I'm late doing this blog critique. I asked Karla to move from Monday to Tuesday because of the holiday, and here I am late on Tuesday as well! It's been a busy Memorial Day weekend for me, that's all I can say.
But here we are now, back to business. Check out Relentless Karla and we'll meet below.
Today, many of the same things I usually talk about apply (move your follower button up on the sidebar, put your subscribe buttons up there as well, lose the advertising). But instead of really getting into all of those issues - you can read past critiques and my FAMP series for more info on the basics - we're just going to talk about a few that are really specific to Karla.
First of all, Karla, you're absolutely beautiful. I love the pics of you. Stunning. But here's the problem, all the pics at the top of the blog make me feel this will be a fashion or travel site. It would be different if the pics featured things you were trying to sell. But I don't think they do. Also, they are big at the top of your blog so it's hard to see that there is anything else to your site. I hate to say this, but the pictures that rotate really need to go from your header so we can see your content. They'd actually be very nice at the bottom of your site. The movement will attract people to them.
That being said, you need to clean up the bottom of your page. You've stuck a bunch of stuff down there like you're cramming things under your bed. The subscribe to buttons need to come up near the top of your sidebar. Really decide what is important on your sidebar and the bottom and only keep the essential.
Most importantly, Karla, your blog seems to be suffering from a bit of personality confusion. You write your thoughts in your blog, have an online store of beautiful items you sell, and you feature advertising. I'm not sure where to focus because I don't know where your focus is. You've taken a bunch of time off from blogging too, so that makes it even trickier to figure out. What is it you want readers to do when they visit your blog? Buy things? Read your posts? Whichever you decide, that will change how you build your blog.
If you choose to primarily be a blog, tell us in your profile and get your content up front and center.
If you want to sell your things, you need to put pics upfront of those items and your profile and your posts need to direct people to your online store. Having other advertising really detracts from your own sales, by the way.
Okay, readers, what advice do you have for beautiful Karla?