If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

by Adrienne Smith on August 4, 2011

In an earlier post I mentioned that I’m currently going through Katie Freilings “Cash in on You” training program.  We are now into week six and all I can say is wow.  Man oh man, this young lady has outdone herself. There is just so much wonderful information and I know I’ll be going back over a lot of it numerous times.

I followed Katie early on when she was just getting started online but since she’s made a name for herself, up until now I’ve never purchased any of her products.  I’ve always known she was someone who had a big heart and only had our best interests in mind.

When I was presented with her latest program, there was one part of it that really was just screaming my name and that was the section on branding.

What I’ve Been Struggling With

Now I’m fully aware of what branding is so that wasn’t my issue.  I will share with you though what I’ve been struggling with.

Since I’ve been online, which is around four years now, I’ve been searching for where I belong.  I began in network marketing and was involved in one opportunity for about three years.  I’m not one to jump ship and run but I have to admit that I failed miserably.  You won’t hear me bashing any companies or my non-existent upline, it was no one’s fault but my own.  The problem was totally 100% me, it was my thinking that constantly got in my way.

If you are in network marketing then you are probably involved in affiliate marketing as well.  People who are new will need certain products and services that go with building a business.  You my friend, can offer those to them.  Well I soon found myself making more money doing that then with my current opportunity.  So go where the money is right! Affiliate marketing is where I ended up and that’s how I’ve been supporting myself ever since.

Since I started this blog a little over two years ago I was doing nothing but affiliate marketing at that time.  I’m always learning so I really enjoy sharing with my readers what I learn so my posts eventually started veering toward internet marketing because they go somewhat hand in hand.  I started receiving more attention to my blog when I was writing about what I was learning so I decided to stick with what was working best.

About three months ago I ventured back into network marketing because I knew I was ready to conquer this dark horse once and for all.  Yep, I’ve done a lot of work on me and it definitely shows.  I started enrolling people my first month and trust me, I never did that in my previous company.

Why I Need Branding Advice

I signed up with Katie’s course because I wanted to figure out what my brand is.  I honestly feel like I’ve been just all over the place since I ventured online because I never really found where I belonged.  Sure, I’m making good money with affiliate marketing but my heart’s not in it which is why I recently made this change.

When I created this blog I had no idea which direction I would take it so I stuck with a very generic tagline.

Back in March I was over at a very popular blog and a copywriter had written a post on taglines.  She volunteered to critique our taglines if we left them in the comment section which I gladly did.  She proceeded to share with me that mine was too vague and that when people who don’t know me land on my blog they won’t know how I can help them so they will more than likely not stick around.

Because I do visit a lot of blogs, I know what the majority of them are all about as soon as I get there.  Their heading and their tagline say it all.  Their free gift is in line with what they offer and their blogs are really nicely laid out.  I’m so darn jealous…

All this time I’ve been beating myself up because I’ve been told my tagline is too vague and no one will want to hang around my place when they get here.

My Big Moment

Each week we have a webinar where we are free to ask Katie any questions we may have about anything we’ve covered so far.  I had shared with our Facebook group what my problems were but only received a few responses.  I purchased this course just for this reason so I decided I really needed Katie’s input on this particular webinar.  I needed to say what was on my mind.  I’d been through all of the training up to that point but was still having some difficulty figuring this out.

When my time came I just shared with her where I was, what I wanted to accomplish and where I was stuck.  She asked me numerous questions and then she pulled up my blog and checked it out.  Guess what!  She was very impressed with my blog.

She liked the clean look (yey), she was very impressed by all the comments I had and she thought my tagline was just fine with what I share here.  Her advice to me was “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.  Yep, why change something that’s apparently working very well.  I was so relieved, you have no idea.   I have literally been giving myself such a hard time over this.

I’ve been thinking that it’s time to give my blog an overhaul but I really do like the clean look.  Still do, I can’t help that.  But I would like a new header, that picture is a year old now so it’s time for a new one.  If any of you awesome graphic designer friends of mine out there have any suggestions, I’m open.

I’m also in the process of writing a free report, one about blogging that I think everyone will really enjoy.  That’s the only reason I took my opt-in box down for the time being.  Of course she recommended that I put that back up immediately but I’m going to wait.


So other than getting a new header, do you all have any other suggestions for me?  I mean some of you guys have some fine looking blogs and you’ve done a fabulous job of branding yourself.  Do you think I’ve been worrying for no reason?  I mean you all have been visiting me for awhile now so you know what I’m about but for those who don’t, wouldn’t you agree that they might not want to hang around here because my tagline is too vague? Maybe they will take a look around, see that I have a pretty good following and want to learn more.  Would you?

You know how much I value your opinions and suggestions so I’m sorry that this post is yet all about me again.  Dang, I really have to stop that and I promise I will.  It’s just that you guys always give me such great advice.

Once again, I always appreciate your input.  I know I worry about things too much sometimes but hey, I want everyone to be happy when they come visit me so if you have any suggestions, I’m open.   I may not take your advice but I’ll listen!  :-)  Just kidding…

Thank guys and looking forward to your comments.

{ 103 comments… read them below or add one }

1 TrafficColeman August 4, 2011 at 8:33 AM

When something is working for you, then its best to keep it rolling. Don’t bother something that been productive.

“Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”


2 Adrienne Smith
August 4, 2011 at 10:42 AM

I agree Antonio, I just thought I could improve it! Like if I had a killer tagline that enticed people to want to hang around then that would be even better. Wouldn’t you agree?


3 Dawn Kay
August 4, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Hey Adrienne

You have got a beautifully laid out blog that’s simple and good to navigate and personally I think you’d be mad to change it.

If your picture is an old one couldn’t you just add an updated picture instead?

You only have to look at how many comments you get on your posts and how many people are coming back again and again to know that it’s fab as it is…

So I agree with Katie on this one and really think your worrying about nothing and lifes too short to worry about nothing – right. (lol)

Take care and let us know how your getting on with the course won’t you.



4 Adrienne Smith
August 4, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Hey Dawn,

Thank you SO much for saying that. Seriously, I love the simple and clean look but I also have learned throughout my time here that I have to go with what others want more than what I want. Which is some of the areas I’ve been battling with lately. I really appreciate you sharing with me that you like the way my blog is laid out. Seriously, I love hearing that. :-)

You are right again, stop worrying about nothing. But to me it wasn’t nothing. Which is why I signed up for this course and it’s helping me learn that I’m doing okay as it is. Now that I laid it out there for you all to hear what the heck I’ve been obsessing about lately, I can now lay this to rest and move on.

Thank you so much for your comment, it really means a lot to hear what others really think. And I KNOW you’d tell me the truth. :-)

Thanks Dawn..


5 Mouh
August 4, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Hmm, I don’t know what to tell… Your blog doesn’t need any change in my opinion. But we don’t always change because things are bad. Some people like to change and always test things even if they’re are good. Your blog is great now, but what could make it greater? A little change maybe?



