Michael Martine was kind enough to offer Theme Playground a free blog review last week, as part of his week–long free blog review series. He had a lot of kind things to say, which I’m very grateful for. Thank you Michael!
The Best of the Good
First of all, he loved our name, which I have to give credit to Cory Miller for. He’s the one who suggested that I start this up, and he provided the title too. Michael also likes our content and thinks it stands out in the crowd — which is something I really appreciate, especially in the WordPress blogging field.
Michael had a couple of good suggestions. There were two main parts, as well as a couple of minor site errors which I took care of already.
Design and Logo
It’s true that I’m using The Morning After theme here, and it is also true that I haven’t spent too much time customizing it. In fact I’ve made an effort to limit how much time I spend on it. Part of the reason I finally decided to give in and use another’s theme was to focus on developing content. I find that (as many bloggers do, surely) I can spend so much time improving my blog’s design I don’t spend much time actually blogging. Not good.
I do plan on customizing this theme, over time. In fact I have a few improvements in mind, which I hope to provide to the theme author for consideration in a future release. More on that later. It is worth saying that having a unique site is important, and I would be the first to admit it. I have been thinking I need to make it more of a priority to step up the appearance around here, and Michael verified that for me.
Michael also pointed toward the logo as lacking of originality. Since I received the logo from Logo Design Works as a part of their program of designing logos for free for bloggers, it puts me in an interesting position. I have a tough time disagreeing that it is a little lacking in originality, but for now it will do.
Taking the Content Up a Notch
I particularly appreciated Michael’s thoughts on my content. He believes I should showcase my consulting and design work by writing up some case studies of projects I’ve worked on. I think this is a great idea, and it’s good to hear it from someone else. I’ll be adding this as a category later on this week.
It was also suggested that I try some videoblogging/screen casting. This one is really intriguing to me, especially since Small Potato started doing it recently. I’ll think about this one, and look into starting it up soon.
Thanks again Michael. If you’re looking for some blogging advice in any particular area, head over to his site and look into the services he offers.