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  1. Happy Monday amazing bloggers!

    Today in My Instruction Manual, I write about how traumatic events can be a catalyst for positive change.

    https://myinstructionmanual.com/2017/10/23/traumatic-events/

    The post is partly based on an interview I did last night for the soon-to-be launched My Instruction Manual podcast. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback here and on the post itself.

    Looking forward to reading your posts too!

    Keith

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    1. This is such a powerful post. You don’t really see how much you’ve wasted your life until you come close to losing it. I look forward to listening to the podcast.

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    2. Hi Keith, this was a very impactful read. As someone who lived through a natural disaster in Thailand in ’04, I can relate to much of what you reference in this post. I was in my late teens at the time, and though the experience was incredibly traumatizing in many ways, it definitely was a catalyst for change, and ultimately put me on course for a more positive and fulfilling life. I look forward to listening to the podcast and will check out some of the recommended reads you outlined, as well!

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    3. Happy monday to you too
      Traumatic experiences are not the end of the world and that’s why you scaled through such.
      You survived such experience for a purpose which you have to look inwards to spring up.

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    4. Great post Keith. Love the look of your space, and the blog-you-podcast format you’re developing. I’ve had similar ideas myself. I’m new, so I’m learning from the vets. I’d love any and all feedback on my blog.

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    5. Thanks for your heartfelt words. With the recent (Oct 2015) passing of my 20year old son Jacob I made a promise to myself that I live out the rest of my life in ways that would make him proud. As his life was coming to an end he taught us to cherish everyday you’ve been blessed with and live each days as if it’s your last. With Jacob’s guiding love from afar he is teaching us to smile again – see miracles in life everyday.

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      1. I really should commend you for your post and the step you are taken at the moment. You sure know how to make emotional event look interesting, and am glad I read that post. Thanks for sharing; I pray you find favor as you go on with you decisions.

        Sorry about your dad and your son. Wish you the very best. Bye!🙏

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  2. Happy Monday everyone,
    I recently wrote a post about the most annoying/frustrating Adobe Illustrator functions and I thought I’d ask this questions here. What do you find most frustrating about blogging? I am probably one of the only computer illiterate 25 year olds on the planet so I would definitely say the basic coding involved with customizing your blog is so annoying. I still haven’t changed my website title or the size of my blog post titles because I cannot figure out how to.
    https://kelciemakespatterns.com/category/blog/

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    1. I think the most frustrating thing for me has been trying to find the right balance between quality and quantity. At first I was trying to post several times per week and I was sometimes “mailing in” my posts to try to get them up frequently. I was also re-blogging which was frustrating for some of my readers. Now I’m posting less frequently but trying to make sure each post provides quality and value for readers.

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      1. I had that same problem when I started my blog. I used to post two times a week on Monday and Friday and all of the Friday blog posts had a similar theme. I think I always knew that the Friday blog posts were horrible and I eventually had to decide the same thing about quantity and quality and stop posting on Fridays altogether.

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    2. My goodness, I am currently enrolled in a graphic design course that involves learning Adobe Illustrator so I can totally relate!

      Circling back to the question you raised here, the “challenging” thing I find about blogging at the moment is posting regularly. As Keith mentioned above, I too am keen on posting nothing but what I feel is the best I can do. So, finding the right balance between frequent and good posts is what I’m aiming to achieve.

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      1. I am hoping that will just come with time. I made the mistake of starting out my blog too ambitious with how many times I posted a week and it really affected the quality of my posts but hopefully we can both find a balance.

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      2. This is my current plight as well! I’m trying to post more regularly, but in order to do this, I really have to let go my often debilitating fixation with writing perfectly. We just need to do the best that we can and realize that our ideas are worth sharing with someone. Keep up the good work! I love following your blog. 🙂

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    3. I liked the article although I am only annoyed by Tab/Tab-F. However, I feel you could probably makes this a series because there’s soooo many annoying things about Adobe programs.

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      1. Ya, after I finished writing this I thought of another one which probably just happens to me but is equally annoying. Nearly once and sometimes twice a day Adobe Illustrator decides that I no longer want to work in CMYK but instead grayscale and I cannot figure out for the life of me why it changes. It must be something I am doing like there is a keyboard shortcut I don’t know about that I might be pressing but it’s very annoying.

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      1. I feel the same way. I’ve had a semi painless time learning Illustrator but Photoshop is so annoying. I don’t know if it is because I learned Illustrator first and am so used to it but I find it so hard to work in Photoshop.

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  3. Hey everyone! My latest post is kind of a personal reflection on one day of my life. It wasn’t a particularly special day, per se—but it started and ended with beautiful pink skies, and this led me to think about my life and what I am grateful for. You can check out my post here: https://sherinaspeaks.com/2017/10/20/it-started-with-a-sunrise/

    I’d love to hear your thoughts and, as always, I’m excited to read some great blog posts from you all! 🙂

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    1. Beautiful post, and so true. It’s so easy to get caught up with all of life’s movements that it’s easy to lose track of what really matters. Congratulations to you for taking time to slow down and enjoy!

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      1. Nice post, you’re talented! I’m not posting currently as I am doing a blog tour (which needs more people) but if you want to check it out…I’m not stopping you 😊

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  4. Dear Blog-Friends,

    I hope you’re well. I’d like to share this post with you today. It’s a short essay and a collection of photographs on the National Theatre in London.

    Prince Charles was appalled by the architecture; he said it was like building a ‘nuclear power station’ in the centre of London. I think that it’s thoughtful and beautiful – it’s all about perspective I guess…

    https://dynamicstasis.blog/2017/08/02/499/

    I’d love to hear your impressions of this brutalist icon! Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog! x

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    1. That last shot, especially, is great–really nice light. Always love your posts. I’m not naturally drawn to the brutalist style (a lot of it near me in Washington, D.C.) but I can understand its beauty–with your explanation of form. Thanks!

