blog reviewed part 5
Marketing & Blogging

Blogs Reviewed part 5

It that time again for me to review your blog. A very popular little blog series and a big blogging success. The time have come for me to review your blogs.  Are you ready for blog reviewed part 5?

We all like to hear positive blogging advice, especially when it comes to our own little corner of the web. I like to think that it’s always nice to hear how well you getting on and to hear fair criticism comments, don’t you think?

I always have an overwhelming response to my blog reviewed, this little series is becoming extremely popular. A big thank you to everyone who put in a request and I will review up to 5 blogs on here.  Don’t despair if I don’t choose your blog this time, this will be a regular monthly feature so perhaps try again next time.

I would also appreciate if you all show support to these bloggers and give them a big cheers and go visit their site.

Anyway let get started:

Rainy Days Fun:

First up I really like the blog name. It’s very catchy and relate to your blog.

The layout is nice and clean. It also responsive (it work well on my Samsung phone and tablet) and the menu is very clear with suitable drop-down menu. I also like how the site is a mixture of blue and red.

Ok let me do this top to bottom, I really like the top part of the site where you have the site logo and the menu. The header is also bright and colourful and it grabbed my attention.

Then underneath the ‘our featured activities’ is fine; However, I would make it bigger and make it stand out more. Use feature images for this.

The ‘our latest blog articles’ section look squash and a little too compact. My advice would be to move the title to the top and then use the slider with all the blog topics take up the maximum space.

I also found you got loads of white space underneath the social media boxes. I can see you tried to use the Instagram widget, don’t.  There are loads of better plugins for Instagram, if you like I can email you a few. Overall I would have a think of what to do with that space, maybe perhaps filled it with Instagram’s images or images from flickr.

Look Up programme in Hull: BLEACHED by Tania Kovats is the one blog post I clicked on. I have found your texts a little too big so maybe go up a size down to make it a little smaller. Overall your blog post Is well laid out and clear enough to read.

Overall it’s a nice site with just a few minor adjustments. I can see it still a relatively a new site. I can also see this being helpful to any mum’s who is looking for activities with their little one.

 

When I Grow Up:

First up I really like the name of the blog. It most defiantly got my attention and it feel like reminder of childhood and being young.

The layout is nice and clean. It also responsive (it work well on my Samsung phone and tablet) and the menu is very clear with suitable drop-down menu. The layout flow well and doesn’t jump around.

I would perhaps stretch out the header image a little or perhaps bring in the green strip where the menu is. But that just my personal preference.

It took me a couple of seconds to find your about me page, so maybe move it to the menu or have it at the top of the sidebar.  Once I clicked on your about me page, it doesn’t show a picture on who you are. I find having no picture doesn’t connect you with the readers. I also would move the advert on the about me page – it distracting.

I don’t have any quell with your sidebar, it nicely laid out.

I clicked on the Glastonbury festival Reviews & Photos. Stunning photos first up, especially the one with the unicorn horn (if you can’t wear a unicorn horn at Glastonbury – when can you?).  The blog post is nicely laid out with clear readable texts.

Overall it a nice site and you should be proud of it. However, showcase you a little more. Try to view your site from a new reader’s perspective. Your Instagram photos are stunning!

Think Mag:

First up I really like the blog name. It’s very catchy and relate to what your site is about. My first impression that it a site for the magazine ‘Think Mag’.

I like how as your scroll down the menu get bigger. However, with your menu I would have an about page. Just so new people would know what this site is about. I will admit the first few second I was a little confuse on what the site was about. So perhaps that could help new people coming to the site.

I would have underneath the main header a little title of what the blog posts boxes about. At first I wasn’t sure if it related to the magazine or if it was about a blog post. So maybe the title ‘blog post’ might help some confusion.  I would also include a blog link to your menu.

Water Bottle Shaped Like a Book was one blog post I clicked on. Overall it nicely laid out with clear easily readable texts and paragraph. However, any first time readers would be confused on what this site is about as there nothing to say on the sidebar. I also would add some images – rather than just having adverts.

Overall my advice would be to look at the site from an outsider/new reader’s perspective. I would have an about page and also on the front page showcase the magazine a little clearer. I would look at your site with fresh eyes and how when you view a site – what do you like to see. Think about it from that point of view.

 

This is it for this month, I will do this more next month. I look forward to doing this again.

Anna Nuttall

Hello, it’s so lovely for you to join me. Let me introduce myself. I’m Anna Nuttall living in London and married to my husband, Richard. I worked in retail for ten years before I left and fulfilled my addiction to social media and blogging, where I’m now working as a fashion, lifestyle and travel blogger and also in digital marketing.

11 Comments

  • Ella

    This is a great idea for a series. It’s so hard to look at one’s own site from an onlooker’s perspective, that to get constructive feedback such as this is invaluable.

  • Anna Harris

    Hey, Anna! I enjoyed this read-through! What a nice way to support other bloggers. It made me think through my blog lay-out…and of course, I started wondering what you would suggest for me! 😀 I imagine you have lots of options, but if you are ever interested in reviewing my blog, I would love that! I’m new to the blogging world, and even though I took a lot of time setting my blog up, I’ve left it quite simple and would be interested in knowing whether that’s good….or whether it could use some perking up. Regardless, keep up the good work and thanks for sharing your tips with all of us!

  • Helen Hobden

    Hi Anna,
    I’ve just got back from a week away and was delighted to come home and find that you picked my blog to review. Thank you so much for all the useful comments – I’ll definitely make the ‘About Me’ link stand out a bit more and add a photo to the page – I was worried that the big picture of me across the top was too much already!
    I’ll need to work out how to move the adverts. On my laptop there aren’t any on that page, but they do seem to pop up more often on other devices so I’ll look into how to sort that out.
    Thank you for your compliment about my Instagram – I work hard on it and hopefully it will grow a bit more soon.
    Thanks again, and I’ll go and check out the other blogs now 🙂
    Helen x

  • Linda

    Thank you very much, Anna for your review 🙂 Yes very new site (2 months old in fact). I do want to change a few things moving forward so your review is very handy xx

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