6 Adrienne Smith
August 4, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Hi Mouh,

So you don’t think I need to change anything either? Music to my ears… I know I’ll be updating the header, whenever I can get someone to take another picture of me. Will have to get that going soon or maybe I should do something different. I just stuck that photo of me in the header so people would know what I look like when they get here.

I also agree that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it but wanted your opinion as well. So thank you for that, it means a lot.


7 Eddie Gear
August 4, 2011 at 10:28 AM


I will have to disagree with you on this,

Her advice to me was “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

Its not about being happy with what you are, but about doing better and being the best at what you do. We are here to make a difference and we do that by going beyond what others can do. Again this is just me.


8 Adrienne Smith
August 4, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Hey Eddie,

So what would you suggest I change about the look of my blog? Any suggestions? You know I value your opinion…


9 Eddie Gear
August 6, 2011 at 1:34 AM

Adrienne, I will be glad to share my insights. On a very generic note, highlighting your navbar, will get it noticed as its the first place people see. Also adding key links there can get you more conversions. Other than that, You need to tell me what your exactly are you trying to achieve, sell products, sell ads, based on that i can tell you what you can do to maximize returns. Email me and I will get back with details.


10 Adrienne Smith
August 6, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Hey thanks Eddie, I’ll be sure to do that. I appreciate your help with my blog… :-)


11 Sandy August 4, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Adrienne –

From what I can see so far, I think you’re doing a fine job with your blog! Your tagline doesn’t seem that vague to me – who wouldn’t want to be successful online? I personally might incorporate a little more color, but then again you do get that with the pictures you put along with each post so all in all I think you’re doing great. Like you said, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, and I don’t think you’re broke at all 😀



12 Adrienne Smith
August 4, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Why thank you SO very much for saying that Sandy, I really appreciate your input on this. I do think it may need a little more color so I’m thinking of changing up the sidebar a little. I have some things in mind it’s just implementing them that will be the chore. May need to reach out to a few people for some help with that. But I appreciate your input, seriously. That means a lot. Thank you!!!


13 Adrienne Smith
August 4, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Thank you, I really appreciate you saying that. It means a lot… :-)


14 Justin
August 4, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Hi Adrienne,
I think your blog is fine and I never had any questions as to what your branding is. I don’t think I’ve been to many blogs where I was completely confused as to what it was about.

I guess there could be a Seinfeld Blog about nothing in particular, just entertainment.


15 Adrienne Smith
August 4, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Thanks Justin, I appreciate that. Maybe I should have asked everyone this first before I spent that much money on the course only to be told there wasn’t anything wrong with it to begin with. Oh well, I’m still learning a lot and I don’t regret that part of it. But I appreciate your opinion, that really helps.


16 Benny
August 4, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Your blog looks great! That’s one reason I enjoyed coming here when I first found it. You’ve done a great job with customizing it. You do have creative bones in your body even if you don’t think blog customizing is included!

If you’re looking for a header graphic, talk to my friend Brad, he runs a blog and I’ve gotten to know him. I’m not sure if you two have met before. He’s starting a design company soon and is offering do to free header graphics to build up a portfolio! You can see his work here http://www.hollandz.com/free-header-giveaway/. I’m sure he’ll be open to suggestion on how you want it. Tell him Benny sent you and I think he said he’ll give me $1000 commission. Maybe I misunderstood him. :)

As for branding, that’s a big one with me. I love some of the tag lines I see on my favorite blogs. They are so good!! I wish i had that. I’m doing a blogging course right now called Authority Blogger with Chris Garett. He does stress the importance of branding, being unique, giving the readers a reason why to read your blog. He thought my tagline was too generic and I agree. I think reader like it but I want it to be be great in my opinion. So he suggested I find what I can offer to the readers and use that as part of my tagline. It’s been on my mind for months now. He just reinforced what I needed to do.

I do like yours! Sounds just like something you would say.

Sounds like you’re learning a lot from that course you’re taking. Look forward to your free series when it’s ready!


17 Adrienne Smith
August 4, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Hey Benny,

Ah thank you for saying that, it means a lot to me.

I recently met Brad when we both participated in the Niche Amnesty day. He visited my place and I visited his. I will definitely take you up on that Benny so thank you for sharing. I’ll be sure to mention the commission that should be headed your way! :-)

See, you have someone telling you that your tagline is too generic too! Doesn’t feel too darn good does it! But I like yours as well. When I first came to your blog I felt that it was about personal development related information just from the tagline. So even thought I don’t think there’s anything wrong with yours, you are the one who needs to be satisfied with it. I’ll be interested to hear what you come up with.

Thanks Benny, I always appreciate your comment!!!


18 Natasha August 4, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Well, in agreement with the general consensus here, I’ll just say that I think your blog looks A-Okay as it is! I am a newcomer, but I am still interested to hear what you have to say and read your older posts, so keep up the good work 😉


19 Adrienne Smith
August 4, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Thank you so much for saying that. I must be doing something right then. I appreciate you saying that Natasha, really! :-)


20 Chrysta Bairre
August 4, 2011 at 6:48 PM

I really enjoyed reading this post today and what a great reminder to me- if it ain’t broke, don’t fit it!

I’m sometimes surprised to find out that other bloggers that have been blogging less time than me have a greater following and more comments. That said, I don’t think there’s anything “wrong” with my blog. I feel passionate and purposeful about my blog topics, I like my tag line, blog logo and design, and I feel I’m representing my value on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn in addition to my blog. At the end of the day, I’m doing exactly with my blog what I intended, and it’s going well. I’m not a huge overnight success, but I think those folks are less common.

One thing that helped me create my own brand was creating a mind map for my blog. If I’m stuck, I consult my mind map and I can easily get back on track.

From my perspective you seem like a very successful blogger and I feel your posts and tweets are consistent and valuable. In short, I think you’re great and I follow you because I value you insights, experience, wisdom and spunk.


21 Adrienne Smith
August 4, 2011 at 9:56 PM

I LOVE the look of your blog Chrysta, even though pink is not one of my favor colors. The look of your blog is laid out really well and it’s also simple but elegant and I really like that.

I think the bigger following and more comments is due to how many blogs they visit and comment on as well. You have to find the right blogs that will want to follow you back so if you need a push in the right direction with that, I certainly can help. I also believe that you share wonderful content which keeps us coming back for more as well. All in all, I think your blog is a huge success in my opinion.

Since I was kind of “all over the place” early on, a mind map would not have been much help to me. But now things are so much more clear. I’m finally doing what I really enjoy and love and now things are just falling into place as they should. Which is why I always reach out to my friends when I need advice on something concerning my blog or my education. Thank goodness I have some wonderful people who are always willing to give me such wonderful advice, including you.

