Wednesday, March 21st, 2007...9:51 am
5 Ways to Improve MyBlogLog
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Don’t get me wrong, I think MyBlogLog is great. I’ve met some cool people on there and without their service this blog wouldn’t have hit the ground running the way it has. But there are some things that frustrate the hell out of me.
- The visual design needs a makeover.
MyBlogLog’s looks betray its underlying usefullness. It seems to me that it grew too big too soon and is still trying to catch up in both its looks as well as its features. A slick web 2.0 interface would really work wonders.
- Further integration of blog content.
As it stands at the moment there are 2 ways people find their way to your blog. They either see that you’ve visited their blog or profile, or they notice you on someone elses, and even then half time they just have a quick look at your profile and don’t bother visiting your blog. Now, how many people actually pay attention to the blog headlines that are hidden in a cramped little corner below the message box? Not many I’d wager. Blog content should be front and centre, like at this MyBlogLog clone. Give people a legitimate reason to visit a blog so they don’t have to just rely on a catchy name and a pretty face.
- Sites that aren’t blogs.
There are so many websites on MyBlogLog that can’t even remotely be called blogs. It’s called My-Blog-Log people, not My-PieceOfCrapEbook-Log. One solution I see for this is to not allow non-blog sites to be added until a legitimate blog has been added first. Make a valid RSS feed a requirement on joining. If you’re really serious about promoting your business on the web you should already have a blog for it anyway.
- More profile information.
When I visit someones profile I should be able to see if they are a member of my community or if they have added me as a contact, without having to dig through some long slow loading list. Just a little icon will do and would be simple enough to implement.
- Actual separation of contacts, friends, family, etc.
Most of us have a pretty long contact list, and obviously most of the people on the list aren’t legitimate contacts. What would be nice is to be able to mark someone in the main contact list so they appear separetly. That way you can have your large contact list but also maintain a smaller list with your legitimate contacts.
What are your feelings about MyBlogLog? Are there any changes you’d like to see?