Curiously I am wondering if my writing goals are being served well within the technical limitations of a “Blog Format?”
Much like a daily newspaper a blog presents Today’s Feature while yesterdays is relegated to recycling, never to be read again.
It is a linearity that does serve the read up “something fresh” often, but buries content older than a few posts.
This post is my 700th to “With Varying Frequency – Amateur Radio Ponderings” – a milestone that is a bit fluffed by several dozen articles posted twice.
The REPOST series was recycling with a purpose when I had finally figured out some of the technical issues with WordPress.
There are also perhaps a hundred Date/Time or From the Hamvention Floor posts that were never meant to be “virtuous content.” They were quick bulletins and not much more.
There are also a quantity of “experimental posts” where I toyed with things political, social, scientific or that just interested me. I’ve chosen to reduce the appearance of non-Amateur Radio posts by pushing my other ideas for posts to two other blogs (linked in the sidebar).
I did keep the iCard Series, which runs some 60 posts, as the main non-Amateur Radio series.
Whittled down to “core” Amateur Radio posts there remain perhaps 40 to 50% of my posts which might have use for readers if made accessible in a hyperlinked menued format, rather than in a linear blog.
Accessing these posts is mostly an indexing problem – providing a framework for the material to be grouped and accessed.
I’m looking at several possible options to make this material more accessible:
- Teaming up with other writers in a Meta-Blog
- Moving the content to a Traditional Website Format
- Moving the content to a customized WordPress hosting situation where more indexing features could be added.
- or my current leading idea, creating a separate website that mostly is a front-end indexing and linking the content in a cohesive manner.
This Meta-Index would be an interesting project that might have more utility than just working with my own blog content. A Meta-Index could potentially offer up a front-end indexing that hooked together material from several blogs, conventional webpages and self-contained content.
It could be a resource that help access old poorly linked pages.
How would this differ from say a Google Search?
In that the focus would be established hyperlinks presented in a webpage structure, not as dynamic search results.
There are some current Meta-Index projects I will be investigating and I’d very much welcome your ideas.
In the end I would like to make the Educational & Information-Sharing articles I’ve created more accessible to other Radio Amateurs. The rest isn’t important.
Thoughts & Ideas?