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    1. Your post was a good read. I have also heard that your strength is your weakness. Much like what you said, I’ve learned that this is only true when you overdo your strength. I have to pay attention to when I begin going into overdrive on my strength and take it down a notch 🙂

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    2. I love that you also mentioned that your greatest weakness can become your greatest strength. It’s hard to believe that when you’re struggling to overcome something, but it’s possible. Your post encouraged me!

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      1. Hi! I’m going to give it a proper read tonight to ensure I take it all in! Thanks for taking the time to give your insight though. I was aware when writing it how ignorant I was, but I wanted to share it for people in the UK to look into it further. Thanks again!

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      2. Hi – I checked out your blog and looked at several posts about your trip to Iceland. I visited Iceland with my family last year and fell in love.
        Iceland is so full of amazing sites that it’s really hard to distill it into short blogs but. . .
        I would suggest including more pictures interspersed with your writing instead of big clumps of photos at the end. I’m not a big fan of putting multiple photos into a gallery formation because most people aren’t going to take the time to click through them. Less is more.
        Your paragraphs and blog posts in general are a little long. Watch the run-on sentences. Try reading out loud. If you run out of breath before getting to the period – make your sentence shorter.
        Please check out my blog if you get a chance and let me know what you think. I’m a newbie and welcome all comments about my writing and blog construction!

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      3. Hey!! Thanks so much for the feedback! I definitely need to go back over the Iceland ones. They were so rushed as I was desperately trying to make one every day, then realised it was fruitless.

        I’ll definitely give them a clean soon, as people are curious about Iceland and I’m not doing it justice in my blog.

        Have you looked at a couple of recent ones? I only ask as I’m wondering if you’re saying exclusively about Iceland or about my other blogs too. Either way, thankyou for giving me some pointers. I’ll check yours out now.



  1. Hi. I’ve just posted a new (clickable) index to all the stories on my blog, mainly 100 to 300 words. Please check them out (if you haven’t done so already) and let me know what you think!
    Also, I’m still looking for writers to join a 300 word fortnightly story group. Drop me a line via my contact page if interested and I’ll send full details. The next deadline is Sunday 30th October.

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      1. Hello Ida, some of my favourites (depending on how long it’s been since I last read them!) are numbers 4, 12, 26, 52, 54, 63, 64, 81, 85, 87 and 93. Number 52 might be a good place to start!

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      1. Hello Prachi, yes, I read your story – an interesting idea! From my link above (October index) nos. 7, 8, 12, 22, 35, 45, 46, 49, 56, 96, 98, 99, 100 and 103 all have a supernatural aspect to them!

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  2. I wrote a guest post and linked to it from my latest blog post! It’s more essay type format which is kind of a change from mostly focusing on my photos in previous posts! Being the first time I’ve focused mainly on writing I would love any feedback!! I love to check out other blogs too and meet new blogging friends so leave a comment on my blog so I know who you are and I’ll be sure to go back and check out your blog too!!

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      1. Thank you so much!! I just checked out your blog and that’s so neat you’ve written a novel! That is my goal one day!! I want to look it up and give it a read! I read all the time and have been looking for something new to start!

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    1. Hi there!
      Really loved what you have written.
      Especially the honesty with which you pour your heart out is very interesting and fun to read.
      I love reading books and the collection you included contains quite alot of my favorites, so that’s a great thing for me to read about. Do keep writing and moght as well take a look at my blog too?


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      1. hello there ! thank you
        I would like to know if I for example publish a short story that I writte by myself of course is it legally protected by my website?

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      2. Yes it is, it is your blog…
        We all write stories and the moment we publish it, it becomes our creation. Though we can’t claim anything on the idea but yes if anyone is copying your work, you can go against it and question it…
        Don’t worry, it’s a blog… we all share what we write…
        For example, take a look at my blog.
        Even at first I felt about the copyright issues but no need to worry, friend…
        Anything else? Feel free to ask me on my blog…

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    1. Hey I like your article! The first thing I notice is the cool picture. It takes up a lot of the post though, which could have been longer or had some more original ideas how to deal with it. I enjoyed it though!:)

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  3. Hello everyone!
    I would love to get some feedback on my blog.
    You can view my posts and leave a comment so that I can visit you back!
    I do book excerpts, series, motivational posts and right now I am starting today’s issue things also and the topic for today’s issue is- what would happen if all the cats go on a strike to demand their own country?
    Go check it out and share your views…

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      1. Ohhhhhhhh, that book excerpts one…
        Yeah sure, thanks for your advice… I will try to correct it next time…
        There’s nothing bad in becoming a grammar nazi until you make me go to gas stations or cut my head off…


      1. I like your blog! Is it new?? And just to give a kindly tip I think you should update your “about” page. I clicked on it to see what your blog was supposed to be about but it didn’t give off much detail!

