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

See above.

9. Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss

Agreed.

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.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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