Monday, December 15, 2014

[Breaking It Down] Angela Brown


In the fifth episode of Breaking It Down, I take a look at Angela Brown's blog. Please be sure to leave her some love in the comments for being a good sport! :)



Quick Summary

At-a-glance details help readers quickly determine whether or not the rest of the information is worth their time, i.e. categories, genres, formats, etc.

Tabs are sometimes a better alternative to sidebars, when the information needs to be quickly discovered.


Newsletters are muy importante.

Repetition in branding elements (thematic visuals, colors, etc.) keeps authors easily identifiable across the Internet.

This will be a ten-episode series. If you'd like to read details on the project, please click here. :)



Question of the Week:
What's one thing you love about Angela''s web presence?

22 comments:

Stephen Tremp said...

Newsletters are great, but many authors do not do a very good job with them. You have to offer something of value to the recipient, and more often than not the first thing I see is the cover art of their book. That's not going to help with sales and downloads.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Carrie,

How are you?

Such an interesting series.... Angela always has a great ZEST for life and her larger than life personality is wonderfully infectious!

Hope all is well.... lets catch up soon!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I know, I know - I don't have a newsletter!
Best thing about Angela's presence is her genuine joy. You're right - her author photo is perfect.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Yes, newsletters are good. I'm always amazed at everything Angela accomplishes while working full-time and being a single mom. She's really an inspiration.

cleemckenzie said...

Angela always makes me happy. Her personality comes right through my computer screen, and before I know it, I'm smiling.

Melissa said...

Agree about Angela. She's a hoot! :P
Great breakdown, as always, Carrie! :)

DMS said...

I had never visited Angela's blog- but after reading your post I hopped on over there and checked it out. I love her positive attitude. :) I am really enjoying this series of posts! So helpful. :)
~Jess

Tammy Theriault said...

angela has a pretty stellar blog. I love that girl, and YOU too!!

Liz Blocker said...

Ok, I don't know how I missed that you were doing this, but I'm heading back to watch from the beginning. Very cool. Thanks, Carrie!

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

I love her blog. The colors drew me right in..beautiful! I'm going to head over now and explore more. And now all I can think is how I need a newsletter. haha.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I've chosen to not do a newsletter because I'm not good at them. I figured I'd do more harm than good by boring my readers to death. Not good.

Carrie Butler said...

Awesome! The colors make her blog very approachable. I love it. :)

Haha, yes! One more converted to newsletterism. *grins*

Carrie Butler said...

It depends on the situation, but you're right—they can't be another spam outlet. Before we worry about converting those opens to sales and downloads, it's sometimes best to focus on building relationships. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Hey, Michael!

Oh, you know, the usual—busy, busy, busy! How about you?

She really does! I adore her. :D

Yes! We must.

Carrie Butler said...

That's okay. I'm going to brainwash—I mean, convince—you one of these days. ;)

Yes! I love that author photo. She should plaster it everywhere.

Carrie Butler said...

Inspiration is the perfect word for Angela! She's a great asset to the community. :)

Carrie Butler said...

It really does! :D

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you, my friend! :D

Carrie Butler said...

Yay! I'm glad my post helped you decide to visit. :)

Thanks, Jess!

Carrie Butler said...

<3!!

Carrie Butler said...

Woohoo! No problem, Liz. I've made the videos into a YouTube playlist, and I'm making an archive page for the posts soon. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Bore us to death? Never!

But I understand the reasoning. If you're more comfortable holding off for a while, that's a-okay, too. :)