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      2. Yes it’s pretty new! I’m supposed to do that but I keep procrastinating and also I haven’t really figured out what I want my blog to be about to 😜 But will definitely look into it! Thanks! 😊

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    1. Your post is a good read. It left me wondering if your life purpose might be to build up others. Of course, you’ll still need to care for yourself so that you have the health and energy to care for others. BTW, I noticed you have more than 15 tags+categories on this post. That means it won’t show up in the WordPress Reader. If that is important to you, you might want to remove a few tags.

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  4. Last week I posted a question about blogging stats, and the response was so wonderful and helpful. Thank you to everyone who took the time to help. Part of last week’s conversation, me and @scribbleartie decided that we will try to publish a post on the same day every week. That way our followers would know when to expect to hear from us. As promised, here is my scheduled Monday post!

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      1. Thanks for reading 🙂
        The problem with used postcards (some of which were dating from the 60s or even earlier,) is that some people have handwriting that even teachers would struggle to read! But yes, i can imagine they’re perhaps the ones which have the most fascinating tales!


  5. Hey guys! Probably, the only reason why I look forward to Mondays is here! Well my blog is all poetry! A lot of them depict my true emotions and experiences at the point of writing! Give it a read! I’m sure you won’t be disappointed! Also any fellow blogger who has poems on his or her blog is more than welcome on sharing the link to such a blog in the comments! I’d love to read them!! Have an amazing week bloggers! Good luck! 🙂

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    1. Thank you for the great read. Your pictures cane out very beautiful even with the not so great over cast you described. Here in Vermont USA we also have a beautiful fall season. But i don’t think i can compare it to what you showed!! Left a comment and a like. Feel free to check out my page if you care to.

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  6. Hello All!
    I just started my blog about a week ago and just started a YouTube Channel too (Click here to watch my YouTube debut –> . Please click around and tell me what you think of the concept of “Soulance” and my page layout, I always return the love and will give you feedback, views and LIKES! Thank you!

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    1. Loved your recent post about family is everything. I strongly believe that too. The post made be realise again how fortunate I am and also who has been my support so far.

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    1. I think a good place to start is to check out your stats page. And days where your blog usually has light traffic can be days that you don’t post. Vice versa, days where your blog normally has heavy traffic would be days to focus posting content.

      I’m off to check out your blog now 🙂

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    2. The fact that you could post that much per week is quite a lot! On the days with no new posts, I tend to just dive into random posts, whether it’s the people I follow, or those who follow me, or even dive randomly into the Daily Prompt (not necessarily posting in the Daily, but still) or here in the Pool (or even in First Friday). I leave a comment here and again, and who knows – people who run into my comments might get interested and give me a visit.

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    3. Interesting blog you have.

      One way to keep generating traffic is to write posts that encourage shares and reblogs. It also helps to stay connected to the community even on days when you don’t post, by reading other blogs and commenting.

      The truth is that posts have a limited visibility in the Reader as in any content stream, so that even great content gets quickly swept under a pile of new posts.

      That’s why optimizing content for search engines (to make them easier to find online) and getting them on other social media networks is so important for committed bloggers.

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    1. I really like the topic and enjoy your writing. I think breaking into more paragraphs or making a key point bold would help those readers that just stop by and give it a quick skim. Even if they only read a few lines, they may still toss a like or a follow your way! Keep up the good work!

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  7. Hey, everyone. I’m thinking of writing some e-books to give out to my readers as fun freebies. I wanted to run some ideas by the community. Mind going to my page and checking them out then telling me what you think?

    I appreciate any/all advice, comments, and suggestions. Thanks. :]

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    1. Hello Book Lover 🙂

      Thank you for sharing your post 🙂

      I really enjoyed your writing. It is beautiful. You descriptions are so detailed and really capture the beauty of nature so eloquently.

      I really loved this part: ‘met me like an old friend and encompassed me in its serene wholeness’…

      It would really awesome to be able to see links to your previous posts (you can add a widget on the side bar). It would be great to see more on your page too….maybe more pictures?

      You may also want to consider trying different headers. Something that really conveys your theme / message / what you write about would really draw the reader in.


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