Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Feedback Results & Quick Word on Reviews

About a month ago, I put together a feedback survey for my blog just to see if you guys had any thoughts that could help me with blogging in the future. First off, thanks so much to my followers who filled out the survey - I was really blown away by the number of folks who took time to fill it out, so thank you so much!

And the feedback itself was pretty positive. The #1 thing that you all said could do for a change was the blog format and layout. That's good, because I'm having a custom layout being made as we speak, and it'll be up before October, so that's exciting.

One other thing I wanted to touch on was reviews and my reviewing style. I've been a little bummed with my reviews, to tell you all the truth, because frankly I think they're too long. I think they're too long, and that might be why they don't get the kind of feedback (comments) that they used to. So I want you all to know that I will be working on shortening my reviews - hopefully that will make them more readable. Because, from the point of view of the one making the post, the best way to see feedback - and know that people actually give a hoot and read your stuff - is comments. I have a pre-New Year's resolution to get more active on the amount of comments I leave on yall's blogs. Even if it's just a quick "hey, great review/great post!," there's always something that can be said. So that's what I'm going to work on.

Thanks again, folks, for stickin' around. Right now I have 2 reviews and 2 other posts I'm working on. Have an awesome day :)

12 shout-outs!:

Melissa said...

Well, I love your reviews, but I definitely know what you mean about length. When people visit hundreds of blogs today, a dissertation may seem a bit daunting haha I'm so excited to see your blog layout though! I've thought about having my blog layout designed for me, but frankly I just don't have the money lol...I guess it looks okay for now :)

Blueicegal ♥ said...

i struggle with length to chick but your fab and you know it so keep up the awesome work!!

Allie said...

I write a lot of long posts, and while that might scare some people off, it works for me. Personally, I don't mind reading long posts. If you ever think you are sacrificing what you have to say to make your post shorter, don't do it. :) I have found people respond to posts with questions and personal references, more than my generic reviews. :)

But I wanted to say I really do enjoy your blog, so I might be one of the few who don't want anything to change.

Trillian said...

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Read My Review feature.

Jordyn said...

I just checked out some of your reviews and I personally don't think they're too long... of course, mine are even longer... but I'm one of those people who really likes long, in-depth reviews. Although I don't get many comments on mine either, so maybe I should consider tightening them...

Christie (The Fiction Enthusiast) said...

I love your reviews, but do what you think is best for you and your blog :) I know some bloggers who write really long review posts. I typically avoid them because they expose the entire plot. I also follow a few who write just a few sentences and leave me wanting a little more. I feel like yours are a great length, but as I said don’t be afraid to do what works for you.

Christie (The Fiction Enthusiast) said...

P.S can’t wait to see your new look. I’m considering a blog makeover myself :)

Katie said...

I'm so excited to see your new look! It's clearly cute as it is, but a makeover just always makes things feel more fresh.

Stray said...

who said your reviews are too long?! I LOVE YOUR REVIEWS!!!!

Melissa said...

Ahhhhhhh your layout!!! Amelia! It looks SO SO SO fantastic! :D

Rose said...

Awesome post. I'm glad you are listening to the feedback people give you. It makes a difference...

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

*hugs*
I'm so proud of you.
Shortening reviews is hard.
I know you'll do great.

 
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