Blog designs that catch my eye

I’ve been looking at a lot of blogs. Usually just in Google Reader. But when new blogs come along I have to visit them in a Web browser. Blognation, over in the UK, caught my eye. Nice simple design. I hate the small font, though, but I don’t really care about the fonts anymore. If a new blog catches my eye I instantly subscribe to it and never visit the Web page again.

That brings me to a point. It’s time to redesign my blog. Mark Lucovsky at Google was making fun of my “ugly” design recently. I said it was scientifically designed to get people to subscribe and put it into Google Reader. I was just trying to be funny, but I do admit that my blog is looking a bit “old school” now when compared to things like GigaOm and Blognation.

Mark was threatening to get Google’s designers to redesign my blog. That might be interesting, especially since Google’s custom search engine is getting better now that it lets me search not only the words on my blog, but every blog I’ve linked to.

Of course I’ve gotta bug Mark for not updating his own blog since May of last year. Heck, that’s so long ago that I was still working at Microsoft then.

What do you think? Should I redesign? What’s your favorite blog design and/or designer out there?

Comments

  1. All it would take for you is pick a somewhat nicer wordpress theme ;). I like the designs of the original Kubrick theme designer, Heileman at binarybonsai.com or the themes from http://www.ilemoned.com/.

    Wouldnt it be nice to have a competition, ofcourse supported by wordpress.com. The winner’s theme will also be a theme you can pick as wordpress.com blogger.

  2. All it would take for you is pick a somewhat nicer wordpress theme ;). I like the designs of the original Kubrick theme designer, Heileman at binarybonsai.com or the themes from http://www.ilemoned.com/.

    Wouldnt it be nice to have a competition, ofcourse supported by wordpress.com. The winner’s theme will also be a theme you can pick as wordpress.com blogger.

  3. I like the minimalist style. It makes you focus more on the content. So if you HAVE to redeisgn I would like to see something very clean, maybe a few strong lines. Nothing crazy!

  4. I like the minimalist style. It makes you focus more on the content. So if you HAVE to redeisgn I would like to see something very clean, maybe a few strong lines. Nothing crazy!

  5. Hi Robert,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a long time – via RSS. The truth is that your blog design is one of the worst out there. You should (at least)use helvetica fonts instead. That would help A LOT.

    Anyway..

    Keep up the good work w/ your blog!

  6. Hi Robert,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a long time – via RSS. The truth is that your blog design is one of the worst out there. You should (at least)use helvetica fonts instead. That would help A LOT.

    Anyway..

    Keep up the good work w/ your blog!

  7. Sotek: did you know you can set your browser’s default font to Helvetica? Truth is I don’t set ANY font in my design. I go with whatever your browser is set to. I leave my readers in control of their font choices.

    I disagree with you about Helvetica, by the way. Sans serif fonts look better but aren’t as readable.

    There’s a reason almost every newspaper in the world uses a serif font for type.

  8. Sotek: did you know you can set your browser’s default font to Helvetica? Truth is I don’t set ANY font in my design. I go with whatever your browser is set to. I leave my readers in control of their font choices.

    I disagree with you about Helvetica, by the way. Sans serif fonts look better but aren’t as readable.

    There’s a reason almost every newspaper in the world uses a serif font for type.

  9. I for one like simplistic themes and if you ask me the current theme looks much better than the blog that you just linked: blognation.

    You could probably change the font,it would make a difference to the current theme.

    Meanwhile Fahlstad has a good collection of themes here:
    http://www.fahlstad.se/themes

  10. I for one like simplistic themes and if you ask me the current theme looks much better than the blog that you just linked: blognation.

    You could probably change the font,it would make a difference to the current theme.

    Meanwhile Fahlstad has a good collection of themes here:
    http://www.fahlstad.se/themes

  11. Funny that, about 10 posts back I thought – when is Robert going to change the styling on his blog. I like the minimalist style – maybe some better text formatting.

  12. Funny that, about 10 posts back I thought – when is Robert going to change the styling on his blog. I like the minimalist style – maybe some better text formatting.

  13. I read a lot of blogs which have pretty designs and a lot of blogs with standard designs. To me, both is fine as long as the content is well designed. Proper paragraphing, proper formatting, good image layouts, etc…

    With more and more RSS readers, a site design is becoming much less important. However, it doesn’t mean you should have unique and identifiable design. In this case, I think you do, however which could use a little update to smooth out the corners (metaphorically).

