This Blog Got Reviewed!

When I saw the opportunity to have John from Tentblogger critique my blog, I lunged at it. I’d always wondered if he’d seen my blog, read my thoughts, etc and if he had, what his thoughts were.

I’ve followed John around the Internet since late 2008 and have since tried to adopt every piece of advice he’s given…the only one I haven’t fully adopted well is “blog often”. I have a hard time finding time to do that, but anyway, on to my response to his review.

My first thought: “Thank You!”

The first thing John noted was the amount of white space, and you’d have to be blind not to notice that. I did it intentionally! If I put black on white, the black pops. If I put yellow on white, the yellow screams at you. I’ve always wanted my content to pop and almost visually assault you. The white space allows me to do that without a whole ton of effort…that’s how I see it anyway. I could be wrong.

The second thing he notes is the different font sizes and treatments…I had never thought of that before. I had a whole bunch of different font stuff going on. The logo was small, the tag line in the personal image was huge, and the post titles dwarfed everything. None of this had ever dawned on me before, and I think it’s because I’m not that design focused.

His last point was my (now missing) about page. It was bare. It sucked. I can be a minimalist at times, but I made that page too minimalistic, no doubt.

So those being his points, here’s what I’ve done:

  • I totally changed the fonts up top. They’re all the same family now. In hindsight, I didn’t like the mismatched types anyway.
  • The title now stands out. It’s nothing too bold of me, but at least you can tell what this blog is called.
  • I’m changing this blogs tag line anyway, so I went ahead and pulled the image down. The sidebar looks a little bare, but I can deal with that. It’s temporary. I’ll put something back there for sure.
  • I immediately pulled my About page down after watching John’s critique. He was dead on, and I couldn’t have agreed more. It’s still in the draft stage of life, but I hope to put it back up soon. Writing about pages is hard. It really makes you answer the question “Who am I?” and better yet, “What do I want people to know about me?”. As John said, it’s all making the brand – and that just isn’t as easy as it sounds.

The critique video is below. Any other thoughts from anyone?
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