Quick Note to Website and Blog Designers

Please, please, please. If you have a website or blog for informational or business purposes, include a one or two sentance summary of what your site is all about. I am not talking about personal sites, just those that either provide information on a topic or are selling things.

In getting ready for the VaHomeschoolers Conference (in a little over two weeks! You are coming, right?) I have been pulling together links to our vendors and also putting together handouts for my Beginning Homeschool Sessions. These handouts include a lot of online resources. In most cases I want to provide a brief summary of what they can find if they go to this particular site. I can’t tell you how many websites/businesses do not have any kind of brief statement of what and who they are on their website!This to me seems to be something really basic, especially if you want folks to link to you. But I can see where it would be easy to overlook this.

Anyways, I just needed to air my new pet peeve. You should want to make it easy for people to figure out what you are about and why you have a site. Do so in a sentance or two and make it easy for folks to find it. If you don’t have a place for it on your home page, then at least have an About page that is easy to find.

Of course this is not as necessary for personal sites or blogs. But a good About page does help in these areas too. I know that when I find a new blog, I always check out the About page. I like to know a little bit about the person whose blog I am reading. Gives me some insight into whether I think I might enjoy the blog and I am also just a little bit nosy.

Just some quick thoughts before I head to bed! I will probably be really busy the next two weeks but I hope to keep writing here as much as I can.

If you do come to the Conference, be sure to track me down and say Hi!

~Stephanie

About throwingmarshmallows

I am a homeschooling mom to two sweet, energetic boys although I am probably not exactly what you would expect (definitely NOT your stereotypical homeschooler, if there is really such a thing). I support progressive political causes (yes, liberals can and do homeschool!) and I have found a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have no real idea of how I want to use this blog, but will probably focus on homeschooling, things that I am learning from my boys, personal thoughts and opinions and maybe some liberal politics thrown in, who knows!
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5 Responses to Quick Note to Website and Blog Designers

  1. bghomeschool says:

    Good advice. I’ve been thinking about starting up a site with a friend of mine so I will keep this in mind.

  2. lesa says:

    would you mind giving some examples of what you’re looking for

  3. Good advice! I’ll have to add something to my “other” blog.

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