Every now and again I like to ask what you think about my blog. You’re taking the time out of your day to visit, read and interact, and it’s important for me to ask for your feedback.
Back in March, Dawud gave a detailed critique of my blog, and hopefully I’ve improved my site since then. What do you reckon, Dawud?
A recent article here asked, What does your website say about you? The conversation that followed was enlightening, and I made a few tweaks to my site afterwards.
Then last weekend I had a refreshing chat on Skype with Liz of Successful Blog. We got talking about blog design and I asked what her very first impressions of my site were.
I was very appreciative of Liz’s feedback and found myself agreeing with everything she suggested. It just goes to show how important it can be to have another set of eyes looking at your blog (it also helps that Liz has a very successful blog of her own). You become so familiar with it that you can miss the most obvious of errors.
My search box was previously beneath my photo (which left the reader wondering if the photo was actually me). Liz suggested I move the ‘graphic design’ section from the top of my middle column to below my photo, and to also add more white space between the three columns of content. There was also quite a large gap below my main headings, so I narrowed this to pull each section together more.
Another great suggestion was to swap the two links in my ‘graphic design’ section, having ‘hire me’ appear first and ‘view my portfolio’ second. That’s one of those ones you wonder why you didn’t think of first. Liz also thought I could highlight the ‘hire me’ link with a button, perhaps similar to the ‘pay now’ button on PayPal. That’s something I’ll experiment with. Again, thanks very much for your time Liz.
John, with his graphic design, art, typography and architecture blog, suggested changing the cloud header to something more graphic design related. I’ve been thinking about that quite a bit. The header quote previously showed a line by the late Chairman Mao, and more than one person mentioned his terrible legacy, so I’ve removed it, and am also wondering what (if anything) I should add in its place.
Have your say
The last time I asked for critique I was amazed by the quality of tips, and now is the time where you come in once more.
Is there something you see that you think I can improve upon, either about the design / layout of my blog, or the content / writing style? There are some great designers amongst you, so any opinions are very welcomed.
Why do you visit my blog? I think this is an important question because it allows me to provide more of what you like.
If you ask your own readers for feedback on your blog / website, I’ll gladly be the first to offer my thoughts.