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Old 09-14-2010, 11:39 AM   #1  
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Hello! I feel silly asking for help on this, but I need some honest advice, opinions and suggestions. I started a blog and would love to know what people think. I am not good with things like that and just need some feedback, good and bad - I'm all ears! If anyone has a moment to look at it - it would be GREATLY appreciated - especially if anyone can give me some direction or feedback Also I wanted to start participating in challenges online etc, however would like to know if my pages are "good enough". Sorry to ask this!

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Old 09-14-2010, 12:56 PM   #2  
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I think your blog looks beautiful!!! I don't think your pages need to be "good enough" to enter challenges. There's no such requirement that I have ever seen! So go ahead and enter them. It's what keeps our creative juices going.
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I love the vintage look pages. They certainly look more than "good enough" to me for a challenge.
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The wonderful thing about the blogs (and the Internet in general) is that they are always changing. As long as you're trying to make it a little better every day by adding content, links, and organization, you'll see it grow. Blogging software makes it really easy to change the look and feel, so don't worry about that too much right away. Focus on your content: the blog posts, links, and photos. That's the stuff that keeps people coming back for more. (And try not to neglect your blog like this bad web developer does...)

If you look at some successful crafting blogs, you'll see a few things you can start doing to emulate them right from the start:
  • Photos: use smaller photos inside your posts and link them to the larger version. You don't need to use tiny thumbnails, but something a little smaller would be easier for your visitors to take in your photos and text at the same time. Although full scrapbook pages may be square, landscape photos are great for detail shots and easier on the eyes.
  • Organization: start using tags (also known as keywords) on your posts to categorize the theme, craft, and inspiration behind each of them. It will make searching and browsing through your site a lot easier in the future. One click and a visitor could see all of your stamping projects, baby layouts, or favorite techniques.
  • Supplies: consider adding a suppy list at the end of each of your project posts. As you get more involved in the craft blogging community it can be a good place to acknowledge sources of inspiration, products, and new techniques.

I think you're off to a good start and I hope this helps you grow your site!
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Thank you so much!!! I thought the pictures seemed big (but I didn't know how to make them smaller - guess that's the first thing I need to do!) and the supply list at the end is a GREAT idea - I know I appreciate seeing that when I look at other people's blogs. I LOVE all these suggestions and thank you for taking the time to help me!
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I took a peek at your blog and wanted to say thanks for the start to something new.
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