Oh baby! It’s my favorite day of the month (OK..Paczki Day is actually my fave this month, but FF is a close second!) it’s the day when I hand out free blogging advice to every single person who leaves a comment. Just tell me your URL and I’ll respond with one tip to make your blog even better. How easy is that??
Here’s how it works…
Between 8AM and 5PM EST (ending a little earlier then usual, I have to teach tonight) post your blog/website link in the comments and I’ll reply with one tip for improvement. I’ll do my best to give each person a different suggestion so you can come back and use all of my tips to make your blog look shiny and new.
I’m also happy to answer short questions like “Is the font I used for my post titles too difficult to read?” or “Should I make my photos bigger?” Questions that will take a longer explanation will be saved for coding & design posts.
Alright – have at it!
After transferring all of my blog content to XO Sarah, I spent some time updating photos and categories. I went through probably 75 percent of my content, deleted a lot of stuff, and unexpectedly ended up with a really clear picture of what I want my blog to be.
When I look back I want to see more photos me and friends/family doing stuff and less posts with random photos from the internet. I’ll be ditching product round-ups and image heavy tutorials and focusing more on writing longer, more thoughtful (and helpful!) pieces with descriptive titles. And from my early years of blogging, no more mindless posts about nothing just for the sake of posting. (there were so many of those >_<)
Having the past six years of my life heavily documented is pretty awesome, but since most of my posts are now blogging and business-related I think it’s time for me to get back to writing in a journal on a regular basis.
If you’ve hit a blogging rut I highly recommend checking out your blogging past to help you envision the future. If you were to turn your blog into a book, which types of posts would make the cut and which would be headed for the trash?
I was wondering if you have any advice on questions I can ask my clients after the process is done that will help me create “testimonials” from the answers? I have tried to research it a bit but I’m having trouble finding what I’m looking for (every questionnaire advice seems stuffy and outdated and old-man corporate type stuff). I want to avoid things like “this is a great book” and get actual, real feedback that will help others in the future decide to work with me.
Great question Jenna! When you run a creative business it’s extremely important to make feedback from past clients available on your website so potential clients know what it’s like to work with you. Client testimonials are a big part of your marketing machine and will sell your services better than you could yourself.
Any time I finish a project I let the client know that I would love to add their design to my portfolio and ask if they would send a testimonial to include with it. This is probably the most important point – instead of asking for feedback or having them fill out a questionnaire tell them you specifically want a testimonial.
I give my clients guidelines and request 3 to 5 sentences on what it was like working with me, how they felt the site turned out, anything they learned, and what sort of result it’s had on their business. Asking for specific information will make the process as easier on them and you’ll get the exact testimonial you’re looking for.
I’d also recommend adding the client’s name, photo and a link to their site. I have this included in my contract to cut down on emails later.
Snow, snow, and more snow. Good thing the dogs love it! When Tori came in with a snowy beard it made me think of the song in Frozen, “Do you wanna build a snowman?” Like she was asking me to come out in play in the snow with her. Ummm, no Tori. You know your mom hates snow!
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