Performancing Metrics

Weblog Usability

To have a blog that performs well, there are certain things to keep in mind, and Jakob Nielsen over at has come up with a list of the top ten design mistakes.

1. No Author Biographies
2. No Author Photo
3. Nondescript Posting Titles
4. Links Don’t Say Where They Go
5. Classic Hits are Buried
6. The Calendar is the Only Navigation
7. Irregular Publishing Frequency
8. Mixing Topics
9. Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss
10. Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service

The ones I most agree with are the first two. One of the things I do once I realize “hey, I like this blog” is to see who wrote it. Its very frustrating, especially on more personal type blogs, to not know who I am reading.

Check out all the details of the list at

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  1. Claudio says: 10/20/2005

    At work usabillity is a big issue, so we read what Jacob has to say. :) But on this one a colleagaue had an excellent argument:

    “Some good points, but why are his own writings in 100% window width? I’ve got over 25 words per line overhere !

    For running text it’s +- 12 words/line columns ALWAYS !

    He can add it to his list as design mistake nr. 11”


  2. Alexander Kintis says: 10/20/2005

    Good list. It’s all very true.

    The best thing to do is stay consistent, true, honest, and – most of the time – professional (depending on which area you are in).

    Using common sense is a must to avoid the pitfalls of the list you have in this entry.