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  1. Hi everyone! I need some feedback on my menu navigation bar. Is it clear and does it lead you where you would expect? Is the number of items in the menu ok or does it feel cluttered? Any suggestions much appreciated!

    1. Hi there! I run this blog about football, culture and the culture of football (soccer, that is). I really would love to hear your opinions about its look, and maybe some suggestions. Thank you.

      1. Hi, I had a look and have to say I was pleasantly surprised. That’s because I’m not a big football fan and for some reason, I had expected something more brash and in your face with bold reds and blues. Your blog has soft colours which are easy on the eye. Everything is well-spaced and organised with zero clutter. Very nice.

    2. I like the overall menu bar; it gives a good sense of the breadth of your content. The labels are good too. I wasn’t quite sure what I would get with ‘navigate’ – I was expecting a search or some list of categories. I really liked your drop down for explore. My only advice was to consider the order, with the things people most want to do more to the left and the peripheral things to the right, since most people read left to right. Explore, for instance, seems to me to be one I’d like to see first.

      1. Good! This helps a lot! It’s very useful to look at my blog through your eyes, from another person’s perspective! ;-) Happy blogging, Jenna, and thank you for your suggestion! I’ll definitely look at it!

    3. Hi, personally I would say you have too many pages. You have the categories and archives in your blog so a dedicated page is superfluous. Also, you could combine your Contact and Connect pages into one Connect page.

      Good luck :)

      1. Oh, thank you so much for your input! That was exactly what I was thinking (but I didn’t write it down in my comment of course so as not to influence you), so I think I’ll go for it! Thank you again, and happy blogging!

      1. Thank you so much for your feedback and congrats on joining the community! The navigation menu is easy to create, you’ll surely find out soon for yourself! Good luck with your new blog :-D

    4. It looks great to me, Mara. I’d just move the search box to the top of the sidebar. That is the first thing I look for on a blog (and the about page is second).

      Cheers!

      1. Thanks a lot for your feedback, Alice! That’s an interesting point, it didn’t occur to me at all, so I’m glad that you bring it up! Happy blogging to you :-D

    5. I thought your menu bar was just fine. Very clear and concise. The uncluttered design of your home page didn’t seem to be unbalanced by the navigation options. Good job

      1. Thank you so much! In fact, I’ve been fiddling with the menu based on everyone’s suggestions, so you probably just saw the final version of it ;-) Glad that it worked! Happy blogging!

      1. My fiction specifically. I mean, I might write about other people’s fiction, in a review sort of way, but overall the blog is about a book I’m writing.
        Aul

      2. I would keep your posts tight on that and the world you’re building. I would also consider starting off (and I don’t say this very often) with a static page that gives the basics of the story. Then give people a way to navigate around to deeper posts and story bits. One word of caution (I’m an author): If you want to sell your story, be careful how much you put on the internet. Publishing it on a blog or website IS considered publishing, and most reputable publishers won’t “re publish” something. They want first rights. FYI.

      3. Wow, I’m really glad you said that about the publishing thing. You’re absolutely right! And by the way, my opening page IS a static page about my book. Thanks for the advice!
        Aul

      1. I just realized that I do have some constructive criticism: To me, at any rate, the pages and categories were confusing. I eventually found my way around, but it does seem that there mght be a better way to organize your site, at least from a menu perspective, so that it is more clear where your blog posts are and whic links point to static information (pages). I felt as though I was perpetually ending up at your home page, though I thought I was choosing different links. (Too much with too similar of titles and content.)

    1. Where are my manners? THANK YOU for your feedback, glad to hear your opinion. Also, your blog is pretty cool, considering that it’s only an hour old, really!

    2. I really like where you’re going so far Maddie. I can see a strong point of few already. Looking forward to seeing you bold your content.

      1. I`m aware of the fact that the objective may change a litlle bit with time (and def after I will learn everything about the toolbar ofcourse) , thak you for your support and advice :)

    1. I first had a bit trouble with finding the posts you refer too, but then I found the appropriate category. I like your fresh topics and obviously, as a woman, I agree with your perspective. On the whole, I enjoyed the two post I read!

  2. Hello everyone *waves*

    I would like to have some feedback on my blog layout, writing and everything else.

    In terms of layout, would it be better to have a static post in the home page and directing people to the menu navigation bar based on the categories?

    In terms of writing, I would appreciate some constructive feedback on them. (:

    In terms of everything else, …. have a quick browse!

    Jill.

    1. I think your blog looks great! You have really great balance: between photos and text, types of content, different topics, etc. I also think your posts themselves look really good. You use block quotes, lists, etc. to make your posts easy to scan. Well done.

