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    1. Nice blog topic. I heard about Eurovision a few years back but since I don’t live anywhere near Europe, it’s hard to find more than a few performances online. Your blog will definitely help me learn more about this show and also watch more performances.

  1. Hello, community! I’d much appreciate your feedback on the pages of my blog. I made several pages with timeless content to tell the readers more about the blog and help them navigate. I wonder if the pages do the trick for you. Will you click them when visiting for the first time? Will you notice they are there? Are they clear to you? Thank you for any suggestions!

    http://www.maraeastern.wordpress.com

    1. It’s a great idea and I have done that in the past. It took me a little while to find yours simply because it’s on the dark area at the top and I couldn’t easily see it above the banner – perhaps put it at the side? Hope that helps ?

      1. I agree with Steve re. the visibility of the menu, but I love what you’ve done with organizaton with categories. I haven’t been very disciplined on that front. Perhaps when I get more posts under my belt, I’ll take a note from you and do the same.

    2. There is some scope of improvement, but that doesn’t mean it looks bad. You could try a theme that would suit your content better than the current theme. Try some and see if it works. :)

      1. Thank you for your feedback! It’s much appreciated. You’re right about the theme, I’m not too happy with the current one but I couldn’t choose anything more suitable so far… I think I may need to go for the customisation upgrade. Happy blogging to you! (Your blog theme is perfect :-) )

      2. Thank you. Yes, you could opt for customization upgrade if you want. But I guess if you take some time out to try some free themes you might find something.

    3. The menu being “hidden” away at the top took a brief moment to find, but wasn’t too off-putting. My only real criticism is one of personal preference: I don’t care for the theme, but that is purely an appeal (or lack thereof) to personal aesthetic. If you like the theme, by all means, go with it.

      I would agree with CCHICANERY that playing around with other themes might not be a bad idea, especially if you are uncertain about the one that you have. I would agree with that even if I liked the theme that you have. I have changed themes I think four times on my primary blog, and at least twice on my other two, and I don’t know that I’ve necessarily found the “perfect” one yet, though so far for me, it’s the best one I’ve found. Perhaps the one you are using is your current best, but you may need to look around and try others on for size. You can always use the preview mode without having to commit.

      1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful and helpful criticism! Yes, I need to change the theme, now I can see it. Believe me that I tried in preview all the themes there are (now when I arrive at a blog, I can usually tell the name of the theme the blog is using by simply glancing at its looks…), but somehow I can’t find any better fit for me yet. I guess I’ll need to try again :-) Many thanks again and good luck with your blogs too!

    1. If I were you, I’d change the blog title to what you’re using as your subhead: “Diary of a Nomad.” It’s much more interesting and specific than what you’re currently using. SInce your subhead is so small, it’s easily missed under the much larger title, and that title does not make me want to read further.

      (However, I like your photos.)

    2. Your pictures are really beautiful! I would think that a photography theme would enhance these photographs; for example, Hatch, Triton Lite, Mixfolio, Fontfolio etc. (:

  2. HEY! I would love for you to come visit my blog! I recently changed my theme, and would love to hear what you have to say about it :)

    I’ve also recently posted an article about hate. I would be very glad if anyone can provide with some constructive criticism regarding my writing.

    I thank anyone who helps me out here in advance!

    http://swagnificentintellect.wordpress.com

    1. Your blog is very clean and easy to look at. I can’t see the photos at the top of your post but that just could be my problem. Also, you should update your profile pic rather than the default icon – it gives you an individuality. Happy blogging!

      1. Thanks a ton for your input :D yes, I think it’s a problem from your side, because I can view the photos from my laptop.
        Yes, I will update my profile pic – that does make sense. :P
        Thanks again.

    2. The look of the blog is very pleasant and I can see the photos, too. The only minor inconvenience is that the text in the sidebar doesn’t read too well because it’s dark brown on light brown…

    3. I’m probably gong to be a little harsher than the others, but please understand that I am 1) nitpicking, and 2) offering the constructive criticism you asked for.

      To begin with, the appearance of your blog is generically pleasing. The layout is good, The color pallet is nice, but it needs some more contrast. The brown sidebar links on that wood background are practically invisible and nothing on the page makes me want to hang around for more. Perhaps a more interesting background or a custom header of some kind, and definitely do something about the sidebar.

