Cut to the chase

Posted 16 years ago by Evan Tishuk

Earlier this afternoon, Tom sent me a link to It's a decent (if somewhat cluttered) design, but what I liked best was the quick blog and author profile at the top of the page:

Designation: personal site. Established: 1999. Location: Amsterdam. Profession: Editor. Age: 40+. Personality: INFP.Date: May 8, 2006

I think all personal blogs should carve out some room for that essential information. The Myers-Briggs "INFP" is an especially cool touch (I'm an ENTP if anyone cares). So if you're getting ready to redesign your personal blog, why not just list these basic facts plus something idiosynchratic. It's faster to read, easier to write, unobtrusive and cuts to the chase.


tom sherman ~ 16 years ago

I like that idea. I basically lifted your exact idea and put it on my site.


Caroline ~ 16 years ago

I think the main reason for my rather brief biography is the fact that after a decade of working online and writing leads for the company website, I have forgotten how to write anything longer than a paragraph. Thanks, though. I do wish I, and my site, weren't as cluttered!

Evan Tishuk ~ 16 years ago

Caroline: Thanks for stopping by. You need to have a blog where the content column is so skinny you can't write more than a paragraph ;) I have to ask though, where did you get that woodcut artwork (at least it looks like a woodcut or something)?

Caroline ~ 16 years ago

The image is part of a scan I found online, it's from the Everyman text.

Jeremy ~ 16 years ago

I like my "colophon" tab, dammit. :-)

Evan Tishuk ~ 16 years ago

Jeremy: But your blog isn't a 100% "personal" blog, so I'll let it slide this time.

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