    2. Hi Jill, from another Jill, :)
      I think your blog is easy to navigate around. Your layout is logical and clear – which I think shows respect to your visitors. I don’t know about the static front page. Personally, if I’m a repeat visitor to a blog site I like being able to view at least an excerpt of new content when I land on the home page.

      1. Hi Jill :D

        Thanks for your comment! I am somewhat neat freak so I tend to make sure my page is not too cluttered. Yeah I’ll take your suggestion into consideration. Once again thanks!

    3. Hi Jill. I personally prefer a changing home page over a static one. Looks like you write on a wide range of topics, so your navigation is helpful. This may be more a matter of personal taste than a critique, but as a fellow blogger suggested to me, having catchier titles to your posts might inspire more readers. I can see some were personal in nature, so I’m not judging. Just thought I’d pass that along. Once I applied that advice I saw a (small) uptick in viewers on my travel blog

  3. I started a new template next week and have it built out with widgets, featured posts, etc. Would appreciate comment on layout, content and how easy it is to get to the content you want.

    1. HI Jenna,
      First, knowing hardly anything about football, I love your tagline! As to your layout – it’s straightforward, and easy to follow. Great use of colour, too. Combined with the headings and fonts they work really well. I think they suit your subject!.

    1. One thing I noticed in your posts is that the images you use seem to “sit” a little awkwardly on your text. When placing them you should be able to ‘right click’ and have your options as far as placement. When you preview before you post, make sure you don’t have any widows and orphans (words or letters stranded at the beginning or end of your text box. Hope it helps. Thanks for the invite to view your blog

  4. Hi there! I run this blog about football, culture and the culture of football (soccer, that is). I really would love to hear your opinions about its look, and maybe some suggestions. Thank you.

    1. I think the look and feel is great. The “magazine style” template really works for a subject matter like this. I am not 100% sold on the sepia-tones, since football is about color and brightness, but it’s working. I don’t speak the language, so I’m not entirely sure I get the content. What’s your point of view? History? News? Updates? A bit of all of them?

      1. Thank you for your kind words. Since we are many authors, there’re very different points of view, which is part of the plan. The main idea is to talk about football from a cultural point of view. By the way, I really like the way your widget area is working. The colors and images make it very dynamic. I’m checking it out, and it is a very interesting blog.

      2. Actually, I like the sepia tones. The above poster is right that football is about glitz and colour… but also for most of us the 1950s-60s was a golden age of The Beautiful Game and if I were to read a magazine like this it would reassure me that it isn’t just about the modern game, I am just as likely to read an article about George Best as I am to read one about Lionel Messi :)

      3. Thanks, I’m glad to see the sepia tones are working. Well, if you can read spanish, we have not written about George Best yet, but you sure will find something about Cruyff, Coluna or Sánchez ;)

    1. LOVE what you’re doing with the photos. I like how we see part of the photo in the feature, then read the poem, then see the whole photo. Often, we have a different perspective seeing the whole picture, particularly after the poem. Well done.

      1. Many many thanks for your beautiful, full of praise feedback, really happy that you are able to understand thinking behind my blog :-)

  5. Hey! I’ve often endured the writer’s block and to stimulate my brain I’ve searched for usual methods to pass it but none were working. However, I’d like to know how you deal with it?
    You can also check my blog out :)

    1. I think if you have writer’s block, it’s a good idea to do something else for a while. Focus your mind on something new entirely. If you’re passionate about your subject matter, something usually will pop up that will interest you enough to write about it. But the more you tell yourself “I have writer’s block! I can’t write” the less you’ll write.

    2. Whew! That’s a hard question! I don’t think I have the answer, but I found out that writing is easier for me when I do it directly in my Dashboard (not in a Word document) and when I simply publish what I write without judging it too much. Of course, it may be a good post or a bad post, but it’s part of the learning!

    3. When I experience writer’s block, I will typically go read something else. Try reading something inspiring like famous quotes to get you through it. Sometimes just doing laundry helps. (Bring a note pad.) Good luck :)

    4. Thinking about writer’s block is counterproductive, in my experience. Unless you’re working on a deadline (bless your poor soul, if you are), take a few days off. The words will come back to you — and it’s a spectacular feeling when they do.
      –TheAnsible

    1. VERY interesting topic for a niche blog! Good choice. I like how you use color and photography to add visual interest to your posts, too. The only suggestion I have is your font color; the pale color against the white background is hard to read. I have a friend who’s color blind, and the lack of contrast would mean he actually couldn’t read your posts at all. I might try a much darker color for your text.

