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The Blog Critique #08: Designing A Brand For Your Audience

It’s Thursday and The Blog Critique is back.

Never mind the brief two week hiatus. You all have lives.. you know how things can get.

Our last design critique I had critiqued Heather and her lifestyle blog NaturallyMe35.com. She loved the critique so much, I even helped her touch up her blog with some simple graphics. If you haven’t already, go check it out. Now, let’s get into today’s critique.

Motivational Women’s Lifestyle Blog

Shanti originally set out to create a platform to inspire and motivate women of color back in March of 2013. She started blogging through Facebook and Blogger on and off for about two years before migrating over to WordPress. The main concern Shanti has regarding her blog is ensuring that she’s creating a brand that attracts the intended audience. She’s had trouble in the past with graphic designers which resulted in her having to design everything herself for her blog. Now Shanti questions if it’s the design or the content that’s holding her back from receiving the traffic she’d like. Well Shanti, you’ve come to the right place.

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The Blog Critique #07: Expanding Beyond WordPress.com

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it’s been two weeks since i’ve done a blog critique and i apologize.

i have to constantly remind myself — designer first, blogger second. had a lot of design work within these past two weeks so by the time i would come home and finish some freelance work, i wasn’t trying to blog about anything. work is still hectic, but i’m trying to pace myself a bit more realistically when it comes to getting shit done. while i was taking a two week break from blog critiques more ladies submitted their blogs — so yay, got more critiques coming your way. once again, if you know any bloggers that would be interested in finding out ways to pump up their blog design. send them my way. i’ll be running critiques for the remainder of the fall. let’s get into today’s critique.

lifestyle blog

heather is a newbie blogger currently trying to find her way around this blogosphere. she started naturallyme35.com back in december of 2012 as a platform to document her natural hair and fitness/weightloss journey. nowadays, she covers everything from natural hair to to fitness to fashion turning her blog into a lifestyle blog. heather feels she’s in serious need of help with her blog since she’s using wordpress.com as a platform instead of the self-hosted wordpress.org so her flexibility is quite limited when it comes to what she can and can’t do for her blog. since wordpress.com will be her home for the next few months she’d love to here some advice on how she could spruce up her blog. well, heather.. as always, you’ve come to the right spot.

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The Blog Critique #06: Properly Utilizing Your Sidebar

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this week i’m all off. although i love not having to go to work on monday’s.. it really throws me off track for the rest of the week. it kinda feels like wednesday, but not really. well, today is thursdays and if you’ve been stopping by the blog you know every thursday is a blog critique! if you have any blogger friends that may be interested in getting their blog’s aesthetics critiqued then shawty, send them my way.

lifestyle blog

today we’re going to look at nneji‘s lifestyle blog, naturallynaija.com in which she’s been blogging on for a little over a year now. at this point, nneji’s main concerns when it comes to her tumblr blog is if she’s utilizing her space properly, including her sidebar space. well, nneji.. you’ve come to the right place.

the good

when i first enter on your space it makes me smile. why you ask? i’m unsure if you know this or not but you’re definitely utilizing the white space on your site. the header makes a bold impression on your page, especially the use of that lovely mustard color for naija. the navigation isn’t clutter and gives the readers a chance to reach you if needed. the first thing we see when looking over on the sidebar is a picture of you and all your social links. not to mention everything in your sidebar is all the same width making for a cleaner looking sidebar. so within a few seconds of being on your page i have a face to link the blog to, as well as several ways to get in touch with you via social networks. so kudos for all dat.

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The Blog Critique #05: Increasing Page Views

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awwwww yeaaa, it’s thursday! thursdays mean it’s blog critique time! we are already into the fifth blog critique. i’m glad everyone seems to be enjoying the critiques! once again, if you have a blogger friend interested in seeing how they can aesthetically turn their blog’s design up, send them my way. but let’s jump into today’s critique!

style + beauty blog

natasha has been blogging about style — whether it’s her own or some other awesome fashionistas for going on 2 years now. the design of her blog has pretty much been the same since launching may of 2011. as of lately she’s been getting her pageviews up but it’s still not where she thinks it should be at this point. she submitted her blog for critique because she was unsure if it’s the design or content that’s not getting her the pageviews to what she’s looking for. well, natasha.. you’ve come to the right place.

the good

you’ve done a good job with keeping everything simple and functional. when i first arrive on your blog, i’m able to locate all your social media links, as well as find specific topics of what i’m looking for within your navigation bar. love how you broke down the categories within the style section. makes it even easier for someone to specific things, such as all your shoe post! i’m always telling bloggers to make sure your pictures are the same size as your content width, it looks like you’ve got that going on. so kudos!

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The Blog Critique #04: The Look & Feel Of Your Blog

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took two weeks off to refuel and refresh my creative juices but now it’s thursday.. and thursdays are blog critique days. and like i always say, it’s never too late to submit your blogs for the blog critique so keep them coming. tell one of your blogger friends about it. spread the word.

family + parenting blog

amanda has been blogging about pregnancy, parenting, beauty and health on blogger since 2009. she has even dabbled with design having designed most of the elements on her family blog today. having followed a few of the blog critiques, amanda submitted her blog in hopes of finding out just how her blog looks and appeals to others. is it convenient? is all the information easily accessible? most importantly, does the blog look appealing? well amanda, you’ve come to the right place!

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