      Now about the post. I agree with what you wrote, and overall, it isn’t poorly written. The problem is the overly conversational tone in which it is written. I understand that many of us tend to write as we speak, but perhaps some editing before pushing publish is in order. There are certain phrasings that could use some polishing, at least from my point of view. If I were to edit for you, here is an example of how I would rephrase a section of your work:

      Your words from your post:

      … Why not, (as banal as it sounds) maybe, rise above them? Because look, here’s the thing – in most of the cases, the offender doesn’t have the faintest clue that you’re pissed off at them. They’re going to carry on with their lives, completely oblivious to the fact that you’re cursing them. So you’re at loss, aren’t you? Because you’re just going to continually….

      This would be my suggested rewrite:

      … Why not, as banal as it sounds, rise above them? In most cases, the offender doesn’t have the faintest clue that you’re pissed off at them. They’re going to carry on with their lives, completely oblivious to the fact that you’re cursing them. You’re the one at a loss, because you’re just going to continually….

      Again, these are minor details. Your overall thought structure and the general flow of your post works very well. Keep at it and you can only get better.

      1. WOW WOW WOW that is probably the best criticism I’ve heard from a complete stranger! it means so much to me that you wrote all of that in such a detailed manner. I will definitely keep your suggestions in mind. And work on my appearance too. Thanks a ton, again.

  3. Hi community! I started blogging in January. I would love to know what you think about it… I am a parent but I don’t want my writing style to be too 1 dimensional… and only be of interest to women or parents… would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

    1. I loved your apology to ‘Dog’, and the inclusion of visually engaging photos. I’m not a mother nor parent, but found your apology so fun to read – and quite accurate at times. I, too, had a dog of similar temperament. Keep up the good work!

      Kate

    1. You have a very nice, clean blog format. It’s visually appealing and makes it easy to scroll through. For someone like me who easily gets headaches looking at a computer screen, your blog is a sight for sore eyes… literally! My only advice would be to place your instagram widget closer to the top of the page just in case someone doesn’t scroll all the way to the bottom. You have some great pictures there so it would be a shame for your readers to accidentally miss out on that.

      From one Jessica to another, keep up the good work, girl!

    2. Ditto! Your blog is simply written which makes it enjoyable to read. I like your photos – it gives the feeling life is good. The same feeling that morning & chocolate evoke. Nice blog.

    1. I love it that the blog is called Innocent Love and your theme is Lovebirds! It looks very nice! Just blog on about anything that captures your attention, I think you’re doing just fine so far :-)

    1. I loved your post! I think the “hi my name is” part is awkward for everybody, but you handled it well. and I truly do think you nailed the authentically-humorous thing (I loved the “for when I start exercising, which I am definitely going to do… definitely. maybe.”) I struggle with the exact same thing. I want to be funny but I don’t want to SOUND like I’m trying to be funny. haha :) but I think you’re definitely on the right track, great job!

    2. I enjoyed reading it, and yes, it made me laugh. You should add the like button to the bottom of your posts. Had it been there, I would have liked it.

  4. Also, I have one more question – about pages and posts.

    So if I decide to make my front page static, what will happen to my posts? where will they get posted?

    If I decide to make another page called “blog”, can I make my posts appear there in a reverse chronological order? (keeping my front page static.)
    If so, how?

    Thanks a lot!

    1. Make a page called Archives. There is a way in the setup menu to do this. You might want to use the “More” feature on your posts so that people can summaries of the articles, rather than having to wade through them. If you want to look at my blog, you can see how i did it. Happy writing, Silent

      1. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I did have a look at your blog, and the confusion is slightly dispersing now. I’ll look into the More feature, Thanks again!

    2. @saurabh
      re: static front page
      By default the front page of your blog displays all published posts (not pages) in reverse chronological order, with the most recently published post on top. That is for the convenience of your returning visitors, who come to read your latest post, and who are not likely to be happy with being compelled to click through the same static page with the same blah, blah, blah on it every time they visit the blog looking for the latest post.

      However, if you do not want all the posts to show on the front page, then you can create a static front page called for example “Welcome” for your site and a “Blog” page for posts. To do that create two pages first.

