Steve Krug’s book “Don’t Make Me Think” is about the basics in usability through simplicity. Although concepts discussed in this book seem like assumed knowledge, it does spark much thought and gets your brain thinking about basis in life that we normally would not have. In evaluating my own blog through the concepts mentioned in the book this is what I have found.
The use of media in my blog up to this point is subpar. There are no images included in any of the posts that can draw the human eye, or connect to what is written in the post. However in almost every post there are links to other websites. These links do not include a picture of the site logo, but there are summaries along with analysis of their content.
As for scan-ability I believe that the text is divided into manageable paragraphs and separated accordingly. The text can be easily scannable and skimmble. The longer entries however are not separated into subtitles and images.
As for the appearance and design, I believe that my blog’s design and appearance is more than sufficient. It is simple and to the point. The purpose of my blog is not to sell or advertise anything but to simply share my thoughts on any particular topic. I believe that the set up fulfills that purpose very well. The colors are pretty and catch the eye yet are simple and unique. The font size is proportionate, readable and organized very well. When it comes to website “noise” my blog does not have any. There are no images, everything is organized appropriately and the main focus is emphasized very well.
When writing on a website, there should be as little words used as possible needed to get the point accross. There are a few of my blog posts inwhich I could have probably cut a lot of words out, but overall I believe I was concise enough to get my point accross using as few words as possible. The blog does not currenly have much of any neccesary navigation besides the home page which is where all of the posts are contained. Eventually I would like to add pages to this blog once I get more substance to it.
The Title and tagline of my blog could use a little work. At the beginning of this blog endevour I was very unfamiliar with the online blogging world and how it works, so if I had to do it all over again I would name my blog something different and add a catchy tagline. As my blog progresses I would like to add both of these things to it. Although my blog does not have an engaging title and tagline, I do have a clear concept running throughout my posts. The root of all of my posts connects back to communications topics. There are various situations that are analyzed and highlighted that all route back to the concept of communication. There is a little bit of happy talk in the first and second blog post, but that “happy talk” also introduces people to what my blog is all about.
I know I might not have the best usability in this blog right now, but I am learning more each day on how to better my skills. I hope to better this blog to the point where my evalution under the same criteria is all positive, and plan to eventually get there.