If you haven't heard of it before, Bloglovin is basically a site to aggregate all those blogs you like to follow.
Just to let you know, this Blog is now on there and you can follow it and keep up to date with it by clicking this link:
If you have your own blog, and it isn't on one of the standard blogging sites like Blogger or Wordpress, and you want to know how to register with Bloglovin, see this article from Anna Dray's lovely website of lovely arty and crafty things for info.
I'm still fairly new to the idea of blogging, particularly for any purpose. As with a lot of people, somewhere in an attic or long-forgotten drawer, I have old notebooks filled with angsty teenaged emotions from when I kept short-lived diaries at various points in my life, and then as I got a little older, there's a Livejournal account, a Blogger account, and huge swathes of my ramblings all over Facebook. But to actually write and maintain a focussed blog... well that's a whole new adventure.
Follow my blog to see how I do.
You can also click on the Bloglovin pic (their pic - not mine) in my sidebar to achieve the same effect.
I have been using a new tool on this website before I properly launch it.
It's called Peek: http://peek.usertesting.com/
The idea is, that you submit a website, and one of Peek's community of users will use your website for around 5 minutes, while recording their screen and voicing their thoughts out loud. Peek also has a couple of prompt questions to elicit useful responses from them. The idea is that you get real-world feedback about your website: how it looks, its usability, any issues with it, what stands out about it, etc.
Here's one of mine: CLICK
It has been massively useful for me, and surprisingly nail-biting, watching and hoping they like it, hoping they find the things I've put there. Even watching where the person's mouse moves to is useful. I can see when they seem a little lost about where to go next and tweak things to make it clearer. Watching the video and seeing my website with that heightened level of anticipation and hoping people find what I want makes it glaringly clear where my website needs tweaking, even before the users start talking.
I'm not being paid for this, but I would recommend running your own website through it at least once (you get three free goes a month) because just watching the video almost and knowing there's a fresh set of eyes behind it gaves me a whole new view of this website that I've become so familiar with since I set it up.
#usability #user #testing #website
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