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Dr. Darin Davis

Minnesota independent pro wrestler discusses past experiences and the current state of pro wrestling

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I’m going to continue to keep track of how much of the weekly TV wrestling programs I watch, but I’m no longer going put those long postings and detailed graphs on the main page.

I created a new page/tab at the top of this blog for the TV viewership information. I’ll update it about once a week with the latest data, and probably just post a brief notice that it’s been updated.

I’ve been reading a few more things recently about blog formats and site designs. One thing I’ve tried to do in the past that it looks like I’ve gotten away from is mix up longer and shorter postings. I’m also trying to mix up some of the quicker news-related items (like the Daivari title win) with stories that are longer and specific to this site, like the training camp stuff.

I took a look at the main page and imagined what someone coming here for the first time would think. All I saw was extremely long postings of interviews and then a whole crap-ton of graphs. What’s up with the graphs? Isn’t this a wrestling site?

There were some decent (in my opinion) postings that got bumped off the main page because of some of this stuff, and to some people it might not be immediately clear that those are still available with a mouse click or two.

The advantage of having it a separate page is that it doesn’t get in the way of the normal flow of information posted here. People who are actually interested in that information can have a look at it. Everyone else doesn’t have to scroll past it. The only disadvantage I can think of is that it doesn’t show up in the RSS feed for the site when it’s updated. Posting a notice should take care of that issue, though.

If you do not contribute to a web site, or are not interested in web design and usability, you can skip this one. Go ahead, I won’t feel bad. Remember, we talked about this in my previous entry? I’m giving you an out- go ahead and take it.

On one of my previous posts, I found myself spending a lot of time putting in hyperlinks to things I was referring to, which made me wonder if I was putting in too many [part way through I switched from hyperlinks to just using bold text- things were getting out of control!]. I’m sure you’ve seen sites where practically every other word is linked. The author might think they are being helpful, but it can seem like it takes you a half hour to read one sentence.

I ran across an article on a software development site called Coding Horror. I’d recommend reading the full article, but below are a few of his points that stuck with me the most:

#2. The first link is the most important one. The first link will garner most of the reader’s attention, and the highest clickthrough rates. Choose your first link appropriately. Start with the important stuff. Don’t squander your first link on a triviality.

Makes sense. Leads into #3 as well…

#3. Don’t link everything. Using too many links will turn your text into noise. This works in two dimensions: excessive linking makes text difficult to read, and excessive linking causes deflation in the value of all your existing links. Link in moderation. Only link things important enough to warrant a link.

Because there are readers that have varying levels of knowledge and viewership of professional wrestling (including none), I sometimes feel like I need to provide a lot of links. If I mention Hall & Nash (didn’t link this time), they may not know who they are or the significance of their appearance in WCW, for example. It’s really easy to go overboard though.

#5. Don’t title your link “Click Here”. Don’t even use the words “Click” or “Here” anywhere in your link text. Describe what the link will do for the user when they click on it.

That is so Web 1.0 😉

#8. Don’t make your content depend on links to work. Not everyone will click on your hyperlinks. Either they’re too busy to click every single link you put in front of them, or maybe they’re reading your article in another format where they can’t click on the links: print, offline, or mobile. Either way, it’s important to provide the context necessary to make your content understandable without the need to visit whatever is behind those hyperlinks.

This is another good one that I struggle with. A reader should be able to understand what you are writing from context. Visiting the links should just provide them with more information, rather than being necessary to figure out what you are talking about.

A bit off topic, but hopefully it was useful to somebody.