Weblog Usability Guide

I’m not sure how I mist posting this earlier. Jakob Nielsen‘s Weblog Usability is a nice little set of guidelines for blogging. I think it’s a pretty good list. Let’s see how many of the typical problems I’ve managed to avoid:

1) No Author Biographies
I have a bio on my About Me page. It’s not great, but it’s better than nothing.

2) No Author Photo
I was guilty of this, but I’ve since added a picture to my profile. One thing that bugs me about author pictures is that they get out of date very quickly. If you have a photo online, please try to keep it fresh.

3) Nondescript Posting Titles
I think I do a pretty good job at avoiding this.

4) Links Don’t Say Where They Go
For a while, I had a page here that simply listed all of the links that I’ve posted. Because I’ve always planned on being able to do this, I always try to make the text meaningful.

5) Classic Hits are Buried
I’m not sure that I have any classic hits yet. I have a sidebar item for one-year-old posts, but that hardly counts. If I ever get some hits, I’ll be sure to make a sidebar listing them.

6) The Calendar is the Only Navigation
My posts can be found by date or category, and with the search box.

7) Irregular Publishing Frequency
This is probably my biggest problem as far as blogging goes. It’s probably also the biggest problem for most bloggers.

8) Mixing Topics
I suppose I’m guilty here too. Just look at my categories, they’re not exactly focused.

9) Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss
I don’t think I’ve made this mistake. If someone doesn’t like what they see here, then I probably don’t want to work for them anyway.

10) Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service
Not a problem with ApeJet.

Final score: 7/10 right. I’ll work on it.

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