      1. Thanks so much Jenna for looking and providing feedback. I am not sure how to change the font color as that does not seem to be an option with the Custom Design feature that I am using. I can change the font and the font size but I’ve not seen how to change the color. Maybe it is right in front of me and I can’t see it – but I do agree with you that it is too light. I’ll continue to search for the solution. Thanks again!

    2. Hi Mary. I think your site design is consistent with your theme. I think it should emanate the field of interest you are writing about. I definitely got a refined, artistic vibe from looking at it, and it seems to me that’s what you’re going for. On my own travel blog I tried the old world map feel, and I’d like to think it puts people in a traveling frame of mind. I think you accomplished the same thing by your design

      1. Hi, Ben. Thanks so much for taking the time to look at my blog and providing feedback. It took a lot of trial and error to get the look it has now. Refinement is definitely the look I was wanting. I did pop over and took a look at your travel blog. Wow…a dream job! Your love for the subject shines through. I love the map background! I think the overall appearance would be even more enhanced it you make your pics larger. Great job on your blog!

    1. I don’t like to give exact theme suggestions, because it’s so personal. But you can go into your dashboard > appearance > themes. Sort by free or premium. You can then preview each one; it will put your content into the theme and you can see if it’s what you want – for free. I recommend this highly. It’s hard to know how your content will work in a theme without previewing it.

      1. Thanks Jenna.
        Appreciate your help …
        but was looking to shorten the process.
        This blog is our “official allotment” blog and, after a fairly exhausting day today (I need all the sympathy I can get :-) )
        Some people had asked me …
        So – guess I was cheating a bit.

  6. i would like some feedback on my blog… a little world of my thoughts just a little… i would love your feedback on my thoughts as to what extent they are bad and to what extent they are lovely…. you can check my blog at aimanpeer.wordpress.com

    1. Hi Aiman. I checked out your blog. You have some striking images, which is good. One suggestion, the slang and abbreviated language you use describing yourself seems inconsistent with the elegance of some of your poetry. Perhaps try to be a little more consistent in style?

  7. Hi people of the blog world, I am brand new to the blogging world and just wondered if anyone would give me some feedback as to the content, look and feel of my blog. I’ve only posted 1 post as of yet but it would be extremely useful to me. Thanks!!!!

    1. Your post looks great, and I love how you use color and imagery to build visual interest. I would not center your text, though; it makes it hard to scan/read. I also don’t get a sense from your title/subtitle what your blog will be about, so you might want to think about that as you build content. So far, it looks great, though.

      1. Thank you, yeah I am not sure what sort of direction I want to go in which is defiantly reflected in the blog. Hopefully as I build more post I can :) Thanks for the advice about the text.

      2. Its a nice layout/template. Also try not to worry too much. I began blogging a bit over a month ago. About a week ago, I changed my template. In time, you will get a greater feel for the look you are going for.

    2. Hi Lori and welcome to blogging (not that I’m a pro with less than a year’s experience). I liked your photo collage at the top. If I could make a suggestion I’d say to pay a little more attention to the grammar you use. Probably wouldn’t notice it in conversation, but when in the written form, the punctuation has to be right in order to convey the right idea. I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it and discover your own style–and readership that enjoys it. I wish you much success

      1. Hi, yeah that is a problem I struggle with generally anyways with having dyslexia. Proof reading isn’t always my strong point. Thanks for the constructive advice.

    1. Appearance is not who you are. Yes it’s an important part of our life but don’t let that aspect of your life control you. It can over ride who you really are. Good post.

    2. Hi Hayley. I like your combination of anxiety remedies and some delicious-looking recipes. I guess if the former doesn’t work than you can fall back on the latter :) I think it is great you can recognize when anxiety is getting the best of you. I’ve found that just that simple step of pausing, taking stock of the situation and holding back the onset of a flood of negative emotion can do much to allay the negative reactions anxiety can provoke. It is a useful subject and thanks for sharing your coping techniques with the rest of us

  8. Hello, everybody! I would like some feedback on the newest post I’ve written in my blog, as I didn’t write in there for a long time due to my tight schedule and I want to get sure it doesn’t seem off or strange with the mix of humor and other tones. And also, it would be nice if you could give your opinion on the blog overall and how it looks like. All help will be very appreciated! Thanks in advance!
    http://thetwothousands.wordpress.com/

  9. Hey! I would like some feedback on some of my blog posts. They’re mostly about my life as a teenager, but if you could look at them and comment on them, that’d be great!

    1. Maybe it’s not the answer you asked for, but I think a brighter and more colourful look would be better for your blog? It looks so sad and a bit bland to me…

    1. When you say stories, do you mean “news articles”? I was expecting more fiction from your description but that doesn’t seem to be your point of view. Or am I mistaken?

