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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

6 ways to post in Chronological order

Blogs are normally based on posts being seen latest first.This is the default action for Blogger  (and  why Blogger doesn't provide a widget or tool to do the opposite). The default method follows the true nature of blogging that your regular readers want to go into your blog today and see what you have written today. If you have 500 posts the last thing they want to do is delve into your archive to find your most recent post. 

Yet there are good reasons for have for example a selection or all of your posts in chronological order where your oldest post is displayed first and the latest at the end. 

You may for example want a tab or page which displays a series of posts which are in form of a course and you want people to see them in course (date) order. You may be giving a life story or history where it may be convenient or better for reader to see posts in chronological order. 

So here are some ways of doing this. Whether these will work for you depends on what you are trying to do, and also some are a lot more complex involving Editing templates and introducing Javascript. You can also mix and match

Use the Blogger Archive widget and check the oldest post first option. This has a number of advantages in that Blogger does most of the work for you, and provides a small number of styles and frequencies. You can show a list of your posts hierarchically or a flat style, and show posts daily, weekly or monthly. But a flat list can't show post titles, and the archive will show all posts. 

Change dates on your posts (and hide the date) .This is easily done in Post editor, Post settings, Set date and Time for each of your posts to put them in the order you want them to be in. Blogger will automatically then sort your posts in reverse order. You could artificially enter a date in the actual post content. Seems a real ache to me but will work for single subject blogs.

Create a page with links to posts and these posts are entered in the chronological order you want them to be. At its simplest in the Page Editor you just insert a link using the link icon in the (chronological) order you want them to be in. So for each link you need the actual web address of the post you want plus you need to recall the date of the post. These can all be modified at any point.This is probably best done with two tabs open, one on the design page and one on the live view of blog (or use the two browsers method as here) or copying details to a separate notepad page. For the first link paste copied web address of post into Web address text field, then the title and or date of post in the Text to display text field and Ok it. Post links can then be inserted on the page in this way in the order you want them to be in.It would probably be good if these links where formatted in a prettier way so you could use the list options given in page editor or perhaps tables as per this link. Only trouble is that you have to manually create all the links but on the other hand you have total control. Remember you can have a static page on home page to hold these links. 

Used a link list widget. In layout editor add the link list widget where you want it. In the Widget again enter the web address of your post and the post title in the site address text field. Ensure "Do not sort" chosen. When you have entered all your links then you can use the up and down arrows to put them in the order you want. if you want to put dates in, then put these in the site address field. As above you have top manually create all links to posts.

Another more advanced option is to use javascript to do this for you and these can work for across blog globally or locally on pages. One type of script is embedded in your template , another type can be used on a page. There are variants which use other more complex changes. The problem here is that Google updates it's architecture regularly and in doing so have caused problems for the script writers. However elegant they are they cannot predict the future architecture of Blogger. they sometimes have limits , e.g 500 posts due again to Google limits.

These are:
Merriman method seen at Reverse post order blogspot
MS-Potilas version with a previous version at this link
Adams 4 ways in ASC pages then Adams with pipes and then Adam compares here 

The final option is use a 3rd party widget such a chronoblog (link here for advise on how to use.). It does not currently appear in the Blogger widget list 

Good luck :-)

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