Thank you so much for your input, as always. I really appreciate it and this makes me feel so much better. What a relief off my shoulders.

Have a great day tomorrow! See you again soon.



22 Ashvini
August 5, 2011 at 12:30 AM

Hi Adrienne,
Your blog is excellent and it is laid out nicely. I frankly cannot suggest you much as you are far far more experienced than I am at this area. I am yet to make any money from my blog :).
All I can say is that you may think of putting Google custom search other than the default search box that you currently have. It looks better to me.
I think we do need to experiment sometimes with look and feel based on how people are responding to call to action. I did not get much subscribers since I removed popup subscriber from the site but I sacrificed that on the basis of usability and the fact that it irritates people.
Your blog is on Thesis which is cool to work with. If you need any help with PHP and other stuff do let me know ( anything for a great friend).
Have a great day and best wishes.


23 Adrienne Smith
August 5, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Hi Ashvini,

Thank you for saying that, glad you think it’s fine the way it is.

Well the search is for them to located information on my blog, not Google so I’m going to keep that one in place but thanks for that suggestion. I know they can also just go to the Archives section to find any past posts they want but some people are just use to the search bar.

If you got more subscribers with the popup box than obviously it was worth it. I’m sure with time you’ll start making something with your blog. Did you check out the post I wrote on “How To Earn Money From Your Blog“? J.D. has that free 7 day course that shows you how to set your blog up properly so there may be some things you don’t have set up correctly! Just a suggestion.

Thank you for your offer. I do enjoy the Thesis theme and have just Googled whatever problem I’ve had with it and learned how to implement a change or fix something. I tell you one thing that’s irritating me though. How do you get rid of the footer since I purchased the full version. I went to the forum and not one person has gotten back with me helping me with that one. It’s driving me nuts. Do you know how?

Thanks Ashvini, I really appreciate your input and your help. It really means a lot.


24 Ashvini
August 5, 2011 at 12:10 PM

A fast reply for now
Try this :

remove_action(‘thesis_hook_footer’, ‘thesis_attribution’);

put this anywhere in custom_functions.php in the custom folder. You can edit this file from the thesis theme inside wordpress admin or from cpanel. If the theme breaks then goto cpanel and remove this code from the file again. I think your problem will be solved. Try and let me know :). Better test it on your test installation first :)


25 Adrienne Smith
August 5, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Thanks Ashvini, I will definitely give this a try. I appreciate your help. Stay tuned… :-)


26 Adrienne Smith
August 5, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Okay, I did exactly what you said and the footer is still there. That’s the problem I’ve run into. Everything I found online didn’t work and this code isn’t either. Darn it! :-(


27 Ashvini
August 5, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Okay, let me break it apart. I will be back :)


28 Ashvini
August 5, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Hi Adrienne,
Just sent you a mail with instructions. Try that out please :)


29 Adrienne Smith
August 5, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Thanks Ashvini, I’ll be sure and grab that. I appreciate your help… Now you see why this has been driving me crazy? You’re a doll!!! :-)


30 Gabriella
August 5, 2011 at 5:21 AM

To be quite honest, I don’t think you need to do any tweaks or changes to your blog. I think it is perfect already! :) The only thing I would suggest is that if you have a Youtube channel – not too certain if you do – then maybe you could feature the most recent video on the top of your sidebar? Or if you DON’T have a channel…. create one. :)

Sometimes I do not even notice the taglines of blogs to be honest – is that bad? I mean, I notice the layout more so… Okay, I feel so out of place by saying that but I do agree that is does have a rank of importance.


31 Adrienne Smith
August 5, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Hey Gabriella,

Thanks for the input, I appreciate it.

I use to do the most recent video on my other blog but eventually took it down. I do have a YouTube channel and the icon to access that is with the other social media icons in my sidebar. Are they not as noticeable to you?

The tagline is what’s suppose to catch your attention as soon as you land on a blog and tell the reader what kind of content they will be sharing. Some people see the tagline, know instantly they aren’t interested in that subject and move on. That’s funny that you don’t even pay attention to them. I wonder how may other people don’t?

Thanks again, I appreciate your input and suggestion. Always helpful.


32 Bill Dorman
August 5, 2011 at 8:46 AM

My lips are sealed because I am probably the last person that should be providing advice to your questions.

I will say I enjoy coming to your site because you are my friend; I am always able to walk away a little bit smarter than when I arrived; and it is very user friendly.

I ‘think’ I’m very close to going self-hosted but have no idea of what I will look like. Who can I be if I’m not the invisible one, huh?

Good to see you, hope all is well.


33 Adrienne Smith
August 5, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Ah thanks Bill, I’m glad you pop over because we’re friends. That means a lot, I think you’re pretty great yourself. I also enjoy hearing that you learn something when you come over here. Glad my posts are somewhat helpful even though you aren’t here for the same reasons some of us are. You better watch out though, you could find yourself doing that in the future. :-)

You only thought you’d be the invisible one. Then you went off and started visiting other blogs and interacting. Definitely can’t stay invisible that way! So why did you decide to go with a hosted blog? I thought you were wavering on that one. Just like my headline reads, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Thanks for coming by, always a pleasure to hear from you. Now, enjoy your day and have a really fun weekend.


34 Carolyn
August 5, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Adrienne, Bill’s blog is one area where I disagree with “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” As totally amazing as Bill’s blog is, I think it would be even better on a self-hosted site. And then we can say we knew him when… 😉


35 Adrienne Smith
August 6, 2011 at 11:56 AM

I will agree with you Carolyn but Bill has stated several times that he’s happy with the free version and he’s definitely not here for many of the reasons we are. If he wants to take it to a hosted site, good for him. But that’s not going to make us like him any less. :-)


36 Carolyn
August 6, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Oh Adrienne, there you go again, thinking of someone else’s needs. But I was thinking of my needs. It’s an easy mistake for you to make, next time just think of my needs and we’ll agree! 😉

Actually, my thoughts are that Bill’s site is fantastic. It’s so fantastic that I love to follow comments (I do that with your fantastic blog too, Adrienne). But to follow comments on his blog, I have to confirm with Wordpress. What? I already checked the box, why do I need another step?

Also, I appreciate that you have CommentLuv. I enjoy finding new blogs that way. One of the commenters on Bill’s blog had a great comment and referred to his blog. But the link in his name only took me to his avatar. I never did find the guy’s blog and I gave up trying.

So yes, Bill can muddle along with Wordpress, succeeding beyond his dreams. But readers such as me will do the happy dance if he switches to self-hosted and gets CommentLuv.

But you’re right, our love for Bill will not lessen if he stays where he is. :-)


37 Adrienne Smith
August 6, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Shame on me is right! lol!!! :-)

I know that every time I tweet his stuff I have to put in his Twitter ID. He is the only person I do that for because I like him so much and want to share his stuff. I definitely agree with you that the free version makes it a lot harder on the rest of us with respect to what you just shared. Personally, I think that if you are online for any serious reason than you definitely need a self-hosted blog. That’s just my opinion but each individual will do what they want to do. Bill just better be glad he’s not trying to build a business with his blog or we would really be giving him a hard time.