      1. You’re correct, Jenna. Mainly I write news articles but some link backs on my blog, although on the Allvoices news website are actually non-fiction “stories,” i.e., my personal story: “A woman’s tale of rising from the lows of depression.”

        I don’t write fiction, but have recently fallen in love with creative non-fiction and have started writing it.

  10. Hey comrades,

    Hope everyone is having a good morning.

    I’d like some feedback on my basketball blog.

    It started as class project but I want it to grow more. I began with recaps, but I’m not sure if it’s appealing to readers. Been going in a looser direction of late.

    Any suggestions on appearance or how to make posts standout ?

    http://broadwaybluesandorange.wordpress.com

    1. I also write a sports blog, and I can tell you a couple of things. First of all, people who are passionate about your sport are hungry for information; if you write unique, interesting content, they will come. That said, I’ve found that unless you’re full time (and even then) it can be hard to keep up with all the news in a particular sport. Unless you have a niche (a particular team, or in my case, referees) it can get overwhelming. Or you end up just reposting other news from other sources or reblogging stuff. So, you might want to consider a unique point of view and stick to that. If you’re doing recaps, do only recaps, even if something else interesting comes up. I have to do that with my blog; I write about football (referees) and often pass up stories that are cool because they don’t have a refereeing angle. Good luck!

    2. Hi Bryan. I also run a blog about sports. Football in my case. Me and some friends want to write about football from a cultural point of view. Anyway, something that has help us grow is to organize posts by topic and keep this on a visible men. Many readers will find your blog from different sources, but this makes them stay on it. Also, I hope my english is not very messed up.

    1. I think your posts are very good. Very thought out, full of insight, and really an interesting point of view. My only advice would be to keep each post focused on the subject matter, rather than veering off into something new at the end. Make that a new, excellent post on its own. :) Your content stands up great by itself.

    1. Hi Surayya. I think your friends were not acting biased when they commended you on your post. Your sense of goodwill contrasted with helplessness to make an impact came across splendidly

    1. It may have something to do with your theme. (My last one added way too much white space for my taste.) Right now, it looks like you’re compensating and there’s no line break at all. So it may be that it doesn’t look as bad when it’s published as it does when you’re editing…

    2. It’s not the theme… it’s how you are entering. If you switch to text view, you can remove them… however be warned that if you compile your posts in this view you will need to know the HTML. I alternate between the two, sometimes preferring one over the other.

      1. I know HTML. However, someone said that if I hit shift+enter it spaces once. Lot’s easier than messing with HTML, where you can screw up your whole life!

        Is there a community forum around here?

    1. Love the content! very interesting point of view and subject matter. I was kind of expecting comedy from the title alone, but it works.

      1. Thank you :) The name has it’s own story, which I guess I should write about one day. But I’m glad you like it, I appreciate the input.

  11. Hello there :) I am a newbee and I need some input too:
    1. About the looks: scrolling down my blog, does it looks “dry”?
    2. About content: does my posts sound overly dramatic, maybe too much? Do I sound authentic to you?
    3. What do you think about my English: am I misspelling? Does my writing flows as it should?
    http://blugirl1.wordpress.com/ – my lil’ creation
    Thank you for your time ;)

    1. I don’t think it looks dry at all. I love the posts don’t sound overly dramatic at all. I think you have a unique voice and point of view, and you should be proud of it.

      1. Thanks, much appreciate it! I just hope its interesting and reciprocates with my age (24).. and I don’t wanna kill someone with bad grammar :D
        Have the best day dear! :)

    2. You’ve clearly gone for a conversational tone and writing as if you are speaking – it works. That sort of tone is rarely dry.

      You also seem to know your audience – I won’t be the target audience but it does feel right to me. Keep it up!

      1. Thanks a lot for your feedback :) I write for personal relief and I’m trying to practice my verbal skills, to put my thoughts into words.

      1. Tnx, I’ll take your advice, it’s important to be positive :) English is my third language and I strive to learn it as good as I can. It’s hard, cause some sentences may sound casual to me, but phony to native speakers. Some constructive critics are essential in my opinion.

      2. constructive criticism can be great. But its nothing to obsess much over. I find when I try to edit while writing, I tend to lose my train of thought. That in addition to, I can over correct. Its always better to write, walk away and look a bit later. you are more apt to locate errors with a fresh set of eyes ^ ^

    3. Hi Anna

      I didn’t find the design to be dry, especially not with your cover image.

      I liked your titles. To me, when I scroll through my WordPress reader it is the titles that jump out that induce me to stop and read

      As for your English, the only glaring error is ironically in your appeal for others to “bare” with your English. In this case it would be b-e-a-r. I know. Its a difficult language. As someone who speaks a few I have nothing but sympathy for those who have to learn mine.

