My goal: to make my blog as user-friendly as possible.
I revamped my blog a year ago or so and thought I was doing pretty well but now know I need to continue to clean things up. Here are some of the highlights from today's Twitter chat on the topic.
- Have an About Me page...I linked my Google+ page to my blog. I hopped over to take a look and was surprised to see that it is pulling my photos from Facebook or the cloud or something because I had 1600+ photos on there, many aren't even of me or my family. Ha! Guess I'd better figure out how to fix that.
- Have a Review Policy...I decided long ago to not accept books in exchange for reviews, but I don't have a sentence that says that. Good idea and easy fix.
- Rating Scale...I am so jealous of all the cute rating scales out there. I need to find something that fits my personality and use it. A few years back I abandoned using a rating scale because my opinion of the books I was reviewing seemed to change over time and I didn't really want to have to justify myself for an opinion I had in the past. But, that said, I enjoy looking at the star ratings on other blogs so I will reinstate one on mine.
- On the DON"T HAVE column it said to not have moving things on the blog. Question: Does my scrolling marquis bother you? I've always thought it was clever and funny.
- Sidebars...admittedly mine is a bit junky with lots of stuff I probably don't need but the interesting thing about the blog is that it has to be useful to me, too. I can take things off my sidebar easily enough, and will remove some things, but many of the things on the sidebar are links I use or pay attention to. It frustrates me when I visit a blog and I can't figure out how to remove my name from Google Connect Friends, for example, because they have cleaned up their blog and removed the button. So there is a good and a bad to having too much verses too little side bar stuff.