Today's critique takes us to Artizicarol Ramblings by the amazing Carol Riggs. Carol is another blogger that I feel very close to (hi, Carol!) and so, yeah, I got a little nervous when I went it came time to critique her wonderful blog. You may all know Carol too, but if you don't, go on over and sneak a peek at her blog so we can discuss it.
I shouldn't have been nervous. I have to admit, Carol, I've been reading your blog through Google Reader for so long that I haven't been to your actual blog in quite awhile. You've really implemented everything I'm always harping on. I'm not going to spend a lot of time highlighting all the pluses though, because I have some other things to talk to you about. First, a few minor suggestions:
- You may have no control over it, but we'd like your header to be a little wider. It's great! just a little off balance.
- The color of your dates is outside the palette. A blue color would be more appropriate, but then you wouldn't be able to see it on the blue background. We'd actually like to see the date within the post box to fix this. Otherwise, perhaps use the darker blue that you use in your sidebar.
- The light lilac or purplish color you use on your post backgrounds would look nice if you could bring it in your sidebar as well.
- I would like a background behind your profile. It's too important of a piece of your blog and gets just a tad bit hidden in the blue background.
- Your "Want a Critique?" box bothers me because the first line of the paragraph is indented. It makes it look a little off center. I would keep it left justified so the heading looks centered above the whole block.
Um, wow. That's it. I don't even mind your blog awards on your sidebar because they look very clean and are appropriately placed below everything else.
What I'd really like to talk about is what you plan on doing next in terms of marketing yourself. You have an agent, you're about to go out on submission (right?), so you haven't sold your book yet. At this point, what should your blog be doing for you?
This answer isn't a concrete one. Of course your main focus should be on polishing up that book for submission. But the minute you send it off, during those weeks or months of WAITING, I recommend you work on driving your numbers up. You have awesome, informative posts, and an attractive blog, get people reading your posts. I don't imagine that you need to know how but for other people who want some ideas, here's three:
- Visit new blogs and leave comments.
- Hold a contest getting people to tweet and facebook your blog.
- Join a blogfest.
I realize these are time consuming tasks (why do you think I'm not doing them?), but it is where I would go next with Artzicarol Ramblings.
What do you suggest for Carol? You know she wants to hear from you. :)