Three must-read posts from my blog archive about a random topic.
One of the reasons I’m not blogging as often as I used to is that ever time I come up with an idea for a topic, I realize (belatedly, sometimes) that I’ve already written about it and I don’t have anything new to add. This could be because, at this point, I’ve been maintaining this blog for nearly eight years. There are over 2,000 posts here and I can’t begin to imagine how many words that is. (We all know how wordy I can get.)
Every once in a while, I stumble onto one of these old posts and read it in its entirety. Sometimes it’s like reading someone else’s blog — I simply can’t remember writing these things. Other times, when the post covers the details of a trip or a chain of thoughts about something that happened in my life, it brings back memories that I’d forgotten. It’s almost embarrassing to admit, but I really enjoy reading these “deep cuts” from my own blog.
The strange part is, although this blog gets a modest 1,000 hits per day, many of the best posts are seldom among the day’s hits. I find this frustrating. To me, some of them are truly good content that I know certain readers will enjoy. It’s some of my best content, yet because it’s buried in the blog or it simply doesn’t Google as well as other things, it remains buried.
So I’ve decided to launch a new feature on the blog that I’m calling “Must-Read Monday.” The idea is that on Mondays — maybe every Monday, at least for a while — I’ll share a list of three blog posts about a specific topic that I think are among my best on that topic. If you have a real interest in the topic, I urge you to check out the list, read at least one of two of the posts, and then, if you have something to say about it, add your comments to that post.
As I pull out these old posts to dust them off (so to speak), I’ll likely spruce them up a bit with updates, sidebars, and possible title changes, all in an effort to get them a bit more exposure to search engine robots. Please don’t hesitate to link to them if you think others would benefit from what they contain; the links will not change. I might also split a few of the very long posts into multiple parts, since I’ve realized that I usually put more words in each blog post than the average visitor wants to read. (When will I learn?)
At the same time, I’ll introduce a new must-read category, which I’ll use to tag all the posts. Clicking that category in the tag cloud (once it appears) will bring up a list of all those posts. On the next site redesign, I’ll likely list those posts on a new page.
I do want to stress here that the posts I list will not be the most popular posts. They’ll be what I consider the best posts. Sadly, there is little intersection between the two groups — and that’s why I’ll be doing this.
Any thoughts on this? Any blog posts you’d like to nominate? Any topics? Speak up in Comments.
And look for the first Must-Read Monday this coming Monday.