Your Feedback Needed on GeneaBloggers.com Site

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It has been a little over a month since GeneaBloggers.com unveiled its new look and moved to a new template.  At this point we’d like some feedback as to what works, what doesn’t work and features you’d like to see here.

Most important right now is the list of genealogy blogs on the home page here at GeneaBloggers.com.  The concern is that the list is too long and may be causing page loading problems for many visitors since it is auto-generated from the Google Reader page maintained by GeneaBloggers.

Options for the blog list include having only a link to a separate page – this link could be at the very top and made prominent so new visitors could easily see it.  Another option is to stress the Genealogy Blogs By Type page which might make it easier for users to find the genealogy blog they want.

Please consider entering your preference on the poll below.  Also in the Comments section on this post, please give us any feedback on the site that you think is important.  Thanks!

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16 thoughts on “Your Feedback Needed on GeneaBloggers.com Site

  1. Hi Thomas!

    I absolutely love your site….I agree that the lists of blogs are well served by having the lins that you have on the front page (by type and by title). Having the long list of blogs does nothing to attract folks to any one blog in particular, and does slow the load.

    On another point, I’m not in love with the way the featured articles on the front page just cut off. I know you can link to the full article on another page, I just don’t think it looks quite polished somehow.

    Also, could my AncestorTracking be also listed under Indiana, as both DE and IN are centers of my research?

    Great job,
    Mary

  2. The list has never caused me a page load problem, but removing it from the front page doesn’t bother me as long as it’s easy to find from a top tab. I would really like to see the “blogs by type” as a top tab, as that is how I normally browse for info.

  3. I agree with Deborah. I don’t have a problem with the page loading slow. So a top tab, removing the list from the front page, would be fine. I would also like to see blogs listed by type. Makes it much easier to locate the ones I am truly interested in. Keep up the great work!

  4. Thomas

    Part of me loves the new format and part of it doesn’t. It’s much easier on the eyes than the dark color of before, though I liked the design of the old one. Function over aesthetics as I say…

    This format also allows for more to be included on the home page, but I also prefer to read an article in one place. I get rather perturbed when I get only a snippet of an article before having to click on a link to see the rest. I have always hated reading newspapers because of this: Just give me the story all in one place! So I would suggest to put an entire article on the home page, since you asked :).

    As for the links, It actually doesn’t load slowly on my computer, which is odd since everything else drags! I do think, though, that a tab along the top next to “New Blogs” would actually put it in a more prominent place and make the home page a bit less busy.

    Thanks for all you do!

  5. Thomas, everything you do I think is wonderful! There is so much to keep up with that I understand the format of clicking to another page to finish the story. The site does not pull up slow for me. I do think that there are so many blogs though, that having them on the front page may be a bit much, especially as the blog list keeps growing. I am in favor of a link to the list and also stressing them by type, why not have them both? Awesome job as always Thomas, thank you!

  6. First,thank you for this wonderful site and all you do!It is most appreciated!The Blog list does not seem to be slowing down my computer but I do think it would look better if they were in Categories with a tab to click on at the top.Don’t really care for the ultra-mod look of the page but that’s just me!Thanks again!

  7. I’m on a dial-up connection, and while I DO have problems with a lot of the geneablogs (too many and/or too large graphics), I do NOT have any trouble with the loading of this page of yours. That being said, I tend to like the idea of a tab(s) at the top of the page taking me to the complete alphabetical list as well as the list of blogs by type. And I DO love the break-down of the blogs by topic, and thank you for devoting the time and energy to keeping up with all of us geneabloggers! V.

  8. This template is easier on the eyes but I didn’t immediately love it, although I have gotten used to it. Haven’t quite been able to put my finger on what bugs me….

    I think the blog list is indeed getting a bit long and unwieldy (who ever thought we’d complain about that!). On most pages the main content is much shorter than the sidebars so it feels a bit unbalanced. Perhaps you could have a random featured blog of the day displayed somewhere prominently, along with a link to the full list on a separate page?

