Me, time paginated

This website started as a categorised collection of articles, and I've always thought of it as a collection of writings about issues. Now I have finally moved to a "blog" format, all content sorted by time.

Since I've seen the light, I have thought why one would ever bother adding a random year to the address of any of my new page. Actually, the best reason is that it creates a simple and predictable pagination of content. A related and additional benefit is that the flow of time keeps requiring new content.

Pagination means splitting content into "pages" - for example the way Google does when you have 266938 hits but see only 1-10. Not that my website would ever get to 266938 pages, but nevertheless the lists of content can get unvieldy long. It is not a simple task to split the lists in a logical way and keep all content easy to find. Hence, it is very helpful that some pagination can happen automatically (even if it is sorted by the fundamentally random criteria whether page was written in April or May 2007).

And: the blog format keeps requiring new content. That is a good thing. It simply makes me way more productive to look at an empty week than to look at a list of 19 old articles and ponder adding the 20th.

Me, time paginated.

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From Martin     on 2007-05-05 00:16:08

I guess I won't get you to switch to WordPress any time soon, then?

Do you have any plans to offer a feed for your blog? I've just started playing around with feeds on the Google Homepage and am beginning to understand why feeds are indeed so popular.

From Martin     on 2007-05-05 00:26:26

Looks like your time format is off by 9 hours. Now it is about a quarter past 9 a.m.

From Hallvord Reiar     on 2007-05-05 02:46:51

I don't see WP powering hallvord.com anytime soon, no. Main requirement is to make it very simple to maintain the site's bilingual approach, and I also want new items integrated into the old navigation structure - going to hallvord.com/dance/ still gives you both the pre-"blog" and the newer dance-related stuff.

Feeds are currently broken. Will be fixed, possibly next time I post something.

From Martin     on 2007-05-05 02:51:10

Here's cool video that explains the power of feeds - the one that got me started:

http://modifoo.com/2007/04/26/improving-videos-today-commoncraft.html

From martin     on 2007-05-05 03:22:13

As far as multi/bilangual is concerned, that does not seem to be a problem with WP

http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins/Translation_and_Languages

I don't know much php, but I'm sure you could build your own hack to display old content as well.

From Hallvord Reiar     on 2007-05-06 15:18:52

The "Gengo" plugin from http://wp-multilingual.net/en/ looks really impressive. I can see they have solved several issues I've struggled with, in better ways than I have managed so far. I'll probably prefer to keep learning the hard way for now :-p

First job should be a global conversion of the entire site from iso-8859-1 to UTF-8. Not looking forward to that but I know it really should be done..