      After you do that you go to > Settings > Reading and make the designation change and click “save changes”. http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/

      1. Yes, now that you’ve laid it out so easily, it seems to make a lot more sense. Thanks so much!
        Also, can I make my posts appear in a reverse chronological order on my “blog” page, while keeping the front page static on “Welcome”?
        and what are the settings for that?
        Thanks again :)

    3. @saurabh
      re: static front page and reader impact
      It’s my not humble option that those who create static front pages for aesthetic reasons such as “I want my blog to look like a website” are not on the ball. We have 3 – 4 seconds before any visitor to our site clicks out. Returning readers don’t cotton to clicking through the same static front page with the same blah, blah, blah on it every time they come to read your latest post. I never ever create a static front page on my blogs because I learned years ago that they are traffic killers. Read more on the characteristics of post based structures (blogs which are attractive to search engines) vs page based structures (websites which are not attractive to search engines) here http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/05/12/better-blogging-at-wordpress-com-pages-and-posts/

      1. Thanks for that link. I have a question I’m wondering if you could answer with your experience. My blog is new and I just switched to a static front page. I still have a latest posts link as well. But that link you posted said search engines look for updating front pages, however I used the recent post widget on the sidebar. Does that solve the issues with static pages and SEO or is the updating sidebar not enough to make a difference?

  5. Hi Everyone. I have started a blog a little while ago and it’s going fine with a increasing following. I ma getting a good few likes, but very few comments. If anyone has time to glance a at the blog and pass on any opinions as to why this might be I’d be very interested to hear any views.

    Any other comments, including critical comments are also welcome of course

      1. Hi Steve, thanks for your reply, I’ve checked my dashboard and seen my primary blog was set incorrectly. Sorry about that, it’s my age and lack of computer literacy. The blog I was querying was Let me tell U a story @bublicksblog.org. Us oldies are useless at times!

      1. Hi Mara,

        Thanks for your reply, I’ve checked my dashboard and seen my primary blog was set incorrectly. Sorry about that, it’s my age and lack of computer literacy. The blog I was querying was Let me tell U a story @bublicksblog.org. Us oldies are useless at times!

        Hopefully now a better blog should sit in front of your eyes, my apologies inadvertently wasting your time

    1. I’ll have to agree with Mara, especially if you continue to use that template, the lack of pictures is a little off-putting. Also, as much as I like the background image, the repetitiveness and the bold colouring does detract from your site. It pulls the focus away from your writing.

      1. Hi Carol

        Thanks for your reply, I’ve checked my dashboard and seen my primary blog was set incorrectly. Sorry about that, it’s my age and lack of computer literacy. The blog I was querying was Let me tell U a story @bublicksblog.org. Us oldies are useless at times!

        I hope a better blog should sit in front of your but just like with Mara and Steve, I apologise for this wild goose chase and inadvertently wasting your time

      2. It’s certainly a better blog, the design is much cleaner and inviting. I’ll have a wander about but from what I’ve caught on first glance it looks good, the post previews seem enticing.

    2. Oh I see! Much better now, much more better! I love your little story in the About Me widget in the sidebar. I also love your theme, I’m a great fan of warm and dark colours, alas, I’m a bit worried about the readability of longer pieces. That was actually the reason why I didn’t grab this lovely theme for my own blog… But it’s surely subjective, your blog is fine!

      1. thank you for the new feedback. I agree with your concerns but it was a but of a compromise as I wanted a dark/warm theme, and without going to a premium template, this was the best I could do. What I’ve tried to do to compensate is to put in a catchy featured picture for each post, and a grabber of a first sentence or line. I’ll just see how it goes

    3. I do understand the complaints about the lack of images. The theme is designed around the use of images, but I don’t personally think it looks that bad, but I do see their point. The one thing I would suggest is to perhaps have a calmer background and use that comic in place of the default S logo in the corner.

      Regarding your lack of comments, well, I can’t particularly help you there, aside from, leave comments, get comments. Otherwise, they tend to be an organic uncontrollable thing. As long as your site is getting traffic, eventually, you’ll get a comment or two.