  9. Thomas,

    I agree the old site needed an overhaul. My major problem with the new one is that too much space is taken up by the big busy icons next to the article snippets, which for the most part (the star, the bar graph, the flash drive) don’t convey enough information to pay for the space they take up. The icons down the right have the same problem, only mostly I don’t see them because viewing your site on a laptop screen means I get two, MAYBE three of the article snippets, and the tabbed box on the right, and that’s all I see without (a lot of) scrolling.

    I have to admit a personal dislike of the “many articles on the front page at once” style of theme. I suppose my suggestion would be to determine — really nail down — what the mission of geneabloggers.com is, and then design accordingly. Is this a nexus of geneablogs? Is it an entry point for genealogists to learn to blog? Is it a news site re: genealogy? (PLEASE not that, I am already v. tired of reading the same press release in six different places….) Is it something else?

    I hope this rather cranky-sounding rambling is of use, and I want to thank you for all you do for the genealogy community.

    Ambar

  10. Ambar

    Thanks! Your feedback is not cranky – I don’t take it that way. I want people to be honest about their perceptions and feelings as to how the site looks and more importantly to the message and mission of GeneaBloggers! I really appreciate what you’ve pointed out as well as everyone else so far. I think that there will definitely be some changes in the works probably starting next week.

    Cheers

    Thomas

  11. Thomas, I am new to blogging so only looked at it since joining the blogging community. I like what I see so if others do also enjoy it as is.

    I also have second site (blogging) with idea I want to share with you, discuss etc.
    http://brickwalls.ning.com/profiles/blogs/tracking-down-the-elusive-one

    I have two web pages also and they will be moved because they are on geocities and my cousin runs them I pay for them.

    http://www.ourfamilyhistories.com/hsdurbin/ and the source site.
    share with cousin..

    Susi

  12. Having cable internet connection, I haven’t had problems with the page loading. It took me a while to figure out how to get to the “full story” from the home page, but once I did, I did not find it too much of a task to go to a new page to read the articles. (Which just goes to show you, Thomas, that no matter what you do, you are not going to please everyone!)

    I am a little uneasy about the categorized blog list, because my blog defies categorization. I cover everything from writing and speaking to my own family history to historical topics in general to book reviews to . . . I just can’t be put into a convenient cubbyhole. Then again, just looking at the title of my blog doesn’t really tell anyone much, either! (lol)

    I have to agree with Ambar about the large icons, especially as they are not “live” links to the articles they appear with.

  13. I had only recently connected with Geneabloggers when the site changed – it did throw me for a loop at first, but I found what I was looking for anyway. What I have a problem with is the mismatch of text and icons on the sidebar links — I see an icon and read text below it with a line under the text, so I put the text with the icon above the line. Sort of like the line is boxing off the pair. Ooops! It’s just the opposite – the line is an underscore of the test title with the icon below. Oh, well, I figured it out.
    As for list- it is nice, but colld you some how make it columns? Opening the original page is fine for me, but moving to another page is slow – and I don’t care for the way it starts out gray and switches to white. Don’t know if that is me or you.
    I love the categorized links to blogs.
    I second someone’s suggestion that you focus on what the purpose is – Hopefully (in my mind) how to create a great blog and find others, not news of the world of genealogy.

  14. I had only recently connected with Geneabloggers when the site changed – it did throw me for a loop at first, but I found what I was looking for anyway. What I have a problem with is the mismatch of text and icons on the sidebar links — I see an icon and read text below it with a line under the text, so I put the text with the icon above the line. Sort of like the line is boxing off the pair. Ooops! It’s just the opposite – the line is an underscore of the test title with the icon below. Oh, well, I figured it out.
    As for list- it is nice, but colld you some how make it columns? Opening the original page is fine for me, but moving to another page is slow – and I don’t care for the way it starts out gray and switches to white. Don’t know if that is me or you.
    I love the categorized links to blogs.
    I second someone’s suggestion that you focus on what the purpose is – Hopefully (in my mind) how to create a great blog and find others, not news of the world of genealogy.
    Thanks for all of this!

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