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  • Hey Rarst,
    A good for any blogger yar.. I think you should have a Contact form also dude.

    What you say?

  • @Lax

    I hate working with HTML forms.

    Seriously I think they are mostly to filter spam blah-blah-blah… If visitors can simply mail me in comfort of email client of choice – why force non-consistent form on them?

    Still thanks for comment and suggestion. :) Maybe I will force myself to implement contact form when doing email subscription one.

  • Pali Madra

    It is good to see bloggers helping each other.

    I have another suggestion though. You have changed the bullet images which is good but the present bullet image looks like a checkbox. There are some nice bullet images at http://www.intersmash.com/300images/

  • Just found your site via FreewareGenius…like what I see. Thanks for the great info.

  • Blog does look great!

    For me, I hate inconsistent forms too. I just have the email me link. My email address is 10 years old and gets about 5,000 spam emails a day, so a few more aren’t going to hurt.

  • By the way, I *LOVE* the social tab, and will be adding one to my blog soon. I hate those widgets on my home page but never thought about putting them in a separate page with a link.

    Thanks!

  • That was one of the best designed bullet lists I’ve ever read through. Great work there! :)

    The one thing that strikes me to change would be to take the www. out of the logo. It’s not part of your name, it doesn’t need to be typed to get here and it looks blocky in the logo.

    (And I agree, recent comments in the sidebar looks cluttered usually. Too many links and too much text :( )

  • @Pali Madra

    Yep, Helping is good but asking for feedback all the time may be noise to readers. That’s why critique projects and long-term offers are great in my opinion. :)

    Thanks for confirming the buttons, I also got the checkbox impression but wanted some time for impression to settle. Remade them to more solid grid look. Better?

    By the way link you provided is awesome but those are not free for grabs. Showing others work without proper license on it may be ok for collecting but not for incorporating in your design. Don’t want to end up known like “guy who stole bullets from NYTimes” or something, right? :)

    I see your blog using Statement theme too, so bullet advice applies to you as well. ;)

    @Tim

    Freeware Genius was one of the blogs that really pushed me to start my own so I am generally well liked by visitors from there. :) Still this is not a copy and I am not as focused as Samer.

    So software posts only a part of content here, feel free to pitch me question or topics if you are looking for software to do specific task or whatever.

    Bookmarked your blog to browse later.

    @Tony

    Thank you! This post was to demonstrate a bit that I am really working on feedback. I know the content is important, but isn’t it nicer to read good content on good design? :)

    I hear you on email! Mine is like 8 years old, who needs those forms? But almost no spam which is strange considering how it is all over the net over years.

    Social tab is work in progress. I need to add more action buttons like I did with Technorati there and maybe some widgets. Still one of the rules I set from the start was – no social widget crap in sidebar. It plain doesn’t fit in this looks.

    Also shows it’s good to look for unusual solutions. People really notice and remember unordinary features especially when it provides value or usability to them.

    @Michael Martin

    Thanks! I am totally crappy at design so limited to tweak what I can trying not too break too much. :)

    I know the logo sucks. It isn’t even logo just placeholder image supplied with theme to edit your details in.

    I decided not to invest in logo from the start. Started on free budget to research and learn where to waste money. Seems like time really came to invest in logo so I am working on that. :)

    Thanks for awesome RSS collections. Had you bookmarked for them them but read through last posts and subscribed as well yesterday.

    PS your logo looks awesome on gravatar, great design

  • I like the changes you’ve made mate, it gives a little something to your blog. Still impressed by your 147 readers…I don’t want you to think I’m thinking you’re faking hehe :)

    Your new RSS section is great also, the RSS logo is a little unique and it’s hard to miss.

    I say bring back the 125×125, I’m open to do a “banner exchange” with you anytime if you want to fill some space.

    The search is a great addition, every blog should have one.

    I would add the top commentator plugin as well, it helps drive some more comments.

    I have the same comment everybody have with the logo, but I know it’s on the way so I will simply shut up.

    I would also say kill entrecard, but how know how every bit of traffic count ;)

    Keep up the good work!

  • @Ben

    Yeah, RSS is good. On a cold weekends when traffic is dead I think “at least some RSS clients on computers that were forgotten turned on downloaded my feed”. :)

    I’ll think about 125 but at moment don’t want to. I mean it’s not like I need to have them to be a blog?

    Search was always there! Only its original design kinda sucked for contrast.

    I have issues with top commentator idea. I mean it’s value for five readers out of hundreds?.. How is it useful for the rest? You know that I am dofollow on links – it’s fair to everyone who comments. Turning it into competition isn’t really so in my opinion.

    Logo… It’s some kind of perverted reverse branding already. Not “Your brand rocks, man!” but “You rock, man! Get yourslef a brand already!”. :)

  • @ZK

    You mean getting logo? :) Yeah, it’s tough task. Not like you can go on flickr and find your identity.

  • @Rarst. “Physician heal thyself” applies to me for sure. You are the inspiration sir.

    I would also not recommend using the images on the link provided as they are because as you said the images are illegal but the ideas are good ones and one can replicate them. Sorry if I gave the impression that you should use them.

    Keep the good work going.

  • I love the styling of the ordered list used in this post.

    I have also not found a popular post plugin that works properly. On my own site I have simply added a category called ‘popular’ with a bit of code to show the posts added to this category on my sidebar. This works well for me as I can now decide exactly which posts I show under ‘popular posts’ simply by adding or deleting this category from the relevant posts.

    Your theme looks nice and uncluttered. Personally I think all it needs now is a frog or two. :-)

  • PS, I just took a look at your social page – very impressive.

  • @Pali Madra

    Yeah, it was bit unclear and I was sleepy so played it safe. :) Thanks for one more link, I’ll check it out.

    How do you find new version of bullet?

    @Lyndi

    Hm. Nothing special about the list, really. I only cut some overcomplicated code theme had on it. It’s tiny and simple CSS styling:

    .entry ol { padding:0; margin:10px 0px 10px 30px; list-style-type:decimal;}
    .entry ol li { background:#f5f5f5; list-style-type:decimal; padding:5px;}

    About popular… Tracking visits is pain. I think I’d like something like “X posts with most comments in last Y days”. I am clueless in PHP, and hadn’t seen plugin that can provide that.

    Maybe you could code something like that, Lyndi? Doesn’t seem too complex. I am clueless in PHP, will have to read on it in the future as I progress in blogging.

  • I read up on Rajeev’s blog everyday. He has many great tips on blogging and social networking. Great guy!

    -Kai

  • @Kai

    Can’t say I am dedicated reader of his (I am getting tired of metablogging stuff lately) but I do drop by from time to time – quality blog indeed. :)

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