Moon over Martinborough
Moon over Martinborough is the blog of Jared, an American city boy who somehow landed on “20 acres and an olive grove in New Zealand.” His award-winning blog tells stories of his experiences and touches the readers in a way that only true stories can.
Visual Aesthetics – 8
Moon over Martinborough has a very simple look. Even the header, while customized, is as simple as can be. This is a good thing in a way as it does not take the focus away from the content. I do think, however, that the blog can benefit from a re-design. After all, improvements in the aesthetics department are always a good thing.
User Friendliness – 9
It is very easy to find your way around Moon over Martinborough. It is well-organized, and you can easily find the relevant links at the right sidebar. In-post links are also regularly used for the convenience of the reader. I have only one suggestion: perhaps the font size used in the sidebar can be increased. It is not that easy on the eyes.
Reading Enjoyment – 10
For someone who yearns to someday land on her own so-and-so number of acres (preferably by the beach, though), Moon over Martinborough is a captivating blog. Add to that the enjoyable writing style of Jared, and you really have a winner. City person or country person – this blog is an enjoyable read!
Useful Info – 10
Moon over Martinborough not only talks about farming or the provincial life, but it also serves as a good source of information for expats and travelers alike. It has, in fact, received several awards in different categories. Oh, and you can learn how to make your own olive oil, too! (Now I wonder how I can get my hands on their cold-pressed olive oil!)