  14. I read a lot of blogs which have pretty designs and a lot of blogs with standard designs. To me, both is fine as long as the content is well designed. Proper paragraphing, proper formatting, good image layouts, etc…

    With more and more RSS readers, a site design is becoming much less important. However, it doesn’t mean you should have unique and identifiable design. In this case, I think you do, however which could use a little update to smooth out the corners (metaphorically).

  15. Leave it alone. At MOST change WordPress theme. the more you worry about your blog style is more stress and time away from you filtering all the other blogs and links. You are an excellent filter/aggregater/informer/trend spotting machine. Dont waste cycles on blog redesign. Heck, I never visited your blog “page” until now to leave this comment. Always read you on Google Reader :) your talents are needed in elsewhere, not in blog redesign.

  16. Leave it alone. At MOST change WordPress theme. the more you worry about your blog style is more stress and time away from you filtering all the other blogs and links. You are an excellent filter/aggregater/informer/trend spotting machine. Dont waste cycles on blog redesign. Heck, I never visited your blog “page” until now to leave this comment. Always read you on Google Reader :) your talents are needed in elsewhere, not in blog redesign.

  17. Hi Robert, I favor content than theme any day of the week, which you deliver on the former. Will a new design attract more subscribers? Folks come to your site to read what you wrote not how it looks. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If you are persistent though,check out Derek Powazek’s Depo clean theme: http://powazek.com/posts/516/ whichever theme you choose, go w/ something that’s similar to what you’re currently using so that we don’t have to “recalibrate” our eyes.

  18. Hi Robert, I favor content than theme any day of the week, which you deliver on the former. Will a new design attract more subscribers? Folks come to your site to read what you wrote not how it looks. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If you are persistent though,check out Derek Powazek’s Depo clean theme: http://powazek.com/posts/516/ whichever theme you choose, go w/ something that’s similar to what you’re currently using so that we don’t have to “recalibrate” our eyes.

  19. You definitely need to redesign. You can use our WordPress Theme if you like (http://blog.markerstudio.com), it wouldn’t take much to change it slightly. You need a proper identity with a new logo as well though. I know most of your readers would get the content via RSS, but I don’t think that is a good reason to have bad design.

    Google do many wonderful things, but great aesthetic user interface design is not one of them. The only good stuff they have is from companies they’ve acquired like Google Analytics. Hopefully they keep those UI guys and get them to work on their core applications.

  20. You definitely need to redesign. You can use our WordPress Theme if you like (http://blog.markerstudio.com), it wouldn’t take much to change it slightly. You need a proper identity with a new logo as well though. I know most of your readers would get the content via RSS, but I don’t think that is a good reason to have bad design.

    Google do many wonderful things, but great aesthetic user interface design is not one of them. The only good stuff they have is from companies they’ve acquired like Google Analytics. Hopefully they keep those UI guys and get them to work on their core applications.

  21. You should definitely re-design ;)

    It would already be a big step forward, if you just took a pretty wordpress design, but I think your blog would be worth a _real_ custom design ;)

  22. You should definitely re-design ;)

    It would already be a big step forward, if you just took a pretty wordpress design, but I think your blog would be worth a _real_ custom design ;)

  23. I don’t mind the blog design too much – it’s simple, content-focused and doesn’t have any over-the-top and distracting graphics. I have one problem with it, though – it’s a narrow-column design (fixed width). Doesn’t look brilliant on wide-screen.

    I read you through Google Reader anyway. :D

  24. I don’t mind the blog design too much – it’s simple, content-focused and doesn’t have any over-the-top and distracting graphics. I have one problem with it, though – it’s a narrow-column design (fixed width). Doesn’t look brilliant on wide-screen.

    I read you through Google Reader anyway. :D

  25. As long as it facilitates smooth publication and conversation, I think a simple layout like this is good. It shows the only thing that matters is the content. Yes, layout matters, but not to those who visit your blog everyday, or may be, Robert, in your case, many times a day.

    As personal favorites for layouts I like many blogs including Snook.ca, North x East (I don’t like the way they display their main page) and 46 Berea Street) (this is my favorite). There are a few more blogs but I’m unable to recall the links.