I will agree with you though Carolyn, if he joins the world of self-hosting, we need to throw him an online party to celebrate! We will all be doing the happy dance! :-)


38 Marcus Baker
August 5, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Hi Adrienne,

If Katie said it’s fine and she should know, then I think you can be sure it is my friend and while I agree with her and what everybody else has said here, you have to be happy with it. That is what’s most most important.

By the way I think your tag line is anything but vague and as long as you still want to write posts that support the line, which you do very well, then I agree it aint broke at all.

Branding is a complex topic isn’t it? It seems simple on the surface but it’s anything but. It continues to be a challenge for me because like you I do dip into a few different areas especially on my blog and of late I am feeling like I need to take one avenue and go deeper which of course is often recommended. I know that change is due, perhaps like you?



39 Adrienne Smith
August 5, 2011 at 11:25 AM

That’s the one thing I’ve also learned through this course Marcus is that over time, things change. We go in different directions and don’t always stay on the same course we started on. So we don’t need to feel guilty when we do that. But your blog should be the focal point and then whatever else you decide to do can just break off from there. If you have different topics you want to write about than just make sure they are in different categories and go with it (I know you already know that). Any subject you undertake is still inline with what you do so it’s all good my friend.

I am happy with my blog but I am getting a new header created. Would also like to do a few different things over in the sidebar too so will be working on figuring out exactly how I want that to look. Hopefully can get this all into place within the next month or so.

Change is a good thing, it just means we are continuing to grow! I always look forward to seeing what you’ll be sharing with us.


40 Ian Ieba
August 5, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Hi Adrienne

I wouldn’t change a anything your blog is great and I have to agree with most of the comments above it looks clean, easy to navigate, and “Don’t fix, what aint broke”
It’s SO WORKING for you, you have a terrific following, and we keep coming back for more of YOU “Lovely Lady” :-) (Thats got to be worth a bar of chocolate!)

I am over the next few days giving my site a bit of a clean up losing some of the plugins, and new images and more photo’s … yes more photo’s! 😉

Also thinking up a new tagline for my site .. idea’s welcomed!

I hope you have a great weekend Adrienne

Take care,catch up soon



41 Adrienne Smith
August 5, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Hey Ian,

Ah, music to my ears. Glad you feel that way Ian, what a relief. I’m loving these comments and I’m so glad the majority of them are in agreement that it’s just fine the way it is. Okay, no more obsessing over this now. I’m so done with that.

So you’re going to be giving your blog a good go over. Ah, I do love photos, they are fun to look at. And a new tagline! Well good luck with that, I think you can tell that’s not my best area. lol… I wish you well my friend.

I will have a great weekend and you do the same Ian. Thanks as always for stopping by and can’t wait to check out your blog when you are done. So, I’ll be seeing you soon.


42 Vallerie Monoy August 5, 2011 at 11:14 AM

For me i never sees something wrong with you blog, i even appreciates because i learn from it i am so glad that this blog my friend share to me.If i were you just continue of what you started and if you have time just make a part two of this i would love to go back and read it.


43 Adrienne Smith
August 5, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Thanks Vallerie and so glad your friend shared my blog with you. Always nice to see some new names over here. Also glad that you have found my information helpful so that’s good to hear.

Not sure if I’ll be doing a part two since everyone has been so gracious in letting me know that my blog is just fine the way it is. Hope I’ll see you again and thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.


44 Kennick August 5, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Find the 5 most awesome things about your service, and focus on the top two. The more focused your brand is, the more it’ll stick in your customer’s mind. Find your cornerstone, your essence, the thing that makes you different and exploit it. The great thing about this tactic is that we’re human, meaning that we’re all different. Most single person businesses and startups usually infuse their personality into their business. I hope this helps ;).


45 Adrienne Smith
August 5, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Why thank you Kennick, that is exactly what we’ve been taught about this process as well. My problem is finding those top things. I don’t see myself like others do which is why we reached out to family and friends and got their opinions as well. But the opinions I received are not in line with what I really want to do which is why I’ve been going round and round with this for awhile now. But I do appreciate you sharing this with me. I just need to figure this out and I will, eventually! :-)


46 Kennick August 5, 2011 at 1:09 PM

As Don Draper from Mad Men would say, think about it for a long time, then forget about it, it’ll come to you eventually


47 Adrienne Smith
August 5, 2011 at 1:14 PM

That is GREAT advice and what I’ve been having to do. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to walk away from that. I’m still walking! lol… :-)


48 Carolyn
August 5, 2011 at 10:37 PM

I love Don Draper. He’s a wise man, er, I mean character.


49 Carolyn
August 5, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Hi Adrienne, Okay, I agree with almost everyone here. You are doing great, don’t change a thing! You are wonderful, your blog is wonderful. Put your focus on something else that will give you better results. Tweaking your blog doesn’t seem to be the best use of your time.

I have to say though, I understand where you’re coming from. I had someone very important evaluate my blog this week. He said, “Don’t change a thing. You’re doing great.”

Wait, what? What about a new plugin? Should I change my theme? Adjust my topics? No? It’s all working. So how do I improve?

I completely understand. We keep trying for improvement, but sometimes we need to enjoy the fruits of our labor, right? It’s just so hard to be satisfied, isn’t it?

Thanks so much for your awesome blog post. You must be thrilled at the results! :-)


50 Adrienne Smith
August 6, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Thank you for sharing that Carolyn, I really appreciate it! Like you, you thought there were some things that could be improved so you have at least had someone look over your place and now you know just like I do. I can now move on to the next thing. But, I am getting a new header created! :-)

I appreciate you sharing this with me. Sure makes me feel better. :-)


51 Mitch Mitchell
August 6, 2011 at 1:13 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Let me tell you about my wife. Very smart and talented woman. Except for my room she designed every other room in the house. I got to pick the color I wanted all the walls to be when we moved here, but she handled everything else.

Every 5 to 6 months she totally changes up every room. It’s an amazing thing to see because I always think things are perfect but she’s always changing and then it looks perfect once again.

But one day about a year ago she was getting ready to do the living room once more. And I made one little suggestion; it was a spacing thing that had always irked me because it’s a large room but shaped oddly. She loved what I had to say (that was a first) and has left that one design alone ever since. However, now she’s reupholstering all the couches and chairs in the room; nervous energy.

What’s the point of my story? Your blog is fine now; whatever you decided to do, if you decide to do anything (I did read that you’re changing your header) will still be fine. You’re successful online as you tell us; your blog redesign won’t make you more successful. It might make you feel better but other than that it’s your words and content that keep people coming back and probably gets people buying.

