New home page for BBC blogs
Today we're launching the Beta of our newly designed blogs homepage and we've added a popup survey to capture your feedback (NB you will need to click through to the blogs homepage to see the relevent survey).
Please take a look and let me know what you think.
Once we're happy that this page is stable and fit for purpose we will begin linking to it from other BBC blogs.
Why we did this
There are nearly 300 BBC blogs on a wide variety of different subjects. We wanted to create a page which showcased the very best BBC blogs but also made it easier for you to discover new content which you might not know about.
There are two use cases for this homepage: the top half of the page showcases what is being talked about in blogs at the moment; this section is dynamic and constantly changing as new content is published. This is for those of you who are looking for some interesting content but without a particular subject in mind.
The lower half of the page is more static to help those looking for something more specific. Blogs are organised by topic and title which can be navigated using tabs or scoped search.
The styling of the new Homepage uses the BBC's Global Experience Language, which brings it in line with the rest of the BBC website.
We have added several new sections to this page. Towards the top, there is a featured section which consists of interesting, dramatic or intriguing quotes from editorially chosen blogs to wet your appetite and encourage you to click through and read more.
The most recent post appears on the left with its quote displayed as a default. If you roll your mouse over any of the other blog images you will see quotes from the other posts.
'Latest on blogs' highlights up to three of the most recently published posts and includes the first few words from these to give you an idea of what they are about and whether you want to click through to read more. This section will be constantly changing as new posts are published, demonstrating the vast amount of content running through blogs.
'Most read' shows you the details of the blog posts which have had the most audience views and is generated from data captured by Livestats (the same BBC tool which is used to populate the 'Most Popular' section on the BBC News pages).
The idea behind 'my recently viewed' is to be personal to you, to remind you about the blogs you've visited before and may want to visit again. This saves you having to check specific blogs to see if there are any updates; when a new post is published it is reflected here.
The lower half of the page is to aid navigation. We have kept the A-Z and organised the blogs into topics based on the results of a card sorting exercise.
We want to hear from you
Please have a look at the newly designed homepage. When you access this page you'll be asked to answer some questions about it. We'd like to gather as much feedback as possible so that we can ensure this page is useful to you.
If you do not see the popup survey, refreshing your browser several times should trigger it. If you have answered a similar survey on a different BBC web page in the last six weeks you will need to delete your browser cookies first.
Jessica Shiel is Product Manager for Blogs, User Services, Programmes and On-Demand, BBC Future Media & Technology