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I Need You – Guide This Blog

Thanks to you great readers, Legal Andrew has been trucking along for well over a year. After 649 posts, I have decided to revamp the site. But I need your input!

My two main goals with these changes are to enhance your experience and present a stronger, more professional brand of myself.

I’ve got plenty of ideas and aspirations, but I want your feedback throughout the entire process. That means I should start gathering opinions and suggestions now. Here are a few questions I’ve been pondering:

If you could change one thing at Legal Andrew, what would it be?

How would you like a home page that displayed only post excerpts?

What 3-4 words sums up Legal Andrew, in your opinion?

Please take a minute to post a comment, drop me an email, or IM me. Let me know what you think about any of these questions.

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7 Responses to “I Need You – Guide This Blog”

  1. Rory
    August 23rd, 2007

    If you could change one thing at Legal Andrew, what would it be?
    I would try to tidy up the occasions when the words spill over the border. “Productivity ideas, blog consulting – focused on the legal world” is the main example, but “Immigration Lawyer Los Angeles” under Sponsors is another.

    How would you like a home page that displayed only post excerpts?
    I think a home page that displays only post excerpts is a good idea. New visitors are drawn into the blog, RSS readers arrive straight at the article anyway. If you decide to go down that route remember to install the Full Text Feed plugin. The “more” tag cuts off the full text in RSS on WordPress for some reason, and the plugin fixes that glitch.

    What 3-4 words sums up Legal Andrew, in your opinion?
    Personal Blog, Legal Angle.

  2. Geoff R
    August 24th, 2007

    Site looks good Andrew!

    A home page with excerpts sounds fine, as long as you get this WP extension, so your feed stays full-text. Nobody likes partial feeds.


  3. Andrew Flusche
    August 24th, 2007

    Thanks for your thoughts on these changes. I hadn’t seen the Full Text Feed plugin, so I’m glad you guys point it out. I would never consider doing partial feeds; that’s definitely not user friendly.

  4. Spike
    August 30th, 2007

    If you want better ranking in Google (who doesn’t?) then having excerpts on your index page is definitely the way to go :)

    Organize IT

  5. Andrew Flusche
    August 30th, 2007

    Spike – That’s one reason I am strongly considering post excerpts. I don’t want to incur duplicate content penalties. And I want new visitors to the main page to see a comprehensive view of the site, not just the last few articles in full.

    Thanks for your feedback!

  6. L.J.T.
    September 5th, 2007

    Go for the post excerpts. Most of the time I read through a reader anyway. Strange though it always happens that I have no new posts and then 7 at a time, maybe your feeder is messed up? Also your buttons on your side bar appear underneath the first letter of the item that is being bulleted. Given that the text is white, some of them are hard to read as a result. Perhaps its just me, but the double bar is also annoying as the text from one sometimes rolls over into the other, maybe the orange bar on one side and the grey on the other or something would be better.

    Content, hmm, you should write what you know and that’s what you’ve been doing. Wouldn’t change it. Maybe a few more pictures or something? When reading through a reader the only real visual content that most people see is your embedded pictures.

  7. Andrew Flusche
    September 5th, 2007

    Lise – I really appreciate your thoughtful comments. I will work on those layout suggestions. And I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to include more images. In fact, I might tone down the blog’s overall design, but start embedding an image with every post. Then RSS subscribers get some nice eye-candy with every article. Thanks again!

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