Lording it over the internet
Zixian pointed me to this blog – http://www.lordsoftheblog.net. As she said, it is quite amusing how the 70-plus members of the House of Lords are more active in blogging and reaching out to the public than our beloved local MPs. P65-blog, wherefore art thou? An impersonator has taken your place, reclaim thy honour.
There are so many things wrong with the p65 blog that I don’t even know where to start. Let’s just start with technical details.
1. A 13-year old can do a much better job at building a website than the train-wreck the p65 blog is. Hell, an average wordpress or blogspot blog feels and looks much better than it.
2. Are those cut-off heads of our MPs that vaguely trophy heads on a wall supposed to somehow appeal to the younger generation? It is so freaking juvenile, and unappealing. Not to mention our highly intelligent MPs look rather stupid.
There is no need to treat us like idiots that are fascinated by cut-off heads, really. The average under-35 net-using singaporean appreciates a clean, simple interface, and not Nickelodeon-like graphics.
3. The slogan – “It’s where we talk”. Seriously? Seriously?!
4. No RSS feed. After I just told you how much I hate looking at the site, do you really want to not provide me with a RSS feed that allows me to read the entries without going there and getting turned off, and subsequently never coming back?
5. Updating of content – most of the time, it is Baey Yam Keng and Lam Pin Min who are posting entries. Some of the MPs have not posted for more than a year.
6. Quality of content – can anyone spell boring?
Here’s where I personally volunteer to redesign the entire site – for free. Seriously. I’ll consider that my service to the nation (though this is not my nation). And of course, I won’t be getting paid for it, so you know, I don’t think I’ll be accused of being a PAP mole by the internet conspiracy theorists. But of course, the content will be up to our beloved MPs.
Update: One of the commentors pointed out that there is indeed an RSS Feed, but you need to open the iframe in a new window. Talk about not being user-friendly.