I recently had the, er, pleasure of having my blog reviewed by the "good folks" over at italk2much.com and I've got to say that it's an experience much akin to intentionally slamming one's hand in a door. In other words, it's painful yet it teaches you a lesson at the same time! The lessons being a) don't intentionally slam your hand in a door for it will hurt and b) don't ask very opinionated strangers to review your blog unless you can take the honest truth as it might hurt also!
The review was done in the style of American Idol and 'Simon' was typical Simon, 'Paula' appeared to be drunk as per usual as she was actually rather nice in some of her comments, and 'Randy' - well dawg, - my blog just didn't do it for him, he just wasn't feelin' it. In other words, I'm not getting a golden ticket to go to Hollywood and make an even bigger fool of myself!
What did they have to say you might ask? Well, what better way than to present that for your reading enjoyment right here in this post ...
"Simon: How old do you think we are that you find it necessary to inundate us with this massive font? It doesn’t matter how big the letters are, the white on blue positively glares at us. It’s awful, do I have to read this?
Paula: We have to be fair Simon, besides, isn’t the template cute? [Simon: No. It’s a bit too patriotic for me. And how much crap can you possibly jam into one sidebar?] Well, that is a lot of stuff in there. But she writes well and her posts are easy to follow. I think she’s sweet.
Randy: Dude, that blue is seriously messing with my eyes. If you have to be patriotic, invert the colors so we can read it without getting a headache. And starting every single post with a quote from somebody? That’s just lame, man. Be original. I’m not feelin’ this blog, at all.Simon again: One more thing, that one post talks about wishing someone would invent fonts that indicate sarcasm, sincerity, sadness, and what have you. I’m sorry but that’s just stupid. If people can’t tell whether you’re being sad, funny or sincere, then you shouldn’t be blogging. It’s as simple as that."
As for the background colors of my blog I can only say "TOUGH!" as I think that the guy who designed my blog lay-out did a very good job and sure, it might be a bit overly patriotic but I work for American Ambulance for crying out loud! I haven't had any complaints from anyone else about the colors so I'm just going to chalk that one up to some people just preferring darker colors - which is certainly their right.
I beat them to the punch on the whole "quotation" thing as evidenced by yesterday's post; I've tried to trim down some stuff on my sidebar; and because there were some statements made in their "comments" section that a few people mistakenly thought I had twins because of the graphics, I threw a disclaimer at the top of my sidebar (which, of course, caused me to add more to the sidebar - oh gasp!). When se7en originally designed my blogskin he had put only the one girl in the picture which I felt wasn't right as even though Jamie doesn't live with me most of the time, I wanted her represented along with Amanda and so he did a mirror image. I apologize if it's misleading but it's a representation, folks!
I hope that the changes that I have made to my page now make it easier on the eyes and if anyone has any other constructive criticisms that they might like to offer, I would certainly welcome hearing them - but just remember, I said "constructive"!