I really enjoy doing blog critiques because I learn so much about so many new people and ideas. Our blog today comes from Stephanie Pace who provides wonderful insight on self-publishing and Go check out her blog Word by Word and we'll talk.
Stephanie, you have the elements of a great blog - all the things I always harp on - which is great. Your name is in your header, your profile is up nice and high where we can see it. You have pages with essential information which provides depth. Readers can follow your blog easily. You have a search box (love that). It's clean and uncluttered. Really, your elements are pretty much all spot on.
Where I think you need some work is your aesthetics. Specifically:
- It really bugs me that your header doesn't go across your whole blog. That empty space makes the whole blog uneven.
- I feel the same way about the space after your pages. You could even that out by adding a contact page, which is a good idea anyway.
- Your colors don't quite go together. I like that you are attempting to have a palette, but take a careful look at your colors. Try using www.colorschemedesigner.com to get your colors right. Pull some of those background colors to make your footer background, your title colors, and your header background.
- I'd like to see some pictures in your posts. Pics really help make a blog more attractive and interesting to readers.
With a few color tweaks, I think your blog can go from great to fantastic. I can't wait to see where you and your blog go next!
Readers, do you have any suggestions for Stephanie?