Results tagged “archives”

Reviewing The View

December 14, 2006

A few days ago, I foolishly described a table of my blog archives as my favorite view of my blog. As with all posts that I only spend 30 seconds writing, it got some good responses that really showed how little thought I'd put into the whole thing.

First, Tim Bray offered some good feedback on what he called The Dash View. I should quickly point out that lots of people, including me, have used this kind of display years and years ago. I've also had it on my current sidebar as my archive list for months. So I'm not pretending that it's any kind of innovation, just something neat to look at. Tim improves upon the design by listing his posts by month along with a count of the number of posts.

Jackson Miller followed up with some useful points as well, and Mark Bernstein muses some more about the name (I used to call my daily links "Dash Bored") but his closing point is the most interesting one:

Chronological access is literally geeky: we're exploring it because we can, not because it's useful. It's far more useful to provide good topical access, and still better to link things together. But if dates are what you have, then it's better to represent and use the dates than to treat your archives as fish wrap.

I've found a much better date-based organization of blog info: Ryan's got a year in review post that helps me remember just how eventful 2006 has been for me, too.

My Favorite View of My Blog

December 8, 2006

One of the great things about having been a blogger for a long time is that I can present my old posts in interesting ways. I've been experimenting with a big table of every month that I've been blogging, since I started my current blog in July of 1999. I like this a lot better than a regular calendar display, a drop-down list, or a long series of months listed.

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
  Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan
  Feb Feb Feb Feb Feb Feb Feb
  Mar Mar Mar Mar Mar Mar Mar
  Apr Apr Apr Apr Apr Apr Apr
  May May May May May May May
  Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun Jun
Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul
Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug Aug
Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep Sep
Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct Oct
Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov Nov
Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec

It's probably not the easiest format in the world to scan, but it sure makes all those posts look more impressive than they are.

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