As my group gets ready to unveil our Nerd News Network site, I went to my friend Chad for some feedback. As a devout nerdist, I trust him to scrutinize our product in an honest, sometimes brutal, way.
Q. So what did you think? Is it a necessary product?
A. Impressive, it’s really an impressive idea. Not entirely new and creative because there are other sites that are similar to this one… but I think with a lot of effort from you all that you could rise to the challenge. I think that although there are a ridiculous amount of nerd news sites out there, a majority are niche. This is quite quirky because of the fact that you all are attempting to parody the anchorman news style combined with a lot of really interesting information. Well, interesting to us at least (he loled here).
Q. Is it aesthetically pleasing?
A. I’m not going to say I love it, but I don’t really dislike it. I think that you need some more neutral colors, there is a lot going on in your header and logo. Simple and sweet.
Q. What are the best parts about the site?
A. I’m a fan of the organized blogging section. Because I’m a fan of so many different things, many of which have similar fan bases, it’s really great to see everything combined into one site in different forums. I’m a lazy person so this just makes my life easier.
Q. What are the parts that you would deem unnecessary or irrelevant?
A. Irrelevant is a strong word… I might look at the calendar that you are proposing to have on there, mostly because that’s a heck of a lot of information to put into one place. It would definitely get overcrowded and confusing.
Q. Would you add anything?
A. How about a sexy nerd girl photo album? Kidding, Lauren, I know who I’m talking to. Not off the top of my head, but I’ll keep it in mind if anything comes to me.
Q. Speaking of nerd girl, do you think I’m going to get any bullying for being involved in this?
A. You mean will the trolls come out to play? Yes, of course. If you decide to do this then there will always be those guys that are sad little men behind their computer screen and feel safe being ass holes. Just don’t let them bother you, it’s not worth it.
Q. Last question, how about a rating?
A. 1- it was horrendous. Ha, no, how about a…. 6. As of right now you have a lot of work to do organization wise, make sure this site is going to be easy to use and explore or don’t do it at all. Also, you need lot’s more content. Get some stuff out there to start drawing in readers and I guess we’ll just have to see what they think.
I got some good feedback from Chad, he really doesn’t sugar coat his ideas- which is good for us because we need the critique. I want to be able to make this site really attractive and full of content before we publish it because you only get one chance to make a good first impression.