Sunday, January 22, 2006

blog flow vs. blog info

blog flow vs. blog info

How important is it to know if your blog readers (1) go with the flow or (2) search for info?

A "go with the flow" blog reader keeps pace with your postings. This reader views your blog as an ongoing series of episodes, never fully resolving, full of suspense and intrigue, the story of your pursuit of [insert: your specialty, hobby, profession, etc.].

A "search for info" blog reader delves into your archives. If you have poorly labeled categories, such as months, this type of reader will find your blog frustrating. Blog site search tools offer one form of date retrieval, but are limited and difficult for some users.

If you have lousy archive categories, like I do, you had better put some text in your sidebar that explains your site search tool, with suggested topic keywords a user might type into the text entry box.

[signed] steven edward streight aka vaspers the grate

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