A Question to my Readers

For those who who are still occasionally (or often?) reading this blog, a few questions/observations:

  1. In the last 48 hours or so, I’ve remodeled the site extensively, with a lovely new theme by Presswork. I think the site looks a lot better now than it has in years — at least, on my Ubuntu system and Miss Jiwaku’s huge-assed Mac monitor — and the change in decor has gotten me feeling like blogging a bit more again. Of course, I’m working on getting the older posts sorted into categories and tagged.This is not a small job, since I spent the first few years of my blogging without any tags; once I discovered them, I kind of stopped using categories. And then I started using both in different ways. With almost 4,000 posts racked up on this blog, organizing is not a small task. It will likely be ongoing for some time…  so pardon the mess, please. Some things just aren’t ready to go up (such as, for example, the soundtrack for The Music of Jo Hyeja) and other things still need some updating to render them more useful, such as the front page.
  2. I’ve been surprised, in looking back over posts, at how interesting some of the old ones were. I’m looking for a way of highlighting older posts. I’m not sure whether I want to post them to the front page occasionally, do something automated (like a “one year ago today… two years ago… three years ago…” plugin) or just have a “possibly related posts” list of links to similar posts  following individual posts. Thoughts?
  3. Is there anything missing from the site as you see it? I’ve removed a few things, and moved others generally. (For example, my blogroll is now on a page of its own, which you can access under the HOME menu in the top navbar.) If you see any issues, let me know!

8 thoughts on “A Question to my Readers

  1. Regarding #2: one thing I’ve seen some bloggers do (Greta Christina and Andrew Sullivan come to mind) that I think is cool is that they’ll have a section in the sidebar that highlights what they consider to be their “all-time greats” or their favorite posts on topics that they tend to return to over and over again. That seems like a newbie-friendly practice.

    Greta Christina also periodically posts a summary of an old entry with a link back to the original post whenever she thinks it’s relevant to some topical piece of news, or sometimes just because she wants to. It’s one way to be a curator of one’s own content, I suppose.

  2. Not a bad idea! Thanks!

    Speaking of curating, I’m also considering going back through and culling some content: the dross, mainly. Part of me is leery about deleting it (usually I’ll mark stuff private, not delete) but sometimes when I think about curating, I feel like culling might be worthwhile.

    Well, as worthwhile as anything else that takes the amount of time necessary to go through one’s old posts… hm.

  3. Taemin,

    Thanks, but… er, huh? I don’t have a new job… in fact, I’m slated to be in Bucheon/Yeokgok for almost one more year. Was there something misleading in this post, or did an old post republish somewhere that you saw before coming here?

  4. It was this stuff “I’m now making preparations for my new job. If you’re a regular reader, you might have noticed I haven’t ranted about having applied for jobs around Seoul. I’ll explain that when the ink is dry, but for now, I thought I’d mention that I talked to the Canadian Consular Service in Seoul — or was it the Embassy? Whatever. Anyway, the information I’d been given just a few weeks ago about work visas was true at the time, but had become void and null sometime since, so it was a lucky thing I called.”

    From your post entitled When Governments Are Quarrelling…

    I don’t see it in your blog, but it’s still on my RSS feed.

  5. Weird,

    Yeah, I actually republished that, or changed it status from Private to Public, but the date on it should be waaaaaaaaaay back. I don’t see it on my feed, though… where are you viewing the feed? (I can’t see it on Feedburner.) If you can still see it, is there a date on the post?

  6. Argh, looks like this has been an error for quite some time, and nobody at Google seems interested in fixing it. *Shrug* And here I am, about to start fixing a lot of old posts… well, maybe I should add notes at the beginnings of those I fix, huh? Grrrr.

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