Instead of starting the spring cleaning of my home, I went for a spring cleaning of my blog. Blogging responsibly as I do, I’ve spent months deliberating over the facelift (screenlift?) that I’ll give to my online home. What set things moving was the anonymous web user experience feedback that I asked for my blog. The reviewer was puzzled, to say the least, as you can see for yourself in the tragicomic video feedback I received:
Besides being thrown in the depths of despair that nobody likes my baby (= my blog), I went on to spend a feverish night fiddling with the site. My goal was to adorn my blog baby to make it prettier and, above all, to make it immediately clear to first-time visitors as to what kind of virtual space they just landed in. This was apparently the reviewer’s major complaint about my blog.
Therefore, the major change to this blog as you knew it is the new home page: now you don’t get a page of recent posts when you arrive, but a static page with an image and a brief description of the site. To get to the blog proper, you need to click BLOG in the navigation bar at the top of the page. You may wish to bookmark the BLOG page (rather than the home page) if you plan to come again and if you don’t already follow me via your WordPress Reader.
The first thing after I set up the new blog looks was of course asking for another web user review. The first review arrived within hours; the next one took a week to arrive. Hence the delay of this post and hence my experience of near-death by curiosity. The review was, once again, devastatingly unfavourable. What the second reviewer hated the most was apparently the new home page, which I set up to satisfy the demand of the first reviewer. There’s clearly no way out but to enjoy a video of another reviewer’s utter confusion:
As soon as I recover from the disappointing review, I’ll be thinking about further touch-ups and adjustments. And here’s where you come in! I’d love to hear your opinions: is there something in need of changing that I overlooked? Do you find something confusing and want me to clear it up? Constructive criticism is most welcome, though compliments are graciously received too! Thank you for being with me.