JN has published a new article on the top usability issues of weblog design. I share some of his points, although I find myself more flexible on points like having in mind the audience. For me a weblog is also a reflexion tool that help myself at first. Audience design cames only after.
Whenever you post anything to the Internet — whether on a weblog, in a discussion group, or even in an email — think about how it will look to a hiring manager in ten years.
However here are the points he raises (in bold the ones that I like the most):
- No Author Biographies
- No Author Photo
- Nondescript Posting Titles
- Links Don’t Say Where They Go
- Classic Hits are Buried
- The Calendar is the Only Navigation
- Irregular Publishing Frequency
- Mixing Topics
- Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss
- Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service
I would personally add: a) feeds links not easy to find; b) short texts in the feeds.