weblog usability issues by Jacob Nielsen

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):

  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 would personally add: a) feeds links not easy to find; b) short texts in the feeds.

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