Covered Bridge Cellars, LLC
I loved the look and "feel" of the blog...the impressionist look to the logo pix was fine with me...arty-type websites are not something I object to on the web! It goes hand in hand with anything "artisan"...but I would recommend that you make the page a bit smaller so it fits in almost any monitor completely...mine cut off about 10% of the right hand side of the whole page so that I had to scroll over each line!
I also loved the idea of using it for a mailing list sign-up sheet! Very innovative and cute, but....if you really want to do this for consumers (who will be buying your products), or even retailers (ditto...but for different reasons), then you should make the very first page about your product line...I really didn`t want to hear about the explosion of the yeast in your wines!!!!! Even if it IS the newest post, it should be relegated to the second page with indexes or something. YOUR FIRST PAGE OF A BLOG SHOULD BE DEDICATED TO DESCRIBING IN FULL WHAT YOU ARE SELLING, PARTICULARLY IF YOU WANT TO USE IT FOR PEOPLE TO SIGN UP ON YOUR MAILING LIST!
I also like that you used hypertext markup to send viewers to another page within your blog.....very nice.
All in all...a very well planned out blog and idea...very professional in my opinion.
Thanks for the feedback! Are you using a mini monitor? .... : )
I`m very interested in this part of your post since I have not seen this really hit upon by others.
"YOUR FIRST PAGE OF A BLOG SHOULD BE DEDICATED TO DESCRIBING IN FULL WHAT YOU ARE SELLING, PARTICULARLY IF YOU WANT TO USE IT FOR PEOPLE TO SIGN UP ON YOUR MAILING LIST!"
I get the idea of a landing page, which I think is what your referring to, but of all the other winery blogs I read I don`t see anyone doing this. I will be adding our winemaking plans and other product details to an HTML page that readers can click to hopefully soon. I would be interested in other peoples thoughts on the landing page idea for blogs as its something I haven`t really considered.
Just looked over your blog and I agree that the image of the bridge needs to be refined....(I like the painterly image but not the blurry appearance)
Content is pertinent to your business which is fine, but the left bar has too many things to look through - maybe you can just pick a few links that are most important and bring the other links in on another page.....
I would put the Subscribe at the top left corner - it can be found easily..... sometimes people that are looking fast don`t get to the bottom of the page (until later when there is time to read). The Rss feed icon doesn`t bother me either....maybe just the location... Success to you!
The Format of the blog is great! is this blogger?