  26. As long as it facilitates smooth publication and conversation, I think a simple layout like this is good. It shows the only thing that matters is the content. Yes, layout matters, but not to those who visit your blog everyday, or may be, Robert, in your case, many times a day.

    As personal favorites for layouts I like many blogs including Snook.ca, North x East (I don’t like the way they display their main page) and 46 Berea Street) (this is my favorite). There are a few more blogs but I’m unable to recall the links.

  27. Cyvros: yes, but if I didn’t use fixed layout then on a wide screen the width of a column would be too wide, which would make my blog far less readable.

    I designed this to ALWAYS be readable, no matter what screen you’re on. Although it doesn’t look very pretty, that’s for sure!

  28. Cyvros: yes, but if I didn’t use fixed layout then on a wide screen the width of a column would be too wide, which would make my blog far less readable.

    I designed this to ALWAYS be readable, no matter what screen you’re on. Although it doesn’t look very pretty, that’s for sure!

  29. Firstly, I followed your suggestion above to change my default proportional font from serif to sans-serif (does wonders).

    Perhaps, in relation to the width (I suppose too wide *would* be a problem), you could still have at a somewhat-fixed width. What I mean is having proportional margins – by percentage rather than by pixels.

    Just going through the default included WordPress.com themes, maybe something like Rubric or Simpla would be nice without going too overboard.

  30. Firstly, I followed your suggestion above to change my default proportional font from serif to sans-serif (does wonders).

    Perhaps, in relation to the width (I suppose too wide *would* be a problem), you could still have at a somewhat-fixed width. What I mean is having proportional margins – by percentage rather than by pixels.

    Just going through the default included WordPress.com themes, maybe something like Rubric or Simpla would be nice without going too overboard.

  31. The first time I saw your blog I instantly thought, how is this the most-read blog on WordPress?

    But the more I read, the more I realised how much it suits you . . . friendly, accessible and down to earth.

    As others say above, it’s all about the content.

  32. The first time I saw your blog I instantly thought, how is this the most-read blog on WordPress?

    But the more I read, the more I realised how much it suits you . . . friendly, accessible and down to earth.

    As others say above, it’s all about the content.

  33. Read your email instead of redesigning. :D

    Google should worry more about fixing splogs and MFA sites in Google Blog Search instead of redesigning your blog.

    Unless of course you’re leaving Podtech for Google in which case Google would own your soul and you’d likely have no choice. ;)

  34. Read your email instead of redesigning. :D

    Google should worry more about fixing splogs and MFA sites in Google Blog Search instead of redesigning your blog.

    Unless of course you’re leaving Podtech for Google in which case Google would own your soul and you’d likely have no choice. ;)

  35. I think more blogs should look more individulised, too many personal blogs look corperate, or web 2.0.

    Mines all silly and cartoony, but hopefully not too myspacey. I dunno. It’s a fine line, but less templates and more silly, people.

  36. I think more blogs should look more individulised, too many personal blogs look corperate, or web 2.0.

    Mines all silly and cartoony, but hopefully not too myspacey. I dunno. It’s a fine line, but less templates and more silly, people.

  37. Hi Robert,

    There are 2 things that are very cool with the current design: (1) the formatting does not clutter the content and (2) your blog loads VERY fast.

    If you decide to re-design, it would be great to keep those 2 aspects.

  38. Hi Robert,

    There are 2 things that are very cool with the current design: (1) the formatting does not clutter the content and (2) your blog loads VERY fast.

    If you decide to re-design, it would be great to keep those 2 aspects.

  39. If there are no new major features coming, I’d vote for keep it as it is, no redesign.

    It certainly looks like something made for the Netscape 1.0, but as soon as people starts reading it, the design becomes irrelevant.

  40. If there are no new major features coming, I’d vote for keep it as it is, no redesign.

    It certainly looks like something made for the Netscape 1.0, but as soon as people starts reading it, the design becomes irrelevant.

  41. Some suggestions off the top of my head.

    - The title of your post should stand out more than the date.

    - A touch more more space between the lines of text would make it easier to read.

    - Using the standard amazon ad for your book makes it disappear as it looks like all the other amazon affiliate ads.

    - Put your copyright notice and annoying legal disclaimer somewhere where I can ignore it.

