Sunday, March 11, 2012

Blog Transitions - Finding Posts

As noted previously, this blog is currently in transition to a new look. A few things have gone well, but I've gotten tripped up by others - like indexing.

It might come as a surprise to you, but there is an index of blog posts on the home page for every view format (Magazine, Flipcard, Mosaic, etc.). To find it, move your cursor to the far right-hand side of the screen where there are some tiny (almost invisible) gray tabs. When you move your cursor over them they will pop out and become visible. The third one down lets you search for posts by labels. It should pull the posts up in the same view format you are using.

This label search function actually works pretty well for posts that are properly labeled. However, I'm having some trouble getting the program to take and hold the correct labels without a tremendous amount of work. For now, just realize that not every post is properly labeled. Eventually they will be.

In time I hope to set up the Flipcard view to run off of ALL labels (now it only reads recent ones unless you first scroll all the way to the end of the blog in another view). I am also working to fix the problem leading to blue text on a black background.

I am also planning to put a simple  geographic index on the home page for the default Magazine view, which would provide a simple, easy to find and use link to all posts by location. Again, it could be awhile before I am able to get this done. Until then, use that pop-out label tab on the far right.

I'd love to hear from you what you would like to help you find posts and navigate through the blog. Do labels and an index work for you? Would you prefer a clickable map or word cloud or something else?

Let me know what problems or frustrations you run into as you move around the blog and let me know you'd like to see!

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