One of the greatest things about doing blog design is that I get to help improve something that means a lot to you.
Sure, it’s not delivering your children or anything like that but sometimes, your blog is the one little piece of the world that you have in an otherwise crazy life.
It’s also tied to a dream. A dream that something bigger can come of this little blog and maybe it can be the start of earning a living doing something that you really love. Or maybe money’s not the thing for you, maybe you want to reach people and inspire them, maybe that’s your dream.
Then the work starts, the posting, finding ideas, the blog design itself, the plugins, the ahhhhh! Feeling overwhelmed and frustrated yet? Sadly, most blogs (maybe yours) don’t get the notice they deserve. And if you feel like you’re spinning your wheels and not getting closer to the dream you started with then these Blog Critiques are for you.
What’s involved in the Blog Critique?
Real, honest, actionable advice. You won’t find any fluffy “That’s looks so awesome keep up the good work it will pay off” stuff here.
After you submit your blog critique request, I will review your site in the order received and post the results on Blog Genie. If you’re not open to having this made public, this free service isn’t for you! (Email me if you’re interested in something less free but more private.)
I’ll be posting one blog critique a week and through the critiques my hope is that others will learn for their blogs as well. You’re doing a community service ;)
We’ll also cover:
- Your overall site design/branding
- Functionality/usability: how easy is your site to use/get around in for readers, this includes a review of your navigation and sidebar
- Your content: how is your actual writing meeting the vision you have for your site
- Other advice tailored to your specific site based on the goals you provide us during sign up
- SEO suggestions (for the self-hosted WordPress folks)
What you need to do:
- Be open to hearing feedback: if you’re defensive about your blog and don’t want to hear real advice then don’t sign up! Feedback can be hard sometimes but I’m not mean so don’t worry.
- Answer some questions about your goals for your site and be willing to have those mentioned in the blog post reviewing your site.
- You can have a blog on any platform, Blogger, WordPress.com or self-hosted WordPress. Some suggestions may not be possible on free platforms but we take those limitations into account the best we can.
- You need to have a blog that is regularly updated, at least once a week and have been blogging actively for longer than 3 months.
That’s it! If this sounds like something you and your blog would benefit from, fill out the form below to get started.
Registrations will be open for 1 week or until I receive 30 participants.
Updated October 13, 2012: Thanks to the wonderful response, all 30 spots were filled shortly after we opened registration. If you would like to be notified of our next openings, sign up below.