So I’ve been blogging here at Alanna & Company for almost two years now. That’s so crazy to think of how fast it flew by! Anyways, I’m always trying to improve my site to make it better for my readers, my viewers, and to keep me happy. I’m very visual and when things are hard to find, take too long to load, or aren’t easy to navigate, I get frustrated. So I’m always looking to get reliable feedback about my blog.
Like I said earlier this week, I’ve reorganized and designed my site to make it more friendly to what I really want to be blogging about food & life, with a focus on restaurant and local reviews. I’m always curious what you guys think even if I’m totally in awe and love with my design, it might not be your favorite. Or you might have liked it better before.
So first of all, I want to open it up to you guys if you like the new design and look? I think that the navigation is a lot easier to find because I have two menus now. I have a landing page which highlights the main features of my blog, but also a blog page that looks like a typical blog layout. That’s just me, what do you guys think?
Another way to get some great feedback, especially from people who aren’t 100% familiar with blogs is a company called Peek. I heard about it a while ago from a fellow blogger over at Just the Elevator Pitch. Since then, I’ve been asking for Peek reviews every time I change my design.
Peek is a user-testing site that will let you submit your site to be reviewed. Someone will then review your site anonymously and give you a four-five minute video review of what they think of your site. And, it’s free!
Be prepared for some harsh or awkward comments. When I reviewed my site, it took my reviewer a while to realize that I’m a food blog. So that made me rethink adding a sub-title under my blog header. He first thought I was a restaurant! He also commented that on my “About” page it looked weird because my sidebar was longer than the content (oh well!). However, I really find the review videos informative, especially because a lot of my friends and family aren’t familiar with blogs, they might have a similar experience to a tester like this. Or you might get lucky and get a tester who is familiar with blogs! You never know.
So go check it out. You can submit your site for review up to 3 times per month.
Do you like to get feedback from your readers? How do you solicit feedback?