Peer Review #1 – DKT Music

First Impressions

The design of the site is simple and forward-facing. The presentation of categories easily shows where users can drill down into these categories for related and easier to digest pieces over having all the posts show all at once.

The song of the week is a great addition to the blog and is positioned in an easy location to find. The song is also playable and linked to YouTube, so users do not need to search it up themselves. Something I thought would be nice to have is to be able to see a history of your past “Song of the week” in case I become a fan of your picks and would love to listen to more.

The sidebar where most usually throw metadata is used very meaningfully as it shows the most recent post whereas the main space shows categorical data. This is a great use of space.

Site Content

Perhaps just a nitpick, I first noticed that all the posts are made under the author “admin” unless that is the preferred profile name here. If not a more personal name or screen name would give less of a default feeling. In the WordPress profile settings for your user, you can give your account a ‘Nickname’ which becomes the display name for your posts.

Posts

Perhaps just a nitpick, I first noticed that all the posts are made under the author “admin” unless that is the preferred profile name here. If not a more personal name or screen name would give less of a default feeling. In the WordPress profile settings for your user, you can give your account a ‘Nickname’ which becomes the display name for your posts.

DKT music dives deep into related weekly articles and does a very good job relating it back to music accompanied with the writer’s own detailed opinions. DKT music in these posts provides a good introduction to the topic(s) discussed in the article before discussing and expanding on them. This is an excellent method of not requiring the reader to read the article that is linked as a prerequisite, it can only interest them to read on.  

I did, however, find some grammatical mistakes but was still able to proceed and understand the intent of the sentences.

I will use the Maybe Strangers Aren’t Dangerous? post as an example.

  • A spelling mistake, paragraph 3, “Although by behaviour changed, I would still argue that I was not completely myself.” – I believe DKT music meant to say Although, my behaviour changed…”
  • I noticed some unnecessary commas. For example, paragraph 3, “This idea about feeling connected, comes back to the point Hamblin makes …”. Here a comma puts an odd pause on the one idea being expressed.

These are just small errors/nitpicks that I sometimes let slip through as well. Another check through the posts or even running them through a writing processor that will pick up on grammatical errors will catch these problems easily.

Closing

With only a few hiccups I found that can be easily solved with some extra checks, overall, I am a big fan of how the blog is structured and designed. I appreciated that I can easily find the related content by category and all referenced contented is linked or even embedded with the thumbnails being on point and relevant.

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