Thursday, April 17, 2008

more on blogging

almost done....

Melissa asked: Did you create your profile layout? Yes, I did. I know just enough about HTML and graphic design to get myself in trouble. What I know is self taught and comes after a lot of playing around with code and a lot of trial and error. I wish I knew more and could do it more efficiently.

It's probably a good thing I know some since I get tired of a layout after a certain period of time. I feel like I need to change it. I've thought about paying someone to make me a really cool layout, but I figure I wouldn't keep it long enough to make it worth it. And I've had a few people ask where I get the graphics I use in my banners. I have purchased them [pretty cheaply] through http://www.istockphoto.com/. I'm also a sucker for fonts.

Deb asked: Why did you choose the avatar of the girl blowing bubbles? When I started blogging, I wasn't sure I wanted a picture of myself on my profile. I had this avatar saved on my computer and always loved it. It's fun, whimsical, animated, and somehow represents a childlike quality of not taking life too seriously.

After I started commenting blogger's posts, I realized that it stands out among a sea of avatars displaying women's faces. I saw this as a good thing; that bloggers would remember that avatar and maybe be curious enough to visit my blog.

Karen asked: What types of blogs do you enjoy reading the most? I have thought about this question quite a bit since I first read it. What attracts me to certain blogs? Is it the content? or the blogger? or both? or something else?

I think it is mainly a combination of the content and the writer. I enjoy humor, so anything written with wit and can make me at least smile, if not outright laugh, will have me coming back again and again. I also enjoy reading about people's lives on a deeper level. I enjoy knowing that someone is being real and showing vulnerability. Maybe it's because I can then relate to them.

I appreciate good writing, so that's always a plus. I also like variety. I enjoy reading blogs that can talk about their kids one day, a personal struggle the next, and their upcoming vacation after that. And this may sound superficial, but the actual "look" of the blog affects whether I want to read it or not. I don't like pages that look too crowded, or have too many ads, or doesn't flow well. There's just too many distractions for my personal preference.

7 comments:

Heidi Jo said...

i love learning more...

i agree with the clutter of a blog site. i try to minimize that on mine, but it's difficult not to put up those cute faces of the kiddos:0)

Momma Roar said...

I'm with you on redoing the blog - I want something that says "momma roar" but I keep changing my mind. I've stuck with the charcoal look pretty long...I keep playing on my practice blog, but nothing has grabbed me yet!

I would say I choose the blogs I read for very similar reasons!

And I have always loved your avatar!

Just Mom said...

"I appreciate good writing, so that's always a plus. I also like variety. I enjoy reading blogs that can talk about their kids one day, a personal struggle the next, and their upcoming vacation after that. And this may sound superficial, but the actual "look" of the blog affects whether I want to read it or not. I don't like pages that look too crowded, or have too many ads, or doesn't flow well. There's just too many distractions for my personal preference."



picky, picky, picky.



;-D

Amber said...

Fun, fun, fun! I think you should make a regular series of this!

We hung up our sunshine you sent on our sliding back door. The kids have to touch it every time they walk by. Such a cute idea!

The booth is coming along. And that $20 gift card you sent? A new shirt for mama at the Expo!

Pen of Jen said...

I am impressed with the layout! You are very talented!

I agree with you and Leigh Ann about what blogs draw me to them...real.

Not like in the Reality shows where it is all fake...
Diana I really like that you have taken the time( and I know after a bit you may feel like it is dragging) to involve us in your blog!
Jennifer

Deb said...

Thanks for the answer to my question. It does stand out and it is very cool. It caught my eye, so glad I met you:)
Blessings,
Deb

MightyMom said...

OK, so I read all the things you like in a blog....and still don't understand why you keep coming to MINE!! :-) but I'm glad you do!