MoneyFunk needs your branding help! Every so often, the MoneyFunk Blog undergoes renovations to make it better for my readers. I think I finally ‘got it’! Some of the recent changes have been:
- New site design by Moi. My OCD personality restructured the blog theme after another popular blog. I was going to ask you if you knew which blog that was, but they recently went about their own upgrades. (I say OCD, because if you have been following me then you realize how many times my blog design has changed)
- Finalized the color choice to Blue & Yellow and marked the Hex Colors in my notebook
- Updated the About Money Funk Page
- Still updating and alphabetizing the Blogroll page – have I included you? If you’d like to be included on the blogroll, please leave a comment or email me
- Beginning to restructure or construe my blog posts to offer you more valuable content
- Make sure to offer lots of valuable link love – I don’t have all the answers and I know that when I need to know something, a lot of my blog friends have the answer
- Added a Write for Us page – Again, lots of bloggers with great content. Come share it!
- Started to have the blog reflect my family’s efforts in becoming debt free – I can’t do this alone, nor have I been doing it alone. This is my family’s PF journey. I have begun to include my husband’s efforts more. There may be posts coming from his side of the story soon 🙂
What has happened since I’ve begin restructuring:
- Increased readership and subscribers
- Increased comments with valuable insight to many areas of personal finance and living frugal
- Increased Passion in people wanting to get out of debt and/or building a greater foundation for themselves
- Increased passion to find our way out of this debt and to share it with you.
Now I need your help!
Two things. I hope you’ll keep reading because I really need your help.
What kind of content would you like or do see on MoneyFunk? Is it important for you to have the content appear on a specific day, categorized?
A lot of times I will write in no specific order. No Tight Wad Tuesdays or Friday Success Stories. I just write what is on my mind and in my agenda.
- Would it help to see specific content on one of the days during the week?
- What are MoneyFunk’s strong aspects? or even what are my negative aspects? I respect truth.
- Tell me the first word that comes to mind when you think of MoneyFunk
MoneyFunk needs a Icon to adorn the Logo.
Some of the sites will have a text logo – reference based on a particular font. Other sites use a symbol or icon with or without their companies name; like Taco Bell (the bell), Blogger, Target (red bullseye). (Fabulously Broke just blogged about a logo quiz – you’ll see what I mean)
I designed my Money Funk title, but think I am going to side with placing a logo next to it. I’ve been scouring iStockPhoto for images and have a few in mind.
My Question to you: When you think of MoneyFunk, what image comes to mind to reflect the writings found on this site? No image? What is the first word that comes to mind?
Have other comments or thoughts, please share. Thank you for taking the time to read this long post. I am sure I’ve probably asked more questions than needed. The last two questions above are the most important. Your insight is greatly valued.
Christine @ MoneyFunk
Hey Christine, thank you for asking first of all, I think that’s a good idea. I hope you get some quality feedback from people.
Here’s my two cents (probably not even worth that much 🙂 )…
The first word I think of is personality. I like your blog b/c it’s got a lot of SPUNK to it. I think your personality really shines through in your posts and that’s important. You don’t simply regurgitate (sp?) personal finance stuff, you are witty and well, spunky!
I don’t usually picture an image but I guess if I did, maybe it’d be a dollar sign with spikes or something to make the image more bad ass. 🙂 A spunky dollar sign- is that possible? lol
I also think that your blogroll is an extremely important part of your blog. Before I ever even found your blog, I found your blogroll and used that to begin reading others’ blogs. When people start focusing on their money/finances/simple living, they want to find other people who share in those same interests… at least for me, I typed in “personal finance blog” into a search or something crazy and a gazillion sites come up, but one of the best and easiest to use is your blogroll. Because of this, I think any time/energy you spend in this section of your blog making it better is time well spent!
I hope this helps!
Yeah, so much valuable information! Thank you.
BTW, Two cents is very valuable. Spunk. That is funny you say that because I would not have pictured that of me. But I am really glad to hear that because it is what I hope to construe.
