what does a great academic blog look like?
My blog desperately needs a makeover. The current design is from 2004 or thereabouts I think, and while I was thrilled at it at the time, it’s messy visually with all the stuff I’ve added (Twitter feeds and delicious links and whatnot) and the code is a mangled mess of WordPress 1.2 forced into 1.5 and then largely neglected. Certainly I could be posting more, too, but don’t you think a new design would inspire that?
So what would I want my blog to be? Blog design has changed in the last six years, and I have changed as well. Back in 2004 I thought Derek Powazek‘s redesign was too un-bloggish, but that’s the way much design has gone and of course I like it now.
Here’s Powazek anno 2004:
Interestingly, his current design is much more classically bloggish:
Here’s the kind of look I probably want. This is Bill Wolff’s blog – or site, really, as he doesn’t blog very frequently.
This look does require that you include an image with every single post, as I discovered when using the Arras theme for my DIKULT110 blog last semester. This is doable, I think. But maybe the magazine blog look is on its way out, anyway?
Some of the classic blogs, like Powazek’s and Anil Dash‘s, have gone very clean and simple in their current designs, with almost nothing in the side bars. I like the clean look, but there’s a lot I want to say! I do really like Anil Dash’s archives, though – I plan to copy that:
More on this as things start moving.