I have realized that asking people for their critics about my website has been very helpful. Looking at your own website and looking at another’s is a completely different experience. As much as one may want to deny it, there is a bias when looking at your own website. It is your own creation–something you took a lot of time and effort to make. Therefore, looking at your own website may not be as clear as someone else looking at it.
When another person looks at your website, he or she takes it at face value. In other words, their opinion of your website is formulated when they first see your website. It is a more accurate representation of what your website means to the outside world. To you, your website may seem easily navigable, easy on the eyes, and comprehensible. However, after a couple of outside perspectives, you realize that it isn’t the case. This has happened to me on several occasions. I have considered these critiques seriously and made the decision of whether or not to edit my website based on what the person said. At times, I disagreed with the critique. At others, I had a clear realization.
I would advise not to be shy and to show your website to others. The worst that can happen is your website improving. Also, it is important not to take the critiques personally. Although, your website might be a personal project, bristling at criticism will not allow room for growth and improvement. Good luck!