      1. Hey hey! Thanks for your feedback to all of my questions, glad you took a time to look closely at my blog and didn’t get bored :)

        I’m 100% agree about the titles. They are the key factor that makes us curious about the post itself.

        And about my English I feel relief. I’ll fix that “bare” right away. You can easily check your spelling but I was kinda afraid that I sound like Master Yoda :D No one mentions it, so I guess I don’t.

        Thank you again for everything, and have a great week! :)

  12. @michelleweber
    I want to know why a mobile phone number and a verification code is required in order to participate in the Blogging 201 Challenge?

  13. Hi there! I’d like some feedback on our written content as well as layout. I’d also like to point out that our blog is 12 people. So, is it navigable? Is the material engaging? What do you notice as soon as you visit the site? Any feedback would be appreciated.

    1. I like the general idea, and I love the idea of breadth of content written by different things. Although I like the idea of “teams”, I’m not sure what type of each content I’ll see in each team. Is it categorized in some way? Otherwise, it might seem a grab bag. (Also, note that several of the bloggers’ names lead to broken links). I think the layout doesn’t really support your content; I’d look for a theme that has a carousel or something magazine-y to capture more of the breadth of your content for a reader right up front.

      1. So, addressing the blogging names, I just added two new bloggers to our core team this morning,so they don’t have content up yet. The way it’s organized is basically (Right to left): Video Games, Philosophy/Debate, Society/Art. The Last two teams are kinda a bit of everything, one having an emphasis on sports. We’re basically split in two halves- Core and Community. Core is basically the people you see in the primary banner. Community are bloggers who I’ve asked to write for us. Their stuff is on the right. This doesn’t change the featuring system, however. Everyone has a chance to be ‘featured’. Thank you for your feedback.

      2. Truth is, I wasn’t able to get any of that from your front page, and it was pretty confusing. It’s clear that you have a strong categorization, but I’m not sure it’s as clear to your users.

  14. Hi there! I write a blog about art and dance and a lot of other stuff as well! Do check it out and let me know what you think! :D

  15. This is a question for all you bloggers with 1K+ followers. More specifically how’d you do it? I’ve been blogging for the better part of a year & have under 50. I do my best to provide quality material. From feedback it seems that others agree. I try to share the love by reading & liking others’ blogs. And I do my best to promote through social media & how I tag each post. What am I not doing right? What’s the secret?

    1. I don’t have that many. I’ve been at this for 3 1/2 years and have about 170. The overwhelming majority do not comment and never have – in fact I don’t get many comments compared to others, but I do get a hell of a lot of web visitors.

      Just keep doing what you are doing, churn out the quality content, follow the publicity advice and you will get noticed :)

    2. It depends on your goal. I visit a lot of blogs but dont follow many. Mainly because I get dizzy scrolling trying to locate daily post. If I have a ton of blogs to follow, it becomes too tedious to sift through. That being said, thats just brain injury problems. I think if numbers is your goal, you should take a look at anopinonated man. He has 34,000 plus. I believe his strategy is to divide. 33% writing, 33% engaging and commenting. The last escapes me. networking is huge. Look at tags of others that post similarly to you and comment/ follow. Be consistent and if you are looking for numbers, they will come. Engaing is huge though, not just following. Again, I dont follow many blogs but each time a reader clicks on my post to like or comment, it draws me to take a look at their space.

    3. Hey Ben. Did you connect to facebook? I connected to my personal facebook page through publicise. I only have 172 followers but most of those are my facebook chums. ‘Some’ people over-inflate their stats by paying for views and followers. Isn’t that shocking? Of course there are many, many amazing blogs written by hard-working and dedicated bloggers too. I will check out your blog now! :0)

      1. Yes I’ve connected to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (which I don’t really use) & every time there’s a pertinent article I mention it in my Instagram travel picture a day account @tripaccomplice

        Most of my readers are people I don’t know socially, but my commenters are mainly my friends

      2. Do you follow other travel blogs and comments on them. It sounds like you’re doing a lot to try and boost traffic. I am definitely not an expert but would like to give you my opinion if it helps. Will come back to you in a little while.

    1. I personally would like to see more of YOU on your pages. I think a lot of the writing is more article style and (again personally) I like to see something more personal about the author within a blog. I think your photography is great – maybe add more and say why you chose that particular thing to photograph. What spoke to you about that one sort of thing. I’m interested in this sort of stuff too and I think you’d have a huge audience if you share a little more about what interests you about it. It’s great info! Good luck!

