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The Top 10 Blog Design Mistakes

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Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes by Jakob Nielsen. Well I almost agree with all of them. To quote :

Weblogs are often too internally focused and ignore key usability issues, making it hard for new readers to understand the site and trust the author.

  • No Author Biographies
  • No Author Photo
  • Nondescript Posting Titles
  • Links Don’t Say Where They Go
  • Classic Hits are Buried
  • The Calendar is the Only Navigation
  • Irregular Publishing Frequency
  • Mixing Topics
  • Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss
  • Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service

Written by anol

October 24th, 2005 at 10:57 am

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3 Responses to 'The Top 10 Blog Design Mistakes'

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  1. I disagree with the second one. I blog anonymously, for a very good reason, and do not have a photo. I think the bio takes care of personalizing my blog as does the time I took into making my blog look.

    Interestingly, your blog breaks the last rule as you are using a free weblog service.

    EFL Geek

    24 Oct 05 at 12:47 pm

  2. I think this is another instance of Jakob’s continuing myopia. He still sees the whole web as an engineering problem, regardless of the type of site. For web-apps and information-sites, he often has useful things to say. For fun sites or design sites or personal publishing his guidelines start to be unnecessary or in the worst cases just petty. His guidelines in this case are so trivial as to be not worth posting. His contribution to the community is decreasing with every year. Shame, as his partner Don Norman still has some new, relevant things to say.



    31 Oct 05 at 11:52 am

  3. Folks : Sorry for not participating in the conversation earlier.
    Well.. this is a link post – and as I said- “I almost agree with all of them” – please don’t hold me hostage for Jacob! :-)

    Mindfull – I believe there are still some sparks left with him – like yesterdays Alertbox on enterprise usability. Regards to Don Norman – did manage to take a look at his perspective at Human-Centered Design Considered Harmful – what’s your view point on that? Too bad you stopped blogging – really missing you.

    EFLGeek - Interestingly, your blog breaks the last rule as you are using a free weblog service. – I am using the service provided by James – my virtual friend. Trust me – I paid a great price for not following that rule – get the story here!

    Thanks for the comments – please keep visiting and sharing your thoughts.


    9 Nov 05 at 8:27 am

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