Blog design tips

Thanks to Teresa , aka Blog Mom, who has acted as my chief counselor, and to Mary at RSS Pieces for her 10 features of successful blogs. Teresa cautioned me on how cluttered Transparent was looking, so I took her advice, abridged the RSS links and got rid of all those chicklets. All ten points of Mary's article are valuable, she says that (#1) the blog search tool and (#2) the RSS subscription icon should be prominent (so now both are on top of my sidebar). I like (#9) RSSPieces's site map, it's similar to, but more detailed than Kevin's equally useful category index - both sites offer better ways to display archives as categories... and I hope to adopt this later.

Mary also says (#5) slap those social bookmark chicklets at the end of articles. I couldn't figure out how bloggers were generating social bookmarking tags - so I found one (it doesn't look as nice as above, anyone else know others?). This app also automates Technorati tags. Mary, help me out with a (#6) tag cloud generator, too.

And finally, check out Jon's Carnival at Property Monger ... I start writing so late in the evening (1:00am EST), I get to read the Carnival reviews and enjoy the Carnival for bedtime stories. Kudos to all... great posts... and thank you Jon!

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