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Review my blog please? It now has content! (15 posts)

  1. Toonicorn
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi, all.

    I got my site set up a few days ago, with just the theme and header. I now have content on it - samples of my paintings and illustrations. Any feedback you'd care to give would be much appreciated. I'm still pretty new at this!

    Thanks!

  2. teenfatloss
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Is the link in your profile? I'm new to the forum so I'm not sure.

  3. Toonicorn
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Whoops, sorry. Here's the link to my site: http://www.toonicornstudio.com

  4. teenfatloss
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Wow! I really like it! Not only are you a great artist, you also have a great sense of humor :)

    I'm guessing that some things like the copyright in the bottom and the categorization will be dealt with later. Apart from that, the picture on the bottom (which is adorable) is hard to see because it's squished as I see it. Could you put a smaller version of that picture?

    The rest is great. The colors are beautiful and so is the title (and that whole area). I hope to see more of your works in the future!

  5. Toonicorn
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you so much for your kind words! :) Much appreciated!

    Hmmm...the picture on the bottom? You mean the Toonicorn pencil drawings? Okay, I've used the WordPress dashboard to resize that one. Can you tell me if that's better? (It looked fine on my computer, but then, all of my art did. It wasn't until I viewed my site on one of the computers at work that I realized that ALL of the art was wayyy too big. Did I mention I'm a newbie at this? :D So I resized all but the pencil drawings, because I thought, since it didn't have any color, it couldn't be too big. Newbie!!!!)

    Thank you SO much for the advice about the categorization. I hadn't even noticed that issue. Fixed! :)

    Thanks again for your encouragement and your great advice. And I'm working on several new pieces as we speak. I hope to have them posted soon. :)

  6. teenfatloss
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Unfortunately, the pictures still look like they are stretched on my browser (internet explorer). But, the good news is that it looks perfect on Safari.In fact, every drawing looks like it's the perfect size on Safari. I think that it would also be a good idea to make sure that it's compatible with other browsers as well.

    Also, the categorization is looking good :)

  7. Toonicorn
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks again for the advice!

    It so happens I have Internet Explorer as well as my default browser, Google Chrome. The blog looks fine in Chrome (also in Firefox, which is the browser we use at work), but holy cow does it look awful in my Internet Explorer! (I have 6.0). The image "Epitaph" looks fine, but everything else looks fuzzy. And the header type, category type and tag type look weird too - as if the actual font was replaced by some lame default font, plus it's all fuzzy too. I tried resizing my images on my computer and reloading them, but no change is apparent in Explorer. Whoa, what a mess. Maybe I ought to go to the troubleshooting forum and ask for help, huh?

    Thanks for alerting me to this problem. I hope I can find a solution. (Newbie!!!)

  8. teenfatloss
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    That is strange. Yeah, I would definitely check out the troubleshooting forum. Good luck!

  9. jaxxcandles
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Site looks great! Such great talent.

  10. Toonicorn
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you! :)

  11. Luke America
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    There is no doubt that you are a talented and creative artist! Good concept and well executed. The color scheme is also visually appealing.

    You might want to update the data in the footer. Also, as the site grows, you might want to put the category links in the menu at the top ... most folks are accustomed to top-based navigation.

  12. Toonicorn
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you for the suggestions - and the encouragement! I don't know what I'd do without thoughtful and experienced folks like you. I'll look into the footer issue, Luke...newbie that I am, I had no idea I was supposed to do anything with it. And I'll do the same with the category links. Thanks!

    I've just posted my first humor piece on the site. Here it is, if you'd care to take a look: http://www.toonicornstudio.com/?p=129

  13. Luke America
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Okay, Toonicorn. Let me update ... you also write with an interesting style of humor!

    Since you're just getting started, it's a great time to get folks to view your creative art/writing projects.

    First, it's a good idea to include more tags on a post like this. You might want to add "ugly trees" and "artist morgue". The idea with tags is for them to be terms visitors might search for ... either on your site or through a search engine.

    Here are some tips to get more traffic from the web. First, submit your site to:

    http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/

    Then, you could use the following tool to automatically create sitemaps and submit them each time you publish a new post. This is particularly important for a new site, such as yours.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/

    Also, you might consider the "All in One SEO Pack" plugin. You can get it here:

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/

    I'm not associated with any of these three tools other than being a delighted user. The Google service and these two plugins are free ... and fairly easy to implement. The three together can help move your site up in the search listings rather quickly ... to get more visitors.

    There's a LOT more you can do to get traffic and measure it, but this is a good way to get started.

  14. Toonicorn
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks, Luke! I now have the Google webmasters tools, and I downloaded both the sitemap generator and the SEO pack. Thank you so much for your help!

  15. Luke America
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Best wishes for your site's climb to the top...

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