Back in May, Megan over at Reflections in the Snow-Covered Hills posted about her review from Ask and Ye Shall Receive. AAYSR is a service that reviews blogs and makes suggestions for improvement.
I was curious, so I submitted my blog for a review. Yesterday, it finally happened.
With eagerness, I started reading. Inside, I started getting a feeling that can only be described as...
I admit, it was hard to read, but I agree with most of it.
My template was boring because, two weeks ago, for some inexplicable reason, the background photo stopped displaying in some browsers. The blog's title text didn't show properly in IE and it didn't link back to the main page (which it did in most other browsers). There was a lot of useless stuff along the sidebar. My posts stretched on forever, and I had too many posts showing on the home page. Some of my sentences are long and clunky.
The reviewer, Posol'stvo the Medved, likened my blog to looking at someone's vacation slideshow. Well, that's mostly what Michael's Meanderings is; a record of trips that I've taken and things that I've seen. In many ways, this blog has become a resource for people who are interested in that very thing.
Posol'stvo also isn't interested in reading about "other people's ailments", like our experiences dealing with my daughter's epilepsy (although there are readers who come here for that very topic). All of that is fine. The content on Posol'stvo's blog doesn't do anything for me, either.
The topics on Michael's Meanderings aren't going to change, but I think Posol'stvo brought up some excellent points about how I deliver that content. As a new reader, it must be painfully difficult to figure out what the heck has been going on here. If you're a long-time reader, you might have to scroll through a lot of "crap" to get at the subject you're interested in. In short, I can make Michael's Meanderings easier to navigate and easier to read.
I can do that by telling readers up-front what this blog is all about. I can provide better history and context. I can make it easier for readers to select the content they've come here for. I can be more selective in what I post, and I can make the content snappier and more engaging. (Sorry. I've been lazy on that front, lately. It's summer.)
All of that is good advice.
Because I care about you, dear reader, I am attempting to make some changes around here. As I do, I hope that you will provide some of your own feedback about what you like and don't like. Don't worry about hurting my feelings. If you've read Posol'stvo's review, you know I can take it.