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    1. Wow!! This is amazing I think we have similar writing styles. The intensity is perfect and the realization at the end is perfect. Keep up the great writing! Your passion shows

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  5. Hey guys! This week I wrote a small something addressing my views and opinions on society today. Have a look: https://aestheticgraphy.wordpress.com/2017/10/23/society/

    My blog doesn’t fit into a particular criteria like “writing” or “photography”. Its an all in one blog, including haiku’s/weekly motivation/quotes/travel/photography and basically my life on a blog. I hope you enjoy reading!

    Do leave links to your blog as I’d like to check it out!

    Have a great week ahead.
    Riya

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    1. Nicely written.
      Your blog page is so much like mine. About random topics and thoughts in the head, but eloquently put.
      Feel free to browse through my page and share your thoughts on anything that interests you.

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  6. Hey everyone! Hope you had a splendid weekend!! 😃

    So I run a daily British English based creative writing blog. Mostly I dabble in flash fiction and poetry. I’ve been doing in for several months now and have quite the variety under my belt for those who are interested. If you’d like a guided tour, please let me know!

    On Saturday, my personal favorite piece went up. I’ll provide the link below.

    https://britwitblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/ruddy/

    Hope you have a great Monday and rest of your week! I look forward to finding new blogs, too. Cheers!! 💫

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  7. Happy Manhood Monday all!

    To celebrate my 15th post in this series, check out: “”Make the most out of defeat.” (2 min read time).

    Excerpt: How you’ve failed isn’t the most important thing.
    It is your response to defeat that determines your true greatness. 

    http://wp.me/p876wZ-QP
    Don’t forget to make a comment! Thanks! 🙂

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      1. Thanks a lot, and I enjoyed reading yours too. Lucky to say I couldn’t relate to any of them though haha 😀 a lot of your recipes also look really good, although I’m not hugely into cooking, so I may try them out some time!

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      1. So glad you commented because it made me realise that I’d somehow missed following you the previous time I came across your blog, despite intending too. And definitely don’t worry too much about needing to take a break from blogging, I know it can get stressful for most of us at some point. Going to be patiently waiting for new posts 😛

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    1. I like your blog page. Especially the about page, which is what I look for first on any new blog page. Keep writing.
      Feel free to browse through my page and share your thoughts on anything that interests you.

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    1. The layout of your blog is beautiful, I absolutely love it. And the little bit that I’ve read of your writing so far is so nicely written, and so powerful. Of the ones I came across, I especially liked suicide kills. It’s amazing how you’re able to take away from such intense life experiences and turn them into such good writing.

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  8. Hello fellow 🏊‍♀️ swimmers 🏊, hoping your week is off to a great start!

    I just wanted to share with you all one of my recent posts: https://paperybox.ca/2017/10/19/whats-in-my-camera-bag

    It’s my first time styling/staging photos for my blog, and would love some feedback. And it’d be interesting to know what kind of photography equipment my fellow bloggers also use on travels and such.

    Enjoy, and I’m looking forward to everyone’s posts! 😃

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    1. That’s a lovely kit bag and some beautiful pieces of gear.
      I bought my Camera from the B&H too. It’s a vast sea of a shop.
      Feel free to browse through my page and share your thoughts on anything that interests you.

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    1. Nice page. Clean layout. Perhaps, tell readers a little more in your about me page!!!
      Feel free to browse through my page and share your thoughts on anything that interests you.

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    1. You have a wonderful blog! As a mom of autistic children, I completely understand what you write about, and you have done a wonderful job of expressing the joys and frustrations that being a parent of autistic kids entails. I will definitely be following your blog!

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  9. I’d love to get some feedback from my Photography Blog. If you have a spare minute, please check it out! If anyone wants me to check their blog out too i’d be happy to do so!

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    1. Loved this!

      I had a peek at your other state park review too. It looks like you love exploring beautiful places! If you ever head North to BC, give me a shout as there are some gooorgeous regional parks up here too!

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      1. Yaaay! I have a feeling you will love it up here too. Although to be honest, the start of walks here can be tough as the trails are often really steep!

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  10. Hi everyone! I have a pop culture blog and this past week I did a spooky post about clowns for Halloween. I would greatly appreciate some feedback. My primary concern is that this post is a little all over the place. Also – a funny concern but a legitimate one – do I use the bold text too much? I use bold text to drive home a point but if I use it too much, does it become distracting? The post is here:

    https://popculturalstudies.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/the-future-of-clowns/

    If you give me (substantive) feedback, I will gladly check out your blog and/or give feedback. Happy blogging! 🙂

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    1. I enjoyed the read! Definitely not boring, and well written enough that I read the whole thing! 😁 my husband wrote an article over the summer about our new to us vehicle we got at a steal of a deal. I think that if you can make one vehicle work, that’s probably your best option, but if not, buying used, and in your budget, and not having to get a loan would be a good second option. We’re advocates for not spending money if you don’t have it.

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    2. I’m not a car girl, so I may not be your audience. However, I am a writer. A little advice, since you asked: I felt the car details went on a little too long. What I wanted to get to in my reading of this short essay was the crux of this problem for you. It’s more than the fact of not having a second car, right? It’s about security, maybe even reputation. Do you think this might bring you closer to the truly financially insecure who you come into contact with? How has this/will this maybe change your perspective? These are things I wondered as I read. Just my two cents. Best of luck!

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      1. This is a problem of mine. I spend way too much time on the build-up and then rush through what is probably the important part. I thought about your comment in context to what I posted this morning and I see that I did it again. Thanks for that feedback, I’ll try to put it to use.

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