    4. Hi, I don’t know if my computer is configured strangely, but I don’t get any images as headers to your posts. As a result, the front ‘page’ of your blog looks really quite busy. I toyed with using the Suburbia theme, but decided that I don’t use enough photos or pictures to make my blog visually appealing and easy to navigate. Have you considered changing your theme around and using more widgets? It might make it easier to navigate for people, and therefore more likely to comment?

      Perhaps a theme like Expound, or Chunk?

      Kate

      1. Hi,KATE

        Thank you for your feedback, it is much appreciated. You may have been directed to an older “s” logo theme which was an older blog, that was my mistake, and you have my apologies. The blog I’m referring to is at http://bublicksblog.org/

        Sorry about that, I’m still a bit computer illiterate at times. I will certainly check out Expound or chunk though, thank you for bringing then to my attention

  6. Hi Community, hope you are all well. I am fairly new to the blogging community though I have been writing for some time. I’d appreciate any feedback or advice on my blog on the pages thereof and I would be happy to do the same for you. The link to my site is http://www.theshevster.com. Feel free to comment on any of my posts that touched you or use my contact page to contact me directly with your thoughts and views. Thank you :) The Shevster

  7. Hi, I have been meaning to start a blog on WordPress News & Tutorial (more like daily updates similar to one wpdaily.co which is not active anymore). I have finalized 2 domains but not sure which one to go with:
    Should I go with NamasteWP.com or The WP Post.com?

    1. @hchouhan
      namaste.wordpress.com is already registered and so is TheWPPost.com.

      Be aware that there is a whole industry out there focused on and making a fabulous income from domain name squatting. They have robotic programs that crawl the web and search for URLs people are discussing so they can purchase them first and extort big money from those who want them. That is why posting any URL for any custom domain you may be considering anywhere online is not in your best interest.

      1. Hi. I had already registered both namastewp.com as well as thewppost.com. Just wanted an feedback on which domain sounds better. I preferred TheWPPost.com as Post has its own meaning in WordPress terminology and it felt more serious like a newspaper. Would love to get your thoughts on it.

  8. Can anyone tell me how to turn Zemanta on? I accidentally switched it off during the Zero To Hero Challenge and i can’t find the direcrtions in the Help section. Thank you, Emily

    1. What is a purp and what does it have to do with the content of your blog?

      I know I can look it up but the average visitor won’t. The average visitor will think “purple” and say “huh?” at all the gray and quite possibly leave quickly.

    2. Hi Nikeole; Your blog has a clean look, with bright pictures and interesting writing. That all makes me want to know more about you. But, when I go to the ABOUT and CONTACT, I don’t see anything about you, and that makes me sad. Maybe you could look at other people’s about pages and pick out things you could and would like to say to introduce yourself. Thank you for inviting me to look, Silent

  9. I’m new to this whole blogging thing and I’m looking for ideas for what to post. I’m into writing short stories and poems which there are more than enough prompts on wordpress. However, I’m looking for more opinion based topics in any spectrum. For example, social, emotional/internal, political issues…. basically anything you can have an opinion on. But I am at a loss for what readers would want to read about. Any ideas and requests?

    1. Hi Milissuhh,

      I wonder what they want to read about, too, because…well.

      So , a couple of ideas. First, the WordPress team puts up Freshly Pressed articles. That might get you an idea on what the “in” things are. Since they aren’t much into fiction, I don’t have to worry about seeing my ideas up in lights. Second, if you are following a particular category, you might keep track of what people are writing about. If something moves you, you might have a “trendy” post.

      I would like to say that I don’t care what people are reading. And that is…almost true.

      Thanks, Silent

  10. I actually just created my WordPress account yesterday. I’m new to blogging and I was wondering if I could get tips on how to get others to read my blog and get interaction/feedback from other users.

