Thanks to everyone that submitted their blog to be reviewed! On Sunday we’ll be reviewing 4 blogs during #Blogchat, one every 15 mins. Here are the four blogs we’ll be covering, and the order in which we’ll be covering them:
1 – Janice Person – A Colorful Adventure. Here’s what Janice said about her blog: “It’s a personal blog so it is where I can post whatever I want but one of my real drivers has been sharing information about agriculture that I’m lucky enough to see and experience first hand, especially things about my beloved cotton! Travel is another huge area of my life that I love sharing.
I have been thinking about doing some reworking on the design. Its amazing how fast designs feel dated. The site doesn’t feel as clean as I would like. I don’t want it to feel sterile, just get it a cleaner, more up-to-date feel and yet provide good mobility within the site. Some of the blogchat crew would be great at helping me think through a new look for the site.
Another thing I think the blogchat crew could help me understand is what sort of information would they find interesting about farming & agriculture? What do you think of things like the cotton 101 type of posts http://janiceperson.com/cotton-101/ or the various types of agriculture informationhttp://janiceperson.com/category/agriculture/? of that content what grabs your attention & what makes you think “no thanks.”
I know, that’s a lot to ask, but why not shoot for the stars with the BlgoChat crowd just in case I get picked!”
2 – Velo Crush! Pedal Into the World of Bicycles. Here’s what Abbishek said about his blog: “My blog is to promote cycling it in India. I would like to connect to the cyclists in every country but more of India and also the common man. as my goal is to get them all cycling.
I’d kindly request you to focus on it entirely. its a mix of everything which has interviews, tips etc. but at the moment my page views have gone below average and I don’t know what to do about it.”
3 – Deb Costello’s Blog. Here’s what Deb said about her blog: “I write an education blog under the premise “what if someone opened a window into a classroom” I am a math teacher and share math questions, commentary on educational issues, funny/interesting stories about kids and my school, and cool tech tools that are useful for math, life, or fun.
My audience has been mostly teachers, not surprisingly, but I am interested in things I could do that would make the blog more interesting to a wider audience.”
4 – Jim Karrh’s Blog (Jim is the Sponsor for this month).
Now if you will be joining #Blogchat on Sunday, please take a few minutes to visit each of these blogs so that you can give each of these bloggers constructive advice about their blogs. Make notes of what you like, what you dislike, and maybe the things that you aren’t sure of (“Why did you put your picture there?” “Why did you use that color on your homepage?”).
And please remember it is VERY scary to submit your blog to being reviewed by #Blogchat so if you have criticism please try to temper it and share advice with the blogger on how you think they can ‘fix’ any ‘problems’ you see on the blog.
That’s it! Congratulations to Janice, Abbishek, and Deb. And thanks to Jim for sponsoring this month, he’s a big reason why Blog Reviews are back this month! BTW if you would like to ask any of these bloggers a question before Sunday please leave a comment here for them!
And please have a Happy Easter weekend! See y’all on Sunday night at 8pm Central!
Wow! Thanks! I am so pumped about getting ideas from folks! WOO HOO!!! Its like winning the blog expertise lottery!
Jan Hoadley says
Will be watching for similar reasons! 🙂
Deb Costello says
Thank you so much for selecting my blog. I know I am going to learn a lot!
Mack i always really enjoyed the times we reviewed others blogs on #blogchat. You’ve got some fun blogs there to review and I already have thoughts. 🙂 Thank you for doing this again. I’m hoping to overhaul my own blog soon (it really needs it) and it’s great to hear what others like and don’t like.
Shane Arthur says
Hello all. Just wanted to give my three cents toward the conversation (first time doing so).
I’d like to know if each of the four blog owners being reviewed wishes to monetize their sites. If they are personal in nature than I feel they are doing a good enough job with social share links and a general friendly feel.
But if monetizing is a goal, having an email signup with an enticing bribe (like a free e-book) would be a great start. It’s all about the list after all. Then I’d like to see some “evergreen” content — three or four great articles that perfectly capture what they are about or offering. Something that isn’t hidden within an archive.
And, of course, look into a guest blogging course (but I’m biased on that one 😉 )
Deb Costello says
Thanks for your comments here Shane and for those last night. I cannot even imagine that people would pay for my writing given how much free content there is out there, but maybe you mean advertising and frankly, well… not so much…
On another note, the second post on my home page actually is a guest post, so I am all for it, and if you feel like you have something to say about education and would like to write a guest post about education, I would welcome it… (somehow I don’t think that’s what you were getting at…)
Thank you! Deb
Shane Arthur says
Hey Deb. My pleasure.
I’m not certain if you wish to monetize your site, but if you do, I believe the more people know about you (i.e., can see and hear you and experience your personality and love of teaching), the more likely they would purchase things from you to help fund your efforts. Yes, people can get information for free, but they pay a premium for products from people they like. But money aside, having audio and video posts of you demonstrating some of the things you explain would be awesome. Camtasia Studio is great for audio/video.
As for the guest posting, having guest posts on your site helps, but doing guest posts on other larger sites that may relate to what you do would help drive traffic to your own site even faster.
Ben Milner says
Yeah, monetizing isn’t necessarily about selling subscriptions to your blog, but if you look a little deeper into all the “free” content out there, you will soon discover much of it is making money – people aren’t just putting that stuff out purely from the goodness of their hearts. Plenty of ways to monetize whilst still offering a lot of free content.
Nice one….its good to know about other nice blogs…. keep it up….. thanks for sharing it… want to see the blog http://www.pulpybucket.com in ur list….in future 😉
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Thanks for the wonderful sharing Mack, stunned about the other blogs, they’re doing pretty well..