Blogs - Consume
From Social Patterns
A user wants to consume commentary, events, images and videos on a regular basis by a specific person.
- Use this pattern to bring a more casual level of commentary to readers as a complement to more formal editorial content.
- Combine this pattern with Comments and Tags to encourage reader participation and conversations.
The individual blog post should contain these fundamentals:
- Title or headline
- Post – This is the main content of the posting.
- Short description. This can be an abstract extracted from the main content post or a separate field can be provided to allow a separate abstract to be written.
- Date stamp
- Time stamp
- Author. This is especially important if your site has multiple blog authors. (see Attribution)
- Tags or Keywords. Allow the author to pre-tag the post.
- Comments – most blogs allow for the option for readers to leave comments on a post. When comments are enabled, the number of comments for the post should be displayed and should be linked to the comments. The Comment link is the call to action linking to the comment form.
- When comments are enabled, there should also be tools available for managing spam. A common option is holding comments for review to allow the moderator / blog owner to delete spam before approving comments for publication. In recent years there has also been the creation of technology, like Akismet which provides and API to developers, that will pre-filter spam.
Presentation of Posts
- Present posts in reverse chronology.
- Allow the option for posts to be presented on an index page with a title and short description linking off to the longer full post.
- Provide the ability to have a single page for each individual post.
- Archive past posts. Consider archiving by date and by tag or keyword.
- Provide a search capability. Search titles, content and tags.
- Allow users to subscribe to an RSS feed of the blog. Consider allowing users to subscribe to a specific category.
- Provide an about area or page for author information. Information about the author lends credibility to the blog.
- Unless the blog is private, allow posts to be crawled by search engines.
Blogs have been around for many years now and are a core part of both personal and corporate websites. They allow informal announcements and commentary on topics of interest to the authors. Blogs with comments and tagging enabled allow sites to build a two way relationship with their readers.