Works for me. :-)


52 Adrienne Smith
August 6, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Thank you SO much for sharing that with me Mitch. Your wife sounds like an old friend of mine. Never satisfied with the way her home was. I haven’t changed mine in years… To me, it’s just not important. But that’s just me.

My website, a different story. But I guess I was listening to what other supposedly successful people were telling me so I kept thinking I needed to do more. Like something was missing. Now I’m glad to know that it’s just fine the way it is. :-)

Thanks so much for sharing your story. I really appreciate it!


53 Adrienne Smith
August 6, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Thank you Kleah, I appreciate that. I’ve definitely received some wonderful advice. That I know for sure. :-)


54 Tyler J.Logan August 6, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Great post arriene, I agree with you when it comes to failure! It’s nobody fault but ours, it’s not about the product that we failed to use, and criticize! I believe that it’s a matter of poor excution of how to market that product, and find better ways so that one can be sucessful! Bascially, it’s been with how agressively focused are we in order to get where we need to be! Thanks for a great post arriene!


55 Adrienne Smith
August 7, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Thank you Tyler, I appreciate your comment and welcome to my place.

You could be right but at this time I just want to make sure I’m heading in the right direction and that nothing I’m doing over here at my blog is holding be back. Now that I’ve received enough positive feedback, I’m happy to say that it’s all uphill from here.

I can tell you that I’m definitely very focused on the direction I’m heading! Yey!!! I appreciate your input Tyler and hope you’ll come back soon for another visit.


56 Mike Maynard August 6, 2011 at 4:45 PM

I have a couple of suggestions. If you take a look at my blog you’ll see I use photographs to add to the message and you might like to consider that. I also put in links at the end of blogs to previous blogs and that increases my page views. I had one visitor today (Carolyn!) who read about half a dozen! The links invite them to read more and they do work. I like the look of you blog though, I have a different look but it works for my photography.


57 Adrienne Smith
August 6, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Hey Mike,

Thanks for the suggestions. I would only use images when I’m explaining something and want to show them different things. I don’t use photography for the sake of showing pretty pictures. Your’s is that type of blog so I can see where that would be beneficial for you. I also have links to the related posts at the end of each post. It encourages them to read more so I’m not quite sure what you are talking about there.

Glad you like the look of this one, I know some people prefer a lot more color but not me.


58 Brock Blohm
August 6, 2011 at 4:54 PM

“Do you think I’ve been worrying for no reason?”
Yes & No. :) You maybe you feel you are worrying about something because you don’t know if there is anything you SHOULD be worrying about?
Also, if you think there is something missing, that very well could be true. So yes & no. lol

The way you follow up and participate on your own and the blogs of others is just shy of a goddess-like status. You are polite, friendly, full of value – and it shows!

Just by taking a step back and looking at your blog – the only thing that comes to my mind is that you are missing an auto-responder. This is way better then RSS. I just recently wrote a post about this, actually. :) I think this would really benefit you. You have LOADS of traffic coming to your site. By pushing them to sign up, not so much the blog commentators, but the general search engine traffic, you can run them through a funnel of your choice. Use stories & video marketing. Tell them about you. Let them get to know you. Build trust. And when the time is right, show them why and how you can lead them to success with an opportunity you have.

Food for thought. Best wishes!


59 Adrienne Smith
August 6, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Well, if you read the post I mentioned that I’ve been having difficulty branding me. I was under the impression that I needed to do something more with my blog. Then when my tagline was critiqued and I was told it was to vague, I then really started worrying even more. Now that I’ve received some positive feedback, my worrying days are behind me.

I also mentioned that I just took down my opt-in box because I want to work on a new freebie. I already have a pretty decent size list so I’m not worried about that right now Brock. I’m working on my free gift and deciding what I’m going to do from there. But I appreciate you noticing that. At least people are searching for it, maybe wanting to opt-in? :-) Don’t worry, I’ll be back!

Thanks for your input, as always I appreciate other people’s point of view on something I’ve put out there. Any advice I can get from others I gladly accept.

Hope you are enjoying your day!



60 Christian Hollingsworth
August 6, 2011 at 5:01 PM

It often seems to me that the tagline is more for the author than the readers. Although it’s important for branding and such, most of the time it seems to give “direction” to the blog author.

It seems that you may be struggling with knowing that “direction” so that’s why the tagline is important. Humans are “encapsulating” creatures. We like to wrap things in units. Units of time, talent, etc…we like to understand everything by giving everything a name, a definition…you know?

So for a blogger, knowing that tagline means a whole lot. When you’re struggling, you can look at your tagline (which in essence is your mission statement in one sentence) and you’ll know where to go from there.

But what I see, Adrienne, is that you’re a creature of connecting more so than superfluous details. For example, your blog is simple. It’s white. It’s straightforward. And this works PERFECTLY for you. Why change something when it matches your personality? You’re someone who really doesn’t seem to care about the extra efforts of design – because what you understand, and have always understood, is that it’s the inside that counts.

The blog posts.
The people.
The content.

Not the extra things that might, yes, add to the package – but aren’t as overall important as the rest.

Hope some of these thoughts made sense. I rambled in hopes that you might find a little something to chew on and think about.


61 Adrienne Smith
August 6, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Thank you Christian, I appreciate your input on this post. This is really the first time I’ve heard so many people tell me now that they don’t pay attention to the tagline when they visit a blog. That’s all I’ve ever been taught is that it all has to do with how you brand yourself. That’s it’s really important for the first time visitor to your place and you want to grab their attention and make them want to stay.

I appreciate your thoughts as far as the look of my blog. Yep, I do love the clean, simple look. Not a lot of graphics, not a lot of color, not a lot of ads, I just don’t care for a good bit of that which may hurt me in the long run but oh well. You do know me so well! :-)

Everything you said made sense and I appreciate you taking the time to share that with me. I know you are SO busy these days! :-)


62 Christian Hollingsworth
August 6, 2011 at 5:37 PM

I just like to think of Google. They’re simplicity at its finest. No tagline on their page!


63 Christian Hollingsworth
August 6, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Odd. I wonder why my comment was left above yours, even though I posted it at a later time. Interesting! 😀


64 Adrienne Smith
August 6, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Ah you can tell, sometimes my comments just go where the heck they want to instead of under the person you are addressing. I think I’m going to have to break down and get another plug-in to fix that. All I can say is that it just has its moments.. :-)


65 Stacey Herbert August 7, 2011 at 4:21 AM

Hey Adrienne. I’m not sure im qualified to give you any advice, but I just wanted to add that I really like the cleanness and simplicity of your blog. It’s easy on the eye which is a must for me as a reader. Anything to busy is pretty off putting. I also like that you use use a personal picture in your header..even if you change the image, that is something I think you should definitely hold on to. I really liked Christian’s comment also : )


66 Adrienne Smith
August 7, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Hey Stacey,

Thank you, I appreciate your advice and you most definitely are qualified! You know what you like, you know what you don’t like and you know what will keep you coming back to someone’s blog. That’s what is really the most important thing to me.

