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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Choosing Happiness
- Must Reads
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
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.