10 Tips to Improve the Comment Section of Your Blog

For many blog posts, the comments section – where the discussion occurs – is as important as the post itself. This is where the original idea or technique gets tested, refined and extended, questions are answered, and other options to it are presented.

Consequently, it’s worth taking the time to make your comments section as user-friendly and as attractive as the rest of your site. Here are some tips to bring the design of your comments section up a notch or two: Read More

Juicy Fruit Blog Raked Over the Coals Again

It was funny to see the “Juicy Fruit blog”:http://www.smileycat.com/miaow/archives/000165.php mentioned in this week’s US News and World Report in “Chewing Over How Best to Blog”:http://www.usnews.com/usnews/biztech/articles/051024/24smallbiz.htm (scroll down to the 2nd article), a short article about business blogging and ‘keeping it real’.
I loved the quote from the obviously peeved Wrigley spokesman:
bq. It’s clearly a tongue-in-cheek parody.
Right. Sorry, you’re not wriggling your way out of this one [Cue groans].

Movable Type Usability Tip

I like the way that MT3.2 breaks out your templates into different pages – i.e. Indexes, Archives, Aystem and Modules. Makes things very nice and tidy.
However, it’s a real pain that whenever you click on the Templates button in the left nav to view a list of templates, you are taken back to the Index templates page no matter what other template page you’re currently in. Aaagh!!!
It’s little usability annoyances like this that can really get to you after a while.

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Juicy Fruit Blog: So Bad It’s Good

[via “TechCrunch”:http://www.techcrunch.com/?p=221] The “Juciy Fruit blog”:http://www.juicyfruit.com/?fromEmail=yes&emailSection=hercules_landing&blog_day=39 is one of the best examples I’ve seen of a marketing department totally not getting something but then trying to milk it anyway.
I thought these sorts of cheesy product sites died out in the late-90s. This comment sums the site up:
bq. Most pathetic attempt by Marketing to ride the coattails of something they clearly don’t understand that I’ve seen in a long time.
Classic stuff!