I believe that you and I are a lot alike when I say that no one would consider us “normal”. I like to take what I learn and move forward with that but I’m not really good at following what everyone else does. But obviously me just being myself works rather well and people keep wanting to come back and visit so I must be doing something right.

It’s definitely time for a new photo, I’m kind of sick of looking at that one. I also like the picture in the header too. They know whose site it is when they get here just from my picture. Am thinking of keeping it, will have to check with Brad to see what he’s coming up with. Yep, getting a new one for sure. Yey!!!

Thanks Stacey, I really appreciate your input. It means a lot!


67 Jens P. Berget
August 7, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I wouldn’t change a thing. Your blog is awesome, and so is the clean look. I don’t know anything about your stats, for instance how many people are signing up for your newsletter or how many people are buying what you’re offering? You don’t have to tell me. But, that’s something you need to look at. If only a few people are signing up every single day, maybe you should add a larger opt-in box, or move it inside your blog posts (like I have done using WPSubscribers).

I believe your blog is brilliant, but sometimes we need to fix things because of our stats. That’s why I do things, well, and because I get bored looking at the same stuff over and over again :)

By the way, the course sounds very interesting.



68 Adrienne Smith
August 7, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Hi Jens,

Thank you, I appreciate that. I am continuing to get more and more traffic to my site with each passing day. I’m working on another “free gift” to entice people to opt-in to my site so I took my opt-in box down for the moment. My mind is going like crazy right now thinking of which direction I’m heading. I do have some exciting things happening right now and looks like I will be doing a joint venture with another blogging friend for our first product. I’m really excited about that.

I appreciate your input and it’s great to know that you think it looks just fine the way it is. Of course I am having a new header created because I am kind of tired looking at that one so we shall see what he comes up with. I’t will be several more weeks before he can even start on it so I’ll just have to wait and see.

I’ve really been enjoying this course and I have learned a lot. You know me, I do love to learn and share. This course was just jammed packed and I have a few more to dive into as well. Oh shock!

So glad you’re home and hope things are back to normal for you. I’ll see you over at your place soon.



69 farouk August 7, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Hi Adrianne
its my first time here and judging from the number of comments you are already doing really well :)

for me branding is standing out or differentiating myself from the crowd by offering something different
thanks for sharing your experience with us, i liked the post :)


70 Adrienne Smith
August 7, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Hey Farouk,

Welcome to my home and thank you for your comment.

You are right, if you look at my comments, I’m not doing too bad. But like you, I have been taught that branding is standing out from the crowd and offering something different. It’s also that darn tagline so that people like yourself, when you come here for the first time will know what I share. In one of my other posts last week I shared more about who I am since I participated in the Niche Amnesty day and didn’t talk any business. I don’t look at myself like my friends and readers do so I don’t see that I “stand out from the crowd”. But I continue to receive wonderful response to my posts and my readers are so awesome that I just need to take their word for this and move on. Continue what I’m doing and pray! lol…

Thanks again for your visit and I’m happy you stopped by today. I’ll be sure to return the favor and come over to your place soon. See you then!


71 Adam Sokoloff August 7, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Hi Adrienne, I’m very glad that I came across your blog. I think it really takes a lot of guts to ask for help and not to profess that you know it all! An absolute great reminder for my own blog.

In regards to your questions, my main business is a sign and graphics company in which we brand businesses all the time. One common bit of advice that I’m sure that you’ve heard before is about branding consistency. When we work with larger companies, that is their single utmost focus.

As for my personal blog and branding, I can say that I am certainly no expert in this area. My 18 months of blogging to date has been strictly on the business side, so this side is fairly new to me. I can just tell you that I try to keep it simple, and like on the business side, consistent.

Thanks again for sharing. I look forward to seeing whatever you may decide.


72 Adrienne Smith
August 7, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Hey Adam,

Welcome my friend, so nice to have you here.

If there’s one thing you’ll learn about me Adam, I’m not afraid to ask for help. I’m a learning machine so what I do learn, I share here on my blog. I even continue to learn from the comments left on my posts and of course from visiting other blogs as well. I’m a work in progress, always!

Thank you for sharing this with me. I hopped over to your blog real quick and I really like the look of it. You seem like me when it comes to the clean white look, keeping it simple. I just happen to like that so much better. Since you are using your name for your blog you are branding you and from what it looks like you are sharing information geared toward the small business. I’m sure you have a lot of very helpful information.

I appreciate you stopping by today and hope you’ll be back to visit again soon. You’ll find me stopping by your place as well. I always like to visit the blogs of my new friends.

Have a fabulous week Adam! :-)


73 Janet
August 7, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Adrienne, aloha. Actually, I love what Katie told you and I am impressed that she didn’t feel she had to tweak it. To me, that speaks volumes about her so it sounds like you found a great teacher.

Quite honestly, I don’t find your tagline vague at all; to me it says it all. Adrienne, in your blog posts, comments on other blogs, fb posts and tweets, you are always helping people achieve success online as well as in their lives.

It does not have to say through NWM or affiliate marketing or by buying/selling. Your mission holds true no matter what it is.

For instance, if someone who was just getting started in a NWM other than yours asked you how to find more leads, handle objections or anything else related to that industry, you would help them, correct?

If someone asked you the best affiliate product for _________, even if you were not an affiliate, you would give them your recommendation, correct?

If I were “stuck” and couldn’t see to get going or get organized or make a decision or what and came to you for help, you would give me your advice, correct?

Adrienne, your tagline is perfect for you.

Regarding changing your blog, I love its look and feel because it’s clean and easy to navigate. The only thing you might do when you change your picture is to make it more interesting or eye-catching. What that would be or how to do it, unfortunately I do not know. that being said, I will keep thinking and if something brilliant returns, “I’ll be back.”

Best wishes for a magnifcent week, my friend. Until next time, aloha. Janet


74 Adrienne Smith
August 7, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Hey Janet,

I was shocked to be honest with you. I kept waiting for her to tell me what needed to be changed because I just KNEW something did right! But to my surprise, nope, not a single darn thing. Wow, I was so thrilled to hear that… More than you’ll ever know.

You are definitely right though. I do enjoy helping people no matter what their question is. Of course if I don’t know the answer I’ll either find it or point them in the right direction. But I was also under the impression that I needed to just focus on one specific area and not be all over the place like I am. That’s what I’ve been having so much problem with lately. Figuring out what that one thing is. Now that Katie has let me know that I don’t have to worry about that, I’m letting that go now.

I totally agree with the photo. I actually had someone over at Fiverr.com create that header for me and she had a hard time getting rid of the background and leaving all of me in it! But since it only cost me $5, I’m not complaining. It’s worked well for the past year but it’s time for a change.

