Bokardo has been cowblogtipped

Did you know that February is Blogtipping month?

I didn’t, but Bokardoan Bill D’Alessandro, who writes the nice blog Ready, Fire, Aim, does. He wrote up Bokardo in his February is Blogtipping post, which from what I can tell is when you do a super quick review of a blog that you read and add a tip at the end (neat idea). Bill does exactly that, and points to probably the weakest part of my interface:

“I’m not sure I’m a fan of the excerpts on the front page. Some of them aren’t long enough to indicate the subject of the article. I’d suggest reducing the number of posts that appear on the frontpage, but including their full text.”

Bill’s right. I have to do something different with the excerpts…

Did you know that February is Blogtipping month?

I didn’t, but Bokardoan Bill D’Alessandro, who writes the wonderfully-titled blog Ready, Fire, Aim, does. He wrote up Bokardo in his February is Blogtipping post, which from what I can tell is when you do a super quick review of a blog that you read and add a tip at the end (neat idea). Bill does exactly that, and points to probably the weakest part of my interface:

“I’m not sure I’m a fan of the excerpts on the front page. Some of them aren’t long enough to indicate the subject of the article. I’d suggest reducing the number of posts that appear on the frontpage, but including their full text.”

Bill’s right. I have to do something different with the excerpts. For starters, just yesterday (coincidentally enough just before I read Bill’s post) I updated all of the excerpts so that they’re not using the horrible default WordPress excerpts (which don’t include formatting or links). That should help some. I’ll also consider Bill’s suggestion of adding more full-text posts, which might work well.

In hindsight, I know why this happened. This happened because at the moment I post, I never see the excerpt as it will appear on the homepage, simply because I always include the full-text of the latest post. So the excerpt only shows up after I’ve posted the next one…this is probably why I got lazy and started leaving the excerpt field blank.

So, thanks for the feedback, Bill!

(note: Bill works on a groupware project called Groupvine. To help people understand what the software does, they’ve built a Features Page. Geez…if only more software did this…nice, helpful touch!)

Published: February 11th, 2007

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