Recently I've had two long trips plowing through my older blog posts. One was in search of travel posts to pin on Pinterest. (Yes! I'm on Pinterest now! And if I may be allowed to say so, I think my boards are starting to look somewhat cool.) The other was to add share buttons on the posts that still feel relevant.
Here's what I discovered: there are quite a number of posts that have fallen back into the archives, where they are unlikely to be found by any but the most diligent and non-busy surfer. And they might be relevant, and might interest more recent readers/followers of this blog.
And so I thought, There must be a way to organize these older blog posts to make them easier to find.
Then, for the eleventy-millionth time, I discovered I can make this website do lots of things I never knew it could do.
Too late for long story short, but I've added both a blog index widget on the right sidebar of my blog, and an actual Blog Index page. The widget allows you to access older blog posts both by month and by category. The Blog Index page does both of the above, but also links to each and every post by title.
So if you're new here, take a look around the Index page. If you came here because you like photography or the great outdoors, click on Hiking, Kayaking & Travel. If you're a pet person, the Pets, Mine & My Readers' category might be fun. If you want to know more about me as an author, there's Announcements. And if you want to know more about the me behind the books, try Opinion Pieces. Pay-It-Forward interested folks have their own category, of course. And there's a Just For Fun category that brings you four crazy authors (present company included) betting the writing of a short story on the Kentucky Derby, and the truth of my relationship with the Princess Lamballe (I have none, but I guess that's a spoiler).
And of course my recent Author Friday category takes you directly to the author interviews, which turned out to be an even better idea than I'd thought.
Technology marches on. And I trudge after it.
Thanks so much to my new friend Cathryn for helping me notice that my subscription button had become a little hard to find. Then I placed it in a very obvious location (right under the list of most recent posts), clicked it, and discovered it doesn't work for Chrome users. So thanks to my friend Bob DeLaurentis, I now have two brand new subscribe links. They are Feedburner-based, and allow you to add the blog to almost any feed reader, or simply subscribe by email. As I said earlier, technology marches on. And I stumble after it. Sometimes close behind, sometimes farther back. But I'm getting there.