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Virginia Hazel
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Date: 7/7/13 7:03 AM

I've been trying to improve my blog at From The Pleats Up, improving the photos I post and trying to make better content (that's a work in progress).

I'd love to hear what you guys think. Even just a smiley face would be nice!

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Date: 7/7/13 7:29 PM

I like it, actually. I like how the photos are small enough interspersed with the text, that you can actually read and see at the same time.

Your font seems a little small, but that might be my computer.

And I'm sure you're working on some kind of banner logo.

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Date: 7/7/13 9:33 PM

I like it too.

I agree with making the font larger. I think your photos are attractive and they draw me in.

I looked at your clothes page and wished there was a link perhaps to the blog post or at least a picture. I wanted to see more!!

I have read some of my blogs earlier posts. It can be embarrassing but I think it helps me improve.

I would love more comments and it's easier for me to see why I don't comment on other people's blogs - much harder to see on my own.

For yours, perhaps push yourself to think of someone who is learning and ask yourself how can you write in a way that would help that person.

Seeing something lovely that has been sewn in nice (and I think your sewing is very nice - I'd love to try on the top that's on the first page). But there's not a lot I can say about it other than "nice top!" or perhaps say something about how well it fits or how well it's sewn. But when I learn how to do something well, I at least want to thank the person who took the time to write up the tutorial.

If someone can help me sew better or look better, I want to keep reading!!

Maybe it's just me!

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Date: 7/7/13 9:36 PM

I thought I'd add - the capcha was really hard to read and I often don't take time to comment if I can't leave my name/URL. Getting to leave a link back to my own blog (even though it's personal finance) is my one little selfish reward for taking time to leave comments.

Is that horrible?

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Date: 7/8/13 0:21 AM

Hi Virginia Hazel, It takes some time to build up readership and you are young, with LOTS of other sewing bloggers your age out there. So, you have to decide what your blog's purpose is-cosplay, sewing for work, learning to sew, etc. I think a clear mission will bring in the readers who will appreciate your fun attitude.

I like the blank background and in fact, just changed my blog to that. One recommendation I have is to put borders around each picture and perhaps use a caption for each. Then your writing can be illustrated as in a magazine. I invite you to visit my blog and see what I mean.

Finally, I have a terrible time taking good photos of myself. It is hard! Keep practicing, read about poses in photography blogs, learn how to highlight the garment. I am working on these issues also :-)

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Date: 7/8/13 6:08 AM

Thanks everyone for the great advice! I'll try to make the text bigger (though I think it might involve adjusting it on each seperate blog post) and I'm already planning a tutorial or two.

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Date: 7/8/13 6:59 AM

Quote: marec
So, you have to decide what your blog's purpose is-cosplay, sewing for work, learning to sew, etc.

oooh, cosplay .... I have to have a look now :D

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Date: 7/8/13 6:36 PM

What value are you trying to provide with your blog? What is the main purpose?
Take a look at the sewing blogs you follow. What do you like about them?
Is your blog providing the same type of value? Can you articulate the reasons I should follow your blog?
Is the purpose of the blog your emotional journey, or could it be to provide a sewing resource?

I like the white background and sparse theme you have chosen. I would like to see more content.
Even something as simple as - "living in Stoke"
- where is Stoke?
You say you are a nerd - why do you think you are a nerd?
I'd like to see a bit more content and explanation, rather than personal opinions.
For example - what is the cross stitch design? Why did you chose it? How long have you been working on it? Do you have an affinity toward rabbits? What will you do with it when it is done?
Regarding the toile - why don't you think its a perfect fit? Is the blue top the same pattern? if not, could you tell me more about it?
More content would help you tell a more complete story.



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Date: 7/8/13 6:59 PM

I like your blog, the clean look is easy to look at, some blogs look like a graphic designer vomited on them 8-). Too much stuff.

If you want to attract readers, comment on blogs where the writer has a similar interest to yours, for instance, with your interest in costumes, perhaps Cation Designs? Maybe not. For instance if someone comments on my pathetic excuse for a blog, I immediately check them out, and more often than not, start following their blogs. Works pretty well. If I find a blog that has a lot of followers, and a lot of comments, and I don't ever see that writer commenting on other peoples blogs, it annoys me because they aren't contributing to the online sewing community, and I stop following them. I guess I am saying contribute to the online sewing community, and they will come. Hmm, sounds like a movie...........

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