Last month, in What’s wrong with my site, I picked three small improvements and assigned them each to a different “Future Shane”.
fix the Information Architecture (IA) of this site. If someone comes to ShaneG.ca and reads an interesting article, it’s difficult for them to explore. That’s a problem because there’s over fifty great articles that they might like.June Shane, June 2019
So I (July Shane) got out the sticky notes and tried to make sense of the content of this site.
Step 1: Write all titles on sticky notes
As I was writing the title of each post onto a sticky note, I put them up on the wall in chronological order. It was very pleasing to see that I have had no months without a post in over 2.5 years.
What wasn’t pleasing was when half my sticky notes fell onto the floor.
I think many years ago they came out with Super Sticky notes which seems like a complete contradiction of the value proposition but I think it’s just an acknowledgement that the original formulation fell off more than we’d like. I don’t think of them as Super Sticky, just the proper amount of sticky for most uses.Steve Portigal, Dollars to Donuts podcast
Next time, I’ll get the Super Sticky notes.
Step 2: Arrange by topic
I then moved all of my sticky notes to the floor so that gravity could work for me instead of against me. I grouped the blog posts by topic and tried to give meaningful names to each group.
Step 3: Implement
After a couple more iterations, here’s what I came up with.
For comparison, here’s the old one.
I still don’t love it but it way better represents what I write about most. It also is simple enough to fit into a top-level menu instead of a hamburger menu, which I’m sure August Shane will appreciate.