People LUV aliluvs.com!

Overview

Aliluvs.com is a blog written by Ali Fedotowsky-Manno. Ali is a former Bachelorette from the hit reality TV series and a TV personality. Following her televised search for love, Ali settled down and started to blog. The topic of this blog is All Things Ali Luvs. As a self described “shopaholic on a budget”, this fashion blogger discusses her favorite fashion items, favorite recipes, favorite lifestyle tips, and dishes about her favorite show – The Bachelor! You can find this blog at aliluvs.com. Check it out!

Analysis

Visual Layout

The visual layout of this blog is clean and fun. The color scheme remains simple with a white background and light pink accents. The header of the blog states her name Ali Fedotowsky. Below, as the sub header and tagline of the blog, states All Things Ali Luvs. This clearly explains why the name of the blog is aliluvs.com and what will be discussed throughout. The overall layout is clear and easy to navigate. Below the header and sub header is the menu – Home, Gift Guide, Fashion, Lifestyle, Recipes, Motherhood, Bachelor Nation, and Contact. It simply categorizes Ali’s favorite things to be discussed further. There is a sidebar that remains seen no matter which menu item you click on. The sidebar includes a brief About The Author with links to her social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Youtube). Her About Me is very minimalistic, simply stating what she is known for, her passion for fashion and having an outlet for sharing these loves. Lastly, it states where she resides with her husband and daughter. Also included is a search bar, the ability to subscribe to her newsletter, the top six most popular posts, and quick links to each year’s achieve of posts. The initial layout on the homepage consists of the most recent blog posts to date. Here it is as of January 8th, 2018! (Photo credit – Aliluvs.com)

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Content

The content of this blog covers fashion, lifestyle, motherhood, pop culture, recipes, and all things The Bachelor. The best part of the blog is that it is meant for everyday people on a budget. Looking into the most popular posts (found on the sidebar), five out of six of the posts are in the fashion category, with the remaining being about lifestyle. The majority of blog posts are fashion, with that being the heart and soul of the blog. It makes sense that these are the most popular. Every post contains at least one photo, often many more. Almost all of the pictures contain Ali, many times with her husband or daughter. The pictures display fashions, food or products that are discussed in the post to follow as well. Ali herself creates these pictures. The most compelling part of these photos and the blog as a whole is that the post ends with links to every piece of clothing or product seen in the photo. This makes for easy shopping. This is something Ali does really well.

The titles of the blog posts are fun, yet straight to the point. The titles give a clear indication of the post’s topic in an exciting way. Examples of titles include – “Mommy Must Haves”, “Velvet – Oh La La”, and “Will You Accept This Rose Daiquiri?”. Aside from blog posts; Ali has a menu item called Gift Guide. This is a one-stop shop for the best gifts (with links, of course) at an affordable price. There are gifts under $25, under $50, over $50, and gifts for kids! These gifts fit alongside her brand, including accessories, kitchen gadgets, home décor, and more. Lastly there is a page for readers to contact Ali with any questions, comments, feedback or ideas. This is a great way Ali connects with her readers and keeps them coming back to the blog. If you want to get in touch with Ali, click here!

Below are some examples of photos seen on the blog, items showcased throughout the content shared, and Ali herself! (Photo credits – Aliluvs.com)

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Audience Interaction

Interactions with readers are critical to a blog’s success. Ali does a great job at this. She makes sure her readers know that it is her responding to them – she does not have a team behind her. The readers are active participants on this blog. Looking into the amount of comments on the most popular posts, they range from 15 comments to 70 comments. Ali responds to almost every one. Ali does not have social media sharing buttons for each blog posts. Because of this, there is no way to share her blog post or site as a whole on your own social media. This limits site exposure to potential readers. However, on the sidebar, there is the option to subscribe to a newsletter. This is a great way to keep current readers involved and up to date on new posts.

Conclusion

Aliluvs.com is an interactive, innovative, informative, and fun blog. I love how she makes each post interactive, by including links to everything being worn or used in the picture. A shopaholic like myself appreciates the ease of this! Another great thing about the blog is the range of content between fashion, home, lifestyle, and food. It does not get repetitive or boring. One thing to improve upon is the ability for readers to share the site and individual blog posts on their own social media. This will bring more and more readers to aliluvs.com, spreading the luv.

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Top 5 Reasons That I Wish Mardi Gras Was Year Round!!

Mardi Gras… It is once again that time of year.  What is technically a one day celebration becomes 2 months of bliss when you are a Louisiana Native.

