I’m experimenting with ways to make it easier for occasional readers of this blog to quickly find the weightier posts here, without compromising readability for people who read more often. That’s why I’ve been sticking selected posts to the top of the page.
However, sticky posts are confusing, as has been pointed out to me. So I am trying a new experiment, namely the aggressive use of the “More” tag (which appears as, “Read the rest of this entry”) to fit as many posts as possible into a scope that readers can take in at a glance. We’ll see how that works.
Ideally, we would implement a Slashdot-style post-rating system to allow readers to filter posts using their own criteria. But such a system is beyond my technical ability.
Alternatives that are more doable include a filter to display only posts that have received more than a specified number of comments, or to allow filtering of posts by author. (I am wary about filtering by number of comments, because some of the best posts here receive few comments, but allowing filtering by author seems like a no-brainer.)
Creation of a distinct area on the blog’s front page, or of a separate front page, where the posts that hold up best with time can be set apart, is another alternative.
Comments on this topic are appreciated, of course. In making suggestions, please keep in mind that I am trying to make the blog more attractive to people who read it occasionally or who are coming across it for the first time.