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August 11th, 2011 23 comments

For a long time now, I’ve written something new pretty regularly. Once every five years, like clockwork.

Three books in ten years

In between, I’ve never published much of anything. For example, 185 tweets in 2 years, and almost all of them just blatant (“Come to my workshop!”) self promotion.

140 characters just isn’t enough room for me to rub two thoughts together. And writing a whole article is as daunting to me as writing another whole book.

But I’m finally at a point where it seems silly to go for years without putting anything out there. So I’m going to try blogging.

I may not post often, but I will try to keep the signal-to-noise ratio high. (Or low. Whichever is the good one.) Hopefully, some of it will turn out to be useful to someone.

As my friend Joe Ferrara said in high school, “I can’t tell you anything you don’t already know, but I’d like to clarify a few things.”

Wish me luck.

Categories: Usability
  1. August 12th, 2011 at 14:26 | #1

    Glad to see you launched a blog. I have no doubts that it’ll be great like your books.

    Congrats on the new site launch!


  2. August 12th, 2011 at 18:33 | #2

    Good luck (as requested) and hurrah.

    Having received your emails threatening this blog for a fair while now, I’m looking forward to the odd (probably irregular) pearl. I’ll probably blog it myself :)


  3. Steve Krug
    August 12th, 2011 at 18:48 | #3

    @Neil Allison

    Thanks, Neil. I’ve been crying “Wolf!” (or “Blog!”) for so long, I was sure no one still thought it would ever really happen.

  4. Steve Krug
    August 12th, 2011 at 18:50 | #4

    @Lyle Kantrovich

    First commenter! And it’s Lyle, one of my favorite people in the usability racket. A good omen.

    Cue the confetti….

  5. August 16th, 2011 at 11:26 | #5

    hahaaaa, you’re funny Steve!

    Welcome to the world of blogging where many are landing and even more are quitting every single second!

    now seriously, I’m a big fan of you. Your books made me discover huge mistakes in my websites and even if I’m just a coder and not too much of the design skills, I could make them to be more enjoyable for the end user.

    Love your talk about Amazon’s website which probably suffered the most changes in this area of usability, speaking of big companies who are also happen to make huge money.

    Any idea for when a conference in Toronto?

    Cheers from Canada,

  6. Gaby Abi Aad
    August 16th, 2011 at 11:26 | #6

    Congratulations on your new blog! Will be looking forward to more regular email updates now (definitely won’t unsubscribe :-) quite the contrary actually). Any trip or workshop in the UAE by any chance?

  7. August 16th, 2011 at 12:08 | #7

    Looking so much forward to this… I know your blog will inspire me, make me laugh and make me wiser..
    All the best from Copenhagen :-)

  8. August 16th, 2011 at 12:17 | #8

    Yeah! I’ve just subscribed your blog to my feeds… Good luck!

  9. Adam
    August 16th, 2011 at 12:21 | #9

    I am pumped!

  10. August 16th, 2011 at 12:44 | #10

    Nice! Looking forward to your posts!

  11. August 16th, 2011 at 12:58 | #11

    We look forward for your posts, many have started following the blog already.

    Aji Issac

  12. August 16th, 2011 at 15:31 | #12

    Good luck ;)

  13. August 16th, 2011 at 16:05 | #13

    “Don’t make me think” is one of my favourite web-design books.
    Its chapter “Omit needless words” is my favourite, and not because it’s so short :-)

    I try to use the “Omit needless words” principle for most of my written communication.
    “Omit needless words”, combined with an introduction that answers 5W+H (the questions: Who, What, Where, When, Why and How), can make written communication more effective!

    I am looking forward to your blog!

    PS: I obviously haven’t used 5W+H in this comment ;-)

  14. August 17th, 2011 at 05:49 | #14

    I will follow this very closely:)

  15. August 17th, 2011 at 08:52 | #15

    Welcome to the blogosphere Steve, glad you finally made it ;-)
    I’ve been receiving your email updates for some time now and you always manage to make me smile. You are one of my favourite sources for online usability wisdom. As of now this blog is in my Google Reader.

  16. August 22nd, 2011 at 16:57 | #16

    Well, as one who has put a toe tentatively in the blogging world myself, join the club of the reluctant. But, in your case, I know it will be Great Stuff!

  17. August 24th, 2011 at 03:42 | #17

    Hey Steve, congratulations on your new blog! I’m happy to see it’s finally here, I enjoy reading your thoughts.

    Looking forward to read more from you. Good luck :-D

  18. September 20th, 2011 at 15:22 | #18

    hey Steve,

    Love both Don’t Make Me Think and Rocket Surgery Made Easy, and am very happy to see my favourite usability writer get into blogging. Let me know if you have any questions on blogging or WordPress etc that I can help with :).

    Speaking of which: can you write about some usability issues in people’s favourite CMSes?

  19. Steve Krug
    September 20th, 2011 at 15:38 | #19

    Thanks, Gabriel!

    Gabriel Goldenberg :

    can you write about some usability issues in people’s favourite CMSes?

    I would, but I don’t have any first hand experience with CMSes. Maybe one of these days. (I do sometimes feel like I should try to delve into some niches, like higher ed sites and library sites, for instance.)

  20. October 9th, 2011 at 14:59 | #20

    @Steve Krug

    “… feel like I should try to delve into some niches, like higher ed sites…”

    As someone constantly pushing the usability agenda in a UK higher ed institution could I just follow up and say – “YES. Please, YES.”

    If I’ve achieved nothing else, I like to think I’ve got your book onto a few more shelves around the university :)

  21. November 27th, 2011 at 07:32 | #21

    I like “Don’t make me think” book. It make new idea for design.

  22. September 23rd, 2012 at 14:50 | #22

    Hi Steve – Just love your books – getting ready to do a workshop on Usability and reviewing Rocket surgery again LOL … Thanks;-)


    • Steve Krug
      September 23rd, 2012 at 17:05 | #23

      Thanks, Peder!

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