I've been blogging for about a month and a half now. However, I do more reading about blogging than actual blogging, which is the modus operandi I usually employ with any new project. As I was surfing around looking for ways to make my blog better, I found this : Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes
. This is an excellent article and I highly recommend it. Unfortunately I make almost every one of the mistakes. I'm going to borrow the headings from Jakob Neilsen's
article above to show you how miserably bad I am:
Following are the Top 10 mistakes, I'm going to give myself a point for everyone one I'm guilty of:
1. No Author Biographies
Guilty of this one, go ahead, check my user profile, pretty sparse.
UPDATE: 10/27/05 - 1/2 point - I've added some info
2. No Author Photo
I'm not really a cartoon character, guess I should haul out an actual photo of myself.
UPDATE: 10/27/05 (- 1) point - Added a photo
3. Nondescript Posting Titles
My titles probably aren't the most search engine worthy, but they aren't horrible, I'm knocking off 1/2 point.
4. Links Don't Say Where They Go
Here's one that I think I can legitimately give myself a goose egg on.
5. Classic Hits are Buried
Guilty. I'm letting my best posts (all 3 of them) roll right off the page. I have, however, done a good job of advertising my son's blog.
(Take a peek)
UPDATE: 11/04/05 - added Memoirs section - 1/2 point off
UPDATE: 12/26/05 - added Reader's Favorites section - 1/2 point off
6. The Calendar is the Only Navigation
Yep, my posts are in reverse chronological order. I'm going to start to cry soon.
UPDATE: 12/26/05 - Some posts link to other similar posts - 1/2 point off
7. Irregular Publishing Frequency
Yay, 1/2 point off! I publish almost
UPDATE: 12/26/05 - posting every day during Holodailies - 1/2 point off
8. Mixing Topics
Uh-oh, eating bugs
and stories about my mother
aren't exactly similar.
9. Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss
Oh well, one point here.
My Work Rant
10. Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service
Okay, so I don't own the domain blogspot.com, another strike.
My score is 8 out of 10, a miserable blogging failure.
UPDATE: 10/27/05 - 6.5 now! Getting better!
UPDATE: 11/04/05 - 6 points
UPDATE: 12/26/o5 - 4.5 points - Still improving!
You know what - I have lots of room for improvement!
Read the article
to learn more on this topic.
Labels: Blogging, Memoirs