I am always a little hesitant when I see the title of a weblog being so-and-so’s weblog/diary/online journal/etc… But with Michael’s Online Journal I was pleasantly surprised.
Upon first loading the page I was given a dark gray background with white and blue text. There are borders around each section (Title/logo area, the navigation, and of course the blog). The design is very simplistic, but works very well.
The blog itself is somewhat interesting. At first I could not get into the blog as most of the posts are very short. But I kept on reading post after post after post, and around page 4 (which happens to be about a week ago’s posts) I got into the short posts. As it turns out, I liked the short posts. They are to the point, which is something I have not seen in a long time and was fresh.
But just because there are bad things, doesn’t mean there aren’t good things. One thing that I liked was there was a fader between pages. I am sure this is an IE only thing as I remember it back with FrontPage 5 years ago. Another nice option is to turn on “Blog-only” which just gives you the blog and not all the side bar stuff. This is nice if you have a small resolution or if you just want to ignore all of the navigation stuff.
Overall we have a good weblog. It is above average, and should have a good following if it doesn’t already. The multiple short posts each day make you want to visit the site multiple times.
Michael’s Online Journal