Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Little Market Research

Walker was out of town all week. He was out of town last week too. And my mom is spending my inheritance in South Africa where she has been for three weeks.

I've had to raise my children all by myself for days now. Pffft.

But one comes home tonight and one comes home tomorrow and then all will be right with the world. And I might even get a chance to post the GIVEAWAY that I have been procrastinating on for days because as much as I love me a giveaway, my skull, it seems to take me days to actually post one. I don't know why.

Meanwhile, I'm sending Jackie 42 emails and she's sending me 42 emails and we're going give It's Almost Naptime!! (with TWO!! EXCLAMATION!! POINTS!!) a makeover.

I love the owls. And I shall be sticking with an aviary theme because I strongly subscribe to the Put a Bird on It theory. But this here is just too busy for me. I want clean. Simple. Maybe it will rub off on my life??

I also want to change up a lot of other things so I had this brilliant idea to ask YOU, you know, the blog readers, my exclusive clientele, what YOU like in a blog.

Like, how you like sidebars, or the buttons you click across the top. Have you found yourself frustrated by something on this blog that doesn't work for you? Do you want me to add a LOUD music player so you can get busted at work or wake the sleeping baby on your lap? Just kidding, I'm not going to do that. (I actually had a music player on her once a long time ago and several of my friends set me straight.) What else do you NOT like on a blog? What do you love? Should I keep that "What I really want you to know" button? Are there any other posts I should make it easy to link to?

So, give me your opinions, because I know y'all have opinions!


33 comments:

  1. Your mom is in my home country? Very cool! I hope she enjoyed herself, and did not in fact spend your entire inheritance! Re blog stuff: would agree it is a tad too busy at the moment and, paradoxically, the more stuff populating the sidebars, the less I actually "see" if you know what I mean. But nothing detracts from the writing, and I'd forgive your blog anything ;-)

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    1. Are you South African? I went to middle school with a whole lot of South Africans in Houston (all Jewish who left after Soweto) and was in deep like with one particular one for, well, about a decade. Whenever I hear a SA accent I get incredibly nostalgic. Just yesterday I was pumping gas and a South African lady was talking on her cell phone and I just stood there for way longer than I needed to, just soaking it in. She was mad too, which made it even better. I can do a pretty good accent too, since I learned it as a child. Sigh.

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  2. I love that "What I really want you to know" button.

    I think that's how I found your blog. That's what made me love it. Please please please keep it.

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    1. I agree w/ Rachel and John although I'm pretty sure only one of them wrote that comment.

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  3. I would say it is essential to have CAPTCHA - gobbdley-gook for your comments! LOL!

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    1. Me too. Sometimes, I won't even comment if word verification is on a blog.

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    2. Me too. Especially if I've already tried 3x. Grrrrr.

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    3. I never had the Captcha, but then I started getting a LOT of spam in Chinese. It was the only way to make it stop!! Now I'm thinking I need to remove it again??

      And Missy, how did you get this "reply" feature on Blogger? Is this new? Do I need to do something to add it? I don't have it on my blog but would LOVE it.

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    4. OK...I figured out how to add the "reply" feature...apparently available since January and I never knew.

      but the Captcha thing. I removed it right after I posted my last comment, and I have gotten SLAMMED with spam ever since. This morning I got a lovely comment in Hindu, I think. Does this not bother anyone else? Or should I just keep deleting the spam for the sake of people who hate Captcha?

      Do you love the way I've taken over the discussion on this post?

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  4. It was me with the music player comments, right?

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    1. You and Leah with equal vitriol. Loving vitriol, of course.

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  5. Put the "search this blog" button by the topics. Or maybe have the option to expand those to clean up the sides a bit? Whatever. Just write :)

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    1. I was thinking of having a whole page for archives with a search engine too - basically ripping off Melanie at Big Mama.

      http://thebigmamablog.com/archives/

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  6. Please, please no music. I can't get to the pause button quick enough on those blogs that have the music, however soothing (ly annoying). But you know what I do like? Posts by category so if you write a lot about, say, food, I don't even bother with those blogs and go straight to the ones I care about. I like it when bloggers have categories with little pictures (like Flower Patch Farm Girl, kind of) but that's just me.

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    1. I will check her out. I have way too many topics but streamlining them will take hours :/

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    2. I streamlined mine last summer...and though it took hours, it was really worth it. and then I put the ones that were the most popular or closest to my heart as tabs on the top. I tried to think about a reader coming to my blog for the very first time, how easy it would be to find posts. That helped me organize which ones I directed people to and which ones got tabs, etc.

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  7. Definitely keep the "what i want you to know tab". When I first started reading ut, I had trouble navigating to find all of your adoption posts, so just an "adoption" button would be cool.

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  8. Well, I read your blog posts through the Google Blog Reader. Please don't change how that is delivered. Right now, I get the whole post. I have a friend that I only get about 3 lines of her blog at a time.

    Otherwise, it looks good to me. :D

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    1. Well, there's a rea$on for that, my friend. Blogher pays based on the number of page views on my blog. If you just read it in a reader or via email, I get nothin.

      So don't get mad at me if I change it! Momma needs new shoes!!

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    2. LOL -- you have a point. If you switch, I'll click on over and read. You've touched my heart too many times not to do that.

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  9. I love your blog and would read it even if it was in code that I had to decipher! But, it would be less distracting (for me)if there was only one sidebar instead of the double. I would also love to click on and filter through your archives from the home page. Thanks for letting us laugh at your reality and then breaking our hearts over people and issues that matter!

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  10. I prefer dark text on a light background (which you have), and I'm not a big fan of animated gifs (which you don't have), so right now your blog layout seems excellent, and I'm sure whatever you decide on is going to be excellent.

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  11. The first thing I look for on a blog is can I just type in my email address to sign up. Since you already have that ... neverrrr minnnd! I also like blogs that are easy to read and I don't have to squint to read it (life is hard enough without having to squint - lol). I like the suggestion to just have one side column. Oh, by the way, I love YOUR blog!!!

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  12. Your blog takes a long time to load for me. More than others running BlogHer ads, so I think it's something else. Just a thought.

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  13. Quick-loading is the top priority for me, too!
    Nancy

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  14. Meh, I don't think the layout matters too too much, as long as you don't do white text on black or some such thing. But we already know how you feel about that. Content trumps, imo, and yours is top-notch enough to keep us reading regardless. And this is coming from a former art major. :)

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  15. I agree with the one sidebar comments. I like being able to click on a topic (ie Maggie)(sometimes when I need a little cheering I come and read Maggie posts for hours)(thanks Maggie ;)

    I will miss the cute owls. But I would muddle through any sort of layout to be able to read your words. Encourage on, girlfriend.

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  16. Love you blog as is, am sure I will like the changes! Have fun with the changes and then don't worry when people start to complain! Haha

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  17. I would agree with others who said your blog takes a long time to load. I get your posts via e-mail, so normally this is not an issue for me. But if you change to having to "click to read more" format, then it would be. In fact, I know the real hits matter (I had my posts formatted like that for a while for a similar reason) but I found that a lot of people just didn't read them. I read a lot on my phone, and it's hard to read them when I have to go to the website and wait for it to load, then adjust the font and all that craziness, from my little phone screen. I hope you don't change that aspect.

    While ads generally do not bother me, I do not like when blogs use a banner ad at the top AND have a large amount of ads on their sidebar. I cannot tell what is content and what is an ad. It is all very confusing and makes me want to go take a nap. Yours doesn't look like that now.

    Are you switching to Wordpress or staying with Blogger? I am making big changes in the Fall, so I will be in contact as you pave the way for me.

    Love you.
    Sandy

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