I thought it would make sense to take a look at what makes a blog a good one, that is, from the user perspective, from those reading it. All in the spirit of human factors and information design, but really – so you’ll come back!
I did some research: talked to blogging veterans and non-bloggers, consulted online guidelines, used a few search engines, read carefully through a dozen or so of my favorite blogs and perused some new ones. Here’s the guidelines I like and am going to try to adopt for Infiniteuser.com.
- * A consistent theme across entries
- * Clear and informative post titles
- * Links that tell people where they go – like the definition of anatomy
- * Imagery that’s provocative & enticing, yet relevant
- * A regular and consistent publishing schedule
- * Succinctness: keepin’ posts short! – maybe the most important: the ultimate design challenge: high information value for little effort. Low cost, high return. A minute of your time, days worth of lingering insights.
- * Feedback through opening up comments and participation when appropriate
- * And naturally, interesting subject matter you’ll find worthwhile reading and enjoy
We’ll see how well I stick to these. I have a feeling I’ll be revisiting this list one day. I think it’s a good start, which is key for everything that evolves, blogs included.