Political blogs are quite popular these days, and when well written, are a fun read regardless of what side of the partisan fence you are sitting on.Â The Thunder Dragon blog is no exception.Â When first landing on the Thunder Dragon blog, you will quickly appreciate the newsy articles this blog has to offer.Â The Thunder Dragon blog is a blog written by Chris Hawes, who is a recent university graduate and political activist and enjoys writing about his political views and ideas, and what you can expect of the blog, which is a blog that covers global politics, with a focus on the UK and the United States. See this for yourself through any of the most recent bloggeries which include: Cameron Direct to Watford, Lib Dems And A Hung Parliament, I donâ€™t like driving in my car and A Tax On Chocolate.
The blog is well designed into a clean and organized template which upon first glance, makes navigation very simple, however navigation becomes a little cumbersome as you move through the blog.Â Bloggeries are left marginalized and appear in black text on white background with a black border around the blog giving you a newspaper feel.Â There is also a double wide right sided navigation system where you can find all of the blog meat.Â In the navigation system you will find very little in the right sided bars, as the navigation moves with you as you scroll down the page.Â Content contained here includes some blog widgets, a Recent Posts Menu, Comments Menu, and Blogroll, however the font is very tiny on these features and it may take you a few minutes to see them enough to use them.Â The blog also offers a top navigation system under the header where you can travel to the home page, About, Blogroll, Comments Policy, Copyright, Email, and RSS information.Â Most bloggeries are accompanied by relevant pictures to the content which makes for an enjoyable read and adds some definition and life to the overall appearance. I don’t understand why the sidebar slides with you as you scroll down. It looks to me like it’s stopping us from accessing some of the data such as “Recent Posts”
Overall this blog gets a 3/5 and needs a few tweaks to make it an exceptional blog, however, this blog does not have far to go in that respect.Â Although it does have the basic features that make a blog easier to navigate, the sliding sidebar kinda confuses me and cheapens the appearance. Â Placing these different features on the home page in a more static location would make much more sense.Â Â Also, the blog features are too small to read and a different sized font would change this.Â Further, some additional blog meat needs to be added such as the standard Categories Menu to make reading easier for the readers if they are looking for a specific topic.Â The color scheme also makes it difficult to read the different features and focus on the content and black text on blue background in the navigation system is very hard on the eyes, and may make readers wander elsewhere.Â However, the blog does have a lot of information and the content is quality enough to carry this blog.Â Activity is great as well with new bloggeries many times a day, which is always great to see in a blog.Â Overall again, just a few tweaks mainly to appearance and navigation to make this blog more user friendly and this blog is well on its way to successful growth. If you’re reading this and you change your layout be sure to contact us so Rob can add you to the directory; also with a simple change this blog could easily be a 4+/5.
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