Journal: News & Comment

Sunday, October 10, 2004
# 9:56:00 PM:

Post pages

Permalinks to this entry: individual page or in monthly context. For more material from my journal, visit my home page or the archive.

Months after Blogger added the feature, I have changed the permanent article links in this journal to point to individual pages for each post. That means that this post, for example, lives in three places:

  1. The home page at—more specifically, on the direct page anchor at #109747107200483967 (until it scrolls off the bottom).

  2. The monthly archive page for October 2004 at journal/ 2004_10_01_news_archive.html, or directly at journal/ 2004_10_01_news_archive.html#109747107200483967 (which is the long and messy way all my permalinks used to appear).

  3. Its own individual archive at a simpler address: 2004/ 10 / post-pages_10.html (why did Blogger add the "_10"? I don't know).

All previous links (using style 2 above) still work, so I think the new scheme in generally beneficial, with its shorter URLs and simpler organization. You can even go to an address like 2004 and browse your way through by year and month.

What you don't get is any context in the new permalink archive pages: you no longer have the post still sitting next to its immediate chronological neighbours for that month. And most of the archive pages have a really long sidebar that far overhangs the actual content of the page too. Still, you can always visit the archives to browse by month the old fashioned way, and see what else I was saying.


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