As a part of my Publishing 101 class, I need to perform a review of a classmate’s blog. Luckily and unluckily for me, I was paired with my friend and peer, Danielle. Her blog, The Heart of Story, is so interesting in its content and is visually engaging in its simplicity. I say that I’m unlucky to have been paired with Danielle because her blog is so well done and enjoyable to read that I have trouble finding anything to criticize!
The Heart of Story is a cohesive mix of various media such as videos, blog posts, stories from the blogger’s life, and her tracking her addiction to sounds. I can’t even begin to describe each aspect of this blog because it is so unique to Danielle’s vision. This is why I think that it is such a great blog and why I believe it will be successful. I really haven’t seen any sites with such a unique focus as The Heart of Story. Danielle’s reflections on Publishing 101 materials and lectures (found under Journal) are especially engaging to readers both in the class and out. She writes in short, yet cohesive, pieces of musings and questions raised by her own thinking. What could be simple journal entries become beautifully crafted, poetic instances of creative reflection. I can’t commend Danielle enough for willingness to share her intellectually-stimulating and bright thoughts. Her deeply personal tone draws readers in as it is different from the voices found in many blogs.
The look of Danielle’s blog is simplistic in a creative way. Her curly fonts offset by a black-and-white colour scheme keep the blog artistic without being overtly masculine or feminine. It is visually refined and aesthetically pleasing for both sexes. I think that her blog may benefit from a small pop of colour maybe in her links or avatar; this would just give the eye something to seek out. This is a matter of taste, though.
Because I enjoy Danielle’s blog so much, I would love to see it have a high readership. I’m not sure if this is happening as of late. It might be a good idea to link out a little more, integrate some form of social media, or add a widget that could help increase traffic. There are lots of ways that Danielle could do this, but the addition is ultimately up to her. I completely trust in her vision for an artistic and creative blog and I know that she will ensure the integrity of her blog regardless of how she chooses to integrate social media. My point is that I’d love to see The Heart of Story become an internet sensation!
My final point about Danielle’s blog is about how much I enjoy the videos she attaches to her blog. She chooses soulful, beautiful music and integrates it into her blog seamlessly. It makes sense that Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” would be an entry in Danielle’s blog because there is a certain silence, an understatement, to The Heart of Story that is reminiscent of the harmonies and motif of the anthem.
I look forward to the future of The Heart of Story and how Danielle’s unique vision grows and moves forward.
Well done, Danielle!