What’s a Backlog?

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, in bits and pieces written sporadically, and in no particular order. The title of each post includes the date of the events it refers to, and each post is tagged with keywords, so that the blog machinery (WordPress) can display them in various useful orders.

Here are some entry points that might be useful:

  • The posts tagged as bookreports
  • The posts tagged as memes
  • The posts tagged as travel
  • The posts tagged as fitness (cycling, walking, etc.)
  • The posts tagged as event (i.e., my life story)
  • The posts tagged as ck (Castle Knob)
  • The posts tagged as work
  • The posts tagged as backlog, helping to organize this site

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

List of posts in order of their title, which should also be the chronological order of their content (i.e., my life).

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

Date formats: Dates are 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, or if the date is part of a range of dates I use “00”.

Titles 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 “: ” and a phrase. This should make post titles unique. Lists of post titles can be sorted alphabetically, resulting in a chronological sort, since the titles begin with the date as described above. (That’s one way ISO 8601 is useful.) Titles beginning with ‘0000-00-00′ have to do with the organization of the ‘real’ posts: lists by tags, etc.

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 denote the following (note that a post can have multiple tags). The tag cloud in the sidebar shows the tags currently in use; the most-used are shown in larger type. The main tags are meant for the following types of posts:

bookreport: a (usually short) essay on a book (or article or other material) I’ve read.

ck: something about Castle Knob, my publishing company, or one of its projects.

event: some event in my life.

travel: some aspect of a trip away from home.

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

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

unfinished: posts that have been started, but need additional material or checking:

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

Though this isn’t meant to be read as a blog, you might want to see only the most recently modified posts. If you want to be kept up to date, you can use the RSS Feed in the sidebar with your favorite newsreader (such as NewsBlur).

 

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