Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Just remember that.
I started adding breaks for pictures like I see other sites do. I started adding sidebar blocks like other sites do. I changed themes and layout and font size. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the results so far. I checked my favorites sites and didn't try to copy them, but I tried to take the parts I liked best about the way they were designed and make my own site do the same thing for me.
So when I started writing up my thoughts on encryption and the whole bundle of issues that sprang up in the Apple vs FBI and access to the iPhone case, I wanted to make my writing as fun to read as theirs. I know I haven't succeeded (yet) but in the process I started trying to make the page easier to follow.
I read a lot.Pretty much all day, every day, I'm reading with short breaks for a few TV shows (on Netflix, or Amazon Prime or the like) and sleep. Most of my reading is on websites. Probably half of what I read is technical or related to work in some way, but the other half is for entertainment alone.
I don't think he cares that he is doing it wrong.
I love to read codinghorror and cracked because they are fun. The words and phrasing they use make me choose to read them for recreation.
In the process, I started looking for interesting and compelling pictures I could break my writing with. I found a couple that I wanted to hang onto in this blog post:
I'm also establishing a few rules for what I think makes a website fun to read:
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