Help! What do you love or hate on websites and blogs?

Can you believe it’s already November?!

The Fall weather has gotten me in the mood for some serious reorganizing, including revamping my web presence.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be working with a web designer to create a totally new look for my website and to integrate my blog into it. I’d love to get your input!

I’ve been trolling the web looking for things I like, and things I don’t, so that I can give the designer a good sense of how I’d like the site to work.

For example, my new publisher would like my site to have more of a romantic suspense feel than it’s current romancey lilac colors. I love the suspense look of a white-on-black site, however, I can’t read them. I mean that I literally can’t read white on black for more than a paragraph or two. My vision starts to go hazy with white lines floating across it and I get a headache.

Do you have any experiences like that? Color combos you love or hate?

What do you currently like about my Sandra Orchard website? How about this blog?

I’m talking about anything from content, to the location and type of page tabs, to the amount of white space, to one- versus two- versus three-column formats.

What do you go to an author’s website for? Book extras? Writing tips? Resources? To learn more about books or upcoming ones?

What do you wish more authors would have on their websites? Feel free to share links to your favorite examples.

Any pet peeves about websites, blogs?

My biggest frustration with some blogs is figuring out how to leave a comment if someone hasn’t already left one. Sometimes the icons or words are so small that if you’re not familiar with the blog template, the button is impossible to find. If you’ve found a blog that is not like that, please share the link, I’d love to check it out.

My designer will be using a template, which limits me somewhat over the html design I’m currently used to, but it’s a lot more economical way to go in terms of design time, and hopefully he’ll have the expertise to mold it to my preferences.

Your Turn: I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the above!