Jakob Nielsen, well known for his usability advocacy, recently wrote a post called Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes. I think he’s off his rocker. I am disappointed in the article.
1. No Author Biographies
Okay, I agree with this one. I think a blog should have an author bio, but I don’t see how not having one makes the blog less usable.
2. No Author Photo
Could someone please explain to me how not providing a photo of yourself makes a blog less usable?
3. Nondescript Posting Titles
I agree with this to a point, but it’s a blog. Who cares? It doesn’t seem to be affecting Greg Storey’s readership.
4. Links Don’t Say Where They Go
Most blog posts I’ve read that use techniques such as “there’s more here and here” provide context in the post itself. It is rarely an issue and hardly frequent enough to be warranted as being in the top ten.
5. Classic Hits are Buried
I’m not sure this is an issue of usability. Perhaps I am an anomaly, but I cannot recall ever going to a blog and asking myself, “Now, I wonder if they have a popular post on ColdFusion and Ajax”.
6. The Calendar is the Only Navigation
I agree with this one. At the very least someone should have a search box. This is a downside of some third-party hosted blogs.
7. Irregular Publishing Frequency
Oh please. Since when did blogs become a newspaper. Blogs are about posting what you want, when you want. If someone’s blogging solely to attract traffic, maybe s/he needs to rethink the purpose of a blog.
8. Mixing Topics
9. Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss
10. Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service
Who cares? It doesn’t matter. I have had several people comment that found my other blog to be authoritative and a première blog. People really don’t care where it’s located. It’s not a home-based business. Well, okay, maybe for some. But for those for whom it is, they have their own domain.
Overall, this post seems like he was trying way too hard. Oh well. Better luck next time.
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