Where's the Calendar?
By greimer on Dec 19, 2006
Most Roller blogs have a calendar that allows visitors to explore the blog's past posts by date. This one doesn't. I thought I'd try a stripped-down approach to blog information architecture.
What I've provided in place of a calendar is a four-layer approach, and I think that it should allow people to find what they're looking for almost all of the time. First, there's a list of recent posts in the sidebar, listing the
thirty ten most recent items. If that fails, there are the category tabs, so that visitors can browse posts by category. If that fails, there's a link to an "Archives" page, where the last three hundred posts are listed. That, combined with most browsers' find in page feature, is a pretty good way to find things. If that fails, the visitor is instructed to use the search feature.
Not very fancy, and stripped down to the bare bones, I know, but honestly what else does a blog need? I think there are some nice-to-haves associated with a calendar, but nothing most visitors couldn't live without. If you think I've missed any good reasons for having a calendar, I'd love to hear about it.