Backlog? What’s that?

This is not a typical blog. Don’t expect to read it in reverse chronological order by the creation date of its content. This is more like a memoir, created sporadically, and in no particular order. The title of each post includes the date of the events it refers to, and each posts is tagged with keywords, so that the blog machinery (WordPress) can display them in various useful orders.

Here are some pages that might be useful:

List of posts in order of their title, which should also be the chronological order of their content.

List of posts grouped by their tags.

My collection of book reports is a big part of this site, and there is a page that lists them all. I haven’t yet transcribed all of them to this blog. The ones I’ve transcribed have the “bookreport” tag.

Following are some conventions I’m trying to follow while creating posts.

Date formats: Dates should be formatted as YYYY-MM-DD (this is a useful international standard, ISO 8601). If the month or day of a date isn’t known or relevant, I use “00″.

Dates for posts: Most posts will correspond to a date, or to a range of dates (I use the starting date in that case). The title of the post should begin with the date, followed by a “: ” and a phrase. This should make post titles pretty unique. Lists of post titles can be sorted alphabetically, resulting in a chronological sort if the titles begin with the date as described above. (That’s one way ISO 8601 is useful.)

Categories: Most posts should have a category of “backlog”, to indicate the main content of the site.

Tags: All “backlog” posts should have one or more tags reflecting the nature of the content, such as “bookreport”, “event”, “travel”, etc. The tags commonly used on posts are intended to denote the following (note that a post can have multiple tags). The tag cloud on the left shows the tags currently in use. The main tags are meant for the following types of posts:

bookreport: a post reporting on a book (or article or other material) I’ve read.

ck: a post about Castle Knob, my publishing company.

event: a post describing some event in my life.

travel: a post describing some aspect of a trip away from home.

fitness, cycling and walking: a post about various types of physical activity.

work: posts about jobs I’ve had in my so-called career.

Finally, though this isn’t meant as a blog, you might want to see only the most recently modified posts.

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