Big sigh of relief. I participated in Heather's Blog Hop, "What I Like About Your Blog" and it was a fantastic experience to receive both positive and constructively critical (anonymous) comments. It looks like 100 bloggers participated so I guess many of us are looking for feedback. I have to say I was really nervous that the fellow bloggers reviewing my blog would suggest implementing some crazy coding I know nothing about or say to axe something I love. Curious about the comments I received?
Here are the two sets of comments, cut & paste verbatim, that I received from two fellow bloggers:
I liked the crisp, modern feel to the blog. The background was plain, and without music. This is a good thing. The photos are clear and crisp as well, almost graphic. The writing is very focused - all about the townhouse, with little extraneous information. Clear, well-written sentences and paragraphs were a pleasure to read. Her tutorials are to-the-point and easy to follow. The style of writing was casual, as if talking with a friend, and accessible. There is a good selection of DIY tips combined with aesthetic inspiration. It's easy to tell that she knows her design style and is true to it.
The only thing that jarred me was the repetition of "I don't celebrate Christmas" 6 times between November 21, 2011 and January 4, 2012. Each mention had a link back to a single post, which didn't say why she doesn't celebrate Christmas, just a further "I don't ..." Whether or not someone celebrates anything is by personal choice and should not have to be explained. However, with the number of times it was said, I left the blog wondering more about that one little thing than admiring her spunk and creativity. Perhaps an evaluation of another sequence of posts would have left a stronger impression of her design aesthetic.My Two Cents:
A great review, whew. This blogger was curious about my reason for not celebrating Christmas. I felt it appropriate to mention whenever I blogged about something "Un-Christmassy" at a time of year most bloggers were making ornaments and gift-shopping. Although I didn't state my reason in the original linked-to post (I try not to use this blog as a political soap box because I want it to be a place to chat about decorating and DIY) I happily gave my reason after a reader asked in the comments. So my reason can be found there. I linked in case folks were curious and it seems they are! I am slowly learning that people really like more personal posts, like when I answer questions for a blog award or am just being silly (like this post about why I'm a bad wife). This makes sense, to me, because I prefer to read blogs that share personal snippets. So if you want to read slightly more personal details in the future, you got it!
What I Liked:
- The blog loaded very quickly
- Simple, clean, soothing design
- Easy to navigate
- Nice photography
Great posts. I like how your blog design really reflects your home design.
A Couple of Suggestions:
You have such great photography. I'd consider making the photos in your header larger.
Perhaps move your "archives" gadget up higher on the sidebar. Right now, one has to scroll down pretty far to find it.
Very nice blog!
My Two Cents:
Thanks for this feedback. I only recently gave the blog a mini-makeover just before my first blogiversary. I did aim for a simple blog design that was easy on the eyes and I'm glad it's a hit! I'm still learning how to take a good photo so I'm glad my photography is also a hit. Thanks for the (simple) suggestions!
If you're reading, a HUGE thanks to both bloggers for your kind and constructive comments. I really appreciate that you took the time to check out my blog and send such thoughtful suggestions. Also, thanks to Heather for arranging this blog hop. What a mountain of work that must have been.
Who else participated? Have you blogged about the feedback? Do you have any other comments/suggestions about my blog? Feel free to use the "anonymous" option for leaving comments. I am now on a feedback high & looking for more, especially the constructive criticism which I learned is even more intriguing than the positive comments . . .