February 20, 2015

Do You Know What Your Blog Readers Think of You?

Disclaimer: I have not been compensated for this post at all. However, per usual, feel free to send me money, baked goods, or anything remotely pleasing for my troubles.

Have you ever wished that you could read the mind of a stranger the first time he or she meets you? Sure, maybe it'd suck if the first thing your new coworker thinks after meeting you is, "Look at that snaggletooth," but at least you'd know to smile with your mouth shut from now on, right?

Frankly, it's a shame that in a world where we have Amazon drones and eavesdropping televisions, no one has come up with a way for this to happen yet.

But on the bright side, someone has come up with a way to get something similar... and it's called Peek.

The idea behind Peek is so simple, it's genius. Basically, you enter your name and your website's address, and a few hours later, Peek sends you a five minute video of someone narrating their first reaction to your site. It's simultaneously exciting, informative, and (depending how much you like your site) terrifying.

And the best part? It's free.

Now, I'm never one to pass up something that's free, even if that means saying yes to the "turkey liver and strawberry jam" sample lady at BJ's. But when that free something is actually something I might like? Well, it's no suprise that I signed up to have my blog "peeked."

And the results were so much more than I could have ever asked for.

My "Peeker" was a Spanish sounding woman whose first comment about my site was that "the lady on the left has her brow furrowed like she has... umm... problems."

And doesn't that just about sum things up?

In the end, my skeptical Spanish Peeker said that she liked my site because "it seems very weird. I like the weirdness," but she never actually figured out what my website is about. This could be because she had never seen a blog before, or it could just be because even I don't know what I blog about.

However, although her review was entertaining and slightly offensive (the term "weirdness" was a theme throughout the video), it was actually pretty helpful as well; if she couldn't figure out what my website is about after a few seconds, I obviously have a bit of a problem.

I'm still trying to work out how I'm going to fix this problem. (A better "about" page, possibly? A more clearly marked list of post categories?) For now, all I've come up with is the corny tagline I've added under my blog's heading, although I'm not sure if those ten words would have done any good explaining my "weirdness" to my designated Peeker.

So if you have any suggestions on how I can make the purpose of this blog (which is truly about everything yet nothing at the same time) more clear... I'm all ears.

In the meantime, I'd recommend checking Peek out for yourself if you have something worth peeking. And if you happen to run across my website-viewing senorita?

Well, tell her that thanks to her, I'm on my way to solving at least one my furrowed brow-inducing dilemmas.