    - Don’t show me a link to log into your site!

    - Don’t advertise wordpress.com

    - what is media 2.0 workgroup. To me it looks like noise. Either get rid of it or explain it. It draws attention away from your other links.

    - Make you ‘about me’ more prominent

    - add the rss icon next your feeds instead of the xml

    - Group your other sites together. This is the first time I’ve bothered to read what is in them.

    - the calendar link for your archives is not very useful for navigating your site.

    - what is that tiny smiley face. Is that a geek thing?

    - Comments would be more readable if they had some sort of alternate background colour to separate each one. You may like to highlight your own posts but that could take attention away from the other commentators.

    - The meta info for each comment blends in with the actual comment.

    - If you are adding a time of posting, put it next to the date and tell me which time zone it is in.

    - There is no indication about what the subject of the blog is except by reputation.

    - It is actually quite nice to visit your non-web 2.0 style blog. Make sure you keep differentiating yourself.

    - a different favicon would make it easier to find your blog in my browser tabs.

    I’ll stop there.

  42. Some suggestions off the top of my head.

    - The title of your post should stand out more than the date.

    - A touch more more space between the lines of text would make it easier to read.

    - Using the standard amazon ad for your book makes it disappear as it looks like all the other amazon affiliate ads.

    - Put your copyright notice and annoying legal disclaimer somewhere where I can ignore it.

    - Don’t show me a link to log into your site!

    - Don’t advertise wordpress.com

    - what is media 2.0 workgroup. To me it looks like noise. Either get rid of it or explain it. It draws attention away from your other links.

    - Make you ‘about me’ more prominent

    - add the rss icon next your feeds instead of the xml

    - Group your other sites together. This is the first time I’ve bothered to read what is in them.

    - the calendar link for your archives is not very useful for navigating your site.

    - what is that tiny smiley face. Is that a geek thing?

    - Comments would be more readable if they had some sort of alternate background colour to separate each one. You may like to highlight your own posts but that could take attention away from the other commentators.

    - The meta info for each comment blends in with the actual comment.

    - If you are adding a time of posting, put it next to the date and tell me which time zone it is in.

    - There is no indication about what the subject of the blog is except by reputation.

    - It is actually quite nice to visit your non-web 2.0 style blog. Make sure you keep differentiating yourself.

    - a different favicon would make it easier to find your blog in my browser tabs.

    I’ll stop there.

  43. I think you need to do something about you blog design.

    You can do a lot by tweeking an available theme to your own taste. It doesn’t all have to be done at once which allows for some testing and feedback as you go.

    I personally modified a theme for my own blog which I think looks pretty good.

  44. I think you need to do something about you blog design.

    You can do a lot by tweeking an available theme to your own taste. It doesn’t all have to be done at once which allows for some testing and feedback as you go.

    I personally modified a theme for my own blog which I think looks pretty good.

  45. I like David Airey’s site – he is a graphic designer in Scottland. Good use of graphics and logo, and I like the column layout.

    I like the column and color layout of my blog, but I need to work on the actual layout of content in the side columns, and add customized graphics.

    Robert – I don’t think you necessarily need a redesign, possibly just some updated graphics, and changing the layout of the content in the columns a little bit.

    Google does good, solid, simple design. If they have offered a blog redesign, I would be interested to see what they come up with for you.

  46. I like David Airey’s site – he is a graphic designer in Scottland. Good use of graphics and logo, and I like the column layout.

    I like the column and color layout of my blog, but I need to work on the actual layout of content in the side columns, and add customized graphics.

    Robert – I don’t think you necessarily need a redesign, possibly just some updated graphics, and changing the layout of the content in the columns a little bit.

    Google does good, solid, simple design. If they have offered a blog redesign, I would be interested to see what they come up with for you.

  47. I think the more interesting question is, does it matter? I personally put a deal of thought into my own blog’s design, but the more you think about it, most people who read blogs use a reader of some sort. So, as you pointed out, how many actually visit your site? In which case, it doesn’t matter.

    I would say that you should only redesign if your goal is to give people a reason to get to your actual site. Other than that, it’s just the raw end of an RSS feed, for all intents and purposes.

  48. I think the more interesting question is, does it matter? I personally put a deal of thought into my own blog’s design, but the more you think about it, most people who read blogs use a reader of some sort. So, as you pointed out, how many actually visit your site? In which case, it doesn’t matter.

