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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.

Arthur Chappell

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UK_Writer wrote on January 26, 2015, 12:35 PM

I use tags, but on the "B" site I discovered that tags time out - and even if you "owned" a tag (say your own name), then after just a couple of weeks the page would be empty as tag pages only populated with recent posts. I am keeping an eye here for how long a tag might last before the pot's emptied.

Squidwhisperer wrote on January 26, 2015, 12:45 PM

I suggested something similar in Fizzville - as to the writer having control on what posts were made prominent - but, as with all communication with them, it was like pissing in the sea.

maxeen wrote on January 26, 2015, 1:27 PM

It does work,I was surprised to find a lot of my earlier writes by just using one word.

Maplewinter wrote on January 26, 2015, 2:28 PM

This is all something that I am going to have to look into as I have just started my blog. I don't know anything about that area of computers so I need to learn them.

Kasman wrote on January 26, 2015, 3:23 PM

A better way to find historic posts would be welcome. I keep a record of my own but sometimes I wish to revisit an old post by one of my connections and the only way to find it is to trawl through their profile page.

PriscillaKing wrote on January 26, 2015, 6:08 PM

Some things in my Blogspot archive are apparently very "discoverable" and consistently compete for page views with what's still on the front page. (Unfortunately, none of them's really the hottest topic on the Internet...) Who knows what people will continue to search for after a few years.

Ruby3881 wrote on January 29, 2015, 5:12 PM

Some blogs and writing sites keep posts alive by having a feed for recent comments. This way, if an older post gets a hit because of a backlink or someone browsing an author's profile, there's a good likelihood the post will get additional traffic as it receives comments.