So I got my review from Ask And Ye Shall Receive, and it was good and bad.
On the whole, considering they promise they "will fucking tear you apart" (see the URL), I think I got off lightly.
The main criticism was my slap-dash punctuation and editing. Which is a fair point, and one that has been made many, many times. What can I say? It's a blind spot - I have read Eat, Shoots and Leaves and I understood it perfectly. But as soon as it comes down to my own writing I am unable to proof it. I read what I wanted to write, not what is on the page.
A specific complaint was my inability to use commas. Particularly galling, as this is something that the husband is always criticising me for (not for me the normal wifely complaints about burnt dinners and scum marks round the bath). You have no idea how smug he was that the review i) vindicated him, ii) praised him for his own grammar, and iii) suggested that I should have sex with him before publishing each post.
She also hated my hand-drawn header. Admittedly the colour is a little garish, so when I next get on a computer with Photoshop I'll have a play with it. But the hand-drawn? I'm surfing the crest of a trend.
She said of my About Me page that: " the level of boring oozing off of it that your average visitor will be affected by narcoleptically is more toxic than the unmanaged asbestos in the school cafeteria ", and it won't be of interest "unless there is some off-chance that the visitor is also desperately TTC". Which most of my visitors are. But yeah I can see that, I'll separate out the Time-Line and rewrite About Me.
But on the whole the actual comments about the writing were pretty complimentary, and a few of her choice phrases had me beaming. And yes she chastised me for some of the duller posts, and I know that sometimes I post for the sake of it rather than because I have anything to say so I will have to address that - but hopefully I'll have a bit more to write about in the next few months than the last six.
Judging from the links she chose to illustrate her points with she must have read pretty much all of my 175 posts, so a massive credit for dedication to her review. (I think I took her reviewing cherry so she is still keen.) Although I can't believe she didn't link to what I consider my crowning glory posts. (Yeah, I'm so linking for any strays who stumble back this way from AAYSR)
The one things that totally threw me was her description of my humour as "subtle". I presume Subtle is a brick manufacturer in the States.
Now I'm a bit scared as she said she'd keep reading, so I have got to start pulling my socks up. The head mistress' red pen is hovering.