For the second peer review of the semester, I was assigned to review the site of Sharlyn Monil – sharmonil.com
The first peer review of Sharlyn’s site written by Lauren Borean outlined a few challenges with the then-state of the blog:
- Re-naming a menu item dedicated to original songs
- A very minimal section of her logo was cut off
- Making social media icons slightly larger
Sharlyn has addressed the first two suggestions provided by Lauren. Making her social media icons larger would require changes to the
Upon visiting her site for the first time, it’s very obvious that Sharlyn loves music. Her content is unique in that she dissects the lyrics of well-known songs – something I’ve rarely seen apart from the occasional one-liner YouTube comment. As a reader, I could easily sense Sharlyn’s passion for music through her articulate and well thought-out analyses.
Sharlyn’s “2AM Thoughts” section provides light-hearted and relatable content written in the form of a poem. Her two posts about annoying pimples and boy crushes are experiences that almost every young adult has gone through and can understand. I look forward to more of these types of posts, even though they stray far from her music-centred blog.
Overall, I like the layout of Sharlyn’s website. Her social media accounts are visible through the top bar as well as sidebar, and I also like that her Soundcloud account is easily accessible. One small detail I would suggest is to play around with different fonts. As it currently stands, her front page copy is all in a bold font, which may make it difficult for others to distinguish between headings and body copy.
As well, it would be nice if her Song of the Week at the bottom of her home page were scaled down. Because it takes up 95% of a page, the video player looks slightly obtrusive and overshadows the write-up provided underneath. Once again, I’m not sure if this can be easily done as it might require major edits to the Theme Editor.
I’ve really enjoyed looking through Sharlyn’s website as it offered a critical dissection of song lyrics, as well as quick hits of relatable content through her