    1. Another way is to read other people’s work and comment on it. Sometimes they will look at your blog, and join. I do not know how people get to thousands of followers. I cannot imagine that. Silent

    2. @aguilarpatty
      Social networking is strictly give, give , give a lot to get a little. That means if you want comments on your posts then you must comment frequently and meaningfully on blogs with similar content. It also meas that if your want others to promote you post through social media sites you must promote their posts. Reciprocity cannot be relied upon and thinking that it’s strange if your posts does not get comments belies the fact that even A list bloggers do not get tons of comments on every post. The ratio of views to comments will choke you because it can take hundreds of views to get a single comment, let alone, one that’s meaningful.
      Use the tips in the tutorial Staff have linked to the bottom of your Admin page. http://learn.wordpress.com/get-connected/

    1. As for the content, I think you’ve got a good thing going here. Well written posts and an organized webpage, though I think the blog itself could be enhanced with a theme change. A lot of the free ones are actually really good, but it can be a pain to search through them. Other than that, keep doing what you’re doing!

    1. It is neither too girly nor too much. Actually, that lavender in the background kind of seems too washed out. I’d suggest either a brighter color to match the brightness everywhere else or a gray that would make the remaining color pop even more.

    2. The head looks fantastic, the red against the grey-scale photo works really well. I would agree that the lavender is a little washed out looking, though it isn’t much of an issue.

  11. Hey Everyone! A Noob Here! :S Have had blogs before but havent been able to stick with them, I love the idea to document things but just havent yet. Anyone got any inspiration or tricks to keep me on track? Thanks Again!

    1. Start walking, or leaping out at random strangers and starting conversations for no reason. (Maybe no actually leaping, people don’t tend to take that well.)
      Looking though other blogs can lead you interesting places as well. Free writing can be good and there are loads of prompts all over wordpress you can meander around.

    2. I’m the same way :( I’m trying to not have a specific subject this time, just writing to write and to make it a habit. If I can manage that then maybe I will start to worry about the content a bit more! Good luck to you! :D

    1. Hi Ashley, I loved your ABOUT page. I thought it was well done. If you are going to use your HOME page to show all your articles, I would suggest using the MORE feature so people don’t have to go all the way to the end of each article to read the next. Happy writing, Silent

    2. You have one of the better looking blogs that I’ve come across. It’s neat and simple and I think it ties in nicely with the content of your posts. That being said, I think categorizing your posts, and placing those categories in the menu would make them much easier to get to. Scrolling down continuously or searching through archives can get cumbersome. It also gives people an idea of what you write about. Other than that, very solid! Keep doing what you’re doing!

  12. Hi – would appreciate feedback on my “about” page. Link is on upper right corner – I will eventually make the link more ptominent. Do I have TMI on my “about page?” Can definitely edit it if less info is better. I think my posts are concise, but my About almost seems like E-Harmony !

    Thanks so much. http://www.bemuzin.com

    1. I think introducing yourself by using a list is an easy and straightforward way to let others know about you. Is it okay if I “steal” your format for my “about me” section? I just started my blog and I like the way you formatted your intro.

  13. I am reporting back on the correlation between listing the number of followers and people who subscribe to my blog. I took down the number since they were inflated by Facebook and Twitter and I have seen a slight rise in my number of subscribers. Before I went off the grid with breast cancer last summer, I was getting between 10-20 followers a day through the You May Like feature. Now I get 8 on a good day. I’m not sure how that feature works and how to become one of the four blogs, but there are some bloggers who get 1-2 a day where others are cruising at that 15-20 pace. (You can check any blog’s number of followers from the Reader.) I can see where it reflects your activity on WordPress, but there has to be something else going on too.
    I did take down my Freshly Pressed category since it’s been almost 2 years since the last one. I cleaned up my site and I think it looks better. What do you think?

    1. Hi Susie, I will keep my fingers crossed for your recovery. My mother-in-law is dealing with that, and it has been very hard for all of us. I adore your home page…so much going on. I can see why you have so many followers. Thank you for sharing with us, Silent

      1. Thanks so much for your kind words and for stopping by!
        I am good to go as far at the breast cancer is concerned. I had two boobectomies last May and reconstruction at the end of August. I’ve officially been released into the wild. I went skiing and ice skating yesterday. I hope your grandmother is feeling better soon! Did she just have surgery?

      1. Nope! “You May Like” is right under the topics on the right hand side column of the Reader. 4 different bloggers names are listed along with follow buttons.

    1. Hi Maimoonda; It is so exciting to have a blog, isn’t it. I remember being on pins and needles when I finally asked people what they thought – I almost wish I hadn’t, lol.

