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Blog Critique: Not Just Cricket

First victim customer of my blog critiques is Not Just Cricket

Initial Impressions

  • Nice template. Tiny font. Does look pretty but people with not great eyesight would appreciate a larger font size?
  • “Not Just Cricket” … sports blog?
  • No “about”? No “Author” … no name listed that I could find …
  • Looking down the categories, quite a mix. Personal blog?
  • Posts on the homepage seem to be currently about template changes in the main
  • No popular posts but there are archives going back to February 2005
  • No pager link to navigate to older posts from the homepage
  • RSS button tucked away in bottom left navigation

My advice

  • Orient the reader – within seconds you need to tell the reader where they are, what it is about, who you are, what they should be reading and how it will benefit/entertain them.
  • Encourage subscription – don’t hide your RSS button away, put it up where it can be seen and give them the option of email signup (easy done with copy and paste code from feedburner)
  • Show off your good stuff – Give new readers a sample of what they can expect from your blog. If you don’t have any representative articles create some. You need some flagship content 🙂
  • Get out, connect and mingle – Open up the blog to be more outward facing, the more you link out and open up the more links you will get in. Encourage and welcome comments. Start discussions.
  • Consider spinning-off blogs – I realise there are diverse interests represented, which has an appeal, but I think there are topics that could be given their own blog, Cricket especially. Focus helps attract audience.

I think that is enough to be going on with. In summary I found it a nicely written blog with some very interesting directions it could be taken, like many personal blogs, perhaps too many topics. In particular I think the cricket content could be expanded and attract a sizeable audience.

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  1. I can see already that this is going to be a very useful series of posts – and not only for the bloggers who are receiving the critiques. Thanks for doing this for us all, Chris.

  2. I can see already that this is going to be a very useful series of posts – and not only for the bloggers who are receiving the critiques. Thanks for doing this for us all, Chris.

  3. Oh!! The pangs of the pain! Et tu Chris!?

    Seriously, as I mentioned to you in my email, appreciate your comments and advice and will be taking them up one by one.

    To be honest, I have still not been able to find my personal ‘niche’. As a personality, I like to talk, discuss, opine, on most things under the sun, which, I guess, reflects in the blog. This is why I have not been able to submit my blog to ‘category-specific’ blog promoting sites, YET!

    Cricket is a hobby, sport, I connect to. However, my cricket-blogging is match/series-centric. If I am able to watch it, it thus becomes a focus whereby I blog on a pre-match/series, match/series, post match/series. Lately that (being able to watch) has not been possible.

    Any more inputs from you and folks who have read your critique and seen my blog, would be more than welcome.

    Thanks, Chris.

  4. Oh!! The pangs of the pain! Et tu Chris!?

    Seriously, as I mentioned to you in my email, appreciate your comments and advice and will be taking them up one by one.

    To be honest, I have still not been able to find my personal ‘niche’. As a personality, I like to talk, discuss, opine, on most things under the sun, which, I guess, reflects in the blog. This is why I have not been able to submit my blog to ‘category-specific’ blog promoting sites, YET!

    Cricket is a hobby, sport, I connect to. However, my cricket-blogging is match/series-centric. If I am able to watch it, it thus becomes a focus whereby I blog on a pre-match/series, match/series, post match/series. Lately that (being able to watch) has not been possible.

    Any more inputs from you and folks who have read your critique and seen my blog, would be more than welcome.

    Thanks, Chris.

  5. I agree with Jen. Thank you Chris.

  6. I agree with Jen. Thank you Chris.

  7. Thanks for the ideas Chris!

  8. Thanks for the ideas Chris!