    I would say that you should only redesign if your goal is to give people a reason to get to your actual site. Other than that, it’s just the raw end of an RSS feed, for all intents and purposes.

  49. I started blogging because of Scoble. I liked the content and I liked the conversations. I didn’t care what the blog looked like. And for people starting out in blogging I think its important that they see that a popular blog doesn’t have to be about looks – its about content – reaching out to your readers via the words you use – not the way they look. You do inspire a lot of people to begin blogging!

    Keep it the way it is, Robert.

  50. I started blogging because of Scoble. I liked the content and I liked the conversations. I didn’t care what the blog looked like. And for people starting out in blogging I think its important that they see that a popular blog doesn’t have to be about looks – its about content – reaching out to your readers via the words you use – not the way they look. You do inspire a lot of people to begin blogging!

    Keep it the way it is, Robert.

  51. A vote for a redesign here! I don’t see you do much on blogging platforms though. Will you stick with WordPress for ever? I’d like to pimp the My Opera community if I may – it seems to be invisible to the world at large. A newbie, Blogr, seems good too. But talk about a saturated market…

    Not thinking of running a redesign comp? Could be a laugh.

  52. A vote for a redesign here! I don’t see you do much on blogging platforms though. Will you stick with WordPress for ever? I’d like to pimp the My Opera community if I may – it seems to be invisible to the world at large. A newbie, Blogr, seems good too. But talk about a saturated market…

    Not thinking of running a redesign comp? Could be a laugh.

  53. Boxes and Arrows: http://www.boxesandarrows.com
    FoundRead: http://.www.foundread.com
    RedCanary: http://www.redcanary.ca

    are all PublicSquare sites, and pretty as peaches. Why not take scobleizer to the next level, and open it up, especially as you noted blog traffic is down. The future is publishing *with* your audience! The numbers tell the tale– no blogger can compete with a group of folks working together. http://www.eleganthack.com/archives/five_thoughts_on_publishing.php

  54. Boxes and Arrows: http://www.boxesandarrows.com
    FoundRead: http://.www.foundread.com
    RedCanary: http://www.redcanary.ca

    are all PublicSquare sites, and pretty as peaches. Why not take scobleizer to the next level, and open it up, especially as you noted blog traffic is down. The future is publishing *with* your audience! The numbers tell the tale– no blogger can compete with a group of folks working together. http://www.eleganthack.com/archives/five_thoughts_on_publishing.php

  55. Thomas,

    Many thanks for mentioning my site. I’m honoured.

    Robert,

    As others have said, it’s your content that’s keeping you popular. A design is overlooked within a few minutes, but a new one would certainly freshen things up.

  56. Thomas,

    Many thanks for mentioning my site. I’m honoured.

    Robert,

    As others have said, it’s your content that’s keeping you popular. A design is overlooked within a few minutes, but a new one would certainly freshen things up.

  57. Leave it as is. I have to say that I love the simple layout of your blog. Loads quickly and works great on cell phones as well. Don’t get caught up in all the web 2.0 heavy-loading web design. Authenticity is what your blog is all about.

  58. Leave it as is. I have to say that I love the simple layout of your blog. Loads quickly and works great on cell phones as well. Don’t get caught up in all the web 2.0 heavy-loading web design. Authenticity is what your blog is all about.

  59. +1 for a new design to freshen things up, but keep it clean and minimalist.

    “There’s a reason almost every newspaper in the world uses a serif font for type.”

    IIRC, Times New Roman was designed to be readable in print with maximum characters per inch but on-screen the serifs are too heavily weighted (although ClearType helps with this). Verdana and Georgia were both designed for the screen and are generally better fonts for on-screen reading. Times New Roman characters are crammed together and often touch, making them harder to read.

    Then again, I use Google Reader where the default font is Arial.

  60. +1 for a new design to freshen things up, but keep it clean and minimalist.

    “There’s a reason almost every newspaper in the world uses a serif font for type.”

    IIRC, Times New Roman was designed to be readable in print with maximum characters per inch but on-screen the serifs are too heavily weighted (although ClearType helps with this). Verdana and Georgia were both designed for the screen and are generally better fonts for on-screen reading. Times New Roman characters are crammed together and often touch, making them harder to read.

