One year ago, as a volunteer work, I created a blog for an event. The good news is, the organizer didn’t have to fork out a single cent for Internet presence. The bad news is, the blog challenged the way they thought how a web site works.
I was helping to blog regularly for the event. As you know, whatever we blog now comes up at the top. I remember being told not to blog any more for time being, because the last blog post was so important that it had to stay at the top of the home page. In another case, the committee chairman told me a post had disappeared! It had “dropped off” the home page after a few newer posts were put up!
With the advent of World Wide Web, we became so used to the way how a web site organized itself, that is, hierarchically with menus and sections. But blogs changed the way how a web site works.
On blogs, the latest piece of information comes at the top. Then as we put up more posts, the previous post will “drop” down in the home page slowly to the bottom, until “disappearing” into oblivion (actually hidden from the home page).
Frankly, when I first started to read blogs and publish a blog, I was not so used to how it worked too. I thought it was not “user-friendly”. But as time went by, I started to see the logic and got familiar with blogs now.
Instead of an almost dead hierarchical web site, a blog site is just like a live person who changes from time to time. Rather than just looking at the same old and cold content, a blog gives a more personal touch, a plus point for businesses. It encourages more interaction with the users, through links, search box, comments, widgets and others.
But there are still many who think blogs are not the best way to organize information. As “the customers are the kings”, we must not be so proud to assume that blog is the best architecture for a web site. But just like other technologies, I believe blogs will evolve to be even better and more useful.