New Feature: Introducing the ChangeBlog

I’ve just added a new feature to The Hobby Blogger that I hope will help solve a couple of problems:

  1. Give my readers a way to quickly scan through all the changes I’ve made to the blog since its launch.
  2. Help compensate for the lack of site navigation.

So without further ado, please welcome the ChangeBlog.

Changeblog Screenshot

Tracking the changes

The Hobby Blogger’s primary gimmick is that it’s actively being built on the fly. So I need to give you (the reader) an easy way to see the history of changes I’ve made to the blog, and the posts I’ve written about those changes.

The ChangeBlog is modeled after the changelogs that software developers use to record the history of bug fixes and feature additions for their software packages.

A version number and a release date mark each entry in the ChangeBlog. The version number has three digits indicating (from left to right):

  1. Major release – When this number changes to “1” it will mean the blog has all the basic features and functionality that I think are necessary for a proper blog launch. If I were to start a new blog, this is how I’d want it to look and function from day one.
  2. Incremental update – A change in this number usually means that I’ve added a significant feature or design change.
  3. Minor modification – Marks a minor design tweak or change to an existing feature.

The most recent changes are listed at the top, and continue down in reverse chronological order all the way back in time to the blog’s launch.

My goal is for the ChangeBlog to serve as a recipe for building your blog. Now, you might be looking at the release dates and thinking, “Holy cow! Is it going to take me that long to get my blog up and running?”

And I’d say, “Of course not!” I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research to inform my design choices. If you just follow the ChangeBlog, you won’t have go through all that effort. You can have a great blog in a few days; depending on how much time you’re devoting to it.

A Basic Sitemap

A Sitemap is essentially a list of links to all the pages on your website. It’s important to have one because it helps search engines index your content, and gives your readers another way to explore your site. (Thanks to Dmitry Kirsanov for the suggestion).

For now the ChangeBlog will serve as my sitemap, though it’s by no means comprehensive. It links to most, but not all of my posts.

So check out the ChangeBlog and let me know what you think in the comments.

Article by Bryan Kerr

I love breaking down the techie side of blogging into easy-to-understand tutorials. That's mostly what you'll find here on The Hobby Blogger.

Comments

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    • Bryan Kerr says:

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