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    Question Asking for an Opinion on My Professional Blog

    Hello readers & potential responders.
    I have recently created a blog on a subdomain of my website, and would like a few peoples opinions on how it looks. The blog is meant to promote myself as a potential employee, to potential employers, in a way that I personally have never seen before.

    I blog about my goals and achievements, show off some of my work, and just tell people about my days in general, or what is on my mind.
    In order to give potential employers a look into who I am, in a professional, modest way.

    The blog is located at http://rob.ThePCWiz.info and i would appreciate all comments, questions, and suggestions.

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    Re: Asking for an Opinion on My Professional Blog

    don't use <marquee>

    never

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    Why not use <marquee> ? i was kind of diggin it... i like it. does it not come up correctly in some browsers? I mean i could prolly just remove it fine... no problem.

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    Re: Asking for an Opinion on My Professional Blog

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob@ThePCWiz.info View Post
    Why not use <marquee> ? i was kind of diggin it... i like it. does it not come up correctly in some browsers? I mean i could prolly just remove it fine... no problem.
    About <marquee>:
    1. it is distracting and does never look good. it may look good for a kid club website, but not for professional website.
    2. it is deprecated/non-standard tag. browsers only support it as legacy.

    Some extra notes:
    3. Avoid inline styles, use classes/ids and a separate css file. It looks dumb at first, but it makes a huge difference in the future when you start to work in big websites. I'm talking about those lines:
    Code:
    <div style="height:400;width:100%;overflow:auto;border-width:2;border:groove;">
    <div style="border:2;height:75;width:100%;overflow:auto;border-width:2;border:groove;" align=center>
    You could instead use (I'm using both id and class):
    Code:
    #maincontent { height:400;width:100%;overflow:auto;border-width:2;border:groove; }
    .latest { border:2;height:75;width:100%;overflow:auto;border-width:2;border:groove; text-align: center; }
    in the stylesheet
    Code:
    <div id="maincontent">
    <div class="latest">
    in the content. Much easier to read/understand those <div>s.

    4. Those borders are ugly, and the main content needs some spacing/padding. Perhaps something like (using the same notation as the last example):
    Code:
    #maincontent { padding: 24px 48px; line-height: 1.5em; }
    .latest { text-align: center; }
    see how your site will look much better without the borders and with the extra spacing: http://omploader.org/vM2U0Ng (I made the changes using Firebug, which is a neat tool for a webdesigner)
    Last edited by Tibuda; January 30th, 2010 at 02:29 AM.

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    Re: Asking for an Opinion on My Professional Blog

    to get to the resume, you have to mouse over downloads, then documents. it's simple and the menu is nicely done.

    however, i reckon very few potential employers are going to stay on the site long enough to figure that out and download it. you may wantg to consider having an even easier and more obvious link to it.

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    Re: Asking for an Opinion on My Professional Blog

    Quote Originally Posted by squilookle View Post
    to get to the resume, you have to mouse over downloads, then documents. it's simple and the menu is nicely done.

    however, i reckon very few potential employers are going to stay on the site long enough to figure that out and download it. you may wantg to consider having an even easier and more obvious link to it.
    +1. One possibility would be to mention the download menu in your blurb.
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    Re: Asking for an Opinion on My Professional Blog

    And never call people "potential" anything, it's bad either way.
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    Re: Asking for an Opinion on My Professional Blog

    Yeah scrolling marquee is sooo 1999, I had loads on my neopets website when I was 13. and it screams "I can't afford/can't use flash" and it's not very smooth on most computers, and I seem to remember that it didn't work at all or some people, but then that was 10 years ago so who knows if that's still true.

    Too many fonts.

    For the entire rest of your life: Choose 2 fonts. Stick with them.

    And the scroll boxes, uch, this is what it looks like on a wide-screen computer:
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    Last edited by RabbitWho; January 30th, 2010 at 01:31 PM.

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    Re: Asking for an Opinion on My Professional Blog

    I like your menubar & menu pulldowns - very sharp looking.

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    Re: Asking for an Opinion on My Professional Blog

    Argh! Marquee! Kill it!

    A few points:
    • Get rid of gimmicky markup such as marquee
    • As mentioned above, define all your styles in a proper stylesheet
    • Don't use javascript for layout, and make sure everything with js degrades gracefully
    • People don't read websites, they scan them: full width text is difficult to scan. Go for about 6-10 words to a line max, and use a sans serif font. They're easier to read on screen. Grey on white isn't the best choice of colours either, go for higher contrast.
    • Don't host a "prank virus" on your site, it makes you look like a script kiddy
    • Why is your "latest" section only 75px high? You've already got more content than it will fit with two items. Scroll bars just hide the content from your users, which will annoy them.
    • You're use of borders is a little inconsistent. Your content on the page and your header don't line up at the right. Besides, what's the point in having a border on an area that spans the page anyway? Borders are there to help delineate content, there's nothing wrong with skipping them if they aren't needed.
    • The amount of items you've got in your menu doesn't really call for a dropdown IMO.
    • If you're hoping to pick up work through this site, how do people contact you? Make it really obvious, put it on ever page. And include some content on the site detailing your skills (ie: more than just "I work on computers". People probably won't bother downloading your CV unless you give them a reason to.
    • Check your code for W3C compliance for HTML and CSS, I wouldn't hire anyone for web work who hadn't bothered.

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