Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Blog Improvement Survey

Hello!

I've been blogging for a whopping seven months now, and I'm starting to find my focus as well as see where I need to improve.  The problem is, there are actually so many different areas that I'd like to do better at.  My blog works for me, but I'm not sure it works all that well for others.  Also, I often see things on other blogs that I really like, but have no idea how to do on my own blog.  Given that I already have kids and a(nother) full time job, I'm not going to be able to dive deeply into all aspects of blogging, nor am I able to pay someone else a bunch of money to work on design issues for me.

Still, I would like to keep improving.  I have put together a short survey to get some feedback on what issues readers and bloggers think are the most important for improving this blog.
The problem with trying to run a survey/poll is that if only a couple of people respond, it doesn't really help me figure anything out.  This is where YOU come in!  Please take the time to give me your thoughts on these questions--totally off the cuff, don't stress about it.  I'm just looking for a little guidance, but of course, it will all come down to what I decide I want to focus on.

Thank you in advance for your replies!



10 comments:

  1. I know this isn't very helpful, but I think it depends on what's important to you. I like your posts because they seem very true to your personality and thoughts. If you yourself are interested in doing different kinds of posts, go for it! If you're enjoying it, that will come through to your readers.
    In terms of technical things, WordPress just has more options than Blogger -- like the "comment reply notification" plugin, which is that cool thing you're talking about. It does take some time to make the switch and learn the ropes, but for me it's worth it. However, again, it's up to you whether you want to make that step -- Blogger is perfectly fine as a tool for communication.
    Good luck with your changes!

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    1. Thanks, Lory. I know I did some cleaning up of my sidebar early on after getting some advice from you, and I really enjoy your blog's design, so I appreciate your feedback. I'm thinking I might look into WordPress over the summer when I have more free time.

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  2. I just took the survey and wanted to add one more thing. I would be interested in hearing how you became a blogger...your journey.

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    1. Thank you, Patrice! I appreciate your comments on the survey also.

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  3. While I was tempted to just say, "I love your blog just the way it is, Wendy!" I knew that wouldn't be very helpful, so I tried to choose the best answer for each of these. Of course, I think the main thing you should do is just figure out what YOU want to focus on and not worry about anything else. I LOVE your discussion and teacher stories, so I'm always happy for more of those! :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  4. So, like the other commenters before me, I thought about just saying "But Wendy, I like it already, that's why I come here!", but also like the others, I realized that wasn't helpful, and that you wanted real opinions! So I LOVE your discussions so I obviously want more of those! And this is certainly just my experience, but moving to self-hosted WordPress has been just... a godsend, basically, so I chose that! (I also left you a little snippet about why using "bad" words is fine by me ;) ) But really, the question should also be: What do YOU want to change? I mean, if you're happy with the status quo, so are we! But if you're looking to spice things up and just don't know where to start, those are my opinions. OH! And I always find that I feel "refreshed" with my blog when I do some color/font/graphic changes. Not because I don't like the ones I have, just because it makes it feel new again :D

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  5. I really enjoy your blog as it is! I think you have your own original voice, and I love the variety in your content. I also enjoy that you are a teacher and incorporate some of that into your blog!

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  6. Just my initial thoughts-first you need need need to get on bloglovin and offer that as a follow option :) I think that's the main way most people follow blogs nowadays (it's mine for sure). As for self hosted vs blogger-I've gone from blogger to self-hosted WP and now I'm back at blogger. Blogger is way cheaper and it's less hassle. And you can customize the crap out of it (I don't think you can even tell my blogger blog is using the blogger platform, except for the little icon at the very bottom of my blog). I'd focus on making your design custom (I think you have one of the default blogger backgrounds right now?). There's lots of (free or nearly free) design elements you can do with a bit of time :) Also, the cool commenting thing is Disqus and it's waaaay better than the default blogger commenting system. It's pretty easy to set up on blogger as well, and is just one more thing you can do, to customize your blog :)

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    1. Thanks for all that advice! It is really interesting to hear that you've actually tried self hosting and decided to go with blogger instead. I will have more time in the summer to really fiddle with my design.

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    2. I've found blogger to be a much easier platform to use, and it's freeeee :) Seriously, my blog cost me a whopping $12 to set up (for a .com domain name and a background image off of etsy). That's vs $300+ for my old self-hosted WP blog, and that only included one year of hosting too :p I'm all for cheap and easy now lol.

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