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What It's Like to be Critiqued

{and What I Learned in the Process}

Not many people enjoy being critiqued, and even less go around seeking it. I recently put my blog to the test and voluntarily had a pro dissect my About page. Melissa from MomComm critiqued my About Page. If you haven't read it, go there first, then come back. I'll wait.
Why I Chose to be Critiqued
As nerve racking as it can be, I did put this upon myself. Some would question why I would put myself through such scrutiny. The answer is simple. I want to know if I'm doing it right. I trust the person I have given my blog to and I genuinely want to know how it is perceived by someone besides my loved ones and myself.

Anticipation
Waiting is the hardest part. First, I don't want to look like an idiot. Second, I hope that my hard work is paying off {and that I'm paying attention to what I'm learning}. Pins and needles all over, all day, until I see the post go live. It's like waiting to see the test results of an exam you studied really really hard for.

Seeing my page elsewhere
I cannot tell you how exciting it is for me to be featured on a blog that I admire. It's honoring, it's humbling, it's stinkin' awesome! If you haven't felt the thrill of being featured via a guest post or other means, I highly recommend it. Take the risk and step out of your own blog bubble. It's totally worth it. You can even guest post right here!

Advice I took {and what I learned}
I didn't change the layout of my page at all, but what did make a difference are the few minor tweaks that Melissa suggested. I updated my photo, added a shot of my abode, then shortened and streamlined the content.

There is a very delicate balance when it comes to an About page. It's important to find that balance between too much and too little content and embellishments {like photos and links}. Giving the reader a visual "break" helps to balance my page visually and gets readers wanting to read more.
Next Steps
For now, my About page is pretty much set. Minor updates may happen to update my favorite posts and my features, but that's it. I recommend taking a tour of your blog every once in a while to see how a first timer might view it and tweak anything that clutters your blog.

Do you want to know how your blog measures up, but don't want to hand it off to anyone? Well you can! Melissa has released a successful ebook entitled Do It Yourself Blog Critique, so you can get your own copy right here! It will open your eyes and get your blog in the best shape it can be.
Putting myself out there for all to see was scary, but what I learned was much more valuable in the end. Getting critiqued has really given me a fresh perspective when looking at my own blog and I encourage you bloggers to do the same.

Did you learn anything from my About Page critique? Are you going to get the ebook and critique yourself? Let me know in the comments!
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