This has been a long time coming.
Ever since I started blogging in 2017 (WHAAAT?!), I have been wondering how best to promote old content. When I discover a new blog, I used to go through some of their old posts to get the idea of what their posts were about. There were only so many times I could click the “Older Posts” button at the bottom of their page or so long that I could scroll through their endless entries.
Back then, it made me sad that some of my first posts might never be seen by more than a couple of people who joined my community right as I started my WordPress journey. Now, I wonder if maybe that is better since those posts were not as polished as I would like. (But then I ask myself if any of them are…)
If you connect with a blogger who has hundreds of posts under their belt, chances are you will not read every single article they have ever posted. Think of all the lessons, laughs, and advice you missed…
Categories and tags are great tools to aid visitors to your blog in finding content that is relevant to them. However, I am also aware of another way to browse older content without having to endlessly scroll through the feed or push the “Next” button. It is a feature I have been using for a while now with varied intensity throughout the years (?).
Lately, I have not been present in the blogosphere as much as I would like, which means I probably missed quite a few of your posts. Whenever I get the time, I try to “catch up.” It is a lot easier to track what I have missed if you comment on my *cough* rare *cough* posts and then I click over to your blog. Unfortunately, I was unable to read all of your recent stuff. This made me think about ?Random Raiders!
When peNdantry introduced me to this feature, he presented it as a collaborative, maintenance tool.
Have you ever gone back to read your post from a year ago and noticed that the links you included in the article are no longer working?
Have you ever visited someone’s page only to see that the video they shared had been taken down?
If so, ?Random Raiders! might be for you.
All you have to do is to type ‘?random’ after the blog’s address. For example; https://dailyflabbergast.wordpress.com/?random and it will take you to a randomly selected post on that blog. PeNdantry and I have been ?Random Raiding! each other’s blogs for a while now, discovering various broken links that we then either replace or remove.
Why would you want to do that? Well, first of all, your blog simply makes a better impression if it has all of the post components working as desired. Secondly, and possibly, more importantly, it helps with your SEO. Google does not like pages with broken links and it will push your site farther down the list, which will lead to fewer people seeing your stuff.
Whether you would like to join our club to help find broken links, or simply to discover old content, ?Random Raiding! is the way to go.
PeNdantry even implemented that feature into his menu, which allows visitors to his blog to explore a variety of posts with no more than a click of a button. I hope to add that to my blog one day, too.
As always – let me know what you think.
- Will you participate?
- What do you think of that feature?
- What do you think you could use it for?
- Do you click on links within a post?
If you leave a comment, I will be sure to ?Random Raid! YOUR blog. Feel free to return the favor, if you wish! There is so much to explore!
P.S. I went ahead and added a link ‘Test Your Luck’ (I might change the name in the future if I think of a better one) to the top navigation bar on my page. Once you click on that part of the menu, you will be taken to a randomly picked post of mine. Happy raiding! [added November 22nd, 2022]
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