After acquiring an account with InoReader (not one of the suggested RSS readers, but one I found fits my needs a little better), I quickly added the feed for Writer’s Digest. I was immediately attracted to it’s simple, yet effective theme. It’s uncluttered Navigation Bar, features various tabs such as Articles, Competitions, Resources and Community, all of which have scroll down menus of their own, allowing for easy navigation.
Having some issues with concentration, it’s relaxed presentation, devoid of distractions, is a fantastic plus for me. Even the sidebar is organized with easy to follow URL links, tags and a noticeable lack of flashy things. I also quickly noticed that every effort is made to keep you on the blog as you click through links, successfully opening the appropriate URL’s in tabs when needed so as not to run the risk of losing you. This, as discussed in class is incredibly effective; eventually you have to come back!
Writers Digest is a self-hosted blog that follows many of the same principles that their print edition does. It’s posts are in columns, each of which contain multiple entries given in excerpts so as not to fill the entire page and force the reader to sift through information they might not be interested in. On each page, where relevant, there are multiple links for sharing and connecting through various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google + and YouTube. These links for both following and sharing are incredibly important for a blog. Through their use, they are able to keep readers like myself abreast of their current postings and other information as well as allowing us to disseminate that information through our own social circles. It amazes me how these tiny little thumbnails can feed a blog such as this with new readers and contributors so easily. I certainly plan to use them to their fullest on my own blog, The Write Subject
Finally, one of the most important aspects to this website, in my opinion, and as far as format is concerned, is the “Register, Log In” links. While this is often something that people accidentally or purposely neglect when they are just casually browsing through a blog, for people like myself, these give a sense of connection and an almost magnetic need to return to the blog. This can be very important for those of you who really appreciate a site for it’s contributions as it allows you to feel like you belong to something you enjoy. Registering allows the authors of Writer’s Digest to keep in contact with you via Email, which can prove to be yet another reminder and push for people that may have neglected to come back for a while.
I am hoping to eventually emulate to some degree, the simple and effective format used on the Writer’s Digest blog as I develop my own style in the weeks to come.