Sorry for not doing this over the weekend, but I ended up doing a sudden Harry Potter movie marathon just cause I felt like it lol. In any case, based on the comments from my last batch of sites, I thought I would clarify and correct a couple of things:
1) Content – Content absolutely comes first. Things are listed pretty much in reverse order of importance (though design and post rate/layout are similar in weight). If someone has a clear win on content, it’ll pretty much win the overall, no matter who wins the other two categories. That doesn’t mean I still won’t make comment about the other two categories, but content still rules. Winner of content is a combination of quality of content and total amount of content (post rate x content per post). My deference is to quality, if you just don’t post that often, I may very well not pick you, no matter how well you write. While creating quality content is important, actually creating content, period, is important as well. So someone with medium quality, but a good total amount of content may beat someone with superior quality, but with a low level of content. Having said that, I’ll try to read a bit more thoroughly than I have up to this point to perhaps better gauge quality.
2) Post rate – Post rate only matters up to a certain point. When I see someone posting, on average, about every other day, I pretty much stop counting. I’d consider posting every 3rd day (about 10 posts a month) to be moderate, and someone posting less than twice a week (usually 6 or 7 posts or less per month) as a low posting rate. If someone has recently come back from hiatus, and they haven’t been back long enough to really tell what their post rate post-hiatus is, I’ll look at how they posted before they went on hiatus. If someone is currently on hiatus, then they’ll get penalized for that, depending on how long it’s been.
3) Post style – On this point, I’ll kind of say “my bad.” I think I need to be a bit more clear when talking about this on whether I think someone’s post style is a problem. For example, last time I tried to say that, while a couple of blogs had the IPIP (image-paragraph-image-paragraph) post style, they had done it in a way that didn’t make it so bad. However, I apparently still left the impression that I thought it was bad, so I’ll try to be a bit more clear on this.
4) Design – While this is technically the least important of the two categories, it can still determine the winner if I feel the other two categories are close or counter each other. Also, being a web designer myself, I kind of feel an uncontrollable urge to point out every little thing that I see that drive me nuts about a design. That’s why I include my disclaimer at the top of the posts not to take my criticisms personally. I routinely tear apart people’s designs (including my own). I try not to be too hard on people who have hosted blogs, such as on wordpress, though things like categories, rss feeds, etc. I will take into account since they can put them on their sidebars.
OK, having said all that, I’ll try my first attempt at making a multipage post here doing my reviews. As usual, if you see me criticizing something about your blog, it’s nothing personal. I tend to tear apart people’s websites when I do comparisons such as this, so just keep that in mind.