Post # 1
I’ve heard so many people say that they found Weddingbee confusing the first time they visited!
Usually they mention that it took them a while to “get” that it’s a group blog and not one person blogging 30x a day about their own wedding!
I wonder how many people find Weddingbee confusing at first blue. How about you: did you get how the site worked right away?
How long did it take for you to “get” it… and what triggered your “aha” moment: was it seeing the icons? Seeing pictures in the posts? Having someone explain it to you?
Post # 3
Well, I wasn’t familiar with blogs at all. I’m really not internet saavy. So at first glance, I thought anyone could post a blog but never thought I’d participate. Then I realized the Boards had live threads and I could respond and I was so excited! But it did take me actually a few months of coming to the site every once in a while and poking around.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I was confused because the first post that I saw was an archived one from Mrs. Jasmine (I was googling mehndi parties)… and I happened to go to junior high, high school and college with her. 😉 We grew up in a somewhat non-diverse area, and I remember a lot of people telling me that I “don’t look like [Name]; I look like a Jasmine” (Disney’s Aladdin came out around then–and of course I’m not Arabian or anything close ;). So I just assumed that this “Jasmine” person was an imposter pretending to be her, and using her Facebook profile photo to boot!
A few clicks and I figured out what was going on… but I can’t imagine I would have been confused if I didn’t recognize the first Bee I saw!!
Post # 5
It took me a while to get the hang of all the non-blog parts, like boards and classifieds. I also didn’t realize for a while that non-bloggers could post in the gallery and bios. In fact, I’m still working on using the wiki, pro and folio!
But the single most confusing thing – abbreviations. I know there’s a wiki post on it, but I really don’t want to pull up another page everytime I don’t know what someone is talking about. It’s tough to learn them all!
Post # 6
Took me about 5 minutes….i LOVE weddingbee’s forum layout. It’s so much easier to navigate than regular boards. I found the blog a little confusing at first–it just took me a few minutes tho to get that there are X number of “bees” blogging.
I think an “about” or “for first timers” type section would be helpful. Then agin, that’s what FAQ’s are for, but sometimes you gotta put it out front and center, even tho there is an about section under “more”….it’s not easy to find
Post # 7
I didn’t get it right away, but I picked it up quickly!!! Like, 2 or 3 visits. lol.
Post # 8
It took me a few rounds to figure it out! I really only found it by the classifieds section at first, so that’s where I’d hang out. I eventually went over to the blog and figured out what was going on there, then to the boards. There are sections I still haven’t been to!
Post # 9
i have blogged before on sites but never on a site where i could comment like i can here. the sites i blogged before on were more of a this is my personal blog with pictures and if you like you can add comments and pictures (the old wedding channel blog).. it’s sort of a combination of the bee’s that blog with the boards… it was more of a every bride is a blogger versus here. i think that most of us blog on sites like blog spots etc but none of us on the board have a thread dedicated to our wedding and our blog which is how the wedding channel was. so that was my only learning curve. this layout seems to encourage more community and that’s why i love love love it!!! the other sites didn’t really have a community orientation. i voted the second one btw 😀
Post # 10
It took me a while (as the other Bees have said) to realize that there were multiple bloggers, and each time a new little icon popped up I began to understand it more. It really isn’t that confusing once you read the bios of the different Bees. That was the most helpful thing I found at first. :o)
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception
I had come across this site a few times from clicking on the link from other sites and totally had no clue what weddingbee was all about. In my defense, I wasn’t too active in the blogging world, so I just had no clue that it was a blog at first. I really don’t remember when it clicked for me or when I got addicted, but somehow I figured it all out. :o) I think I was more active on the boards first, till I finally figured out all the blog stuff.
Post # 12
I’ve never been part of an Internet community before, so it took me a little while to figure out all the different parts of WB (boards/wiki etc). However, after a few days it was pretty simple.^^ I agree that something more prominant for first time users would be helpful.
Post # 13
i hope i don’t seem like a dummy , but i have to admit i totally didn’t “get it” the first time i found the site by accident. I only found the classifieds through searching on google and then stumbled to the boards. I never even knew there was a blog ( and at that time, didn’t even know what a blog was ) I didn’t return to the site for awhile…
Then again i was searching on google and found a link to a topic on the boards… i gave it another look and after 4 or 5 visits of really clicking through the site, reading blog entries and the boards, i finally got it. It took me another few visits to figure out what a bee in the “hive” is & levels and what a “Bee” blogger was.
after all is said and done i love LOVE weddingbee and have never looked back!
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2010 - The Narragansett Towers
The first time I landed on the site, I was totally unfamiliar with the blogging world outside of LiveJournal. I figured all the bloggers were friends who knew one another…but I thought the icons were cute so I visited another time and quickly figured it out!
Post # 15
I understood that the different posts were by different bloggers because of the icons. Also, just a little reading clued me in because of the different wedding plans and different writing styles/”voices”. I found the boards a bit cumbersome but quickly just began reading through the pages without going to the separate boards at all, which I still continue to do. Some other features such as the gallery I use very infrequently, partly because I just prefer to read and write, but also because I never quite got the hang of navigating them.
Hope this helps!
Post # 16
What took me the longest was to figure out that not just anyone can blog here; I searched high and low for the blog sign up. I think I was a little bitter at first, and thus it took me longer to get ‘into’ the blogs, but I dove into the boards with a passion. 🙂