I’m a week into my “Month of Posts” challenge and have so far managed to post every single day. It has been good fun: trawling through old forgotten posts whilst reflecting on blogging in general. I posted a few days ago about the problems caused by tags, of which this blog has many; moving on from this is the question as to how do I attempt to curate a three-year old blog that has hundreds of posts and thousands of links and hyper-links. All of this got me to thinking about how to curate the uncuratable.
Although, allow me to first mention that ‘uncuratable’ is not – unfortunately – an actual word. But ‘curate’ is, as noted in this dictionary definition:
verb (used with object), cu·rat·ed, cu·rat·ing.
- to take charge of (a museum) or organize (an art exhibit):to curate a photography show.
- to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation, as music or website content: “We curate our merchandise with a sharp eye for trending fashion,” the store manager explained.
At the moment navigation around the site is based on four main strands:
- Clicking on posts uploaded on the main home page (which seem to scroll on for infinity).
- Clicking on the Categories section to go to a specific area (these are outlined on the right hand side and on a top bar).
- Clicking on the tags (as mentioned in a previous post).
- Clicking on links between articles (which are, admittedly, in differing quality and quantity).
My main intention is to make the process more accessible, and part of this Great Reform of 2021 is the bonfire of superfluous tags and a reorganisation of categories. Along with this, I’m hoping to spend time auditing posts to add useful hyperlinks where needed. Beyond that, I’m going to use a few ideas that I’ve seen on other blogs: providing easily accessible links to other articles at the end of posts. It is an incredible simple and straight-forward idea, but seemingly one that has only struck a chord with me after three years of blogging.