    Then again, I use Google Reader where the default font is Arial.

  61. If you do redesign, don’t make the fonts too small for me to read. Like BlogNation and too many others.

    Personally, having gone through this with you the last time, I’m more particular about what you have to say than whether the blog’s “designed right.” Change it if you must, but still keep it readable in both senses of the word.

  62. If you do redesign, don’t make the fonts too small for me to read. Like BlogNation and too many others.

    Personally, having gone through this with you the last time, I’m more particular about what you have to say than whether the blog’s “designed right.” Change it if you must, but still keep it readable in both senses of the word.

  63. Robert,

    I am also looking for a blog designer and have been looking for inspiration. I would say that the new 37signals Product Blog is the cleanest I’ve seen in a while:

    http://productblog.37signals.com

    Titles and content text, layout and navigation are all 100% in my opinion. I also enjoy the work of Dan at SimpleBits.com. Simple, clean, readable typography is key and most important to me.

    Good luck to you!

    Jason DiMambro

  64. Robert,

    I am also looking for a blog designer and have been looking for inspiration. I would say that the new 37signals Product Blog is the cleanest I’ve seen in a while:

    http://productblog.37signals.com

    Titles and content text, layout and navigation are all 100% in my opinion. I also enjoy the work of Dan at SimpleBits.com. Simple, clean, readable typography is key and most important to me.

    Good luck to you!

    Jason DiMambro

  65. I think everyone agrees to redesign with the content in mind. Most think a font change may do the trick. My favourite site for finding the right type is Typetester. http://typetester.maratz.com/
    You can paste in your best troll post and see how it’ll look on your site.

  66. I think everyone agrees to redesign with the content in mind. Most think a font change may do the trick. My favourite site for finding the right type is Typetester. http://typetester.maratz.com/
    You can paste in your best troll post and see how it’ll look on your site.

  67. It’s a perfectly harmless diversion to, move furniture, repaint your living room or redesign your blog/website. If there were a feature which made blog visitation a markedly better experience, my intuition is that your intuition might have decided to implement that by now. Everyone trusts you’ll leave your postings clean and valuable as ever, which leaves you the right third of the page to highlight existing links or add features, right? You do have a little “white space” over there. Perhaps your redesign will spawn “Web 3.0″!

  68. It’s a perfectly harmless diversion to, move furniture, repaint your living room or redesign your blog/website. If there were a feature which made blog visitation a markedly better experience, my intuition is that your intuition might have decided to implement that by now. Everyone trusts you’ll leave your postings clean and valuable as ever, which leaves you the right third of the page to highlight existing links or add features, right? You do have a little “white space” over there. Perhaps your redesign will spawn “Web 3.0″!

  69. If you do anything, I’d go for a platform change and really think about new features, etc…and a real redesign rather than just decoration. For instance, I personally hate comment RSS feeds as comments die out and I’m left with a bagillion extraneous feeds to deal with, I much prefer email notifications.
    My platform of choice is Expression Engine but plan first and then choose.

  70. If you do anything, I’d go for a platform change and really think about new features, etc…and a real redesign rather than just decoration. For instance, I personally hate comment RSS feeds as comments die out and I’m left with a bagillion extraneous feeds to deal with, I much prefer email notifications.
    My platform of choice is Expression Engine but plan first and then choose.

  71. One thing i’d like to add is that to me it is important that a blog really makes use of the screen space i’ve got available. if you’ve got more than the usual screen width it really is annoying to read blogs that only use a fraction of the visible area.

    your blog doesn’t need a heavy redesign because your content is the reason i’m a regular

  72. One thing i’d like to add is that to me it is important that a blog really makes use of the screen space i’ve got available. if you’ve got more than the usual screen width it really is annoying to read blogs that only use a fraction of the visible area.

    your blog doesn’t need a heavy redesign because your content is the reason i’m a regular

  73. If I were redesigning your template, I’d do something similar to what I’ve done at my own blog (http://quicksurf.com/), but not necessarily use the same colors I’m using now, or maybe try to work your header picture in or something, but I wouldn’t drastically diverge from the basic two column layout, just update it, clean it up and use a little color…

    The biggest change should be the typography, and make sure I had good semantics…

  74. If I were redesigning your template, I’d do something similar to what I’ve done at my own blog (http://quicksurf.com/), but not necessarily use the same colors I’m using now, or maybe try to work your header picture in or something, but I wouldn’t drastically diverge from the basic two column layout, just update it, clean it up and use a little color…

    The biggest change should be the typography, and make sure I had good semantics…

  75. Don’t be influenced by nouveau trends! Your blog is simple and easy to read, which I appreciate. BTW, you should point out to Mark Lucovsky that your design may be “ugly” but your blog is more readable (appearance) than his.

