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