    2. Hi!
      I read your most recent post. The writing is very good and informative! I think the idea of obtaining an outside source for the post is a good idea, too. If I may, what prompted you to start a blog writing about things like that?
      Aul
      By the way, please feel free to check out my blog http://montairyus23.wordpress.com/ I’m writing a book and want to get the word out. Thanks!

    3. Hi, I think the topic you chose for your blog is really interesting and I like the layout. However, I would consider adding more photos to portray the places you are describing and engage the reader more. Also, make sure that you are consequent in equally sizing the pictures thoroughout your blog :)

    4. You certainly have a niche interest! I’m sure there are many others who share it. If I were to make a suggestion I’d say make the material, which is certainly informative, a little more your own. Less brochure and more your take on the info. I get the hint you are an interesting person with engaging interests, but I think your writing might be keeping your true self out of the limelight a little more than necessary. Just an observation…

  16. Hello everyone! I would appreciate some feedback on my writing and the direction of my blog as well as the overall layout. Pop-culture would be the main focus but I have all sorts of stuff to talk about. I’m relatively new to this whole blogging deal and would love some suggestions. Thank you! http://seangreenblogging.wordpress.com

    1. Hi Sean,
      I read two of your posts, the ones about being late and perseverance. I like your style! It’s actually really unique. Most people tend to rant on and on about the point their trying to make or how they feel. But you keep it short, simple, and to the point. And you still make your point. The post on perseverance was very good and important to me, by the way! I agree with what you said about NEVER giving up. Sry for the rant!
      Aul
      By the way, please feel free to check out my blog http://montairyus23.wordpress.com/ I’m writing a book and want to get the word out. Thanks!

      1. Thanks for the feedback Aul, I like the concept of your book. Right up my ally as I’m huge into fantasy. The part about “Kartrus seeks to enslave all those who oppose him using a sword which “injects evil” into those he stabs” weirdly enough sounds very similar to a dream that I once had (that dream was insanely awesome by the way) I’m looking forwards to reading more of you book.

      2. You’re welcome! Thanks for the follow, by the way.
        Wow, I’m really glad to hear that! I’m sure it was an awesome dream :p
        Aul

    2. Hi Sean. Finally got the chance to look at your blog. I like your voice and enthusiasm. I would however suggest more of a visual element. A well-placed photo can do a lot to enhance your message

      1. Thanks for the feedback Ben, I actually just thought about making some opening pictures for my posts, I thought that might spruce things up a bit. What your suggesting is slightly different so I will definitely look into putting some more pictures into my posts :)

  17. Hi guys! I’ve been blogging for around 3 weeks now mainly about travel, but I do want to mix it up with more lifestyle posts in the near future. I would love to get some feedback on my layout and content, do you find it easy to navigate?

    1. wonderful imagery. Personally, I dont mind the template being black and white. It really does allow the photographs to take center stage. Really it depends on what look you are going for. My blog is simple black white and grey. Others are colorful so it really is about preference

      1. Thank you so much! I was actually going for a simple template to emphasize the photography, but I am a little bothered by the fact that all of my widgets are quite hidden and one needs to roll them out before they are visible.

    2. I think your template works with your photography. A more neutral background with maybe an accent color is much better for photos, since they bring such random splashes of color. I like your general point of view and the topics you’ve chosen to write about. Great job.

    3. hi – gorgeous photos! i might suggest putting in a break somewhere so that it’s easier to scroll through and find the next post. you could also group your photos by a particular section/topic of the location you visit and then put a few captions under each set. since i’m new myself, i’m not quite sure how to create galleries or things like that. the overall flow is easy to look at and navigate – the photos really speak for themselves, so it’s great that they are the focal point. keep playing around with what you like and see how it feels. great start!

      1. Thank you for the tips! Yes, I also thought the amount of pictures might make it difficult to find the previous posts, I will try to work on that – I hope I can avoid having to change my template though.

    4. I enjoyed your photos, and understand the need for simplicity in a background. Still, for someone who clearly has an artistic eye, I think (and this is just my own taste) that its a bit Spartan. Perhaps narrowing down the sheer number of photos you include and highlighting the best of the best will allow your readers to focus more on the essence of the particular post. For my own travel blog I always have the tedious task of culling thousands of pics just to showcase the ‘right’ ones. I think it would make your choicest photos ‘pop’ a bit more. But that’s just me ;)

      1. Thank you so much for the feedback! I am aware that I went a little photo crazy in the latest post. Sometimes its just so difficult to leave some out and somehow I always seem to think that the more visuals the better. Nevertheless, I agree that it might be exhausting for the reader to go through them all so I will definitely keep this in mind for future posts :)

      2. You’re very welcome. Though I’m a travel blogger myself I don’t feel a sense of competition since we all have a different take on the world. If you wouldn’t mind offering ME some feedback as well it would be appreciated

      3. I like your extensive descriptions of the places you visit, but I would consider maybe balancing out the text and the images more, because many people don’t have the patience to get through large amounts of text at once (just like with the picture overload on my blog). Maybe if you increased the size of the photos and used them to divide the text or decrease the amount of text your posts would appear more flowing? :)

  18. I’d love feedback on my blog. I’m trying to find my “niche” and I’ve had success with a few things, but I tend to jump around. I’m doing a Flash Fiction Friday that has been well read – but no comments per se. I like posting about ordinary things I find funny and amusing as well. Any suggestions are helpful. Thanks!

