300th post & Getting Critiqued
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300th post & Getting Critiqued

celebrating.jpgThis is my 300th post. Is it possible that there have been that many? I have been blogging for two and a half years. What better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than to get critiqued by a leading Mom blogger.

Critique

Today, Melissa Culbertson from Momcomm is critiquing our blog. It is an exciting day. I have been working hard on it for the last year, including a huge redesign last fall. I can’t wait to see what she thinks, make sure you read it.

Welcome to new readers who have clicked over from Momcomm. At “The Will to See” I write about the blurring line of motherhood, covering topics like parenting, mom technology, family time, and GI and vision issues. Please look around and hopefully you will become a fan and follow us. I have just completed Momcomm’s Content Brew course (Click here to view more details), so there will be lots of new content coming. But to introduce you to The Will to See. here are a few of my all-time favorite posts.

Favorite Posts

Classroom Snack Police

Splat Goes the Lasagna

If You Give A Mom…

Ode to Gravy

Coming Full Circle

You know you’re a mom when

The Eyes Have It

A Mother’s Intuition

A New Normal

Feedback

I would love to get your feedback, whether you are a new reader or have followed us from the beginning. What do you like about The Will to See? What don’t you like? (Please, constructive criticism only.) Are there topics you are interested that are not addressed or require more attention?

It is my hope that The Will to See can become a great resource for our readers.

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  1. Steffani Charkiewicz says:

    I think the critique hit on some very good points. You have all the building blocks so, maybe with a few tweeks the blog can be all you want. Good Luck!

  2. Sarah,
    I read over the Momcomm review of your site and was surprised by Melissa’s attention to detail! I don’t think there’s a single aspect that wasn’t covered. None the less, I’ll try to contribute an opinion from a different perspective. The things I really like about your site are the personal images that you include of your life and the stories you tell of your recent adventures or events. But I think I’m a special case. I know a lot about you and read your posts a la carte via your email subscription. Most readers visit your site’s home page and look for an interesting topic to read. Or at least, that’s what I do with other blogs. Given that and your mission, I think what I enjoy most about your site is what would turn most readers off. Readers can afford to be very picky with what they spend their time reading. There are thousands of blogs out there, with millions of articles. If you’re fortunate enough to have someone visit your blog, you need to make sure that they get to the content they want as fast and as easy as possible and that by the end of an article they get what they were expecting. The main thing that I read from Melissa’s review and something that I agree strongly with is that more is less. If it takes me a few seconds to get to an article that I want to read then something is wrong. I want it to hit me in the face. I want it to say, “Paul, you need to read this to make your life better”. Also, I hate nothing more than reading a headline that I’m really interested in then spending the time reading the article only to find that the content had nothing new or interesting to say. I get turned off. While the personal stories from your life are great, the majority of your articles aren’t tied to your mission of chronicling your experiences of raising children with vision and GI issues. So if I’m visiting your site to get a little vision or GI love, I’m going to be disappointed. I can see it being difficult to tie your everyday articles to your mission because your boys’ lives aren’t actively or greatly affected by vision or GI issues. So I feel that it would be best to focus on the things that you can write about. That means writing about your life, as you have been. But this brings me to my biggest critique of your blog. After reading some of your articles, I don’t come out feeling enlightened as all readers should or as I hope to after reading any article. I think every time you write an article, there should be research involved. And you should think about what you can share with the reader that they may not already know. I’ll use your Geek Squad article as an example since it hits close to home. I really liked the fact that you shared your experience and that you explained what service from them were a good value. The Geek Squad has a poor reputation and you found something that they are good at. That was a good article and I think you can contribute facts or insights like that in all of your articles. In contrast, I’ll use your ‘Spring Break at the beach’ article. You did a good job describing what you did and where you went but you didn’t include things that the reader may not know. Like the reason for picking those sites compared to others or how did the trailer do with a family of four or what is the best time to go camping on the Washington and Oregon coast. Or even more on topic, you could give tips on how to make a camping trip better with kids who have GI issues. A lot of people are not good at doing research but I know you are. So use it to your advantage and include it in your articles to not only share your life with the readers but also enlighten them.
    Hope that helps!

    1. Sarah says:

      You have some great points. Thanks for the feedback.

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