Whn looking for information and ideas on a topic I like to browse through a few items that might be related as this can help to prompt me to think about side effects and consequences that I might need to consider, so, to make it easier for people to find related information when searching my blog I’ve been adding a number of new categories to the list on the right, and adding URLs to the end of each article that generates a listing of all items in the same category as the original article.
To keep the mechanism useful I’ve set a limit of 10 articles for categories that I use in this way, and will try to ensure the category contains a set of articles that builds a useful picture of a topic rather than being a set of articles which just happen to contain the right key word.
The process is ongoing so some articles aren’t categorised in this way at present. Some articles belong to more than one category, of course, and there are some articles that aren’t sufficiently important to merit inclusion in a “further reading” list.
It would be nice if I could get the listings to appear in order of publication; unfortunately they appear in reverse date order. If anyone knows how I can change this, please let me know
Footnote: In a similar vein to making it easy to find related information – if you haven’t already noticed it I have a “random page” link in the first list in the right hand panel – this is largely for my benefit because I like to take a few minutes from time to time to read stuff I’ve written in the past. It’s a little task that lets me correct grammar, spelling, formats and, inevitably, the odd error – and sometimes it even reminds me to write the next part of a multi-part blog.