Software Engineering, Project Management, and Effectiveness
I did a few things to try and improve browsing and findability:
I was surprised by how many of my posts related to productivity. Then again, I focus heavily on productivity with my mentees. I think personal productivity is an important tool for turning their great ideas, hopes, and dreams into results. If it's not already their strength, I want to make sure it's a least not a liability.
On my Book Share blog, I changed themes, reorganized key features, and created a best of list. While it may sound simple here, I actually went through quite a bit of trial and error. I tested many, many user experience patterns and relied heavily on feedback from a trusted set of reviewers. Although I used a satisficing strategy, I did try to make browsing the content as efficient and effective as possible. I was surprised by how many subtle patterns and practices there are for blog layouts. Maybe more surprising was how many anti-patterns there are.
Who gets to decide what's "best"? :-p
I guess best is up there with beauty. It's in the eye of the blogholder. Actually, I just prioritized the ones that users said gave them the greatest advantage, utility, or sat.