This week I am reviewing “Foodie Boris” by Boris. Direct Link: http://vanfoodieboris.com/
Content and Design
Upon first glance at the website, you get a clear sense that you are on a “Foodie Blog” site that covers the greater Vancouver area. A picture of a big food spread as a cover photo greets you with an “inviting you to the table” feel. I love the title “The Insider’s Guide to Satisfying Your Stomach” As a food lover myself I am always excited to learn about different places to eat in the area.
I love that the content of the website is easy to navigate. I love the setup of the categories and pages at the top right of the page. The website design is very simple, clean, and classic. It has an appealing background colour.
Within the ‘Tasting Blogs’, I love how each post ends with an overall grade by using stars and money bags by the author. It is visually appealing and easy to understand. The categories rated are taste, vibe, services, and price. The pictures of the food look amazing!
I would consider making a separate category for ‘Peer Review’ to make it easier to find.
Clear engagement with course readings
For the Process Posts, I see two so far; however, at this point, we need to have 5-6 posts. I love the Patrick meme, it is very funny and I find that it ties into the website’s genre very nicely. The hero assignment was well done. There is a clear connection to the readings. The author mentions the importance of including personal cyberinfrastructure within their website and has an understanding of the topic from the readings.
Writing clear, free of typos, and carefully edited
Grammar and sentence structure needs to be edited throughout. This website could use some second eyes for editing purposes. I see a few mistakes in the description and within each of the posts. While the content is great, grammatical mistakes can take away from professionalism and clarity for the reader. This can be an easy fix with some attention.
Focus on the development of a clearly articulated online self
I love that Boris mentions their passion for cooking and their love for going out to restaurants every week with family/friends within their process posts, but it may be effective to mention that on the website description or the ‘About’ section to develop an even more intimate online self with the reader. I like how you get a sense that the author will give you an honest commentary on each experience. This forms a relationship with the audience taking their chosen public’s hand as an ‘Insider Guide’ and taking them on a food journey. I love how each content post is individually graded by using stars and money bags by the author. It is visually appealing and easy to understand. The categories rated are taste, vibe, services, and price.
I love the concept of the website and I am excited to see each content post every week to get some great restaurant ideas!