      1. Your writing is good!….although some of the themes and underlying values possessed in your writings are rather…modern and cultural, in contrast to mine. It’s interesting to see that you’re an author! I know another author-blogger that has things like “Flash Fiction Friday”, and they seem to grab her a lot of success and attention. It’s a good idea!
        Please feel free to check out my blog http://montairyus23.wordpress.com/ I’m writing a book and want to get the word out. Thanks!

  19. Hi! I’m new. My name is Val. After about 1000 people said I should start a blog, I did.

    My blog is mostly going to star my kids and grandkids, but with a possum or two thrown in here and there for a breath of fresh air. Possums give you fresh air when you accidentally pee on them in the dark at the lake. You start hyperventilating when you realize what you just did. Lots n LOTS of fresh air!

    My stories are usually funny, sometimes poignant, sometimes long (because we all love long ass posts!) usually short and sweet, but always true.

    I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I (usually) enjoyed living them. :D

    1. I’m looking at the actually formatting and it doesn’t look off to me. It may look wider in your editor than it does on screen. When you try and “fix” it, it’s clear, because the content bunches up together. I think your line spacing is fine.

      1. Every theme is different. I just switched to a premium one and am still working out the kinks… But I like the flexibility and uniqueness the themes offer.

      1. Any kind that you could give..I wasn’t sure if my posts weren’t interesting enough or what..I just want to have a blog that are things I enjoy..as well as a place people want to read and enjoy.

    1. Write what you want to write about. There’s thousands of readers and you can’t please all of them. Someone said, “write for yourself.” Readers will find you. I checked out your site and thought it was good. Happy blogging.

  20. Hi yall~! I’m new to “blogging” and I’ve created a blog called dancingintheislesoflife.wordpress.com – and a few others because I couldn’t figure out a name, LOL! Do you think that the name is too much? I’ve also created one called cinnamonscribbles.wordpress.com although there is nothing on it. Would love your input!

    1. hey there – the title of cinnamonscribbles is very inviting and the alliteration makes it fun and easy to connect to. i prefer that to the other, though the title is an expression of you and what you are thinking, feeling, and experiencing, so go with your gut!

    1. Hi! I just had a scroll through your blog and I really like it! It’s very easy to navigate, and I like the mix of writing and photography as well. I will definitely be checking it out again!

    2. I enjoyed your blog. The design is clean and modern, which works great for your photos. You cover such a wide range of subjects that I’m sure everyone can find something interesting

    3. Hi there!! I loved your posts! Especially ‘Waterworks’ and ‘Casual Class’. And i loved the way you talked about the Louis Vuitton bags! Amazing! :D

  21. hi friends – brand new to WordPress! would love general feedback on the look and content of my blog. really looking to incorporate my instagram feed, also, and would love ideas/suggestions on how best to do this. so glad to be interacting with all of you! thanks.

    1. I love your content. You have a great voice and your topics are really personal. Good point of view. I’m not sure on your layout; I’d like to see more of your pictures; I feel like the background picture especially is cropped strangely. I think your photos are very compelling and I’d like to see more.

      1. thanks very much, Jenna! i have to figure out how to make the photos more present. i like the theme, but am willing to alter it to make the content and (hopefully!) photos more visible. much appreciated!

  22. Hey yall, how long should content be and how many pictures should I have per post? Ive just started back blogging and I dont want to overload people witn too much info and not enough pictures. Also is posting video better to get your content out?

    1. Hello. Welcome to blogging. I think you want to balance. It depends on what you are speaking about and if it requires a photo. If you are providing a bit of information about something in your posts, its always great to include photos. Took a look around. So far, so good

      1. I am new to blogging as well (slightly more than one month in). I’ve not seen many videos but am actually going to post one soon. I would stick to them being short and engaging. Generally, I see music videos accompanied with a post

    2. I personally don’t believe straight copy should be anymore than 500-600 word. More than that, I get bored. How you lay your copy out (use of bullets, smaller paragraphs, etc.) will have a lot to do with how long your posts SEEM. (A 600 word post that’s scannable will seem shorter than a 400 word post all in one block.) As for photos, there’s no rule. You should add the photos that support your content…

      1. Check out my blog. I use videos liberally throughout. The key is that I use them when they support my content. (i.e. “I don’t think this was a foul. Here’s a video to show you what I mean.”)

