The Well Designed Blog
Here’s my dirty little secret. I don’t often read other people’s blogs. I know that’s a cardinal sin, especially since I call myself a blogger.
But really, who has the time?
There’s Facebook, Words With Friends, Lumosity, Gmail and oh, yeah—work. Plus, God bless me, I actually like having a tidy house. So there’s housework, too. And food preparation. And dog walking. And the occasional attempt to get fit. (Mind you, the latter doesn’t make all that big a dent into my schedule.)
Oh, and much of the year, there’s grad school. Plus, Charlie Rose. Charlie Rose is for me what a daily run is for someone else. Given all that, what little reading time I do have is devoted to books. Remember those? I use GoodReads to track my glacial progress on that front.
In May, however, during the WordCount blogathon, I pay closer attention to other bloggers’ work. Yes, as you probably surmised, once again, I’m a blogathon participant. Three days into it, among other things, I’m learning about my own blog’s deficits. Among them: good design. Here are a couple of blogs whose design I like:
- Broadside. Caitlin Kelly worked at the New York Daily News during a period when I was a regular freelance contributor. I first knew her as a fellow member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Her recent story on Google was among the top most emailed on the New York Times Web site. Take a look at her brilliant blog design on Broadside, which looks very much like a broadsheet.
- My Morning Chocolate. Aside from one heck of blog title, Jennifer Walker has a nice graphic for her blog theme and she always includes wonderful food photos on her, you guessed it, food blog. My favorite feature of My Morning Chocolate is the e-mail delivery service. The e-mail contains the opening paragraph of that day’s post and the recipient then has the option to click to the blog to read more. I want that feature in Help! I’m Blogging.
What are some well designed blogs you recommend?