Well, Now I Know.

15 comments March 9th, 2007at 07:07pm Posted by Eli

#2 on Atrios’s list of reasons Why Your Blog Sucks:

Your page design sucks. I know there are some blogs I’d read more often if the design was more appealing to me. I’m not talking about sexy and beautiful, I’m talking about basic readability issues. For example, light text on dark background makes my eyes bleed.

D’oh! On the other hand my blog sucked when it was black-on-beige, too.

And then there’s #3:

You need to get some mad blogwhoring skills. Look, good marketing/PR is a skill. There are lots of ways to try to get attention…. If I’m not linking to your awesome blog it’s quite possible I’m not aware of its awesomeness.

I’ll just live without the traffic, thanks.

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15 Comments

  • 1. Silleigh  |  March 9th, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    I rarely, in fact, disagree with Atrios. But this time… Naw.

    MultiMedium is perfectly awesome. See, it’s ‘cuz you know the rules, so you can break ’em. Or something like that.

  • 2. Eli  |  March 9th, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Aw, shucks. Thanks, Sill, you’re a sweetheart as always.

    Maybe I should figure out how LGM gives people their choice of color schemes…

    As for the blogwhoring, I tried it, but it just made me miserable. I pay attention to my traffic, and I’d like more traffic, but I’m not going to dress up as a banana and hold up a sign by the side of the information superhighway…

  • 3. Glenn  |  March 10th, 2007 at 12:06 am

    And what’s wrong with dressing up as a banana?

    But, seriously, personally, I like my selective readers. I feel close to them. Too many, and I wouldn’t know how to present my thoughts.

  • 4. Eli  |  March 10th, 2007 at 1:15 am

    And what’s wrong with dressing up as a banana?

    Well, some people seem to enjoy it.

    But, seriously, personally, I like my selective readers. I feel close to them. Too many, and I wouldn’t know how to present my thoughts.

    I suspect there is a certain point where I would feel that my content was not worthy of the size of my audience, although I thankfully haven’t reached it yet, nor am I likely to (that’s a comment on my traffic, not my ego).

    Guest-posting at FDL is cool, but really stressful, because I’m trying to write to a higher standard for that larger audience.

  • 5. PoliShifter  |  March 10th, 2007 at 1:18 am

    Atrios is one to talk. His blog “design” is blah. This whol “blog amnesty day” is a bunch of bullshit. But that’s a whole ‘nother story. It’s about getting massive one-way incoming links in one fell swoop. More ranking, more search engine pull, more traffic, thus more ad dollars.

    In response to the question you left on my blog…yes there is proof. It was linked in my post.

    Here is the link: http://www.caucusofcorruption.com/authors/

    “After September 11, 2001, Mark attempted to reenlist in military, but was unable to on account of his age. Determined to make a difference, he sought out venues to express his views, and found himself commenting on internet message boards and blogs. ”

    Mark is 42. He can serve now that the Army raised the enlistment age to 42. Time to ship out Mark!

    For those who don’t know Mark Noonan is the founder of Blogs for Bush and a rabid war supporter. We feel he should go serve in Iraq.

  • 6. PoliShifter  |  March 10th, 2007 at 1:20 am

    Oh, and P.S. I like your format. I like that your banners change each time I click on it. I like your graphics and I like the black background with the light font color. But maybe that’s just because I’m used to reading Dark Wraith’s blog who also has a black background and light cream colored font.

  • 7. Eli  |  March 10th, 2007 at 1:29 am

    Atrios is one to talk. His blog “design” is blah.

    Well, I think his point was about readability rather than beauty or creativity, and Eschaton is certainly easy enough to read. The blog amnesty thing is just strange. I’m not sure everyone who did it had the same reasons, but I’m a little hazy on what their real reasons were (I can buy the “purging uncouth bloggers who might be embarrassing” explanation for Kos, but not for Atrios, f’rinstance).

    In response to the question you left on my blog…yes there is proof. It was linked in my post.

    I think you might have missed my point – all you’ve proved is that he *claims* he tried to re-enlist. Easy enough to claim you did so (hell, or even to make a token attempt when you know you’re safely ineligible), but I’m skeptical that he ever really attempted to put his life on the line. If he was willing then, why wouldn’t he be willing now?

    Oh, and P.S. I like your format.

    Thanks! ::matthew did a great job with it.

  • 8. Sunrunner  |  March 10th, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Actually, I don’t usually like to read white on black background blogs, but whoever designed this site has made it work. I think one reason it often doesn’t work is that, on the black background, a really crappy font is used, of too small a size. I can read here just fine.

    And I like the way the black background shows off your photos.

    In general, Atrios is right, there are a lot o funreadable blogs out there, so the rule that multimedium makes is if that if that you are going to break the rules, you better do it well.

    Sort of like fashion. Not for everybody.

  • 9. bdr  |  March 10th, 2007 at 10:16 am

    Hah! I thought the same thing you did when I read number two.

    As for mad blogwhoring skills, it’s not like I go to other people’s blogs and leave comments with links to my blog., yes?

  • 10. PoliShifter  |  March 10th, 2007 at 11:47 am

    Hi Eli, I see your point now. Thanks for the clarification. I doubt there is any proof at all that Mark Noonan actually tried to reenlist. But saying as much I’m sure goes very far with the wingnut Bush sycophants.

  • 11. Eli  |  March 10th, 2007 at 11:58 am

    Thanks, sun! The photo factor is the main reason that I won’t consider changing my color scheme.

    As for mad blogwhoring skills, it’s not like I go to other people’s blogs and leave comments with links to my blog., yes?

    I go to other people’s blogs and leave comments, but no links. If the comment makes them want to check out my blog, so be it, but I’m not pushing anyone (I did do a bit of blogwhoring at FDL last night, but it was topical and couldn’t be helped…).

    But saying as much I’m sure goes very far with the wingnut Bush sycophants.

    Exactly. He gets to maintain his tough-guy pose without any physical risk to himself. Win-win.

  • 12. ::matthew  |  March 10th, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    the colors work great for photos and with my phone, so there…

    and this blog is a great hiding place from the scary google monster.

  • 13. Charles  |  March 11th, 2007 at 12:17 am

    I like the content and will live with the hard-to-read design. (Getting the time to enjoy it is another story).

    High traffic sites are a disaster. No one reads the comments of anyone outside of their circle, so very little is communicated in the comments section. Atrios’s blog is the worst.

    And as for dressing up as a banana, well, it’s just plain wrong. If God had meant for people to dress up like bananas, He would have created Adam and Leave.

  • 14. Multi Medium » My B&hellip  |  March 16th, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    […] Now that Atrios has helpfully explained why my blog sucks, I have taken bold and decisive action to remedy the situation. […]

  • 15. dirk gently  |  March 17th, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    you know, there was a time, when the internets were young, that a black background meant “porn site”


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