08 October 2009

Weekly Geeks

Weekly Geeks

Take a look at your blog as if you were someone who has never seen a blog before. Imagine they are looking for something specific. Could they find it? Could they find YOU again? Be able to contact you? Would they understand your jargon?

With these questions in mind, start making your blog more reader friendly.

I’ve had vague thoughts of blog improvement percolating in my brain for a while now. I’ve even started acting on them: I’m currently going through my archive unifying the formatting and adding ALT tags to everything. Beyond that ... I have a large list of little things to think about.

META tags, as suggested, are top of the list, probably followed by a lot of reading of Blogger Help to get me started on the rest. (Despite appearances, I’m not great at coding.) I want to overhaul some of the things done in haste as part of the Blog Improvement Project at Sophisticated Dorkiness (the reviews index, the additional personal information, the "Best Of" list); the vision I’m toying with is a row of links beneath the header. Assuming, of course, it’s possible to turn a header into an image map....

I’m also considering switching to either my given initials or a "proper" pseudonym, now that NaNoWriMo has me taking my writing more seriously. Trouble is, that could necessitate changing the URL.

One thing at a time....


  1. Happy Weekly Geeks! Good luck with your goals. Good luck with the 101 things to do in 1001 days - it was a fun list to read.

  2. Anonymous4:22 AM

    I can give you some feedback since I just found it yesterday! I struggled trying to figure out what the challenges meant - literally spent like an hour or so. I had never seen those reading challenges before - but now find them very cool. I also didnt know what the NanoWriMo and the LibraryThing stuff was about - I had to explore to figure it out. So maybe an About page that would give a little blurb on the stuff you feature regularly: the challenges, the weekly geeks etc....For newbies like me who stumble in !! BTW - I found you looking for some discussion on the Lace Reader. I thought the blog was cool so I stuck around quite a while

  3. Hmm...the meta tags sound interesting and slightly intimidating! I think I might try to figure those out. Keep us posted on your meta discoveries!


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