Scott Hodge


Weblog Design

Oct 18, 2005

Jakob Nielsen’s list of top ten weblog design mistakes:

  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 (linking to previous posts & other sources)
  6. The calendar is the only navigation (a.k.a. use categories!)
  7. Irregular publishing frequency
  8. Mixing topics
  9. Forgetting that you write for your future boss (GOOD!)
  10. Having a domain name owned by a weblog service

I agree with almost everything on this list.  I would add one – even though it doesn’t have to do directly with a weblog’s "design" – here it is:

SCOTT’S #11: Include your entire post with your RSS feeds!!!!

What would you add?

For the entire post, click here.  (via Jordan Cooper)

6 Responses to “Weblog Design”

  1. Betsy says:

    OK, they had this on Church Marketing Sucks yesterday, and I didn’t want to ask a dumb question there, but I will here.
    What does it mean that you’re writing for your future boss?
    And what are “classic hits”?

  2. noelle says:

    yeah…I want to know too…

  3. scott hodge says:

    “writing for your future boss” means that anything you write in your blog is (for the most part) permanently on the web. SO, think about what you complain about and what you say about the place you work – because one day, when you go to look for a job, you’ll probably be googled and what you’ve written might work against you. (Or perhaps for you…)

  4. Paughnee says:

    I believe “classic hits” refers to your most popular posts. If I’m reading this right, Nielsen is recommending that bloggers include a list of links to your “classic hits” in your blog’s sidebar. At least, that’s how I interpreted #5.
    Please correct me if I’m wrong, anyone.

  5. Betsy says:

    Ah, makes much more sense now. Thank you.

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