Bridlepath is a blog about horses in a very general context. The main focus on the blog is to provide videos from the popular website Youtube.com, pictures from all around the internet. Along with the pictures and videos the blog also provides some in depth news and comments about horse related news.
The design is a edited version of a basic wordpress theme, however the colors go well together and the whole site blends well. The header image is somewhat generic and can draw the user away by in essence showing the site not to have to much unique content, however once the user looks past the header they will be pleased with the content. The main design was broken when I looked in IE, the menu that provides links to other areas of the blogs was stuck down near the bottom of the page, I suspect this to be due to the size of some of the images used in the blog, and in turn some users may get confused by the lack of menu where they would normally look. However the menu is clean and provides many links to useful resources, however the blog does also contain some rather excessive amount of links to both Blogging tools and other horse blogs, with around 100 outbound links on the main menu some users may think that the blog owner almost wants them to leave there blog and go somewhere else. The menu contains the ‘top posts’, there is no way of finding out how ‘top posts’ is defined, however one would guess it is the most read posts, and in which this is a very handy tool to interest the user and get them to the content that others liked, world example at the time of writing this post the top post is a topic about the world’s smallest horse. I do somewhat feel that the blogger has tried to stick to much into one blog, when looking over at the Categories the visitor sees the normal horse related topics such as books, history and more, however they also see rather random categories such as Paranormal, Spookies!. Despite these still relating to horses they are rather oddly placed in a site that one could see as being a good resource. I feel like categories of such content could work well own there own blog, however do not work as well if blended with other blog posts.
The content is dry and in fact I can not see much unique content, which is a great shame being how there is a lack of blogs related to horses. The large amount of youtube videos make them seem more like a vlog than a blog, and I feel that the area of horses has a target group of people who like to read and gather more information rather than sit and watch a video. There should be a mix, so for every video there should also be written content to relate to the video, if only a small paragraph. It is for the lack of content and the menu issues that I am giving this site only a 2