16 January 2005
Blogging tip: Extended Entries

Don’t use Extended Entries (you know things marked “More” or “Continue reading such and such”) unless you absolutely have to.  For the most part people can bear to scroll down much more than they can to follow a link.  And anyway, if you are finding that you are writing humungously long blog entries perhaps you should consider ways of breaking them up into manageable chunks.

This rule applies to all with the exception of Michael Jennings.

28 December 2004
The 30-minute Rule

The 30-minute Rule was suggested to me by Brian.  It is that up to 30 minutes after posting something you are allowed to alter it.  Which I think is reasonable.  Certainly, in my case, it is only after I have published something that I start to notice the spelling mistakes, typos, missing words etc.  Often it is only then that you find how it truly looks.  Usually you find that new line breaks have magically appeared and old ones have (equally magically) disappeared.

What I don't think is reasonable is either changing the wording or the meaning - especially the meaning.  If you didn't mean it you have to retract it either through a new posting or an update (which I think is OK).

01 December 2004
“Updatable” posts

A few days I sort of indicated that posts were inviolate and could never be interfered with except by the addition of a block of text preceded by the word “Update”.  Well, that’s more or less still true for most things but there are some posts which are constantly being updated that this doesn’t really work for - To Do lists for instance.  So, the To Do list  - and any other post labelled “updatable” is going to be exempt.

24 November 2004

Next problem.  I have just remembered there’s something I forgot to say on the “What is this blog for?” post.  What should I do?  Options: a) Do nothing.  That’s just fine but then I won’t have told people and the post won’t be so much fun to look back on in the future.  b) I could sneak in an update but that sounds, well, sneaky.  c) I could add in an update to the original post marked as such.  That’s probably OK.  And that’s what I am going to do.