Blogs offer us labels, tags and categories for organizing our posts but all of these are poor options. Blog archives are also not an inviting way to explore a blog. I wager very few people click on these options to chronologically read a blogger’s past posts.
Table of Contents & Index Posts:
If you will look at my side bar you will see a “Table of Content”. The links are to index posts where I have organized my posts not-chronologically, but by themes. I also annotate the posts to help readers decide if they might enjoy the read.
See my post on Indexes here.
Using Index posts and a Table of Content is like turning your blog into a book. It is much more reader-friendly and inviting. Your posts will not disappear if you use this method.
The advantages of the Table of Content method are many:
- Helps you organize your thoughts
- You can easily look-up your past posts.
- Helps you refer back groups of posts when discussing in comments.
- You can later use groups of posts to create a better summary or write a book or make a YouTube video. (one of my goals)
- Cleans up your sidebar
- Lets readers see what you think in a mere glance
- Allows you to re-organize your blog easily.
For Mac users: I am using OmniOutliner as a tool to keep track of my table of content. I love this tool.
For WordPress Users:
To make a “Table of Content”:
- Go to your dashboard — look down the left menu
- Find “Appearance” and click on “Widgets”
- Put a Text widget there and type in the HTLM codes necessary for the list.
- Here is the HTML I use: <li><a href=””></a><li>. If you don’t know how to do HTML, find someone to help you — but it ain’t difficult, trust me.