I have a very well-meaning dedicated supporter of my blog telling me that I have got to create a better index for my posts ~ and on the whole, I agree that a better index would be preferable. The tag system has gotten far past the point where it can practically enable any person to find a specific post about something I wrote five to eight years ago, while the blogger search engine won't search specific phrases at all.
The only problem? That is an immense amount of work. At present, I just wrote last week that I have to concentrate my resources on my book and on the new comics (which are generating interest on facebook and twitter that is unusual for me). I feel I'm letting the fellows down on the campaigns because I'm deliberating backing off, posting less per day and sometimes not at all. I haven't expanded the wiki in a month. And now the question arises that I should go through and systematically "re-shelve" my blog lexicon: a massive task that I'm not convinced will greatly increase the interest in this blog.
Right now, my focus is on interest: getting the present reader to feel safer around me (my being such a freak) and more active and getting new readers to come in and look. Granted, a better index will encourage those new readers to know what they're looking at ~ but if so, just redesigning the sidebar tags isn't going to do it.
Logically, I should ditch the auto-system that blogger provides and make my own index, one that makes sense, that properly identifies the subject-matter of a post, right down to the material value covered in the paragraphs of that post.
At this point, I don't remember entirely what is in this blog. When I want to find something, I go to google, not blogger, then type "Tao D&D blog" and as many meaningful words as I can remember being attached to the post. This morning I found an old, lost post immediately by searching "Tao D&D blog children ability stats", locating something I wrote about generating ability stats for children one year at a time. If I had tried to search for that through blogger, I'd never have found it.
It would make sense if I were to make a series of posts that were largely links on a specific subject, then build list in the sidebar that would compile the link posts. That, unquestionably, would be a brutal amount of work and boring as hell to create.
A few years ago I conceived of writing a post at the beginning of each month that would compile all the posts of that same month but four years earlier. It was horrible. The posts were dull to write and required that I go over material that did little to expand my consciousness, and which generated very little real interest from the reader. My page views per post dropped visibly. So the notion of doing this on a grand scale, dragging myself through a process that people might appreciate while producing a grand community yawn doesn't motivate me.
I'd rather push my lazy ass to get another round up on the campaigns.