So You Want Brave and Reckless’ Feedback on You Blog. . .

I have been completely blown away by how many WordPress Bloggers have read Brave and Reckless’ Advice for New WordPress Bloggers Part 1, liked the post and/or have taken the time to leave a thoughtful comment.  I have been trying really hard to respond to each and every comment but I am just one person and I do need to sleep sometime.

I have been really flattered by all the requests to check out your blogs or a particular piece of writing.  I have been trying to honor these requests because I remember all too well what it is like to be a brand new blogger, but my time is limited and giving feedback can be a tricky thing.  Here are some things to keep in mind before you ask me to look at your blog.

  • I can only honor requests to look at your blog if it comes in on the embedded Contact form at the right top hand corner of my blog.  With both my comments section and my personal email exploding since Brave and Reckless’ Advice for New WordPress Bloggers Part 1 went live on Discover, your requests run the risk of  falling off my radar or getting buried in my inbox.
  • Give me 7 to 14 days to honor your request.  As I have said before, I have a high-demand day job, two kids, a spouse, an elderly dog with health problems and I am a managing editor for several other blogs.  I will try to honor your request but give me a reasonable amount of turnaround time.  If I haven’t gotten back to you in a week, feel free to resend the request.  My inbox is scary.
  • I will give my honest feedback.  I get paid to proofread dissertations, manuscripts and other technical writing.  I am never brutal but I am direct and honest. As a writer, it has taken me some time to learn to graciously accept constructive criticism and learn to integrate it.  Make sure that you really want my constructive criticism before you contact me.
  • If you have specific questions or concerns write that in your request!  It is much easier and much more comfortable for me to respond to specific questions about a blog or a blog posts.  Worried that your posts are too long?  Tell me that.  Worried about the tone of your posts?  Tell me that.  The more specific you are, the more tailored and effective my feedback will be.
  • Please don’t ask me to review your blog unless you have at least 5 posts up. Sometimes 3 posts are enough to fairly evaluate a site but 5 will give me a much better idea of your voice and your vibe.
  • PLEASE include a link to your blog in your request!!!!  I wish I had the time to go looking for your blog right now, but realistically I don’t.  Send me the link for the piece you want me to look at.  If you have a blog design/vibe question, the link to your home page is fine.  Two links maximum please.
  • Remember that I am NOT a blogging professional.  I am just a relatively new blogger myself who happens to do some proofreading and editing of scientific writing as part of my day job.  You and I may have completely different tastes in writing, politics, religion, etc.  You can take my advice or leave my advice but keep in mind that we may just have completely different tastes.  I will do my best to keep an open mind and focus on what you ask me to.

Peace and light,

Christine

© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All rights Reserved

 

 

33 thoughts on “So You Want Brave and Reckless’ Feedback on You Blog. . .

  1. I’m loving the advice you’ve been giving people. And I’m trying to follow it. I started the blog a few years ago but didn’t do it constantly like I am now. I wouldn’t mind if you could check out my blog and give any feedback you have. Thanks. notsomuchanenglishhippiechick – The English girl married the American boy and they had an adventure. This is what we get up to from time to time
    https://notsomuchanenglishhippiechick.wordpress.com/

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  2. Good Afternoon Brave and Reckless. I have read your blog post and think that I could use some of your writing expertise to help develop my blog posts in the near future. As you have stated in your post, there are several questions that I would like to your honest feedback on and they include :

    1). How is the tone of my blog? Do you think I should change the way I am speaking to the public about this particluar issue?

    2). Do you think I should change the writing style to be similar to my current one or should I change the writing style altogether? And

    3). Do you think I should incorporate images and photos into my blog posts so that the public has images to go along with my blog posts?

    P.S. I would like your honest opinion about my blog post and site, if you want to, and whether I should change these certain aspects?
    – My blog site is: joshua18blog.wordpress.com

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  3. You are a saint! A dirty, erotic saint, but a saint nonetheless. (I meant the dirty part with all due respect and correlation to your erotica; I have no idea how often you shower. 😉 )

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      1. ? question mark means I didn’t do a very good job of explaining myself. A saint because you opened your doors to all these bloggers, offered your time and help in improving their pages. That is not something that other people just do. Saints, maybe, but not most people.

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      2. I get the word “kind” a lot– I think my 20’s pretty much knock sainthood out as a possibility. I am just a woman who quite unexpectedly found herself with a blog and other people who she respected told her she was a writer. And I learned to believe it. It is a gift I can never adequately repay.

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  4. Hi, Mo here I’ve just read all the requests you get. BOY you’re famous. I was institutionised for 12 years and missed out on the whole world of technology and I haven’t a clue about copy and pasting etc.
    I just type on my smartphone and hope for the best. Writing is my new therapy so I probably wouldn’t understand any technical jarb. I don’t know how to add music, videos, photos etc. I’m just writing every day and yes the blog is now a memoir.
    Cheers Mo X
    Back to my beauty sleep 😴

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