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I don't care for Haloscan.I'm investigating my opt...

2006-01-22T22:25:00.000-06:00

I don't care for Haloscan.

I'm investigating my options. The manual builiding of post category directory posts is exhausting to even describe or think about.

I hate this quandry I'm in. I don't know if high traffic A listers worry about such things.

I have this strange feeling that blogs are more ongoing episodes, like a soap opera, than libraries or filing cabinets.

So blogs are a flow, not a set of static web text objects.

This is not readily admitted, and I still need to investigate this esoteric aspect of deep blogology.

Blog flow vs. blog info is the case here, do you just keep pace with postings, or do you dive into archival mysteries?

blog stats should tell the tale



Thaks Steven for giving me all your thoughts on th...

2006-01-22T22:16:00.000-06:00

Thaks Steven for giving me all your thoughts on this.

FYI. It's a negative on upgrading blogger, I checked. From Blogger Help:

Can I order Blog*Spot Plus?

"We've stopped taking orders for this product, though Blog*Spot Plus features are still fully supported for users who had previously upgraded. But don't worry- we're working as hard as we can to build fun, new stuff into Blogger for everyone to use!"

You can archive your posts by title with this work around:

http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=892&topic=41

It's better than nothing but doesn't solve the problem of organization by month, which is as you say, usless.

I agree that we need to do something, but it needs to be something automated, or I already know I won't do it.

I am also a little dissapointed that Blogger doesn't support automated trakbacks. I have been using HaloScan, which also gives me a great interface to track comments in one place. But it doesn't autofind posts like Typepad and WordPress.

As for WordPress, that may indeed be the solution, but I would hate to have to build all new stats and get my current readers over there.



Carrie: but do you use the hacks to implement mean...

2006-01-22T01:28:00.000-06:00

Carrie: but do you use the hacks to implement meaningful post categories and is it easy to label and lump them?



you may have already checked these, but in the blo...

2006-01-22T01:01:00.000-06:00

you may have already checked these, but in the blogger help section there is a list of blogger hacks... i seem to recall seeing some that involve archive categories or something similar.



Kami: I'm not too thrilled with myself for letting...

2006-01-21T22:29:00.000-06:00

Kami: I'm not too thrilled with myself for letting my blog go so long without solving the archive and info search problems of my blogs.

Monthly archives are utterly meaningless except in some blog that is logging a time-sequential entity or date-relevant series of events, and even then, just "March 2004" will not mean much to most, I would imagine.

I can offer two solutions to your problem, solutions I myself must decide upon quickly:

1. A quick fix is to go into your template, go to the sidebar and insert a linked list of categories, with each category link (i.e., "CEO Blogs", "Damage Control Blogging", "Podcasts as PR Tools", with the most differentiating information weighted to the beginning of the phrase) going to a post that acts as a directory listing those posts that fall under that category.

So you're creating new posts, which you will want to fudge the date on, change it to an early period of your blogging, in my case, May 2004, just to relegate it away from main page of blog.

These posts will consist of a title "CEO Blogs posts" perhaps, then the textual content will be a hyper linked list of those relevant posts, what you choose to select from all your monthly archives.

I suspect grimly that this will be time-consuming and wearisome, but we should do it for our audience to date mine us. Otherwise, they have to just click on months and go down the scroll or post titles, and may still miss some relevant posts.

The other Blogger solution is to upgrade to Blogger Premium, if I recall correctly, to get the archiving by categories functionality. I believe I'm correct about needing to upgrade. I'll have to double check that.

2. Start a free WordPress blog, hosted at WordPress for free if you wish, and start experimenting. That's what I'm sporadically doing. The archive categorization function is easy, per post, just an added feature of post composition, like date, title, comments moderated, etc.

WordPress blogs are very easy and offer far more administrative powers, more webmaster-ish gizmos.



Steven, I am especially interested right now in th...

2006-01-21T09:24:00.000-06:00

Steven, I am especially interested right now in the archiving issue. Since Blogger doesn't have categories I am looking into other options. I was told by Technorati that they are working on enabling their new personal tag cloud with RSS. That might be an interesting way to let people dig in to older posts.

I also think the overall archive issue (ot per blog but of all blogs) is a problem becuase it denies newcomers from seeing what was said before on a given topic. For instance, the common "pr is dead" meme that seems to pop up every few months.

I guess that those who don't know the past are condemned to repeat it. This is especially true in the Blogosphere.