And I love your idea for a logo. I wasn’t sure if I was really getting the ‘me’ personality in my blog post, but I guess it is because your logo depicts ‘me’ perfectly. 🙂 I’ll admit through trial and error, I will post with a more passive voice hoping to gain a wider audience. But that is not so good for two reasons – one, you can’t make everyone like you or make them happy – two, a person needs to create their own niche and voice.
Yeah, glad to hear that the blogroll is user friendly. I know it was a definite enhancement in my PF journey to reach to people that were going through stuff. It’s a great support system for when you need help to stay focused.
KelsaLynn, thank you for great feedback!
Hi Money Funk!
Like the new look (can’t even remember the old).
Personally, I like reading random things at random times. I wouldn’t be that interested in scheduled weekly topics. I like reading personal finance blogs for the personal inspiration and to see how others are dealing with their own debt journeys. Oh, and I don’t care so much about the cute icons and photos. It’s certainly your personality and I’ve learned to associate with you, but I don’t necessarily need them (which is funny, since I’m a visual artist).
And third, why yes, you are missing a PF blog: MINE! Feel free to add me to your blogroll (you’re already on mine).
Thanks and good luck with the big sale! I’m finally moving to a HOUSE from an artist studio and I’ll be doing some similar housecleaning, yard sales, craigslist and ebay sales myself!!!!! That’ll be my winter project.
I swear I had you and KelsaLynn (above) on my blogroll! I know I visit both your sites. Perhaps you are connected to other sites I visit and that is how I reach yours to read. Well, I have added your blog to the roll. Thank you for letting me know. 🙂
I’ve had many themes, but like to tweak the style when something is off and then I tweak it some more and before you know it… it is a completely different design. Ask Musings of a Midlife Mom, she’ll probably laugh about it. At one time is used to be a tiki theme. Actually it was pretty cool. Don’t know why I didn’t keep it (cuz I worked hard on it). LOL
I am glad to hear you associate with me. 🙂 And again, glad to hear that my personality is coming through on this blog.
So leave the visuals I have as-is. If I don’t add an icon logo with the title, I am at least going to add a new favicon (the little picture next to the URL). And no scheduled posting, in a way I kind of like this because it leaves me to posting what is on my mind for that day.
Good luck with your move and selling. From an artist studio to a house, huh? You know, I’ve always wanted to live in a loft in some swanky college town. My friend used to have an artist loft where the kids rode their bikes around. I thought it was so cool. Do you think you will miss your artist studio? Are you going to designate a room in your house for your art?
Thank you for the feedback (and taking the time to comment) 😉
Well, artist studios are good if it’s legal to live there, it has heat in all the rooms (not just the bedroom), there aren’t hordes of homeless people walking by your windows on the back-side of a building, where you’re extra concerned about break-ins, there are laundry facilities on the premises… there are a few other things too! However, if I had all that stuff, I’d probably be paying twice what I’m paying, and then I couldn’t afford it! But oh boy, the space is to die for, and it’s nice being told “the walls are not structural, do whatever you want.” I’ll definitely miss the cool, artistic, friendly neighbors, and the art events, and the crazy times.
I also miss a front yard, and a garden, and privacy (the walls are like shoji screens). It was fun while it lasted, but it’s definitely time to move on.
Alas, not enough room for art making, but I can do it elsewhere.
Oh, and definitely a spikey dollar sign. That seems really you and really cool.
Can I be included in the blog list? Thanks!
well I think it’s looking rather funky around here 🙂 In fact, when I hear the name Money Funk I think of a dancing dollar. That is probably ridiculous … but then again maybe not. Maybe it’s about you learning to dance with money without having it step on your toes and make you go ouch! ??? Oh dear, I am very random.
But anyways, I like it here but what I really LOVE is that is personal. I think once you start doing a day for this, a day for that, it becomes too formatted and I think a lot of people like to read blogs because they want to connect with the writer … not a format.
These are just my weird thoughts! Hope you are well!
A dancing dollar. I like your analogy about the dancing dollar. I just scored $35 selling my stuff and recycling today. Yeah! See, dancing with money without having it step on my toes. 😉
And yes, I believe in keeping it personal, too. That is the enjoyable part. To have a friend lend a kind word when your down, when someone accomplishes a great financial or non-financial step up (like your great book that is coming out – I’m so excited!). Thank you for your feedback! 🙂