This blog serves to provide a positive articulation of liberalism by grounding the liberal political view in a historical context and applying it to today. The point that gets driven home time and time again is that the liberal viewpoint puts citizens before government, and that is always a good thing.
Visual Aesthetics – 5
While this blog does have some great historical images of thinkers and politicians representing the classical liberal position, the overall impression one gets of this site is that it is sloppy. The header area is a predominantly bland black background with grey text and a few images slapped up in a not-so-coordinated fashion. The layout of the site is the real downside here. The middle column of text is far too narrow and a major visual turnoff.
User Friendliness – 7
I’m torn on this one. On the one hand, there are loads and loads of ways to move around this site; many user centric features. Unfortunately, the site is not well structured and overwhelms the user. There is just too much on the main page.
Reading Enjoyment – 9
When I was busy moving my eyes from right to left (because of the short lines), I really found myself engrossed with the material. The best part of the site is clearly the positive thesis of liberalism that one finds by reading the various quotes on the main page.
Useful Info – 9
If you give this site time, you can peruse through its treasure trove of information. There’s a lot of knowledge to be gained about true liberalism, but the sad part is that the information is presented without much attention to deep site structure; a structure that would allow you to browse through one section at a time. Rather, the main page is ever present in virtue of the right and left navigation bars.
Overall Experience – 7
I’d like to be able to say that I got over the poor site layout, but I just couldn’t. The blog isn’t bad. The information and commentary is fantastic. But I was constantly distracted by the extremely narrow middle column for text content. If the blog was to get a structural and graphical overhall, it would really be a candidate for the Bloggy Award.