11/13/07

Top 20 Blog Usability Tips

Tom Johnson, the blogger behind the cool blog, I'd Rather Be Writing (great name!). Johnson researched dozens of blogs and came up with a list of the top 20 tips for bloggers. Be sure to read his original column with specific software suggestions and illustrations of each tip.

In summation they are:

  1. Pick a topic for your blog
  2. Encourage comments
  3. Make it easy to subscribe
  4. Include an About page
  5. Present your ideas visually
  6. Keep posts short and to the point
  7. Use subheadings for long posts
  8. Link abundantly
  9. Make headlines descriptive.
  10. Archive by topic
  11. Include a list of related posts under each post
  12. Allow users to contact you offline
  13. Present your real viewpoint
  14. Write for your future employer
  15. Include a top posts section
  16. Provide an index
  17. Get your own URL and match it to your blog's title
  18. Include a recent posts section in your sidebar
  19. Reward commenters for commenting
  20. Post often

1 comment:

Trula said...

I think this is a great list; very clear. thanks!