So anyway, a few months ago, Alynda posted about her blog review. She had submitted her link to Review my Blog and then posted her results. I followed the link and read other reviews and then read about the panel of judges. They explained:
"We don't claim to be blogging experts, and we don't claim to know
everything there is to know about template design. We are not award-winning
writers, either. We're here because it's fun for us. We're a group of ladies
with a sarcastic sense of humor, and we love reading people's blogs!"
I thought why not, it would be nice to know what unbiased people think about my site, so in a moment of massochistic whimsy I shot them an e-mail and waited. And waited. Until the waiting consumed me, eating up my very being! Just kidding. :) But I will admit it was quite nerve-racking, especially when all the 4s and 5s and even 1s (blogs are rated on a scale of 1-10 based on first impresson, design, and content) were coming in droves. The header design my friend is working on wasn't going to be finished on time so I knew the plainness of my blog would cost me many points. You also have no control over who does the review, it could be a Randy, Paula or Simon if you're unlucky.
And then it was time. Review day was upon me and I swear it felt like course card day in college. Ok. Are you ready for it? I got a 9!! YAY! Can you believe it?! *doing the dance of joy* I honestly didn't expect that and I'm super thrilled! :)
My favorite part of the review was when Lexis said "It's like if the Travel Channel and The Food Network had a baby, lol." I loved that. Almost as much as I loved this: "Now some of the food made me want to hurl, but I'm sure she's seen some shit we eat over here that has made her want to do the same thing, lol." I'm pretty sure she was talking about the picture of the sinigang na lechon I posted because it was on the main page around that time the review was done. I can understand how it would elicit that kind of reaction from the uninitiated. Heehee.
So here is the review in it's entirety:
Blog Being Reviewed: Ramblings from a Gypsy Soul
Reviewed By: Lexis Eldorado
At First Glance: Ohh Someone from Another Culture, I'm intrigued.
Template/Design: Almost thought it was a wordpress template but it's not.
Plain, but I see heavy visuals in the content; so it might need to be plain
white. The sidebar is enthusiastic. She's about travel and food and her sidebar
reflects it. I'm intrigued.
Content: Wow! I feel like I haven't been out of my backyard reading this
blog. It's like if the Travel Channel and The Food Network had a baby, lol.
There's one thing to scour the net looking for appropriate pictures to tell your
stories and actually taking them. Her photos are vibrant and colorful and you
almost feel like you can touch a leaf or the sand or run through the ocean. Now
some of the food made me want to hurl, but I'm sure she's seen some shit we eat
over here that has made her want to do the same thing, lol. In terms of the
writing. She tells the story without all that 'extra'.
What is the first thing I would change about this blog? More pictures, lol I
love looking at these pictures. I would like to see a more vibrant template.
There's got to be some type of really cool travel template out there just
waiting for her.
What is the best feature of this blog? A great merger of visuals and
Rating: 9 Also here is her VT Page for those interested.
(The original post is here.)
Thanks again, Lexis, for the great review! And thank you to all of you who read my blog and encourage me with your words. A special thanks to the other bloggers out there who continue to amaze and inspire me. I'd also like to thank my mom and dad for.....