Benny turned me on to Brad who is offering to do a header for me for free. He actually has two more spots open for creating free headers so if you know anyone who wants a new header created, Brad’s the guy. He’s got a couple more to do in front of me so I’m excited to see what he comes up with. I can include another photo if I want but I’ll have to get another one taken.

Thank you so much for your feed back on this topic. It’s always appreciated coming from you. I pay close attention to what you say so thank you for always coming through for me. I definitely will have a wonderful week and hope you do the same. Until we meet again!


75 Janet
August 7, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Adrienne, aloha. Definitely will take you up on your offer with Brad. Mine needs help. How do we connect? Thx so much. Aloha. Janet


76 Adrienne Smith
August 7, 2011 at 6:41 PM

That sounds great Janet.. I put the link below so take a look at what he’s done and then just go to the “Contact Me” page and send him an email letting him know you’d like to be one of those last few spots for a free header. Please do tell him I directed you over there since we just spoke Friday. I’m excited for you and will be anxious to see what he comes up with for you too! Here’s his link:



77 Rowena Bolo August 7, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Hi Adrienne,

As always, I love everything about this post. I have experienced pretty much the same dilemma of whether to pursue affiliate marketing and/or network marketing, and being one of your blogging friends, you very well know my stand about this. To tell you the truth, I have recently been exploring other options (but I am 100% a professional network marketer) so definitely , change is inevitable. I can admit also that my tagline is vague – it is because I now have identified my passion in “law of attraction”, prosperity consciousness as well as from time to time lessons in online marketing (like what you’re currently doing), so to say that “Discover How You Can Maximize the Rich Potential of Online Marketing” is surely not appropriate anymore.

I am just glad after reading your post, and comments from many people especially Marcus’s, as an evolving blog is a very natural thing. So thanks for the encouragement here, and I am grateful knowing that I can get support from my blogging friends once I implement changes on my blog.

I am so happy for you , and on how Katie’s course has been tremendously helping you. I so agree with her advice. Your blog is already superb! And I am wowed by the huge following you have. I am not surprised at all, because you so deserve it! I’ll just be here, watching your massive growth – cheering you on, dear friend. Love what you’re doing, keep up the fab work =)



78 Adrienne Smith
August 8, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Hi Rowena,

Well you know that affiliate marketing really does go hand in hand with network marketing. Due to the fact that people are going to need certain products and services to help them grow in their business. Which is why most network marketers do affiliate marketing as well. But what you have to discover through this process is what do you love doing the most and go with that. As I have learned through all of this that your views and outlook may change over time but you need to stay true to your original goal. In other words, if your blog is Rowenabolo.com, brand yourself doing what you enjoy the most and you can branch out from there if you decide to create your own products down the road or perhaps consulting or coaching.

The tagline had me hung up for awhile now but like I’ve also learned and through these comments, obviously it’s not the most important thing people notice when they come to your place. So you can deal with that later…

Katie’s course has been wonderful, I must admit. I’ve learned a lot and it came at just the right time for me. I’m so glad I am learning what I am and also found out that my blog is just fine the way it is.

Thanks Rowena and you have a wonderful week. I’ll see you soon.


79 Jeffrey Morgan
August 8, 2011 at 8:21 AM

Ya know what I think ? Well ……… I can’t tell ya right now, I have to go pick-up my sis-in-law with my ma-in-law at the airport. But I shall return …… didn’t like McDonalds say that or something …………………


80 Adrienne Smith
August 8, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Too funny Jeffrey, too funny!!!


81 Diana Simon August 8, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Hi Adrienne,

With the number of comments you got on this post, it’s clear that your blog is doing just fine! While reading through the post that you have been very hard on yourself, what came to mind was your blog is perfectly fine hahaha. I am glad Katie thought the same too. I really like the clean look of your blog!!

As for myself, wouldn’t say that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it because there is always room to tweak our blogs to see what could work better. If it doesn’t, we tried. When I do some tweaks to my blog, I do just one or two things to see how it works out. I don’t do huge overhauls hahaah those are just too scary for me as it would involve some technical issues.

I wish I could recommend a person who does graphics but I have heard that you can submit proposals to elance.com and see if you can get someone to do the work for you within your budget.

Keep your head up high, Adrienne! You are doing just fine:)


82 Adrienne Smith
August 8, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Hey Diana,

I do get hard on myself from time to time but we all know this journey is a learning process and we all want to be the best we can be. I was just really stuck in that one area thinking that I’m suppose to just be known as an expert in just one area. Well, there isn’t just one area I enjoy more than others so that’s where I was having the problem.

I’ve seen a few other people’s blogs and would like to do a little something different with mine but trust me, it’s not major and I can’t see me hiring someone for what I want done. Plus, I’m getting a new header created so I hope to have that live before the end of the month. I’m anxious to see what he’s going to come up with.

Thank you Diana, I appreciate your input. See, it’s great to get feedback from others on what they think when they visit. Who else is better to give me advice than my own readers right! :-)

Enjoy your week!



83 A. Leigh Edwards August 8, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I love the vulnerability that you share in your blog post. You teach what you are learning and there is something very human and real about this. And based on the number of comments you attract, I am willing to bet that everyone else feels the same. Your are exhibiting attraction marketing at its best!

Speaking for “feeling;” I believe that when we “feel” good about something, in this case they way in which you feel about the design of your blog, and we allow ourselves to follow that joy; that is, to flow with what “feels” good and right then the outcome can only be positive. Keep up the beautiful work and in the words of Katie Freiling, “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fit It!


84 A. Leigh Edwards August 8, 2011 at 9:54 PM

…And next time, I’ll spell all of my words correctly (lol)!


85 Adrienne Smith
August 8, 2011 at 10:54 PM

Hey Leigh,

Thank you SO much for saying that, I’m truly touched. The funny thing is that I probably just don’t know any better which is why I become more and more surprised that people seem to like my place over here. You know when you are learning how to create a business and create your blog certain people will tell you that you need to write for your audience. But I seem to just write about what I’m learning and pray that my audience is interested in what I have to share. Obviously they do so that’s a wondrous thing.

I really do love the design of my blog. I would like to update a few things, I just don’t know how which is why I haven’t. But I do feel pretty good about the overall look which was why I guess I was also very nervous to have Katie critique it. I was afraid of what she would say and scared of all the changes I may have to make. I’m so glad I was horribly wrong and scared for nothing now.

You are so right Leigh, “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fit It!

P.S. You are so funny girl!!! “…And next time, I’ll spell all of my words correctly (lol)!” Loved that!!!! :-) lol..


86 Julie August 9, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Hi Adrienne,

The title says it all “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It” . Your blog is very welcoming and you have such a wonderful friendly smile.

