Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes: My boy Jakob Nielsen takes on blogs in this version of the “10 Biggest Mistakes” list. He has some good advice. Here are the 10 and what we have done or plan to do about them:
No Author Biographies
I want to do one of these, but I can’t force by co-bloggers to do one too. I’ll write one up this week.
No Author Photo
This make take longer, and I doubt anyone but me would go for it. All the other authors have outstanding warrants.
Nondescript Posting Titles
We do pretty good here, though sometimes we go for humor value. I’ve compained about this here in relation to the comment of the posts themselves.
Links Don’t Say Where They Go
Yes, this is a problem. I wish we included TITLE attributes on every link, but we don’t. The problem is that they add friction to the publishing process, and friction reduces content production. I wish I could say we’d do better here, but I doubt it.
Classic Hits are Buried
Yeah, they are, and I have a big. over-arching plan for this that’s simmering on the back burner. You almost need an “metablog,” where you keep track of notable posts in another blog…but perhaps that’s getting absurd. I did recap a lot of posts in my bit on Post #4,000.
The Calendar is the Only Navigation
Ditched it long ago. I’ve always wondered what the point of them was — when do you think, “I really want to read everying from…June 5…”
Irregular Publishing Frequency
We publish enough that this isn’t really a problem. We may have a dry spell for a few days, but that’s about it. With RSS, I think problem is minimized too, since staying subscribed to a feed doesn’t take any effort.
This is a perenial problem, but we don’t get too ridiculous. My theory has always been to post about stuff that interests me personally so that if you’re like me, then you’ll like it too.
Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss
I never, ever forget this — I think about it all the time. There are a lot of posts that don’t see the light of day for this very reason. Unless my boss is Fabian Pascal, I think I’ll be okay.
Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service
All in all, a good list.