I had a frustrating experience a couple of days ago. I was looking for an entry that I knew someone had put in his blog, but I just couldn’t find it. The title of the entry eluded me and I didn’t remember enough of the content so that search could turn up what I needed. I discovered that when I clicked on the category I knew it was in, only some of the recent content was displayed, not all entries. Ultimately, I gave up and I didn’t find what I was looking for.
What made it especially frustrating was that it my was my blog.
When I consolidated my various blogs into this one on my own site, I said that I wanted to do it so that I could have all my content together and I could experiment with ways of making useful. After 27 months, I just recently passed 1200 blog entries. The amount of material that is now available as back content is now too much to handled and processed in useful ways given the tools I has available. This evening I did two things:
- I reinstated a Google search box for my site.
- I made sure that searches and category archives displayed all the entries, not just some of the more recent ones.
This will help, but it’s not enough. I plan to add more advanced search capabilities so that you can say things like “show me all entries that belong to the ‘ODF’ and ‘Open Source’ categories that do not also belong to the ‘Linux’ category.” That’s a start, but I think more is necessary.
I think I need to fundamentally rethink how I use the categories. For example, maybe I need to mark some entries as ‘read me first’ or in some other way to indicate that they among all the entries that I consider among the most significant or clear or topical things that I think I’ve said about something. This could be added the fact as I see what people are reading the most.
There are other ways of organizing this information and I’m going to start experimenting with them. Pointers to such techniques or other suggestion on how to handle this overload are most welcome.
Incidentally, this is the entry I was originally looking for: “The ONE reason why people like free and open source is �“.