Last week I implemented the new blog design you now see. While I received some positive feedback, many of you reported you didn’t like it.
Since I’m here to please, I’m asking for specific suggestions on how to improve the look of this blog. Please clear your browser cache, reload the site, and leave a comment and let me know, BUT… there are two types of suggestions I’m not interested in and will ignore.
The first are general statements about how the design sucks or how it looks outdated or cluttered or whatever. These way-too-general comments do not help me. Instead of telling me it’s cluttered or outdated, give me very specific things I should move, change or delete. Give me specifics. I will ignore any comments with general statements that don’t include specifics, regardless of the reasons you use as to why you “can’t” provide specifics. (Sigh.)
The second are comments that tell me to go look at another blog and “make it look like that.” While I understand what you’re intention is, the problem with that is this blog requires certain elements that most of those blogs don’t require or don’t care about.
Whether you like it or not, whether you agree with it or not, this blog requires the following elements on its home page and article page:
- A clear statement about what the blog is.
- An email capture window with a statement about what the user gets if he provides his email address.
- On its home page, it requires links to the most recent articles, ideally with images.
- On the article page, it requires the three buttons that offer audio versions, PDF, etc, to registered members.
All other elements you see I’m willing to put into a menu somewhere and take off the actual pages if you can provide a compelling reason to do so.
Also, for you members, since this is an “Announcements” article, it will not include an audio or PDF version (since I doubt you need these things about articles that are just me asking for suggestions or trying to sell you something).
The plan going forward is to do a minimum of one full-blown article per week not including Announcements. This will be the same for the BD Blog very soon. The idea is to provide higher quality with a little less frequency so I can devote time to other areas while still giving you want you want.
So there it is; please clear your browser cache, reload the site, and give me your specific suggestions regarding how this blog looks. I’m all ears. Once I make all of the changes and most of you are happy with how it looks, I’m going to port the structure over to the BD Blog as well.