Creating A Better Blog : Part One

Hi everybody !!!
I hope Monday is being good to ya :)
OK, so you know I am on a mission to improve my "baby blog". I have been style blogging for almost a year. It's time. To put my big girl panties on and clean my house........

This idea has been long coming and I honestly was gonna stop all together, but I love what I'm doing here.........
I've made great new friends ~ Learned a lot ~ and found my true style , inwards as well as outwards. So without further ado, I am gonna share what I've learned about making my blog better :)

These are OPINIONS, IDEAS, and TIPS that I have gathered lately. I am not judging anyone else's blog, nor am I trying to go "Pro" ;)  ~  I am hoping these subtle changes will make this place a nicer, happier, user-friendly experience for everyone...........

Let's face it, first impressions are important. It's much harder to erase a negative experience than re-create a pleasant one !  My blog has said to many readers, " Welcome to Reva's Circus " or " Here I AM, LOOK AT ME, AND LISTEN ".


FIRST, I HAD TO CONSIDER , "WHAT IS THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF MY BLOG?"
To share my fashion passion with other's and show them that over 40 isn't a negative thing.  ~  To improve my photography skills.  ~  To gather a network of like-minded fashionista's who enjoy a great thrift find :)

THEN, I HAD TO LISTEN. TO MY READERS. LET'S FACE IT, I WANT YOU TO KEEP COMING BACK !  SO I STARTED TAKING SUGGESTIONS TO HEART, NOT GETTING DEFENSIVE WHEN OTHER'S WERE ONLY TRYING TO HELP ME OUT. ( THANKS, GUYS )

HERE'S WHAT I'VE CAME UP WITH SO FAR :
1. MOST READERS DO NOT LIKE MUSIC TRACKS ON A STYLE BLOG. FACT........
2. IMAGE QUALITY IS VERY IMPORTANT. BUT OVER-LOAD IS OVER-KILL ;)
3. A CLEAN BLOG ALLOWS PEOPLE TO READ WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY WITHOUT DISTRACTIONS ;)  SO I AM SIMPLING THINGS UP.
( Being a widget nut myself, this is the hardest one of all ;)
4. COMMENTS ARE TO BE VALUED. IF SOMEONE IS TAKING THE TIME TO LEAVE A COMMENT, THEN IT IS ONLY A COURTESY TO SAY THANKS :)
5. HEADER SIZE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE HUGE AND FLASHY, IT TAKES AWAY FROM YOUR POSTS. 
6. ORIGINAL CONTENT! ORIGINAL CONTENT! ORIGINAL CONTENT!  ~ AND PLEASE DON'T USE OTHER BLOGGER'S STUFF WITHOUT PERMISSION.
( When I was a newbie, I didn't know this one :)
7. SPELL-CHECK YOUR COMMENTARY, AND TRY TO STAY ON TOPIC. ( This is a toughie ;)
I do tend to ramble on .........

SO, WITH THAT, I WILL BID MY FAREWELLS FOR TODAY ..............
I HAVE DECIDED TO STOP FEARING CHANGE. IT'S WHAT KEEPS ME ON MY TOES AND ADDS THE ZEST I DESIRE FROM THIS LITTLE OLD BLOG :)
There's nothing I can't un-do or change back ...........
(THESE ARE ONLY SUGGESTIONS AND WHAT  I  AM UP TO, SO PLEASE TAKE WHAT YOU NEED AND LEAVE THE REST !)

THERE'S MUCH MORE, BUT I AM SPENT, AND I BET YOU ARE TOO :)
How'd I do Ma ?
And a big "Thanks" to The CitzenRosebud :)
P.S. Any tips and comments are welcomed with open mind ;)

8 comments:

Lesa said...

Oh no...please don't un-Reva yourself. Then again, I don't think you could if you tried! 0-)

Love the scarf, feel like your channeling Stevie Nicks today.

Me, bad day--leopard sweats and a pink tank. As Scarlett O'Hara would say: "Tomorrow is another day..."

Helga! said...

Well,honey,you have to be true to yourself too!Hopefully we won't lose what makes your blog YOUR blog!! Hard to please everyone!!Just keep having fun,baby,and looking fab!!
xxx

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Reva! YOU rock it! I love your new header (bold but not too big, and describes the blog) For me this cleaner blog really highlights why I come to visit: to see YOU. YOU in your glorious, funky, fun form. 3 gorgeous pictures, and I can enjoy without being distracted or overwhelmed. I hope you like it, because I love it.

Thanks for the shout-out, too, Revs. It means a lot.

I'm off to follow your blog with bloglovin'. Looking forward to your next post.

peace, love, free kittens, Bella Q

Kathryn from Schoolmarm Style said...

I love the simplification. I am not worried about you losing your amazing Reva qualities, but a bit of simplicity will go far.

Thanks for being a BBB!

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Can I get a link to your weardrobe page? Should post it so people can "follow' you there, too. xo.

Matt said...

It really is fun to change things sometimes! I really enjoyed what you have to say here too! I know for myself, I came up with a set of guidelines when I started my own blog, and it has been very helpful for me too! :)

SomeoneLikeYou said...

Best of luck with the new blog changes! Just know that you'll always have me coming back for more with whatever you do with your blog :)

Terri said...

I like this layout--and the near glimpse of the shawl as a turban...

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