For my third and last peer review of the semester, I was paired up with fellow classmate, Perla Ramirez, owner of the blog, Perla Ramirez, AKA, the user, Celeste Silverfrond, on Dungeons and Dragons.
Along with looking at the design and content of the blog for this peer review post, I will also be assessing and analyzing Perla’s marketability for her intended audience.
The very first thing, that caught my attention was the username of Perla’s character, Celeste Silverfrond, as it was big, bright and bold. It was also used as the head title, along with the subtitle of “combating school and dragons.”
However, because of this, I wasn’t too sure if Perla’s blog title was supposed to be Celeste Silverfrond or Perla Ramirez. In any case, I went for the safe route, and assumed that her blog is called Perla Ramirez, as it is the title of her URL to her blog.
I could tell Perla’s blog was about gaming seeing how she has an avatar of a character and the content of her blog posts are heavily-related about the game, whether it was about the music, items she collected, or campaigns she has participated in. I haven’t played online games for a while, so initially I had to look at her about page to see which game her blog was about, and found out it was Dungeons and Dragons.
What I really loved about the design of the page was the background picture. It’s colorful, visualizing and majestic 🙂, I can only assume its from one of the many wallpaper/background from the game itself or perhaps an original artistic interpretation of a location within the game. Furthermore, I like the fact that Perla’s avatar is an avatar of her character, presumably.
Perla’s blog is simplistic in a way, that everything can be easily accessible. Right beside her about tab, is a tab for our publishing course, in which she labeled “Pub 101 Assignments”. If you click on it, you can see a drop-down list of all the process posts, peer reviews, and essays she has published.
When I explored her blog, I realized there was no displays of advertisements. However, after I read Perla’s reasoning why she didn’t want to add any ads, I appreciated her honesty . There is a truth in what she wrote, which she indicated that she would have felt that if she monetize her site, it would feel more of a commitment and a job, than rather having the blog as an expressive hobby.
Another thing that stood out to me for Perla’s blog is that she doesn’t incorporate too much of her personal life with her gaming life. I believe this is a good thing for her to continue to do, as I have previously played online games such as Gunbound, Maple Story, Wonderland, etc., and I would read blogs from players who would put too much of their personal lives published (⊙△⊙✿)
In this way, by not putting too much personal information about her life, Perla would not be subjected to the concept of “digital trail” in a negative way. A digital trail is known as “…a trace you leave behind you. It’s almost like breadcrumbs. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally…” It is known that data that are posted online is sent elsewhere and is accumulated and collected over time. (Jamali et al., 2016). Should Perla put too much personal data about herself, the data could possibly be accessible by people who would use the information in the wrong way.
In order to get to know Perla better, personally, I explored her about page, which was located through a tab on the very top right corner of her home page. I also wanted to see if her about page would indicate who her targeted audience group might be. From reading her the page, I discovered that her targeted audience are fellow Dungeons and Dragons players.
While, Perla has stated that she hopes “…to reach those that have hectic life such as myself and still find the time to socialize and learn such complex game such as DnD …” I believe her blog is great in being marketable to a wider range of audience, besides other than DnD players ( ◞･౪･)
First of, the blog is about gaming. There are millions of people who are and would consider themselves “gamers.” In this sense, her blog is more likely to attract gamers. More so, Perla had written in her own words from her process post that she hopes to attract, “…an audience who has a craving for fantasy or fictional like stories….or someone part of the digital or physical gaming world…any nerd or story lover…”
Another point that makes her blog marketable is that her writing style is feminine and her point of view is written from a girl’s perspective. With this, her audience would more likely cater to females in general, and to be more specific, female gamers. Because of this, a lot of girls may be recurring visitors as they have someone they can relate to, seeing how, in games, girls are generally treated different from male players.
If I have to critique, I would suggest that Perla should add more content in her blog posts, maybe writing more for each entry. Furthermore, her posts would be a lot easier to read if she breaks up a big paragraph into smaller ones. That way, her audience won’t be looking at a big chunk of words. Also, I believe that if more pictures and pop of colors was added, it would brighten her blog posts and perhaps attract more people to her site.
Overall, I believe Perla’s blog is great establishment, as a gaming and Dungeons and Dragons blog. I do enjoy the fact you get a feel of her personality through her blog posts, making her posts feel more authentic. Once there’s more content and updates, overtime, I believe Perla will attract a larger audience 🙂.
Jamali, R., Jaroodi, R. A., Lazo, J.A., & Phillip, G.,(2016, May 6). Digital breadcrumbs: the data trail we leave behind. Pod Academy. Podcast retrieved from http://podacademy.org/podcasts/digital-breadcrumbs-our-data-trail/