The sixth, and second-last installment of my nearly-complete first “week of lists” is really only going to be of interest to those of you operating blogs or with an interest in information management. Again, the point of these lists is to go through my meta-topics and so-called “informology” is a career-focused interest for me… and I’m trying to keep it slightly relevant for (a) all my readers, (b) anyone stumbling across meta-blogging information, and (c) in case I decide to cross-post this on my other more topic-focused informology blog. If it helps, think of this like the commentary “making-of” track for this site… this is how I tend to organize posts:
1 : Sort By History
Think about time. Group posts by month or year. You might even make use of a plugin that adds a “this day in my blog history” post that lets users look back on what you were thinking about and writing about this time in previous years.
2 : Sort By What You Like
If someone is reading your posts now, they might be interested to know what you consider to be your best or most interesting work. An “author’s favourites” menu or page helps organize these in one convenient place.
3 : Sort By When You Wrote It
Similar to grouping by history, this time think more recent: what are your newest and freshest posts. A list of recent articles is useful, especially if you’re verbose and your content quickly falls off the front page.
4 : Sort By Popularity
Looking at your stats — or better, using software to rank based on hits — it should be fairly straight-forward to group or list posts based on what is popular out on the web. Maybe you’re getting hits because you wrote about something popular — so, show readers what others think is interesting. (Alternatively: a list of unpopular, under-rated posts might be intersting in a self-deluding kind of way, too.)
5 : Sort By Closely Related Topics
Keywords are one way automating this process, but another way is to build out topic landing pages — a travel writings page, for example — that links similar content that wouldn’t otherwise be obviously interconnected by simple categories.
6 : Sort By Broad Categories
On the other hand, get into the habit of building out general and meaningful categories under which each post is connected at least once. Categories can easily get out of hand, so think much more broadly than you might with keywords.
7 : Sort By Style
Somehow I always come back to my “week of lists” posts. Lists are one style of presenting information, but you’ve certainly got a couple other ways of presenting your thoughts to the public: connect them together and make sure readers can easily hop between your various lists, essays, rants, photo updates, or sporadic bouts of improptu fiction.