This is Day 12 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, a group project we are doing together in an attempt to improve our blogs and help each other become better bloggers. You can read more about it and still sign-up to participate here. Please subscribe to our RSS Feed to stay updated on the project.
Today we are going to spend some time watching a first-time reader use your blog. Thank you to all of you who participated on the first two weeks of assignments, we are gone through about half of the curriculum and are getting some good discussion back and forth as I initially hoped. Let’s keep up the effort and I hope everyone is having a good time while taking steps to improve their blogging.
- Week 1: Read about the first week of 31DBBB
- Week 2: The second week of 31DBBB
- Day 11 (Monday): Solve a Problem for your Reader
- Day 12 (Tuesday): Watch a First Time Reader Use your Blog
- Day 13 (Wednesday): Creating a Sneeze Page for your Blog
- Day 14 (Thursday): Write an Opinion Post on your Blog
- Day 15 (Friday): Leave Comments on Other Blogs
Watching a first-time reader browse your blog is one of the most effective way to gather information on what you could improve on your blog. Although it would be better if you were doing it in person with a friend, or family member who is not familiar with your site, you can also team up with fellow bloggers that you are as familiar with for this assignment.
- Get a friend or family member who isn’t familiar with your blog. If you want to do it virtually, simply team up with another blogger who may not have visited your blog in the comments.
- Allow them to browse your blog for 5 to 10 minutes
- How do they navigate?
- Where do they click?
- What do they pause to read?
- What do they skip over?
- What areas of the blog do they seem most drawn to
After the 5 to 10 minutes of browsing, ask them the following questions:
- What were their first impressions?
- What did they first think your blog was about when they arrived at it?
- Did they find it easy to read/navigate/understand?
- What did they ‘feel’ when they first arrived at your blog?
- What suggestions do they have on how you could improve your blog?
- What questions do they have having surfed your blog?
- What words would they use to describe the design?
- What are the main things that they remember about your blog 10 minutes later?
- What suggestions do they have from a user perspective?
Once you’ve done the assignment,please come back to this post and let us know what you learned. If you are doing this virtually, feel free to accomplish this assignment in the comments! I want to see some teamwork today so get it done!
- What benefits do see in getting the perspective of a first-time visitor?
- Do you have any tips for getting feedback from a first-time visitor?
- Did you do today’s assignment? If so, what were the most significant things you learned?