    Kudos to keeping it real!

  76. Don’t be influenced by nouveau trends! Your blog is simple and easy to read, which I appreciate. BTW, you should point out to Mark Lucovsky that your design may be “ugly” but your blog is more readable (appearance) than his.

    Kudos to keeping it real!

  77. @52 “Basically make it unique and something to your personality if you do a redesign.”

    If that’s the case then we can likely expect an iPhone theme. ;-)

  78. @52 “Basically make it unique and something to your personality if you do a redesign.”

    If that’s the case then we can likely expect an iPhone theme. ;-)

  79. I would agree that the content should always come first, but it simple redesign might befit your place as one of the most read blogs (not to mention one of the pioneers?) I read your blog mostly through the RSS feed, but come to the site as well (to comment), and a new look would be cool. But I would vote for an evolution, not a revolution, and keep the content rocking first.

    As far as Stephen Davies’ comment (suggesting his own blog as an example for god’s sake), PR Blogger sucks big time, I can’t even believe he calls attention to his site this way. Looks like a game site, and totally contradicts PR smarts–it’s truly a case of the design getting in the way of content. I’ve read some of his postings before in my reader and was appalled to see that over-designed mess. Please use this as an example of what not to do. This is exactly what most of your readers are telling you not to do. Yuck!

    I think the suggestions by Alan Pritt (#32) were good suggestions though.

    I like the 37 Signals suggestion. The 37 Signals product blog is like your blog “Next Generation” style. I could see your blog going that direction (quite easily with some quick template work). Simple and content driven.

  80. I would agree that the content should always come first, but it simple redesign might befit your place as one of the most read blogs (not to mention one of the pioneers?) I read your blog mostly through the RSS feed, but come to the site as well (to comment), and a new look would be cool. But I would vote for an evolution, not a revolution, and keep the content rocking first.

    As far as Stephen Davies’ comment (suggesting his own blog as an example for god’s sake), PR Blogger sucks big time, I can’t even believe he calls attention to his site this way. Looks like a game site, and totally contradicts PR smarts–it’s truly a case of the design getting in the way of content. I’ve read some of his postings before in my reader and was appalled to see that over-designed mess. Please use this as an example of what not to do. This is exactly what most of your readers are telling you not to do. Yuck!

    I think the suggestions by Alan Pritt (#32) were good suggestions though.

    I like the 37 Signals suggestion. The 37 Signals product blog is like your blog “Next Generation” style. I could see your blog going that direction (quite easily with some quick template work). Simple and content driven.

  81. After that rant about the PRBlogger main web site, I have to say that the PRBlogger “Social Media News Release” shows a good example of good PR design. Since PR agencies are supposed to get media coverage (or editorial coverage) this no-flair design works much better. Maybe apply that to your whole site. (without the vanity photos).

  82. After that rant about the PRBlogger main web site, I have to say that the PRBlogger “Social Media News Release” shows a good example of good PR design. Since PR agencies are supposed to get media coverage (or editorial coverage) this no-flair design works much better. Maybe apply that to your whole site. (without the vanity photos).

  83. I think (though I could be completely wrong) that a black background is more environmentally friendly as your computer doesn’t burn the same power to show black as it does white.

  84. I think (though I could be completely wrong) that a black background is more environmentally friendly as your computer doesn’t burn the same power to show black as it does white.

  85. I was talking to my friend (who is in the graphic design game art field) regarding blog design and such.

    He was saying that the best thing that you can do if you stick with the design is to add pictures/video to catch peoples attention. Dave Winer seems to do it in his posts and you have done it in the past at certain stages too. (Though I suspect it maybe subconcious).

