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YALOBT: Yet Another List of BloggingTips

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October 19, 2005

YALOBT: Yet Another List of BloggingTips

Heather Green

I missed this on Monday, but Jacob Nielsen, the scourge of bad Web site design, has tackled a list of The Top Ten Design Mistakes to avoid with blogs. (Thanks Aaron)

These are the basics, but good for people getting started. And also sort of reminders for people already cruising along, I think. Something that we have struggled with is sticking on topic, though we might want to write about other things. Says Nielsen:

"If you have the urge to speak out on, say, both American foreign policy and the business strategy of Internet telephony, establish two blogs. You can always interlink them when appropriate."

And of course, this old chestnut bears repeating by Nielsen:

"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."

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I just sat here dumbly for quite a few seconds wondering what YALOBT meant. Got it now

Posted by: steve baker at October 19, 2005 01:52 PM

This title goes against the guidlines for clear blog titles in "top ten design mistakes"

Posted by: Derrick at October 20, 2005 01:24 AM

Heather, I agree with your main point, which ,from my understanding, is that bloggers' writings should be focused; bloggers should "[stick] to the topic." From grade school we were taught this is fundamental to writing well.

But I wonder what Jacob Nielsen was thinking (and I mean this with all due respect) when he writes "whenever you post anything to the internet ... think about how it will look to a hiring manager ten years from now."

Should this really be of concern to bloggers (much less e-mail senders), even subconciously? I don't think so. Just writing well should be the main concern. Writing while having in the back of one's mind that their work will be picked apart hinders a writer. Plus it hinders free thinking. And free thinking is essentially a good thing in that it empowers one to write what really is on one's mind.

If bringing two distinct -- however contextually related -- topics to the table, I agree, it is indeed best to bridge the two. Everything, of course, in context to the original topic.

P.S. : Jacob's Nielsen's "Weblog Usability..." article is a very good guide, worth posting for future references.

Posted by: Donny Harry at October 20, 2005 10:40 AM

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