Megan Taylor

front-end dev, volunteacher, news & data junkie, bibliophile, Flyers fan, sci-fi geek and kitteh servant

Suggestions for changes at SOJo

This week I’ve been thinking about restructuring some areas of this site, as well as getting into a more stable posting schedule.

The first area of concern is the sidebar of this blog. I’ve already started messing with a few things, for example the blogroll. I had the blogroll pulling automatically from a folder in Google Reader. But I think its more serviceable to have links to things I’ve read or bookmarked recently, instead of a list of sites I may or may not have updated in months. What do you think?

What items are actually useful in a blog sidebar? What should go higher or lower? What do you look for?

I’m also going to change the postings from Delicious. I’ve been having problems with their auto-posting service for my bookmarks, and I’d rather have real content on here and put bookmarks in the sidebar. Besides, you can always grab the feed from my Delicious page or add me to your network.

My Twitter account is basically my “lifestream,” and I don’t want to duplicate that too much here. But I still want to provide easy access to all that information. Maybe a separate page that displays that?

I also need to update the Clips section. I want to provide a little more context, maybe break it up into sections for text, video, programming, etc.

I’d love any suggestions, and you’ll notice a few changes as I figure out what I want to do this week.

  • I’ve been thinking it’d be cool to change the name of the blog from SOJo to SOJourn. It could still stand for student of online journalism, but it’s also got the pun thing going with sojourn, taking a break, laying back, relaxed, etc. etc.

  • I’ve been thinking it’d be cool to change the name of the blog from SOJo to SOJourn. It could still stand for student of online journalism, but it’s also got the pun thing going with sojourn, taking a break, laying back, relaxed, etc. etc.

  • That’s cute. Except, have you noticed what business we’re in? There is no laying back, dude.

  • That’s cute. Except, have you noticed what business we’re in? There is no laying back, dude.

  • Looking at the current sidebar, I see some overlap between links in your recent Tweets and your Delicious bookmarks, so I think removing Delicious is good decision.

    For your Google Reader shares, I think it would be better to have five instead of 10 — it just seems too long now.

    I would definitely move “Where’s Megan?” higher up, probably below “Megan is…”

  • Looking at the current sidebar, I see some overlap between links in your recent Tweets and your Delicious bookmarks, so I think removing Delicious is good decision.

    For your Google Reader shares, I think it would be better to have five instead of 10 — it just seems too long now.

    I would definitely move “Where’s Megan?” higher up, probably below “Megan is…”

  • Thanks Greg!

  • Thanks Greg!

  • there’s a really snazzy wordpress plug in that ranks your most popular posts and can make a list in the sidebar.

    I like to keep lists like that features prominently or at least above the fold because otherwise blog architecture ends up making a site so flat it hides a lot of your good content.

    I used to throw Twitter updates into my sidebar but it basically doubled my page load time, hope it works better for you.

    Also I’m not a big fan of tag clouds, and ruMor has it they’re bad for SEO.

    Site looks good overall though. I’m always glad when people pay attention to web design, it’s so important and so underrated.

  • there’s a really snazzy wordpress plug in that ranks your most popular posts and can make a list in the sidebar.

    I like to keep lists like that features prominently or at least above the fold because otherwise blog architecture ends up making a site so flat it hides a lot of your good content.

    I used to throw Twitter updates into my sidebar but it basically doubled my page load time, hope it works better for you.

    Also I’m not a big fan of tag clouds, and ruMor has it they’re bad for SEO.

    Site looks good overall though. I’m always glad when people pay attention to web design, it’s so important and so underrated.

  • white poodle’s dad

    MT: what color robe are you wearing ? does it match your cat ?

  • white poodle’s dad

    MT: what color robe are you wearing ? does it match your cat ?

  • @Jason Preston: I’ve seen the Popularity Content plugin and was using it for a while but it stopped working. I’ll fiddle with that again soon.
    I agree, web design is really important.

    @white poodle’s dad: What robe? I don’t have any stinkin’ robe.

  • @Jason Preston: I’ve seen the Popularity Content plugin and was using it for a while but it stopped working. I’ll fiddle with that again soon.
    I agree, web design is really important.

    @white poodle’s dad: What robe? I don’t have any stinkin’ robe.

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