Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes

Usability Guru Jakob Nielson has published an article about weblog usability. He includes the following top ten list:

Usability Issues
1. No Author Biographies
2. No Author Photo
3. Nondescript Posting Titles
4. Links Don’t Say Where They Go
5. Classic Hits are Buried
6. The Calendar is the Only Navigation
7. Irregular Publishing Frequency
8. Mixing Topics
9. Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss
10. Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service

I am particularly guilty of number nine. I know that this leads to consternation among those of you who are:
A. Sick and tired of seeing the cutesy little pictures of my family.
Or,
B. Bored stiff hearing about the boring library/technology stuff.

The logical solution would be for me to publish separate blogs. A family blog, and a library/technology blog and maybe even a music blog. I could understand that…..but that wouldn’t be me. I see my blog as my on-line persona. I am a librarian, a musician and a family man. If you are only interested in part of my persona…that’s fine. Isn’t that what categories are for 

If you disagree and would like to see me split up my blog, please comment on this post. I am not promising anything, but I welcome your opinions.

About ashkev

The Fiddling Librarian 3.0 is Kevin Smith’s personal weblog. Kevin is a recent graduate with an MLS from IUPUI. Kevin is the Assistant Director of the Cass District Library which is in Cass County Michigan.
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