How my website stands up to slightly strange design criteria

Just looking through web-guru Jakob Nielsen’s Top Ten Design Mistakes for Weblogs. I don’t do very well 🙂

  1. No Author Biographies
    I’m ok here: the in-need-of-revamping About Me page covers that
  2. No Author Photo
    Really? That’s a problem? I’ve added one to the bio page – there’s no need to put it in plain sight 🙂
  3. Nondescript Posting Titles
    Ho hum. Quite often they only make sense to me.
  4. Links Don’t Say Where They Go
    Well, yes. I do that too. I should probably work on that.
  5. Classic Hits are Buried
    I.e. the best posts aren’t easily accessible. I have the tagging options, but I guess this could be better.
  6. The Calendar is the Only Navigation
    Again there’s the tagging, but it does need improving.
  7. Irregular Publishing Frequency
    Heh. Think I’m ok on this one.
  8. Mixing Topics
    Bit of a dodgy one if you ask me. I have no problem with mixing topics as I like the conversational style, although will separate anything that takes more than a paragraph to say. Ish. Sometimes.
  9. Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss
    I really don’t care. Maybe I should, but I don’t.
  10. Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service
    Oh, bollocks. This seems like pure snobbery to me. The argument is that other people control your website, but that only applies if they do anything that bothers you. Blogspot has no pop-up ads or other annoyances currently. If you’re hosting with them and ads are introduced, you can leave if that’s not what you want. This reminds me of the people I’ve heard complaining about the newly-resized Guardian because ‘they can’t take it seriously’ – I’d suggest judging websites by their content rather than the domain name.