Friday I got up the courage to send my blog to Peek for a review, a free service from UserTesting.com.
I saw this service, and an example of the results, on Steve Says. I was very impressed with Steve for daring to have a random stranger take an objective look at his blog and honestly comment on it.
Could I be that brave? I was really worried about criticism, but luckily very impulsive, and before I thought about it… I signed up.
They said it might take a few days for the results… I thought cool, I have plenty of time to do some self talk. You know like “who cares what a stranger thinks, Mom likes it”. But in truth, I have put a lot of time and effort into making my blog organized and easy to navigate, while keeping it attractive, so I really did want to know if it came across that way to a stranger. The review isn’t testing the material after all, just the user experience.
I got the results just a few hours later, no time for self talk after all. I bit the bullet and watched, shushing my husband the whole time. As I watched the video review I agreed with every constructive criticism given. And lo and behold, the guy liked it!!!!! How cool is that?
I’ve embedded it below, but I know I hardly ever watch a video in a post that’s longer than 2.5 minutes, and this one is 5. I don’t expect anyone who isn’t really interested in the process to watch it… except my husband of course 😉 . (A larger version of the video can be seen here.)
I was proud of myself for having the courage to send my blog in for a review. I’ve come a long way in my confidence level. Not only that, I went right to work figuring out how to correct the stuff the guy found confusing, and implemented it the next morning.
So that’s my moment for this week, and as always, I welcome your comments on this or any other part of this blog.
Wait a minute…
I can’t hold it in any longer!
I danced around the bedroom with glee … he gave me a 10 out of 10 and said he doesn’t do that very often. Take THAT you mean old 1st grade teacher who said I was silly; and you stupid Jr High peers who called me names; and that Sr High date who said he didn’t want to be seen with me because I had red hair… I ROCKED that review!
😉 🙂 😀
I’d love to hear your random moments of delight. This challenge (or rather non-challenge) is about sharing special moments with each other each week (read here for more info). Please put a link back here, in your post, so others may take part if they wish. Chow! (And yes Steve… the bitstrips are in your honor…)