Monday, March 31, 2003

New rankings

Blog rankings are now based on the number of unique readers each day for the past week. We expect this to be a better indicator of the value of a blog, since it benefits blogs that consistently attract readers.

The previous rankings, based on the number of unique readers in the last 24 hours, are now available on the Today’s Top 100 page. The home page includes a link.

If you're a writer, here are some tips to help improve your blog's rank by increasing your readership:

  • Post consistently and frequently.
  • Whenever possible, add new posts to an existing blog rather than creating a new blog. To do so, click the "Add Post" link next to the blog's name on your Write page.
  • Create new blogs only when you plan to update them consistently. Single-post blogs typically have fewer readers.

There are more new features in the pipeline, so please keep the feedback coming!

Thursday, March 27, 2003

New Posts page revised

Want to see who wrote a blog, or which category it's in -- before you click on it? Are you waking up at midnight to check New Posts so you don't miss a great post?

The revised New Posts page shows each blog's writer and category. And, you can page through all the blogs with new posts, not just the last 25.

Finally, you can get some sleep -- and still catch up later!

We're planning to apply the new format to other pages, such as the Category page, so feedback is welcome.

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

New Favorites page

Tired of missing new posts in your favorite blogs? With the new Favorites page, it's easy to keep track. Many people have asked for this page, and now it's here!

Go to any blog and select the Add to Favorites link at the top of the page. Your Favorites page will let you see all of your favorite blogs, automatically arranged in order of last update.

You'll never miss a new post again.

Thursday, February 27, 2003

New categories

As planned, there are many new categories. We received a lot of feedback on this issue, and have tried to incorporate as many requested categories as possible, as long as there were enough blogs that would fit in the new category.

To help transition people to the new categories, we moved a number of blogs into the new categories. Although we tried to be careful when selecting blogs to move, it is a subjective process. If you are a writer, you can see -- and if needed, change -- your blog's category by going to the blog editing page and clicking "Change name and description".

As always, we're working on more requested changes, so please feel free to comment on features or categories you'd like to see!

Layout improvements

Based on feedback, the space for categories on the home page has been expanded, the Write page has been streamlined to make it easier to see blogs and all of the available actions, and several other minor changes have been made to improve the overall experience.

Friday, February 7, 2003

New categories planned

With the number of blogs growing rapidly, it's clear that the Network needs more categories to help readers find blogs of interest.

Based on subscriber feedback and analysis of blog topics, we are planning to add Religion/Spirituality and Fiction/Poetry. If you have thoughts on this plan, or would like to suggest a category for future addition, please add a comment.

Monday, January 6, 2003

Improved home page

Some improvements have been made to the home page. Since the logo is smaller, readers can now see more headlines without having to scroll.

Saturday, December 21, 2002

Top 20 and New Posts pages expanded, restored

To help readers find blogs, the Top 20 and New Posts pages, which were hidden when the home page was redesigned, have returned. They now use an expanded format that is consistent with the home page, and the home page includes links to both pages.

The overall performance of the Network has also improved, since each blog's headlines are now generated more quickly.

Friday, December 20, 2002

Easy-to-Use Blog Navigation Bars Added

The new blog navigation bars, which appear at the bottom of blog pages, are faster and easier to use than the calendar. Readers can now see earlier posts in a blog by simply clicking page numbers.

Once it's clear that the navigation bars are working correctly, the calendar will be removed from the standard template. If you have a blog with a custom template, don't worry; the calendar will continue to work properly.

Faster-Loading Blogs

Blog pages now appear more quickly, since post information is accessed more efficiently. In addition, a "See other blogs in this category" link has been added to blog pages, and some minor cosmetic bugs have been fixed throughout the site.

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