A Blog About Love.

Overview-

Danny + Mara | About Love (http://dannyandmara.com/) is a love and relationship blog written by Danny and Mara Kofoed. Their first post was published in 2011. Mara and Danny are long term New Yorkers who throughout each of their lives encountered their share of hardships, divorce, and infertility, which led them directly to each other. They blog about love, relationships, self-worth, divorce, happiness, and anything in between.

Analysis-

Layout:

The general layout of Danny + Mara | About Love is a one-column blog with a header and footer. The tone of the blog uses neutral colors but the vibe is aimed more towards women. The background is white on every page and doesn’t change even when a blog post is written.

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The header is very simple. There is no picture involved, just written words of positioned to the left that read “DANNY + MARA | about love”.

To the right of the header is the main menu that direct the audience to pages such as about, services, and events. Also, there is a link in the main menu that allows you to access different blog postings written by both Danny and Mara. Finally, there is a drop-down menu included which gives you access to social media links such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and E-mail.

The body of the blog is one columned. At the beginning of the blog is a huge picture of Mara and Danny with very large words written to the left of them saying “align with LOVE & thrive in an imperfect life.” Just under that is a section that allows viewers to enter their first name and e-mail to sign up for love experience. It is a free program that includes 10 e-mails, a video class, and a meditation.  Below that is what Mara and Danny’s vision is. They believe that you can experience inner peace and love regardless of a bad day.

In the middle of the main column is Danny and Mara’s featured blogs which include events like one day boot camps about love or even seven-day boot camps that help you reset your mind, body, and soul.  Just below their featured events is a section for their most recent blog, which showcases a large picture to the left of Mara with a little sample of the blog that was written and a link to read more. Under the most recent blog post, you then have their most popular blog postings. It showcases a variety of 3 different pictures with blog titles underneath them. Lastly, at the end of the page you are also able to view Danny and Mara’s love story and read about how they met.

The blog footer has more going on than the header does. It includes the “About Us” with 5 links to pages such as love story and their media. It also includes a “Services” section which includes links to events, coaching, and resources. To the right of the About Us and Services pages are widgets to their social media such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Email. To the bottom of the main footer is again written “DANNY + MARA | about love” with just under that being the terms and conditions and privacy policy.

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Content-

When I click the first link in the main menu which is “About”, it brings me to a two-columned page. On the right column, it showcases fun facts about Mara first such as her favorite things to do and favorite foods and what she aspires to do. Below Maras fun facts are then Danny’s. His fun facts include where he went to school, his favorite food, and what he aspires to do, also.

The left column, it gives us a short sample as to why Mara and Danny do want to help mentor people on love and how their blog and retreats have helped many of people. Below their introduction, it gives the reader and idea of the 7 different ways Mara and Danny can help. Lastly, is the reason Mara and Danny do what they do. It’s the area of the blog that tells about Maras life and Danny’s life as separate people and then as a whole. When that wraps up, they showcase a picture of the two of them holding hands and has pictures of their three dogs.

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When going to the “Blog” link, it is also a two-columned page. The right side showcases a picture of Mara and Danny, with another area to input your first name and e-mail address to “get the love experience” for free. Underneath that is another section of the social media widgets. Just below the social media widgets is a list of links you can click of different categories of blog postings. The categories range from:

  • Marriage & Dating
  • Love
  • Choosing Happiness
  • Travel
  • Must Reads
  • Updates

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The left column gives a snippet of the blog postings in order starting with most recent. At the top of the blog post is a picture relating to the blog and underneath the picture is the title of the blog, who it was written by and which category the blog post belongs to. The reader can see about half of the first paragraph before asked to click a link that say’s “read more”. Under the “read more link” is access to widgets to click on that will allow you to share the blog on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and e-mail.

I clicked on the “Must Read” link to see what types of blogs people seem to like from Mara and Danny. The first blog post that came up was titled “Tapping Into Your TRUEST Identity” written by Mara with 73 comments. The blog post had 3 pictures included in it, which all 3 were of Mara. The blog post was about finding your true identity and the rest will fall into place. Everyone that commented on the blog post received a response from Mara which is great because sometimes people don’t get the answers or responses their looking for on blogs. Mara really shares her life and put’s it all out there with her readers, which helps a lot of people going through the same struggles in life.

