I’ve been working on some functionality improvements on my website for awhile, particularly in regard to the archiving of posts. For a long time, I’ve been manually archiving recipes and other posts through my category pages. I added buttons for my category pages on the menu bar recently, and added a “latest post” feature on each of those pages to make it easier for people to find what’s new in each category if they’ve missed something. But wait, there’s more! I had to do a little more work behind the scenes getting older posts properly sub-categorized, and now that I have, I’ve added a “recent posts” feature as well, highlighting, along with the latest post, the four most recent beyond that and also a new and improved automatic archiving system. Manual archiving was time-consuming, and the new automatic archiving not only saves me time but allows me to provide a more complete archive.
It also made it really clear what I’ve been doing for the past year and where I’m behind. You can see on The Farmhouse Table page that I’ve been doing a lot of cooking! (The Farmhouse Table page was the best manually archived page because I always tried to keep the recipes up-to-date and available, though I’d been slacking recently!) And on The Old Barn page, you can see I’ve been playing with farm animals quite a bit. On the Country Living page you can see I’ve been, well, doing a lot of living. The Country Garden page and the Primitive Crafts & Country Style pages show me up for not doing much gardening or crafting, but immersed as I am in the first year of a farm, I suppose that’s not too surprising. I hope to write much more on those topics in the coming year! I’m going to be the best gardener ever next year! I’m gonna hoe and plant and hoe and not whine about it! (I’m so making that up…. Well, the part about planting. I’ll do that. Not sure about the hoeing, but if I do hoe, there will definitely be some whining.)
With automatic archiving, a number of posts from the past year and beyond are available now in the archives that weren’t available before. However, all the posts on my site aren’t there and probably won’t ever be there because some of my much older posts just aren’t, well, archive-worthy! I started my blog in December 2004. Back then, I can remember having to explain to people what a blog was, and hardly anyone I knew had one. The blogosphere has certainly grown since then! My first post was on Christmas Eve and it was a picture of Princess putting reindeer snacks out on the front stoop before she went to bed. I was using a different blogging platform then and when I later moved to WordPress, I didn’t move the entire archive (laziness), so the archive existing here doesn’t go back quite that far. For the first few years of my blog, I mostly posted about writing topics, books I was reading, books I was writing, and I had a lot of book giveaways. Most of my early archive is not only completely unrelated to the topics of my blog now, it’s boring, so I didn’t recategorize all those posts to work with the automatic archiving. However! Many of the posts from the past year or two that are more topical but were previously hard to find are now available in the new automated archives on the category pages, so check it out! You might find something you missed.
Going through all those posts, I found this cute photo of baby Coco who couldn’t go down the stairs and I just about died of love for her cuddly giant puppiness. Look at her here at two months.
She’s six months old now, still a puppy, and proving every day that she is truly a GIANT one!
She’s got that stair-stepping thing down pat now.
What a good Giant Puppy!! (I know, it’s hard to believe this is just a six-month old puppy, isn’t it? She looks like she’s twenty years old. What can I say? Life is rough on the farm! All that….napping. It’s killin’ her.)
One last note–if there’s something I haven’t done with my site that you wish I’d do, or something you’d rather see more or less of, let me know. I want to hear what you think!