    In 95% of his posts he puts pictures to signify certain things that relate to his post. His latest one on the 9th of July. . .shows a cup that says “I

  86. I was talking to my friend (who is in the graphic design game art field) regarding blog design and such.

    He was saying that the best thing that you can do if you stick with the design is to add pictures/video to catch peoples attention. Dave Winer seems to do it in his posts and you have done it in the past at certain stages too. (Though I suspect it maybe subconcious).

    In 95% of his posts he puts pictures to signify certain things that relate to his post. His latest one on the 9th of July. . .shows a cup that says “I

  87. //In 95% of his posts he puts pictures to signify certain things that relate to his post. His latest one on the 9th of July. . .shows a cup that says “I

  88. //In 95% of his posts he puts pictures to signify certain things that relate to his post. His latest one on the 9th of July. . .shows a cup that says “I

  89. In 95% of his posts he puts pictures to signify certain things that relate to his post. His latest one on the 9th of July. . .shows a cup that says I

  90. Patrick Dodds, that may have been true 10 years ago. Only CRT’s burn less energy displaying black. LCD’s have a backlight on continuesly whatever is displayed, in fact it’s working harder to display black than it is displaying white because white pixels are “off”.

  91. In 95% of his posts he puts pictures to signify certain things that relate to his post. His latest one on the 9th of July. . .shows a cup that says I

  92. Patrick Dodds, that may have been true 10 years ago. Only CRT’s burn less energy displaying black. LCD’s have a backlight on continuesly whatever is displayed, in fact it’s working harder to display black than it is displaying white because white pixels are “off”.

  93. I read most of the sites I follow on Google Reader now. So as long as that looks ok, I don’t care. I rarely come here directly unless I plan to comment or want to read comments.

    My only request would be to make the comment column wider. Currently, they take up less than 50% of the width.

  94. I read most of the sites I follow on Google Reader now. So as long as that looks ok, I don’t care. I rarely come here directly unless I plan to comment or want to read comments.

    My only request would be to make the comment column wider. Currently, they take up less than 50% of the width.

  95. wow, there are 70 posts already. I don’t know if you’ll get the chance to read this but: make it use the extra space for those of us who have widescreen monitors!

  96. wow, there are 70 posts already. I don’t know if you’ll get the chance to read this but: make it use the extra space for those of us who have widescreen monitors!

  97. I just redesigned too. It’s a very slightly modified version of Information Architecture’s design that they couldn’t sell and are now giving away. But, I’ve always liked the simplicity of your blog. Don’t change a thing.

  98. I just redesigned too. It’s a very slightly modified version of Information Architecture’s design that they couldn’t sell and are now giving away. But, I’ve always liked the simplicity of your blog. Don’t change a thing.

  99. Wouldn’t worry, old boy.

    I go to great lengths to add enticing drop caps to my posts which look lovely on screen. But when feedblitz delivers the email version of the posts any images I might have carefully placed ‘align=right’ are dumped unceremoniously on the left of the page with no white space to separate them from the text, making them look exceptionally ugly and me very unprofessional.

    And GreatNews, my feedreader of choice, doesn’t show the drop caps. Go figure…

    Just keep it as it is and we will love you anyway. After all, as we all said back in 1998, “Content is King on the web”

  100. Wouldn’t worry, old boy.

    I go to great lengths to add enticing drop caps to my posts which look lovely on screen. But when feedblitz delivers the email version of the posts any images I might have carefully placed ‘align=right’ are dumped unceremoniously on the left of the page with no white space to separate them from the text, making them look exceptionally ugly and me very unprofessional.

    And GreatNews, my feedreader of choice, doesn’t show the drop caps. Go figure…

    Just keep it as it is and we will love you anyway. After all, as we all said back in 1998, “Content is King on the web”

  101. I came for the content but stayed for the design? Don’t think so. The only change that I might make is the ability to change font-size for us sight-impaired readers.

  102. I came for the content but stayed for the design? Don’t think so. The only change that I might make is the ability to change font-size for us sight-impaired readers.

  103. You don’t have to redesign your blog site Mr. Scoble as
    the current design has already become your trademark. I redesigned my site a couple of times before but in the end I kept it simple as blog content is more important than fancy backgrounds.

  104. You don’t have to redesign your blog site Mr. Scoble as
    the current design has already become your trademark. I redesigned my site a couple of times before but in the end I kept it simple as blog content is more important than fancy backgrounds.