Other blog names that were in the “Must Read” were:

  • A Heart At Peace – with 22 comments
  • One Key To Developing Compassion for the Offender – with 23 comments
  • Is Social Media Infringing Upon Your Worth? – with 27 comments
  • Walking Meditations and Practicing Gratitute – with 30 comments
  • What It’s Like Traveling With Danny – with 44 comments

 

Conclusion-

In this blog, I like the way that Mara and Danny give us insight into their lives and what brought them to the point of blogging and wanting to mentor people in finding self-worth, happiness, and love. They give the reader very helpful tips and tools on how to reach those successes in their lives. However, I think their blog is set up a little sloppy. There is too much going on and the pictures and words are too big.

  • Their main page has too many important features on it but their all smooshed together. It’s hard to find where one ends and the other begins.
  • Danny and Mara’s “About” page was great and loaded with information, however, I do think they should have had their story about each of them and how they met at the top and under that why they do what they do.
  • The “Blog” page is a little bit easier to figure out, which is great for the readers who just want to dig right in. However, I still think their font and pictures are too big and could be toned down.

Otherwise, how Mara and Danny aspire to help people is a great cause and a great reason for a blog. Many people these days do look for help in many of these areas and their blogs are great and include real life stories from both a Man and Woman’s perspective. I believe that their blog and their postings are great and if they made their blog layout a little easier on the eyes they would see great results.

Gilmore Girl for Life.

For me, television is something I find hard to keep my attention on. Until of course, I find a great show and I binge watch it for days at a time – I think we’ve all been there at some point in our lives, right? One show I find myself being able to watch over and over is Gilmore Girls. I used to watch Gilmore Girls when I was growing up and it’s funny because I found myself re-watching the series just last year. No matter how many times I’ve seen an episode, I still find myself just as invested in the characters and glued to the TV as if it’s my first time seeing it.

For someone who has never seen it, the show is about a mother and daughter duo, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore who are fueled by coffee and crazy adventures around their town of Stars Hollow.

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(Pictured above from Left to Right – Lorelai Gilmore and Rory Gilmore)

I think what drags me into this series is the fact Lorelai and Rory are the perfect example of how a mother and daughter should be – best friends. They’re always quirky, making jokes and quoting lines from movies. They talk to each other about anything and everything and no matter what – their talks will always include drinking coffee or eating an insane amount of junk food. The show is very well rounded, too. It has showcased everything from family, friendships, work, and romance. It displays the good and the bad of each situation and is not a television show that you could find yourself thinking “wow this is far-fetched” or “this would never happen in real life”.

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At the end of 2016, Gilmore Girls came out with a Netflix exclusive, four-episode revival series called “A year in the Life”.  You do not know how excited I was days, even months, leading up to the day it was released. I watched every hour and a half long episode within 1 day. I know you’re probably thinking “wow, she’s insane” but SERIOUSLY, HELLO! I waited months for this, re-watching 7 seasons to refresh my memory and being able to pick up where it left off without missing anything. So of course, I HAD to binge watch! And let me just say, it was everything I could have imagined for.

To see the trailer for “A year in the Life” please click HERE

The episodes were categorized as Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Rory, who was an A+ student in high school now finds herself in a downward spiral of being in an affair with an old fling, having no career, and nowhere permanent to call home. Lorelai also finds herself lost, due to the death of her father, her long-term relationship with her boyfriend, Luke, and not knowing where her business is going next. By the end of the series, of course, everything turns around. Rory decides to write a book about her relationship with her mother and Lorelai & Luke FINALLY end up getting married. Let me just say it’s everything that the fans have been waiting for!

As always, Gilmore Girls did everything but disappoint. This revival series was just what fans needed. I could only hope that the producers will decide to come back with another revival series. But for now, you will find me re-watching the series for a 3rd time. I hope my blog post encourages someone out there to watch it, too!

To learn more about Lorelai, Rory and the rest of the Gilmore Girls cast click HERE

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