muraPOI: October 9, 2012

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  • How To Build a Blog Readership: Why are you writing? Me, for #muraPOI posts it’s as much for others to read as for me to remember these topics, call it a bookmark list on steroids. Dan Shipper writes:

    “Good writing has the essence of its author in every sentence.”

    I try and include my personality :)

    And he says:

    I know a lot of people who have a file of finished blog posts sitting on their hard drives, or that they quietly post on their blog but make sure not to publicize in any way. They spend hours and hours combing through their posts trying to make them as perfect as possible and end up never publishing anything.

    If you do this then stop. Please.

    I do spend more time than I’d like editing my posts, it’s not about perfection, so much as trying to be clear.

    (Via StartupDigest, October 5, 2012)

  • Small but significant usability sins that websites should never commit: Rian van der Merwe writes:

    • “Don’t use an asterisk (*) to mark required form fields — especially if there is no explanation of what the asterisk means.”
    • “Don’t have an FAQ page. Most users don’t know what FAQ stands for.”
    • “Don’t use PDFs at all (unless you’re explicitly stating that it’s a downloadable research paper or something).”

    I’ve noticed that people are omitting any details on the required fields and then only telling me they’re required *after* I submit the form…annoying!

    (Via StartupDigest, October 5, 2012)

  • A Crash Course in Information & Visual Design: A nice primer.

    (Via StartupDigest, October 5, 2012)