Getting Help With My Weight Problem!

Getting Help With My Weight Problem!

133854471_a001b79a2c_m.jpgLet’s be honest I need all the help I can get. My weight has crept up 🙁 . And like all woman I don’t like to feel fat! Thankfully I’ve got great friends in Christy Tucker and Christine Martell that decided to help me with my weight problem.

Photo from Flickr photo uploaded on April 24, 2006 by Christina007 licensed under Creative Commons ShareAlike 2.0.

Cause of The Weight Problem

Apparently the weight issues happened during my blog cleaning when I changed my blog image header. (Sheesh and I thought cleaning helped you lose weight!).

Christy Tucker commented that:

Does it seem like the header image leads your image off the right side of the page though? Look at the line of the rocks and the direction the person is facing–it seems to all be pointing off to the right. I wonder if you flipped the image horizontally if it would work better. You’d have to move the text somewhere else, perhaps, but with the image flipped it would draw your eye right down to the content.

Just a thought–you might want to check with Christine Martell or someone else more visually inclined. It’s possible I’m simply imagining things!

Christine’s definitely the person to ask as she’s amazing with visuals. And I’m extremely grateful because she has done an incredible analysis of my new image header while explaining all visual aspects of what the image was saying, the messages it sends the readers and options to improve.

Make the time to read Chrisine’s Does my header make my blog look fat? post (and leave her a comment thanking her for helping me)! There is so much to appreciate when using visuals on blog sites and in posts; Christine’s excellent at making you consider the issues.

Impact of Images and Photos in Blog Posts

Images and photos enhance blog posts when used correctly but can have the opposite affect when used badly. These posts Christine wrote are must reads for understanding the issues better:

  1. Are your visuals saying what you want? Part 1 Visual Element
  2. Are your visuals saying what you want? Part 2 Color & Contrast
  3. Are your visuals saying what you want? Part 3 Texture & Pattern

Also make sure you check out Gary Barber‘s excellent post on the Psychology of Colour. Fantastic post that explains the different emotions invoked by various colours.

My Solution To The Weight Problem

Well I decided to change my image header based on her re-design of my image however Bret Treasure has made excellent comments (read his comments as he makes really good points) on Christine’s post about the image I’ve chosen isn’t relevant to the blog content or engaging. So it may be a case the issue continues to be debated as the weight issue may not be solved 🙂

Thanks everyone who has been trying to help me with my weight problem and my blog makeover. I really appreciate your help.

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12 thoughts on “Getting Help With My Weight Problem!

  1. Sue, it sounds like you are having a temporary case of Blog Bloat. Really nothing to be concerned about but I must refer you to Linda’s blog because it does sound an awful lot like something she describes and you must read my comment regarding her predicament. Remember, Girlfriend, you need not go through this alone.

  2. Hi Lee – I did go across to her great post this morning when I grabbed your link from my Twitter Link Monitor. It’s just been a full on day that I haven’t had time to comment (been busy work and organising this comment challenge). Jenny Luca was running exercise classes from twitter I may also need to join that.

    Can you remind me on Thursday to drop past and write a comment?

  3. As a reader of lots of blogs their headers are important to me, not only as a means of reminding myself where I am and whose blog I am reading but also because they give bloggers an opportunity to make an immediate visual connection with their readers. Sounds like there could be the start of another competition here – blog headers, their ‘hidden messages’ and reader reactions.
    What sort of blog header images do you prefer?

  4. Janning,
    Great idea to do a blog header/image challenge. Perhaps after we get through the comment challenge?

    I prefer certain types of images for different purposes. For business blogs I like to see strong relationship to the brand, and if it is a small business to the people who run it. For personal blogs I like images of where the person comes from or what they are passionate about.

  5. Jean,

    I went across to Christine’s site and posted your comment – sorry I didn’t have time to link to your name (which was bad of me).

    So me changing my blog header may have made you feel like you’re not on my site? Sorry. I like the whole idea of what is a blog header saying to you — while we are doing the comment challenge we should keep notes on our first impressions.

    Christine,

    What a great way of explaining how you view different images for different purposes. So your definition fits my blog because the ocean is calming to me and I like seeing my son’s image.

  6. Interesting conversation. I love that header, Sue and I got caught at least twice reading your teaser about the weight issue. How nice to know it’s the blog.
    I thought about checking our your blog even though you didn’t list yourself with the participants, I think.
    Your blog is filled with treasures of blog information. Where are you in all of this? Do you have a personal blog?
    Bonnie

  7. Interesting conversation. I love that header, Sue and I got caught at least twice reading your teaser about the weight issue. How nice to know it’s the blog.
    I thought about checking our your blog even though you didn’t list yourself with the participants, I think.
    Your blog is filled with treasures of blog information. Where are you in all of this? Do you have a personal blog?
    Bonnie

  8. Bonnie,

    The title is a clever trick you can use to grab attention. With so many posts out there you do need to have hooks to grab people. After Christine wrote “Does my header make my blog look fat?” I had to come back with a clever title.

    This is my personal blog 😎 and The Edublogger is my other blog which I author for Edublogs.

    Where am I in all this? Is that question to do with the challenge or the blogs? Will guess. I was the one who convinced that we should do the challenge. I haven’t blogged about what I have learnt yet because I have been busy trouble shooting the issues with Technorati, working on the wiki and visiting participants to check out how they are going. But I hope to do it tomorrow on this blog.

    Thanks Kerrie for the link – I did visit and leave a comment. I hope you join us for the Challenge.

  9. Sue, this is a really catchy “headline” and made me read… I think I’ve gained real weight from too much time online and thought you might have a plan for me! Blog on a treadmill… that kind of thing. When I read that it was about headers etc, I thought… hmm, I wonder how my blog would weigh up here? It has a bold,plain header, I use graphics (hopefully in a good way) butI had never considered how or if I used texture/pattern.
    I like bold, uncluttered and easy to find info. My blog is technots.blogspot.com. If any of you have time I’d love a weight watchers consultation… first one is free right?

    🙂 Anita.

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