Here’s the review…
What is Colloquim (www.jhsiess.com)?
According to the About page, Colloquim in the context of this blog means, “An informal meeting for the exchange of views.” There is also a bio page for the author, JHS, that tells even more about her. Colloquium is also the the home of the popular weekly Carnival of Family Life.
The WordPress theme used on Colloquim is a custom one that features 3 header/footer columns and a main content section with a single right side bar. The theme is red but a tasteful looking rose red. The overall effect of the site is homey and feminine.
The site navigation is excellent and I wouldn’t recommend changing anything in this department.
I would recommend a few minor tweaks to some of the plugins. The plugin for the social bookmarking icons seems to be displaying a nag line. I’d recommend getting rid of it and replacing it with Sociable or another such plugin. I’d also recommend limiting the icons displayed to about 4-6 icons. Lastly, I’d recommend “Flushing the Rush“.
There doesn’t seem to be any actual monetization on the blog although an organization of women bloggers, BlogHer is promoted on the site.
The content on Colloquim isn’t exactly focused on one particular thing although most of the posts do seem to center around blogging and related topics.
UPDATE: One thing I should have mentioned originally was that Colloquim is the starting point for the Carnival of Family Life. This blog carnival , as you might expect, features family-related articles. They’re doing one on a weekly basis so if you have a blog where you have family related articles you will probably want to participate in it.
A post I found interesting was this one that I commented on a few months ago: Life in the Blogosphere: Comment Moderation or Censorship? There was also this follow-up article that was very interesting too, Life in the Blogosphere: Have You Gotten Your “Anonymitis” Vaccination?
And, lastly, another 13 list, Thursday Thirteen Edition #5: The Thirteen All-Time Best Movies About Attorneys and/or the Legal Profession. I found this one interesting since JHS is an attorney so it was interesting to see what a lawyer thought about lawyer movies.
Overall I think Colloquim is a good personal blog that has a very good theme and a nice collection of articles.
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