      Anyway, please do not be discouraged about my thoughts. First, mnalkhande.wordpress.com does not seem to exist because, when I kick on it, I am invited to register it as my own. I have no idea what is going on with that. When I click on mine, I go straight to my blog.

      I wish I knew more about you. The ABOUT page is your chance to share hopes and fears. It is okay to talk about yourself. Please, let us see behind the curtain, please?

      The background is okay when there are other images or text to break it up. I wish it did not hurt my eyes, but, it seemed too bright for me, or something. Maybe it’s just me.

      If you are going to use your ARCHIVE page as your HOME page too, and that’s okay because most people do it that way, you might consider the MORE feature in each of the articles. That way, people don’t have to read all the way to the bottom of one article to get to the next one.

      Anyway, I am happy you blog, and have the courage to ask what others think. Keep writing, NO MATTER WHAT! Thank you, Silent

    2. You may want to add a follow button and maybe a photo would personalize it a bit! See if you can upload a new header since that is the standard. Have fun with it!

      1. If you go to my blog, http://susielindau.com you will see a header or banner that I uploaded. I change them about every 6 months or so. You can see if your theme will allow an uploaded banner by going to “appearance” and clicking on “header.” It will have an upload button and you can choose one from your own photos on your computer. :)

  14. Hi, my blog is on the lighter side of things. Fashionablebrowneyes was created to inspire people to share creative ideas on fashion, relationships and life. My career can be a little stressful at times and when I come home I need and outlet to just relax. I found that creating outfits relaxes me and brings me joy when people like my creations. Plus I like to uplift people. I know others feel the same way so this blog serves as a community of support. Follow me you are if you are interested!

    1. I am bookmarking your blog! I would like to “hear your voice” in some of the post (example: inspiration, where to wear the outfit, etc.). I may have overlooked it, but do you have an about page? Good luck!

      1. Yes, I did create an about page. This is my first time creating my own blog so I am still learning the ins and outs. I am excited about the possiblities!!! Thank you so much for your response and I look forward to blogging with you.

  15. Hey community! I do monthly podcasts on my blog centered on my views on society. I would love to get some more listeners out there! Check it out! sheespeaks.wordpress.com
    Cheers!

  16. I have a relatively new blog (only 6 posts) over at onezerozerozero.wordpress.com
    I’m trying to do creative writing as my head is full of stories but missed a lot of school and therefore English lessons due to ill health, so any constructive criticism on grammar, punctuation, structure of my writing, basically anything you would learn from an English teacher to improve my writing would be appreciated. Also check out my other not so new blog all about animals over at nikkiharvey.wordpress.com

    1. Hey! That “People are Cool” page is awesome!
      One thing- not sure about your background and layout. The random colours and that.. .Maybe that’s just me being a girl. Anyway, cool blog!

  17. I would love to hear everyone’s opinions, critiques, and suggestions on my poems. Also suggestions for topics. Any and all respectful feedback is welcome with open arms! :)

  18. Hello everyone. I’m very new to blogging, have only made 5 posts and like to get feedback on the layout i have, but specifically, with me not being able to have the archive widget work on my sidebar. Thank you all in advance for the help.

      1. I like the feel of your site! I didnt see a categories bar on the side but maybe that or a calendar of your posts would help with some navigation. Even if it is only 2 or 3 categories that could help later on when you have more posts for people to look through.

  19. I’m new at this. It’s a bit more difficult than I thought. I was a ready to write and when I started, I needed a title, what I’m about, what to post…my mind went blank, lol! I need help.

    1. Decide what you want to blog about; stick to a few categories that you enjoy and find easy to write. Then I would use those decisions to write your about page, and hopefully that will get you started! Hope this helps! :)

  20. Hi everyone just wanted to see if yawl would check out my blog any tips are appreciated mommyx4boys.wordpress.com anyone who likes zombie inspired stuff will probably like it as well

      1. Hi there,

        I’ve had a look around your site. It is well constructed, the instructions for your recipes and craft posts are very clear, and your step by step photos are well constructed. The little vignettes of your life are fun, and light hearted, too which is great for readability.

