weeks wandering through some stunning scenery. I’d like to share my first epic walk of our trip – a hike through Mordor*! https://www.awalkandalark.com/new-zealand-tramps-tongariro-crossing/

    *Ehem…it’s not really Mordor…it’s just the place they filmed it for Lord of the Rings.

    As always I am keen to hear your thoughts, and comments are like candy to me. 😉

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      1. Lol thanks Anuj!
        He is looking a bit podgy at the moment (due to a combination of christmas treats and winter fur!) Still, cute…but podgy.

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      1. Oooh Italian mountains are gorgeous! Yay for you!!

        Marc and I were the same when we first started walking. It seems the more you wander, the more your body can cope with walking! 😉

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      1. Thank you lovely! 😍 Sometimes it’s hard to practice what I preach but I’ve definitely found that the “sleep when they sleep” advice has been a life changer!!! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment! ❤️

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    1. Hi, Stefanie! I just checked out your blog and read your post about lavender oil. I don’t use oils, so I think my assessment will be valuable to you: it was a very easy, quick read that didn’t make me feel like an outsider of the oil-using community. It’s good (non-threatening/non-sales-pitchy, etc) articles/blogs like this that help inform those of us on the outside of something, getting us more comfortable with the idea of trying a new product. So, well done!
      I did notice, though, that your blog theme makes your site look lop-sided. There’s nothing (widgets, etc.) filling the right side of the screen. If you can’t think of anything to put there, then you might want to find another theme that won’t leave you space looking so incomplete.

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      1. Errrm . . . I’d have to play – I could only upload with my phone. I went without my beloved laptop a whole week! I’ve only been home a few hours and not looked at it yet.

        Interesting word you use ‘pace’ – watch this space! 🙂

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    1. “When I see that family sitting on the park bench with their floats, talking and laughing and wiping the smallest one’s chin, I see it as art; not a goal.”
      Shakespeare honestly couldn’t have framed that sentence better!
      It’s a really nice article!

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    1. Hi, One True. The only thing I might suggest is that your site include a permanent statement about your purpose in reviewing things, and that lays out clearly that you are not advertising products or receiving anything from the manufacturers. You say it here and there, but we are in such an advertising-crazy time that you need, I think, to differentiate your blog as performing a service. It might be good to limit your reviews to certain kinds of products or products for a specific audience rather than a broad range. just some thoughts. Good luck!

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      1. I have got an Instagram account but still being a newbie I have yet to figure out widgets and things haha! When I have got a grip with all these things I definitely shall add one though, thank you so much for the idea!!!

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  2. Hello, fellow-bloggers! Here’s my latest, hot off the press! https://domesticminister.com/2018/01/29/best-way-to-look-at-imperfect-life-unanswered-prayers/
    It’s a peek inside my strange brain, revealing how my mind thinks when I’m in my God Time. Probably the only area of my life where I frequently take risks!
    Also, check out my daughter’s awesome skills with Photoshop that she did for me. (For a reasonable price, she’ll be glad to do similar work for you!)

    Thanks for reading!

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    1. Browse through all the themes. They have helpful descriptions. While I was searching for mine, I remember there WAS one specifically for wedding planning, but I don’t remember the name. Honestly, I feel like you can make a lot of themes suit YOUR needs. They are customizable.

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    1. Don’t know how much you should weight my opinion(I follow a very small number of blogs),but I found your page a bit overwhelming, a lot is going on there. I’d suggest that you remove repeated or low utility widgets.
      For example, there is an Instagram plug at the top, at the bottom and after each post.
      Maybe also set a static page.
      But overall, it’s obvious that you’ve put a lot of thought and effort on your blog, Congratulations!

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    2. I actually think your blog is pretty. Colorful and clean. Your passion for photography is obvious. One thing I didn’t like is that the page I landed on showed me the featured post “The Twin cities”, but the white box with the title completely covers your (?) face. While it wouldn’t matter all that much on a landscape image, it looks just weird when it covers a face, which was obviously supposed to be a feature. Does this make sense?

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      1. Thank you! I actually didn’t even realize that because the featured content showed up differently on my phone. I changed it, so thank you for pointing that out to me 🙂

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