/ The Humble Climbing Blogs....
" . . . just want to get a little more recognised..who wouldn't?"
Me, and all the people I know.
"Humble climbing blogs" - an oxymoron surely?
Genuine question: why do you want to be recognised? What do you want to be recognised as?
I'm not a fan of most personal blogs. They are mostly self-serving, egotistical drivel, usually poorly written in questionable English.
I keep a blog, mainly because I enjoy recounting our days out, it also forces me to use my camera more to document days and gets me using Lightroom. I agree though it's nice to check your stats and see you've got a few more views or subscribers!
Myself, you can tell your own story without it becoming a image you don't fit, just telling stories to others
No need to judge him for promoting his blog, most folk will enjoy a quick glance if it is well written/presented and regularly updated.
With those points in mind, I had a quick glance at it - my quick impression on the writing, having read a few posts is fairly positive - relatively engaging and not too much repetition etc. More cohesive writing will come with time.
My main piece of advice would be to edit the design, the font is way too small and makes it difficult to read. Choose a nice, bold font that grabs the attention for titles, and then a more understated but easily legible one for the main body of text. But good effort so far, keep at it! Persistence is the key to success.
My one other piece of advice is in regards to the goals expressed in the most recent post - going from the (albeit very brief) description of your current climbing level, 7b+ is probably a bit out of reach for a six month timeframe if you are currently climbing 6b, mainly because of the fierce increase in both technical ability and physical fitness required. My advice would be to aim for 7a, which will be hard enough in of itself.
Keep at it!
I don't think aiming to improve from 6b to 7b+ in 6 months is too ambitious if you work hard. I managed to improve almost a number grade in less than three months and I didn't even have any goals... (I was climbing full time however).
Thank you very much! thanks for taking the time to read it! We are, ourselves a bit wary that 7b+ is a little over zealous but I think if we aim high and fall only slightly lower the results will show! Have you got any other first impressions that really stuck out about the blog? thanks again!
!must make statement!!!!!!!!!! :)
Yes, that pretty much sums up your blog.
Good job :) I've been writing a blog for a few years and what started as something just for me has grown more than I'd realised and opened up writing opportunities with other websites. No harm in some self-publicity!!
I actually quite like skimming climbing blogs, be they of pro climbers or punters.
Had a quick read of yours, liked it. Needs more pretty pictures.
I've taken a look at your blog - good start. I would repeat other's advice to make the font larger and use sans serif (which you do in some posts). I find climbing blogs interesting when they give away useful information such as - recommendations for routes, crags, and areas. After tthat I think that training info could be useful if you give genuine feedback on setbacks (which you may feel would be uncool) - a degree of self-depracation.
Oh - and *always* use photos to resumé your topic
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