I wanted to address a change that went “live” today on OMAAT, and explain why it was made.
Changes to the homepage & blog page
At the end of May we launched the new OMAAT site, and admittedly that was a drastic change to the format of the site (and it wasn’t easy for me to get used to either, as someone who hates change).
To give regular readers the option of having a similar experience to what they had on the old site, we set up the onemileatatime.com/blog page, which just listed all the blog posts in chronological order, and nothing else.
As of today, that page is just redirecting to the site’s homepage, onemileatatime.com (so you can update any bookmarks if you’d like, or just leave it as is). To go along with that, though, we’ve redesigned the homepage to once again prominently display blog posts in chronological order, to give a very similar experience to what was available on the “/blog” page.
Why we made these changes
Let me start by saying:
- If you don’t like the change, I’m the only person to blame, because I pushed hard for this and insisted it was a good idea (so oops if it’s not)
- My motive in pushing for this change was purely about user experience, and nothing else; believe it or not, I spend quite a bit of time navigating around this site as well 😉
When the site was redesigned, we received a lot of feedback about the homepage of the blog, and frankly I shared the frustration many expressed. The goal was to give regular readers the content they enjoyed, while also making it easy for new readers to find their way around.
But I also didn’t like that the homepage was no longer the focal point of the site for regular readers. Furthermore, I thought it was confusing on how many different pages the same posts were being displayed, and I know the “/blog” page created confusion among some. Therefore I asked that we once again integrate all blog posts into the homepage of the site, in a way that makes it easier for people to read, similar to the old experience.
So yes, the “/blog” page is now gone, but blog posts are now loading in the same way on the homepage of the blog — they’re in the same location on the page, they’re in the same format, and you can click “Load More” to read as many posts as your heart desires.
I hope readers like these changes to the homepage, and that this is a good solution that works for both new and existing users. There are some other (legitimately) cool things planned for the front page, but go figure they weren’t quite ready when the site relaunched, which is why the homepage was kind of lame initially. When they go live, they won’t “push down” where the recent blog posts are.
We’re going to try to rotate the posts both in the featured post space, and also underneath the blog post section, to hopefully make for some interesting reading from the archives.
I of course welcome constructive feedback here (if I’m totally off base, feel free to tell me), but this was something that I requested as a genuine improvement to the user experience. I appreciate all the feedback that has been provided in general — we’ve made a lot of updates since the site relaunched, and there are more tweaks coming to hopefully make the experience better.
When OMAAT relaunched, we set up a dedicated “/blog” page, for readers to be able to get the same experience they had before with reading posts. That was largely because the posts weren’t as prominently featured on the homepage.
With the change that went live today, posts are once again prominently featured on the homepage, and I hope that most readers find that this is a good solution. Thanks for reading — I appreciate every one of you!