This blog has been around for many years and there’s a lot of gold buried in the archives. The problem is that the state of the art in blogging software doesn’t make it easy to find older content. You can sort of search by category or you can google keywords but these are very crude and imprecise ways to do what should be easy.
This problem afflicts most established blogs. There is no reason — other than the arbitrary limitations of the journal format used by blogging software — for it to be difficult to find specific content. We’re not kids discussing our social lives. The contributors here post serious work and much of it remains worth reading years after it was written. The journal format is inadequate.
One way around these issues would be for someone to edit and organize the blog’s archives into a book in either online or paper form. But this would be a tremendous amount of work and it would need to be updated periodically to incorporate newer content. Alternately we could expand our list of “best of” links, but doing this also requires a lot of work and is impractical for the listing of more than a handful of links.
Is there an easier way to organize blog archives, using software? By this I mean, how might blogging software be improved to make it easier for bloggers to organize and readers to view blog content by topic or theme? I think it might help to incorporate a RoboHelp-type tool in the admin editing interface to make it easy to create a TOC and populate it by dragging and dropping from a comprehensive list of posts. And then to make a TOC view of the blog available to readers. These are ideas off the top of my head. What other solutions might work?
Please feel free to discuss in the comments.