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January 14, 2012

What You Like About My Blog



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:

Blogger A:

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! 



Blogger B:

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 . . .
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23 comments

  1. Hi Tanya! It was fun and very honest. I'm glad you liked your reviews and I'm glad you joined so I could find and follow you!

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    1. Thanks Heather! I'm so glad you organized this blog hop because it led me to your blog, too, and now I'm hooked!

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  2. I did this with Heather also. I'm so glad I found your blog this morning! I find it utterly delightful in all ways!
    Brenda

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    1. Hi Brenda, lovely to meet you and thanks for your kind words.

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  3. What a great overall review!
    I also think that one of the best things about your blog design is how crisp and clean it is. So many blogs take centuries to load. And the music that's attached to some....arggg! I think it's lovely, but, when you aren't expecting music and suddenly it blasts...it's very annoying.
    I also agree with the one commenter...I think your header should be a little bigger. It's easy to miss and ( if I were a first time visitor ) my eyes would be darting around a bit.
    Though, I have seen many blogs where the header literally takes up the whole page and you have to scroll down just to figure out where the posts begin.

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    1. Thanks Lesley! I appreciate you taking the time to leave me some thoughts. It's good to know the blog loads quickly. Yay!

      I have seen the comment about music numerous times. I have rarely stumbled upon a blog with music but it seems to be pretty common. Note to self: no blaring tunes.

      I made my header in picnik as a collage and then just uploaded. I have no idea how to make it bigger because blogger made it smaller than the original. Maybe I will have to look into that seriously. . . ack my blogging skills are being challenged ;)

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  4. Hi Tanya, thanks for visiting and for your kind words :-). I loved the feedback from Heather's blog hop. It was helpful. I just looked at your townhouse tour pictures and the townhouse is gorgeous! As is your photography!

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    1. Thanks Heather! I appreciate that, especially because I've been working really hard at taking better and better photos.

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  5. We like you, we really like you :) P.S. I included you in a post so go check it out!

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    1. Thanks Hilary! I just took a peek at your post - looks fun! I can't wait to answer your Q's and come up with some of my own.

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  6. Hey Tanya
    I've only had mine critiqued once so far and I agree with everything they mentioned. It's got me thinking on how I can improve my blog. I love your blog, it's very clean and your photographs are fabulous! Thanks for dropping by for a visit!

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  7. I have just discovered your blog, its really nice, I will come back later with a coffee and have a proper look around. The critique on your blog was interesting, I did the same too it was very helpful to me.

    Lee

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  8. I participated in this also, and I was very happy with the results! Glad you had such great reviews! I am now a follower!

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    1. Hi Tiffany, I'm a follower of yours also. Let's paint something!

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  9. WOW what a GREAT idea...the blog hop that is!!!!!!

    I noted the x-xmas thing too...

    Keep doing what you are doing! I am a fan!

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    1. Thanks Shannon! Now I know to dither on MORE. Yay - a license to babble.

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  10. I participated too, and have to say it was helpful (although mine were written a little "tougher" thank yours were! ha). But all in all when you remove the personal element from it the feedback is great and always good food for thought.

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  11. your honesty and close to heart writing

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  12. I admire your courage for participating and sharing your results. I didn't participate for the sole reason, I wasn't prepared for any negative feedback. I already have enough stress in my life :)

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    1. Carrie, I planned on sharing no matter what the reviews were which was especially stressful. I'm happy my comments were pretty good but still, hearing any negative feedback is tough. I understand your hesitation completely - I almost chickened out :)

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  13. I participated in this and received some good comments...I think maybe I'll share it like you did. Why not?

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  14. I participated to and totally LOVE the feedback. I am working on re-vamping the blog anyway so all was so helpful! I love your blog! Keep it up :)

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  15. I have taken the advice re: making photos and header bigger and finally figured out how! I hope the slightly wider blog width makes a difference in helping everyone see my pics clearly. And thanks to everyone who complimented my photos.

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