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 Post subject: My Blog has officially started, seeking critique!
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:04 am 
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Hello all, I recently posted asking what a good first post would be. I decided to do a tutorial on the Curvy Copter, because it's the first puzzle I ever solved with no YouTube tutorial. Anyways, without further ado, Twisted Interests is born, and I'm seeking your expert opinions on what I'm doing right, wrong, and stupidly, and also anything you want to see posted. I'll do tutorials if I own the puzzle, my personal thoughts on any puzzle topics, and reviews if I have the puzzle, or anything puzzling you can think of. Thanks in advanced to anybody who does respond. :)

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 Post subject: Re: My Blog has officially started, seeking critique!
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:34 am 
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Hey Kyle

I wasn't sure if you wanted comments here or by PM, but I'll post here in case others wish to disagree with me. My 1st (and main) impression is that it's a very dull (as in "dark", not "unintelligent") layout and the light text on dark background makes it extremely hard for me to read. I've always found that this severely strains my eyes, and I guess it could be I have crappy eyes but I don't know. The problem is that because of that, I couldn't really read the blog to see what it was like. I think the blog name is superb. :)

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 Post subject: Re: My Blog has officially started, seeking critique!
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:30 am 
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I haven't read one word yet but already I tell you I can't read it because the background is so dark that I can't read the dark letters on the dark background.

Change the color of the background to white.


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 Post subject: Re: My Blog has officially started, seeking critique!
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:05 am 
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Yeah I'm New to the mechanics of the blog and do not know why it's black and grey. I'll find my way around the color pallet tonight

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 Post subject: Re: My Blog has officially started, seeking critique!
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:37 am 
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I have been wrestling with the background selector and will have to make a different custom background because it's quite finnicky. But I've Gone with a classic black font on white for readability until I fix it. Also I've made the font larger since a lot of people seemed to dislike the size.

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 Post subject: Re: My Blog has officially started, seeking critique!
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May I suggest that you go to the template tab and pick one of the brighter templates. You can edit it to your own personal tastes after that. I have used one of the ones by Awesome Inc and changed some of the settings.

Remember, it's about the content not the look - above all it must be well written with good English and readable.

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 Post subject: Re: My Blog has officially started, seeking critique!
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 1:05 pm 
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Yeah I'm carefully starting to personalize - for now if you guys find it readable I'd like some feedback on the content, what I could change about my formatting and whatever you'd like to see done :)

And puzzlemad I tried to subscribe to your blog And I got a massive page of what I believe was XML, so I'm pretty sure I didn't do it right. How does one subscribe to a blog?

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 Post subject: Re: My Blog has officially started, seeking critique!
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There's a few ways to subscribe. If you have are subscribing to a blogger blog then look for the Followers section and subscribe using your google credentials. Click on Join this site. See the screenshot.
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If you want to use an rss type notification then subscribe in any RSS reader of your choice (I use Feedly).

Or even easier on your blog admin front page (at least if you use the blogger in draft version) then you have the ability to make a reading list which shows the latest posts - see yours is the most recent in my second screenshot:
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Hope this helps. :D

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