I looked forward to Mardi Gras each year, so moving to Massachusetts has definitely made the heart of summer dull and COLD!!!  While I jealously watch my friends enjoying all of the festivities, one thing catches my eye each time.  My reason #1

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KING CAKE.  If you have never had it, you are truly missing out! It should definitely be available all year round! Other than it’s pure deliciousness, King cake actually has a pretty cool history.

Reason #2 comes as no surprise if you have any slight knowledge of Mardi Gras.  The parades.  The are months of parades in all regions of Louisiana.  Ranging from crazy topless people to families to people chasing chickens… yes chickens.

I think that the biggest draw in of Mardi Gras is the family element.  My entire extended family gets together and has tons of fun in the process!!!  It is surely a bonding experience for everyone, no matter how old or young!

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Let’s not forget the Mardi Gras Balls!!!  I was raised in the Lafayette area and we have quite a few.  I actually have a close friend of mine that runs what is considered the “fun” ball because of it’s laid back, party heavy atmosphere!

If you haven’t gathered the common theme here through all of these things, I will use it as reason #5.  THE PARTY.  When I think party I think of all of the different elements dished out throughout Mardi Gras season.  Great FOOD, MUSIC, CULTURE, & PEOPLE.  Alcohol or no alcohol, you are guaranteed to have a great time!

So, If you are considering doing Mardi Gras in Louisiana…. DO IT!  Don’t reconsider.  Any area you visit is so rich in culture and surely won’t disappoint!

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Added Bonus…. It’s Crawfish Season too!

The Traveling Ginger Blog Review

OVERVIEW:
The Traveling Ginger (http://www.thetravelingginger.com/) is a blog by Nikki that is dedicated to her various travels and cooking/eating experiences on those travels. Nikki has been posting on her blog since 2014. Nikki posts travel destinations around the globe and specifically the United States are she tries to visit all 50 states before she turns 30. The blog is very comprehensive on the travels Nikki has taken over the past years with detailed information on the sites she has visited. Nikki has also reviewed several places which a travel can visit in the areas she blogs about. Her post include a wealth of knowledge on the places she has been, things to do and cost to several things during
ANALYSIS:
I looked for a blog on traveling since this is something I really enjoy. I found The Traveling Ginger in my search. When I clicked on the blog link from google I was immediately directed to a post regarding visiting Six States in Seven Days New England Road Trip USA. She used a catchy tag line on how she did the road trip in seven days and visited the six states. I really enjoyed reading the trip that Nikki took and seeing the sites she highlighted in her post.
The header is very simple with a photograph, the blog title and photo of a redheaded lady.Under the header on each of the posts is the title of that post and date of the post. This header is very similar on all the pages with the exception sometimes the photo does not contain the redheaded lady. The title of this blog “The Traveling Ginger” was very catchy when I was searching for a blog. The title of this blog made me want to click and find out more about it.
The layout is very simple and minimalistic. This layout caught my eye and made me want to stay on the site and look around. The white background makes the photographs and posts stand out. The photos that Nikki uses seem more vibrant with the white background. There is also a header bar with a menu at the very top of the page which allows the viewer to switch between pages very easily. I really liked the layout and the use of the menu bar at the top of the page allowed me to jump around the website very easily.
The layout of each destination section is set up differently. Some destination sections, such as, Asia has very large thumbnail photos and large titles with a summary horizontal. This layout is pleasing to the eye and allows the viewer to glance and review quickly. The layout on the Africa destination section has smaller thumbnail photos with large titles with a summary horizontal. The layout for Central and South America, USA, Europe and the Middle East have smaller thumbnail photos in a grid pattern with the title and summary underneath the photos.This grid pattern is still pleasing to the eye but makes the page feel clustered and cluttered. 
Nikki included links to several of her other social media pages. These links were locatedat the top right hand side of the menu tab. Each link took you directly to that social media page,which allowed me to find out additional information on Nikki. I clicked on the Pinterest link andsaw she had lots of pins regarding traveling.
The about me page for Nikki was very comprehensive. I felt that I was able to get to know Nikki as a person and why she started this blog. The work with me section of her blog offered a different look into Nikki. Here I learned that she does product reviews yet I did not see many on her page under her review section. The review section felt like an afterthought that was created on a whim to fill more space on the blog.
The photos used in the blog are amazing and they seem to all be photos that Nikki has personally taken on her travels. I looked up her most popular post which was a trip she took to the Taj Mahal. http://www.thetravelingginger.com/traveling-ginger-blog/tips-for-taj-mahal-visit looked to be Nikki’s most popular post which had roughly 16 comments. It was a very informative blog with fantastic pictures. I actually learned how to get to the Taj Mahal if I were to visit which I appreciated. 
There was a place on the right side of each blog post to subscribe to her blog but I did not see a section to share a post. I really liked that the blog was about the experience and the photos not about trying to get additional subscribers are every click. This made me want to stay on the pages longer and actually read her travels.
In conclusion I felt that Nikki’s blog was very informative and visually pleasing. I really liked the non-commercial aspect of the blog. I felt the blog was something that Nikki was using as a creative outlet and not as a money making tool which appealed to me. I found her photographs to be stunning and her post to be full of very useful information about traveling to that area, expenses and information on the area.

