Week 2 Web Design & Niche Blogging

Web Design

a) Locate 3 websites that exhibit good web design. Make a list of the characteristics that you think exhibit good design.

  1. The Daily Edited. (https://www.thedailyedited.com/)
  2. According to Abby. (http://accordingtoabby.com.au/)
  3. Uber Kate. (https://www.uberkate.com.au/)

The Daily Edited

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According to Abby

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Uber Kate

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Good characteristics

  • Sleek
  • Plain
  • Easy to navigate
  • Doesn’t open new tabs
  • Simple colour pallets
  • You know what the page is about instantly
  • Doesn’t push products at you
  • Reflects a simply, modern lifestyle
  • Feminine
  • Clean fonts
  • Appropriate to the topic
  • Plenty of images
  • Complementary colours
  • Pleasing to the eye
  • Moving images and text in a slide deck
  • Menu bar
  • Great content that’s easy to find, navigate, consume, and share

 

b) Locate 3 websites that exhibit poor web design. Make a list of the characteristics that you think exhibit poor design.

  1. Blinkee. (http://blinkee.com/)
  2. Suzanne Collins. (http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/)
  3. Penny Juice. (http://www.pennyjuice.com/htmlversion/home.htm)

Blinkee

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Suzanne Collins

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Penny Juice

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Bad characteristics

  • Use of contrasting colour
  • Too many colours
  • Text is hard to read
  • Dark colour text on a bright background
  • So busy
  • Pointless images that don’t relate
  • Out dated
  • Flash photographs
  • Unclear what the website is about.
  • Small text
  • Don’t know where to focus
  • Poor use of space on page
  • Multiple fonts
  • Different sized text

Niche Blogging

a) Read and summarise http://coschedule.com/blog/start-a-niche-blog

Summary

  • You can divide all blogs into two categories: lifestyle blogs and niche blogs.
  • These categories represent two conscious decisions that bloggers can make: I’m going to write about everything, or I’m going to write about one thing. 
  • Niche blogging is where real traction and traffic happen for a blog.
  • Niche Blogs Keep You On Track
  • Neither the lifestyle blog or niche blog is “better”, but a niche blog has more concrete methods of finding ideas because the topic is restricted.
  • A niche blog will give you an audience that you understand, and that understands you.

b) List whether you agree or disagree with the author. Give reasons for your choice.

I agree with the author. The reasons I have for saying is this is that. To have a lifestyle blog that is so broad. What is the blog about? From day to day, week to week, what can the audience expect? One week it can be about cars, the next, handbags, makeup, spanxs, coffee, dogs? The topics are endless. The problem here is, majority of your audience will loose interest in your blog when you present something that doesn’t interest them. If you have a niche blog on the other hand about shoes. Your audience is going to be interested in shoes, everything about shoes. Therefore they will stick around because you are producing something they want to see and read, day after day, week after week. Your audience will be loyal because they are involved now and they are interested in this particular topic, doesn’t need to be shoes, it can be any one of the things I mentioned earlier and so much more. The possibilities are endless.

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