The Blog Makeover: Helpful Advice from the Pros

For those of you who do not know, I have been taking an online course, 31 Days To a Better Blog, with ProBlogger himself, Darren Rowse. It has been quite a challenge to keep up with the tasks and reading, but I highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in improving their content and driving traffic to their blog.

One of our assignments was to work with a buddy, and I hit the jackpot. I found a tech-savvy gal with a voracious appetite for reading blogs. You might already know Liz Hover, that super funky Londoner now living in Winnipeg, from her blog Diary of a Tech Gal. She also has an extremely cute pooch, but I'll let her direct you to her brand new blog, sadie shih tzu: adventures of a web 2.0 puppy. If only other bloggers could be so lucky.

Liz cut straight to the chase and told me that my blog needed some reorganizing, a new tagline and a facelift, ie, a better template. As it turns out, I was already starting to feel the limitations of my template and was excited about the change. She spent quite some time fishing around for a template for me.

The process was a bit overwhelming at first and did require my husband to play around with code for the better part of a day. But I am so pleased with the final results. Thanks Liz and hubby for all your hard work.

So dear readers, what do you think of my new look? Is it easier to read and find different posts? Do you now have a better idea of what my blog is about? Do you like the layout? Please tell...

If you are a feedburner subscriber and want to see the new me click here.

By the way, I found out about 31 Days to a Better Blog by following Problogger on Twitter. Another exciting tidbit of information--the course was absolutely free.

It doesn't get any better than that.

See the old me below:

7 comments:

Darren Rowse | May 6, 2009 at 1:55 AM

big improvement there! Congratulations!

AKAmamma | May 6, 2009 at 7:07 AM

Omigod! It's the ProBlogger in person. Of the 10,000 twitterers taking the course, he stopped by to visit little old me. I am so unworthy...still can't believe it!

Liz Hover | May 6, 2009 at 7:40 AM

Congratulations Heather. Your blog looks shiny and new and what better praise than Darren Rowse himself. I'm very happy to have been part of your makeover. A pleasure to work with you and also connect with your other half. And thank you for your kind words!

whatsyourplaza | May 6, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Hi Heather, your blog looks so professional now. It's way easier to read, although I think a little splash of color somewhere would be nice.
I am also in Darren's challenge, but I started late so I'm on day 15. I better get to working on my html and css skills if a blog makeover is one of the challenges.
p.s.I also like your profile pic.

jayward70 | May 7, 2009 at 12:52 AM

looking GOOD!!!

DAD

Jen at Semantically driven | May 9, 2009 at 6:12 PM

I didn't see your blog before so can't really comment on the before but this layout looks pretty neat and tidy. Lucky you coming across the right blog buddy.

lisa | May 12, 2009 at 9:31 AM

love the new look, well done

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