Friday, August 11, 2006

Chocolate in Style

Hi Everyone,

The time has come to bring a little style to Chocolate in Context. At the moment, the blog has a perfectly inoffensive look--it's sleek, it's uncluttered, it's easy to read. But it's also little more than a blank piece of white paper with writing on it. What I need is to bring in some quality graphic design--personalize the format a bit, add a signature graphic to the top, and throw in one of those image-thingies that shows up in the address window when you visit the website.

The problem is that the visual arts just aren't my area. Editorial work is. I have about six years experience as a writer and editor, and I've previously been a staffer at both Premiere and Time Out New York magazines in NYC. I'm a top-notch copy-editor and line-editor (of course, that's my assessment of myself--to get a sense of the job I actually do, you could take a look at my blog.) That means that if you're just not getting your point across, you're repeating yourself too often, you think your writing sounds cliched and cheesy, or you just aren't exactly sure where to place the comma, I'm your girl.

So I propose a trade. If there's anyone out there who's really design-savvy but is struggling with his/her writing tone and style, how about we help each other out? I'll take a look at your blog, and give you some pointers, make some cuts, reorganize the ideas in some of your posts (whatever you need) in exchange for you overhauling the look of Chocolate in Context. I was thinking that we could devise a system so that we do an equal number of hours' work on each other's sites--but I'm really flexible and open to any ideas.

Any takers? Please reply here or email me at EmilyStone200[at]hotmail[dot]com. Thanks a bunch!

This Post was written by Emily Stone from Chocolate in Context


Rose said...

While I can't help you out with web design issues, I wanted to say I just discovered your blog a week ago and I really like the content. As someone who is becoming more "chocolate literate" in the last few years and who also wants to continue learning, your blog is a great resource.

I like the fact that your current blog is not "cluttered" with stuff everywhere. I find it difficult to read blogs with lots of adverts all over.

Looking forward to reading more about chocolate!

Emily Stone said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Rose!