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Wednesday, January 03, 2007


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Reading blogs from a web browser is SO old school! ;-)

The blog homepage design reminds me of aggregator styling. If Basil was on the header bar you'd have something close to a modern browser's web feed XSLT.


I can appreciate your frustration with trackbacks, but relying on Technorati to track your links means that new voices may go unheard.

I guess they can always leave a comment, though.

Hey, I really like the tweaked design! And it's a nice example of what can be done with TypePad's Advanced Templates. Nice work!

Usability-wise, major step backward.
Before, one only needed one click (e.g. in my bookmarks) and I could see the whole blog entry, or as many as were displayed...
Now for each entry it requires an additional click.
Leave the weird things in a row under each blog entry for the geeks, but for normal / non-geek people, please lose the 'read more...' part.
I'll come back to see if you took note of this, then maybe I'll stop reading...
I'd rather scroll than click, click, click, click...
Thanks, :) tom

I like the overall look of the site, especially the blue sidebar;

However, the main page?
To quote Antoine and Dwayne from "Men on Film":

"Hated it!"

I agree with tom - I tend to read everything at once, and hate that "more" link - it slows me down(yeah, this is the same reason why I never use excerpt or headline views in FD :) )

Although I typically read all of your entries in FeedDemon or NGO, I agree with tom and critter42 about the main page. A nice solution, though, would be the same solution available in FeedDemon. Make the "more" link a javascript function that shows the rest of the post inline.

I didn't exactly hate the front page, but cannot say it seems to be much of an improvement. Like others, I dislike clicking on "More..." links. However, as you say, I normally only read your blog using FeedDemon, so there's no problem.

Thanks for all the great feedback, guys! OK, so it sounds like the [Read More] links on the front page aren't too popular. I'm wondering, though, whether I need to show the full text for every post?

For example, what if I showed the full text of the first (most recent) post, and then showed excerpts for the next nine posts?

Sterling, I definitely get what you're saying about trackbacks. I hate to dump them since Techorati will miss some links, but it's just become such a pain to manage trackbacks that it's not worth it.

Anyone know of another service that provides an inline count of external links, like the Technorati widget?

OK, I've just changed this. I've stuck with excerpts for category archives and other lengthy lists of posts, but the front page now shows full posts instead of excerpts.

Will any of our links from the FD forums to your blog be changed?

Nope, the permalinks will remain unchanged.

Glad to see you got rid of the 'more' links on the home page, Nick. The categorised 'cloud' system works well, and use of 'more' links is logical on the category pages.

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