Keeping Older Work Alive And Kicking
Inspired by a recent post from TheLambLiesDown
Finding old articles is often the toughest thing on most blog sites - once a feature falls off the front page it can rarely if ever be seen again. Many readers won’t tend to scroll through archives or search by tags, which can often miss out tagged pages or lead to irrelevant pages anyway. The word cat might be tagged even though a feature only mentions cats once and is really about dogs.
Improved ways to find old articles might be a random page finder; these can lead you to any article written by the same author as long as they have written at least two, or to any feature on the overall site by any author on Persona Pages. Wikipedia has a random page finder which is great for finding work you might never usually think to see.
The search for older articles by authors always assumes the very last one written is the next to see but why not shuffle the deck so just any features we wrote might be next and an archive of all of our individual and collective titles can be accessed easily.
A site like this that keeps articles alive weeks and even years after they were written can be a major investment for its authors who are not dependent only on about the last ten things they wrote.
Shakespeare may not be on the best-sellers list but his writing is still as easy to reach as anything by contemporary authors like Ian Rankin.