I'll review your blog first. There appears to be some quality content on there and I'm glad that it is represented well through good use decently sized text. The search bar, recent posts, categories and recent tweets are nice to have on the page. In terms of usability and user experience, though, I see some defecencies:
- It would be nice to have a break down of all the post on the blog. Something like an index page or table of contents. Currently, it looks like the entire post is listed, instead of having just a snippet of what the post is about. I think you want to show the user a larger picture of the content hosted in your blog and have an easier way to navigate through it all instead of scrolling down through them.
- It is usually a best practices to include links to your RSS feed and social media profiles at the top of the page. It makes it easier for people to subscribe to your blog feed and follow you/contact you in other popular sites.
- General conscensus amongst designers regarding cloud tags is that they're useless - most users don't even pay attention to them. A better alternative would be to list all your categories by the number of articles they represent in the "Categories" section on the sidebar.
Also, some design deficiencies:
- The footer of page is another good place to include navigation links. You don't want the user to scroll to the top of the page just so they can click on the home or about link do you? You can also include links to other interesting and related blogs, links to your social network profiles, and another link for your RSS feed.
- Under an article's header, change the 'by admin' part to display your name.
- Also, the tweet button looks a bit misplaced. It pushes the text from the first paragraph to the side, so it looks off. It would be better placed on the far right, on the same line displaying the article post date and author.
That's all I have at the moment. I hope this was helpful. Good luck!
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