You know me – I create a lot of content, and keeping up with it all is a little tough for some of you. That’s one of the reasons I started creating weekly digests.
But trust me when I say that if you can’t find what you’re looking for now, you’re probably not trying hard enough.
Don’t worry, I will still show you several ways you can access the archives and get at what you’re looking for (as long as you aren’t searching for something that doesn’t even exist on the site).
Let’s get into it.
The Search Function
Okay, okay, I’ve had the search function on the site for a while now. But it’s still good to know it’s there (especially if you missed it).
Because I’m using the default WordPress search function, it isn’t the best feature in the world, but it works reasonably well (I use it).
Simply click on the magnifying glass in the upper right corner, enter a keyword like “Facebook” into the search box, and hit enter on your keyboard. Some relevant results will show up. But since Facebook is mentioned in a lot of posts (as you can imagine), the search feature will also pull up all of those posts.
The related posts feature is back. At the end of every post, it will automatically suggest three pieces of content that the Jetpack plugin thinks are relevant to the post you’re viewing at the time. Go ahead, click on them. It’s not scary.
Again, not the most reliable function on planet earth, because it can’t always find relevant content, but it does make it easy for you to dig deeper into posts and topics that intrigue you, right?
The Author Box
I’ve used a variety of different author box plugins over the years. Some have been good. Others haven’t been so good. And over time, I’ve forgotten what the better ones were, because I haven’t been keeping track.
But I’m pretty happy with the one I’m using right now – it’s called Starbox, and it looks simple and elegant.
Here’s another added benefit – you can click on the “Latest Posts” tab to find out what the author of the post has published on the site recently. At this point, the vast majority of posts were created by me, but still it’s nice to be able to discover what’s new easily and quickly, agreed?
“The Latest Posts” In The Sidebar
You’ll find six of the latest posts displayed in the sidebar (with clickable images), so even when you’re reading something from the archives, it will be easy for you to skip ahead to the latest and greatest posts on TME.
Categories & Tags
At the bottom of every post, you will find clickable categories and tags. When you want to find more posts like the one you’re reading, or if you want to find more references to specific keywords, like “YouTube”, you would simply click on that link, and WordPress will automatically pull up a series of posts tagged with that term.
Here’s the granddaddy of all content discovery tools – the sitemap. It doesn’t just display all of the posts on the site. It also gives you a complete listing of pages and categories as well.
As you can guess, the sitemap displays everything, so this makes for a really long page. As with the blog archives, I would suggest using your browser’s search function to find what you’re looking for.
If you still can’t find what you’re looking for after using the above methods, just email me. You’re more than welcome to suggest new content, or ask me about “that thing I read on the topic of xyz”.
I’ve been known to write for other sites, and it’s entirely possible that what you read wasn’t on TME but on another site. If so, I might be able to point you in the right direction, though I can’t promise anything.
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