Ayesha Curry Blog

Cooking & Family Blog by Ayesha Curry

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Ayesha Curry: Where Pure + Premi-Yum Live. (http://www.ayeshacurry.com) is a website/Blog written by Ayesha Curry herself. This blog is written to provide tips, videos and blogs about cooking, family & more. Ayesha Curry is a Mother of two, Wife of NBA player Steph Curry, author of her cook book “The Seasoned Life”, chef & all around loving person started this blog in 2017 after launching her cookbook. She wanted a way to be able to use this blog to interact with her fans and share all her secret recipes.

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Layout

The layout to Ayesha Curry’s: Where Pure + Premi-Yum Live blog is pretty straight foreword. It’s not like the typical blog with a header and tons of works describing what is going on. instead it is very easy going. It’s got a picture of her and a link to all her social media accounts to help you “stay up to date”. It’s got tabs at the top that you can do things like watch videos of her cooking and videos of her family, recipes, all the way to bring about to purchase her cook book and cooking ware.

The blog has soft and creamy colors that makes it easy to read and stay focused while also in a way, making you a little hungry. Haha I know how crazy that sounds but I cant help it! When you slide down you can see a quotes from her.

With motherhood as my muse and faith by my side, those moments of family together time in the kitchen is where my balance begins, where we can all just be.

A video plays instantly in the background of her cutting up vegetables and gets you to want to watch the whole thing. The farther down you go you get more personal with her cook book, her up to date on her family life, her organization she is starting and even being able to subscribe and follow her. She keeps the website so simple with the top/Header of the blog matching exactly with the bottom/Footer.

Content

Watch

The the Watch tab of Ayesha’s blog it is a link to her YouTube channel. Here is where you can find tons of videos that give you a little look into her life and what makes her happy. Here are 3 examples of different videos she has.

  1. Little Light of Mine Channel– This is where she posts or food recipes and cooking videos of foods from her cook book and also recipes from your everyday food that can be turned into a full course meal.
  2. Live Q&A: Ayesha likes to get personal with her fans. Every so often she likes to go live and answer any questions her fans may ask from her food recipes, her family and tips about everyday life.
  3. Fitness: Along with eating right comes being able to stay in shape to balance her busy life and schedule. She is just like every typical mother who has a lot on her plate and it is hard to stay in shape. but she teaches you little things that you can do to stay in shape even if you only like out 20 minutes each day.

Taste

Under the Taste section she has all these videos for just about everything you can thing of.

  • Videos of easy to make recipes.
  • Food Decorations for the Holidays
  • Food Giveaways
  • Special Recipes
  • Why She Gives back
  • Diy Face masks and more

Read

The Read section to the blog is what I believe to be the biggest part of the blog. I think this because she uses this section to write her reviews of different ideas that she or others have come up with. She also tries new products and gives her reviews on them as well. In this part you are able to share your own thoughts and comments. She even allows you to share your recipes and she chooses one every so often to actually make and do a review on it. I think it is a cool way for people to interact with her and feel like its more than just a blog and shes just like the rest of us.

She does tend to like to promote her page and get people to like and subscribe and follow her on her other social media posts where she posts more often. Also things like subscribing to her youtube channel where her videos get put on first and she does live Q&A from questions that people ask her on Twitter and other sites.

Conclusion

I think as a beginner to the whole blogging world I Think Ayesha Curry is doing an amazing job. She is able to post tons of videos and recipes and give an inside to her life. She is very interactive with her fans and makes people feel apart of her life and that they can eat a good meal for a low budget.

What I think she lacks is that I feel everything is in  video form. When she does write on the blog it is very small and straight forward. She is more of a video blogger. I also wish for videos she would post videos of other people doing her recipes and their reviews on them. Overall I love to watch her videos because she has grown through time and you can tell in her videos.

 

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