        I do agree with the PC guy, that your side bar is cluttered with a lot of badges. It is great that you have been featured in so many places, and have been recognised with blog awards, but it is really hard to understand what most of them are for – eg you have one for your own blog, but it doesn’t seem to be linked to an event or blog hop, so I query why you feel this is necessary? If you want to show the places where you have had a feature, perhaps you would consider having a separate page for this list, with links to the feature you appear in?

        I would also like to recommend that you increase the visibility of your search widget. When people come to my food blog, I know that they come back and search recipes, or use my recipe index to find them. I’ve made it easy by having a prominent search function, and a list of the recipes by name on a page, so they are easy to find and look through. You have many great projects, but I think that people may be put off finding them to try at home themselves, because they have to search through a lot of the site manually.

        I hope this is helpful, you have a lot of great ideas to share.

    1. Your site made me think of a post I wrote a long time ago. (http://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/2011/10/08/badges-we-dont-need-no-stinkin-badges/) I don’t mean to shamelessly self-promote, buit it fits so well. Also, you can take a look at my work and tell me what you think as well!

      Overall, your site looks great. I do genuinely think, however, that the truly useful information in the sidebar (the RSS feeds, Follow/Subscribe, Top Posts & Pages, Archives, Search, Community, Twitter, & Meta sections) gets lost among all the other possibly interesting, but far less useful badges. My personal suggestion would be to move most badges below the other information, (if not remove them altogether) with only the most recent or most personally significant one or two at the very top of the sidebar, thereby framing the information more relevant to site navigation and more significant to visitors, rather than disguising it by interspersing it among the badges.

      Regarding the post you linked to in the first place… Sounds delicious. Can’t wait to try it. If you do stop by my site, look for my mac and cheese recipe.

      1. Thank you for your input. I read your article and you make some great points. I will take your advice and move some of my info upward. This may sound horrible because I always hear people saying how important the RSS feeds are , but I honestly don’t know what they are there for. What do you do with it? Lol! I love your blog. Your content is very well written. I will navigate through it more this evening after my daughter has gone to sleep.

      2. RSS feeds do two things: First, they allow others (or even yourself) to put a live feed of your site into another site. Second, and more importantly, they are used by Live Bookmarks and RSS readers to deliver your content directly to your audience. It’s another form of following. Most browsers support live bookmarks, and some mail clients also act as news readers. You also have purpose-built applications such as FeedReader. The primary difference between RSS and following, though, is that as the blog author, you don’t necessarily know how many people are following by RSS feed.

  21. I have problems using the link function when writing a post. Before, I marked a word or a sentence hit the “link” button in the kitchen sink and a window opened where I could put the link in. (I use the visual mode and copy my content as plain text). All of a sudden this doesn’t work any longer and I cannot connect content to a link the way I used to. If anybody has an idea what to do about this, I’d appreciate your advice.

  22. I just started a blog and have no idea about this. Can you check it out and give me some positive feedback and/or suggestions. thenotsoperfectvegan.wordpress.com
    thanks

    1. Hello, welcome to blogging. I know for me making things public was quite daunting, and your introduction post is a great start. I have a few points that you might like to consider, which may help make things clearer to the reader.
      Firstly, you appear to have three sites, two for your business, and a more general one. Your gravatar also links to Living with Love. It looks as though you will be migrating the other business one here, is that right? The colour scheme you have chosen for the new site is much easier to read, so that’s a great layout. Are you intending the Not So Perfect Vegan to compliment the Living with Love, or is it going to be your personal site? Either way, as you link to your professional site from the Not So Perfect Vegan, it is probably a good idea to mention why you are maintaining them as two sites in your about page. In fact, one could be a blog page of the other. A lot of professional sites have a blog.
      Are you intending to share recipes, or just discuss situations when your veganism has cropped up? I think it’s fine to do both, or more, but again, you may want to set out roughly what sort of posts people can look forward to.
      Apart from that, I have found that imagery is important (this is especially true for food, fashion and craft bloggers). I like the posts that have a good accompanying photo, and my preference is that there is an image at the top of each post. Of course, that is a personal choice, but I would recommend that you have at least one large picture per post.
      Apart from that, good luck. I’m intrigued to read more about your experiences, and I also love that you have taken pressure off everyone else, by showing that everyone has temptation or situations when they are not so perfect – as your name makes clear.