Wow…. Next time I promise to look at 126 blogs someone SMACK ME.
This was fun, though.
Can I say one thing? Guys, please… if you are just blogging for the fun of it, disregard this comment. However, if you are building a brand, you should really think about what your blog looks like, as well as the content.
Some of these blogs may be wonderful, but if it looks boring, there is less of a chance for someone to read it.
For the 30 or so of you with the same theme… the exact same row of books in your header… immediate disqualification. BORING. Would you want an agent to go to your blog and have it look just like the other ten blogs they looked at that day? Think about it. That’s not the only theme I saw over and over, but it was the most
The first time I saw my theme replicated (The Koi theme) I cringed. The next time I saw it, I dumped it… even though I loved it. I didn’t want to go through that annoyance again, so I built my own theme. Be creative. Don’t be like everyone else.
So, with that in mind… Here is my list of “honorable mentions”
This is everyone who I at least stopped on and looked around for a little bit. It could have been for any reason. The color, the name of the blog, the originality. There was something about the VISUAL of the first glance that made me stop. You managed to grab my interest. One of you even tempted me into downloading your novel.
If you are not on this list, consider taking a look at your blog… not necessarily the content, but the overall “look”. (Note: I may not have placed you on the honorable mention list if you recently won this award.)
http://angelaquarles.com/ —- I’ve seen this background too many times… but the turtle drew me in.
http://derekberry.wordpress.com/ –WORD SALAD. Love the title
http://jimrosswriting.wordpress.com/–would win if I hadn’t seen this backdrop so many times (It’s pretty, though which is why so many people use it.
http://raelynbarclay.wordpress.com/ – same as above. This was my first blog backdrop. LOVED IT…until I came across 12 more people using it.
http://dianamurdock.wordpress.com/ – I downloaded her novel tonight
Luckily for me, I won this award three times this week, so I get to choose 18 winners.
Here they are. The most creative out of my 126 current followers (In no particular order).
Of the list above the best by far for brand-building is http://sanguinestream.wordpress.com
The art really gives you a feel for who the author is. You know, at a glance, whether you will love or HATE his work. Nicely done.
Okay, Lucky 18! Now it’s your turn. Please pass this award on to 6 lucky bloggers, and let them know. Also, post on your blogs a list of 10 useless but fun facts about you.