Reading old posts

It has been brought to my attention that the month-by-month archive links in the sidebar aren’t the most convenient of ways to read through all the old posts in order. They’d be awkward even if they listed the whole month’s posts on a single page, but like the main blog view they’re divided into pages of ten posts each, so to get back to the beginning of the month you have to go to the bottom of the page and hit the “Older posts” link – several times, because each month has at least 28 posts and usually more.

What would really be useful is an archive that lists posts from the oldest to the newest; weirdly, WordPress doesn’t seem to provide one of those by default, but it turns out that it’s possible to dig one out with a bit of work. Therefore, I give you this link:

All the posts in the Reading category in order from oldest to newest

I know of at least one reader who has suffered inconvenience and bemusement because it didn’t occur to me sooner that something like this might be useful, and for that I apologise.

2 thoughts on “Reading old posts

  1. Paul A. Post author

    After a bit more digging, I’ve figured out how to add this link to the sidebar at the bottom of the “Archives” section, where someone looking to read from the beginning might see it.

    While I was messing around with the sidebar, I also made the “Recent Comments” list bigger; the way things have been going lately (and it’s not the first time), new comments have been showing up in bunches larger than the old list size, so some comments never really got to spend time on the list.

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