I wonder if it’s just self direction we look for, in ourselves personally, now and then and we look to change the things around us – which does help sometime :-) . If you decide to give your blog a face-life, no matter what you do, I’m sure the commpliments will come in droves.

Take Care


87 Adrienne Smith
August 9, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Why thank you so much for sharing that with me Julie. I really appreciate that, you are too kind.

I’m glad you find my blog very welcoming, I really do like it, honestly. Would like to change a few things so am looking forward to seeing what type of header Brad will create for me. But overall, I’m very pleased and appreciate you saying that. Really means a lot.



88 Allyson Stewart August 10, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Hey, Adrienne. You know, when I first visited your blog, one of the first things that actually drew me was your tagline. And I really liked it. It told me exactly what you were about!!! I can’t see why someone would not understand what you do by that tagline, honestly!

Another thing I liked (and still like) was the clean look and layout. As a web designer, I’m really attracted to the design aspect of things. I liked the fact that your blog looked different and stood out from the crowd. It’s simple, but very tasteful. Changing the header might work, but again, I like that too!

When I read your posts and “About Adrienne” page, I was sold!!!

As a matter of fact, I love that you share about yourself — what you’ve learned — and then you help others who are facing similar problems! That’s what makes you, you. That’s what makes your blog distinct!


89 Adrienne Smith
August 10, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Seriously Allyson? You know you are the first person to share that with me. I appreciate you telling me too!

Now that is just flattering coming from you since you are a web designer. I thought they liked more fancy sites that really stood out. I was afraid when I put this together that people would find it too boring. Although my personality is nowhere near being boring, I do lean toward the simple things. I’m just not really “out there” with my taste on things. The header will be changed but to what I have no idea at the moment.

I tell you what, you definitely made my day! Wow, thank you SO much for sharing that with me. It really does mean a lot and you almost made me cry. I think you know that being here online and trying to stand out from the rest, we never really know if we are accomplishing that until someone tells us. So thank you for telling me. :-)

Have a beautiful day my friend.


90 Allyson Stewart August 10, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Awww, Adrienne! Well, any time.

Sometimes, less is more. I do like fancy sites too, but there’s something about a clean design. Your site definitely has that and doesn’t look like a traditional blog. Looking forward to seeing your new header once it’s all complete.

Talk to you again soon. Have a fantastic day as well!!!


91 Adrienne Smith
August 10, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Thanks Allyson and I’m excited to see what Brad will come up with. Keep your fingers crossed for me. :-)


92 Adrienne Smith
August 11, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Now that was interesting Nicholas, thanks for sharing that! Yep, we all just want everything to be the best it can be so we keep at it until we believe we have arrived. Hey, why stop to soon right! :-)

Thanks for that insight!


93 Samantha Bangayan
August 12, 2011 at 8:12 PM

My tagline is definitely something I have to work on to, but like you, I feel like I’ve dabbled in so many things and that I’m *still* continually evolving as a person and online presence. I must have been so relieving to hear Katie say, “If it’s broke, don’t fix it”! At the same time, there’s always room for improvement and experimentation. It’s worthwhile to try a new tagline and see what people think and how people react because it’s hard to just imagine what kind of effect a change will have. Besides, you’ve also mentioned how your readers (and I) love how you take us on your journey with you as you try new things. =)

Love learning more and more from you! =)


94 Adrienne Smith
August 13, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Another thing I’ve learned through this experience Samantha is that although you may start off wanting to do one thing, that may change years later. For instance like you, you are still learning and evolving so you may venture into a specific area that you just love and want to start something from there. Then a few years go by and you’re kind of burnt out on that because you feel you’ve gotten everything you could from it and it’s time to move onto something else. I’m learning that’s not always a bad thing. So I can’t beat myself up because I don’t love just doing one thing. It was music to my ears when Katie told me I shouldn’t change a thing, unless I just wanted to.

So glad you enjoy my journey of learning and growing. That also is music to my ears Samantha. I’m glad you’re coming along with me.


95 Laurie August 16, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Since this post isn’t brand new, I don’t know if you’ve changed anything since you wrote it… But from what I can see, your blog is definitely not “broke” – or at least, it doesn’t look that way to me. 😉


96 Adrienne Smith
August 16, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Ah thank you, that’s so thoughtful of you to say. Nope, haven’t changed a thing in a very long time. Hope to be replacing the header soon though so stay tuned. Oh, and my free product I still have to put together. I’m getting there though. 😉


97 pea August 18, 2011 at 6:07 AM

Why change the pic though???!! The post is called ‘if it ain’t broke…’

But if you MUST change the pic – just don’t change the warm, welcoming smile.


98 Adrienne Smith
August 18, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Because the pic is a year old last month. Although I still look the same except my hair is shorter due to this heat, it’s time for an updated photo. I just have problems finding someone to take one of me. But I’m having a new header created and my pic won’t be in the header this time around so the pic can wait. I’m really just tired of looking at myself to be honest with you. :-) Ready for a change…


99 Lynn Sanders August 22, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Adrienne, i wouldn’t even change the header, no to mention the rest of the site.
Your blog is one of the few ones i enjoy visiting, it’s simple and i can find the information fast.
Please don’t turn it into something else. The web’s full of those.


100 Adrienne Smith
August 22, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Hi Lynn,

Ah thank you for saying that. I do enjoy the simple and pleasing to the eyes appeal of this place. I’m just really tired of the header and have a blogging friend creating one for me for free right now. He’s been here so he’ll keep it simple I’m sure. I guess I’ll find out soon enough. Even so, my photo is a year old now and I know it’s time for an upgrade. I don’t know about you but I just get really tired of looking at myself to be honest with you. I think at least that, it’s time for a change so stay tuned.

But thank you for your kind words, that really means a lot.


101 Adrienne Smith
August 25, 2011 at 9:01 AM

I agree with you Lynn, why mess with something that’s already working right! But I have a feeling that if I tweaked the theme a little and changed the header that it wouldn’t be that much of a drastic change. My concern was my tag line going into this so I got those questions answered and am not messing with that at all.

Thanks for your support, it means a lot.


102 Mandy
October 3, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Sometimes it’s nice to feel we have had a ‘freshen up’, but don’t change anything you are already happy with, like the clean look – it really is very fresh and modern looking. My personal blog looks like an old woman wrote – well I guess I am an old woman really, ho hum. I agree with Dawn, it’s a great blog, easy to navigate and I like the look of it, but at the end of the day it’s YOUR blog.

Enjoy the journey.



103 Adrienne Smith
October 3, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Thanks Mandy.. I’ve had so many nice compliments about the look of my blog so I’m thrilled to learn that. I did get a new header but was more worried about the tag line. I had been told it was way too vague but now I know it suits me just fine.

An old woman my foot. I’m a lot older than you so I wouldn’t even go there if I were you! :-)

Appreciate you commenting on this one Mandy. I always appreciate the feedback. I’t so helpful!


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