Yaba Yaba

what? another blog? you must be joking.

yeah, right.

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Marco Koch sends us to read Nielsen’s Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes. I beg to differ. Not that Nielsen is wrong, just that he misses the whole point of blogging. I mean, sure, if you’re writing a corporate blog, targeting potential business partners, then yes – you need to use indicative headlines. But then, if that’s what you’re doing, maybe you should take a long cruise and think about where your life is going.

Here’s my alternative 10:

  1. Your name should be enough. If someone wants to figure out who you are, they’ll google you.
  2. Same goes for photos. Your readers have obviously heard of flickr.
  3. A title is a mind-tag. It reflects what this item means to you. Use delicious tags for meaningful semantics.
  4. Surprise us. Take us somewhere unexpected.
  5. Don’t be vain. Don’t list “my best posts”, let others rate you.
  6. Categories are a must, which is why I dumped blogger. (this is the only one I agree with Nielsen about)
  7. You have a life. Your readers should accept that. That’s what rss readers are for.
  8. Multiple blog? yeah, if this is how you make a living. But if you blog as a hobby, don’t bother.
  9. Don’t be afraid to embarrass yourself. Its good therapy.
  10. Pay for a domain name? That’s like paying for email!

Written by yishaym

November 28, 2005 at 2:35 pm

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  1. You forgot his sage advice on author photo -building credibility and all that. (Warning following that link might scare the beejeesuz out of you!)

    Speaking of vanity, did you hear Gridskipper has me nominated for the Hottest Urban Blogger? How’s that for letting others rate you, huh?

    gros bisous,


    November 28, 2005 at 6:54 pm

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