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22nd March 2010

The other week I posted about the design of this site and the grid I used. I am still pretty proud of that post but was slightly disappointed that I didn’t receive any comments or feedback.

Time Passes…

A few days later I was plugging through my feeds in Fever, as usual I found something that looked pretty interesting and clicked through to the site to read it.

Once I was there I read the first paragraph, part of the second, skimmed the next couple, glanced at the comments, closed the site and returned to Fever.

Then I realised the problem.

The Problem

It’s already a given that people don’t read on The Internets, there’s so much information available it becomes more efficient to absorb the content from multiple places than it is to sweat the details of one particular blog post or article.

I spend days stressing over the navigation and flow of websites. A user needs to be able to find what they need, get to it, consume it and move on. Heaven forbid they stop and take the time to actually read and enjoy the content.

Blue Sky Solutioneering

My proposal, and something that I think will compliment Project52 perfectly is to make sure I read, and I mean really read at least one blog post a week, for a year.

I’ll update this post every week, with a single post or article which I have read, savoured and enjoyed, and then maybe you can go and read it too.

  1. Week 1

    The Complete Pride And Falls

  2. Week 2

    Redesigning Portal: Valve’s Artist Speaks

  3. Week 3

    The iPad Launch

  4. Week 4

    A Case for Space

  5. Week 5

    Hostages Rescued by Courageous Racist

  6. Week 6

    The scariest pricing idea ever. That works.

  7. Week 7

    Should Website Budgets be Required Info

  8. Week 8

    Back In

  1. Ashley Baxter

    22nd March 2010

    Evening Andy! I’m glad you found my post interesting enough to click through, but sad I couldn’t hold your attention :( I’m a big reader on the net, but I because I usually find things of interest while I’m working, I file them away to read later and tag them as MUSTREAD. I think the iPad will improve that aspect of surfing the net for a lot of people. Don’t you?

  2. Andy Pearson

    23rd March 2010

    Your post was more than enough to hold my attention, I went back and read it through completely. In silence. So I could really concentrate.

    Unfortunately I’ve developed a habit of skim reading everything which works really well for taking in new code or general browsing and not so well for anything that needs more than ten seconds of my attention.

    It’s just a case of developing a better habit, and I think I am going to give Instapaper a try, so I can save my MUSTREADs for when I have time to engage with them.

    I think the iPad is going to be a great device for getting reading back to its natural environment (a comfy chair?) in the same way Apple TV/PS3/Boxee/etc get video content back to the sofa.

  3. tgpo

    27th March 2010

    Cool idea. I may adopt something similar.