There really is a guide for everything. To be perferctly blunt, I didn’t even knew that there is a web-usability-guru. But recently Jakob Nielsen wrote about the The Top Ten Design Mistakes for Blogs, so I had to check it out:
1. No Author Biographies
Okay, got me. But then, this isn’t really a curriculum vitae, so I skip it for now.
2. No Author Photo
Yesh! I am a cute and cuddly tom-cat. Indeed.
3. Nondescript Posting Titles
Description is in the eye of the reader. 😉 But I’m trying.
4. Links Don’t Say Where They Go
I’m no friend of those „here and there“ links either.
5. Classic Hits are Buried
I don’t know if any of these entries deserve the mark „classic,“ so I leave it to others to determine if there is a „must read“ in this blog or not.
6. The Calendar is the Only Navigation
I’m trying to keep my tags nice and simple, but other then that I don’t have much saying in the blog-design.
7. Irregular Publishing Frequency
The day the blog rules my live, I quit blogging. Sorry chap, I publish when I feel the need to, not if time’s up.
8. Mixing Topics
D’oh! Really, am I mixing professional and private postings? Shame on me. But I don’t feel like two blogs already. On the other hand, he has a point there…
9. Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss
No I don’t, but I try to keep my postings reader-friendly, honest and I do not swear. So I think I got that one covered.
10. Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service
Guilty. On the other hand: I have my own domain, but no blog-service available. Perhaps I can do somthing about it. Does a redirect count? Would be a start…
So, I feel a bit mixed about the issue. As always, I feel compelled to disobay with the rules as much as I know I might be better off complying. On the other hand: I got a 3 out of 10. Not that bad for my first blog…