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Blog Usability Checklist

by Tom Johnson on Apr 17, 2007 •
categories: technical-writing

Below are some usability tips for your blog. This was by far my most popular post, so you can flip through each tip by clicking the numbers below, or read the expanded version of the post here.

1. Pick a topic for your blog.


2. Encourage comments.

3. Make it easy to subscribe.

Subscribe to RSS

4. Include an About page.

About page

5. Present your ideas visually.

Present Ideas Visually

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6. Keep posts short and to the point.

Keep posts short

7. Use subheadings for long posts.

Keep Posts Short

8. Link abundantly

9. Make headlines descriptive.


10. Archive by topic.

Category archives

11. Include a list of Related Posts beneath each post.

Related Posts

12. Allow users to contact you offline.

Contact offline

13. Present your real viewpoint.

Speak your mind

14. Write for your future employer.


15. Include a Top Posts section.

Top Posts

16. Provide an index.


17. Get your own URL and match it to your blog's title.

Match Title to URL

18. Include a Recent Posts section in your sidebar.

Recent Posts

19. Reward commenters for commenting.

Top Commenters

20. Post often.

Technorati Report on Posting Frequency

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About Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

I'm a technical writer / API doc specialist based in the Seattle area. In this blog, I write about topics related to technical writing and communication — such as software documentation, API documentation, visual communication, information architecture, writing techniques, plain language, tech comm careers, and more. Check out simplifying complexity and API documentation for some deep dives into these topics. If you're a technical writer and want to keep on top of the latest trends in the field, be sure to subscribe to email updates. You can also learn more about me or contact me.