    3. Hello. I find the length should be in proportion to the subject matter. I’m willing to read a longer post if it is on a subject (ex: personal experience, engaging review, etc) that deserves a greater amount of words to do it justice. Be judicious. For my travel blog I try to keep it around 900 or so words so no one loses interest. Some times I go over but hopefully no one notices :) And I would recommend you fill out your About Page. People will want to know who they’re listening to

      1. Hi thanks for the feedback. Im working on the about page now actually. I feel like the next couple of post will show a little more of who I am.

  23. I’m concerned that my involved with the A to Z challenge has left my blog a little unfocused. I want to have a specific niche, although I’m not quite sure what it is. I’d really appreciate someone visiting my blog and telling me what they think it’s about, as someone visiting for the first time.

    1. You can always try to post a niche in between. This will allow you to participate in the challenge but stay true to what you want to write about. Or you can try to adapt the challenge in such a way that it does not deviate for your topics etc.

    2. I think the A to Z challenge is great to build your writing/posting skills. If you’re looking for a “niche”, that might be a separate blog. As for what your niche should be, you have time find something you’re truly passionate about in order to be able to build out specialized content. I have a niche blog and it took a couple of tries before I found the right subject matter.

    3. Hello Anthea ! (Please keep in mind I’m a total newbie to blogging!) As someone visiting your blog for the first time, I went straight to your About Me page and felt your “niche” is basically the life of a college-student heading for a career in education. I see why you would think the A to Z challenge left it unfocused, however, the couple that I read STILL had to do with your life, so it made perfect sense to me. :)

    4. Hi Anthea. I decided to accept your challenge and my impressions as someone viewing your blog for the first time is that it is a personal chronicle. The posts I read reflect a lot of “what’s happening to me now”, and after reading your About Me page and your endeavor to have a record of your life, that seems consistent with your objective. I enjoyed your ‘voice’ and can relate to your desire for an online biography. I write a travel blog and invariably, regardless of the particular subject, in relating my experiences I am unwittingly writing my own autobiography. My post An Accidental Autobiography http://wp.me/p3X1RS-4M explains more what I think you’re doing. Hope this helps.

  24. Hey, bloggers! :) I kind of posted the same thing last time, but there was a moderation issue for a long time and then when it finally appeared, everyone else had gone, so here it is again:

    My blog is very inexperienced, like myself, and I would love to have some feedback on these two posts in particular. They were something I wrote for my last year’s school magazine-ninth grade-and I felt like putting them up here.
    The poem in particular is something I’m very nervous about, since it has been over six years since I’ve penned a poem. I would love it if you guys took a look at it. Once again, as I always do, I should remind you that my native language is Malayalam, and that I am but a depressed fourteen year old.[I would prefer comments on the posts themselves, thanks :D]

    http://thunderwhenitrains.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/the-abused-2/
    http://thunderwhenitrains.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/spaceship-in-a-coffee-shop/

    1. I’m no expert but I think it’s about building content, inviting comments, and interacting with other bloggers who are interested in similar things.

    2. First, great design. I think it fits well with your listed interests. Be sure to include pertinent tags that a person with similar interests would search for. A suggestion I received is to engage more with others (hence my commenting here :) and this can generate more views and interest. I liked what I saw so I’ll be following you

  25. Hi there! I started blogging about five months back and while I absolutely adore it, I have found it increasingly difficult to come up with topics to post about. I have tried to use inspiration from my life but the world can only provide you with so much. So my question is: How do I come up with interesting topics to keep a captive audience?

    1. I would say write whats on your mind. I dont and then develop it. Also writing prompts are a good way as well. Thats all I wrote in the beginning before I began writing about personal topics. I’ve been blogging just over a month. Also, dont confine yourself to posting each day. Perhaps just a few times a week or whenever you get the writing itch :)

  26. I got email notification that I needed to “moderate” one of my posts. When I clicked on it it just took me to a comment that someone made who liked the post. Is that just how it works, or did I need to fix something in the post?

    1. No. Go into your dashboard > comments. You’ll need to read the comment, decide if you want to post it. If you do, click on the radio button, then go up to the “Bulk Apply” drop down and choose approve. Click Apply All (I believe)

    1. Hello Edward. I enjoyed the content of your post, I did notice a few grammatical errors in the middle of it (mostly to do with verb tenses (was written in present tense, should have been past). Hope this helps! Good luck!