Alan Levine recently posted his description of how to add an overview to your blog of postings from previous years on the same date as today. He turned it into a small WordPress plugin, allowing you to add such an overview using a shortcode wherever in your site you want it. It was something I had on my list of potential small hacks, so it was a nice coincidence my feedreader presented me with Alan’s posting on this. It has become ‘small hack’ 4.

I added his WP plugin, but it didn’t work as the examples he provided. The overview was missing the years. Turns out a conditional loop that should use the posting’s year, only was provided with the current year, thus never fulfilling the condition. A simple change in how the year of older postings was fetched fixed it. Which has now been added to the plugin.

In the right hand sidebar you now find a widget listing postings from earlier years, and you can see the same on the page ‘On This Blog Today In‘. I am probably my own most frequent reader of the archives, and having older postings presented to me like this adds some serendipity.

From todays historic postings, the one about the real time web is still relevant to me in how I would like a social feed reader to function. And the one about a storm that kept me away from home, I still remember (ah, when Jaiku was still a thing!).

Adding these old postings is as simple as adding the shortcode ‘postedtoday’:

There are 6 posts found on this site published on April 18

  • April 18, 2020
    • Wat een gedrocht is e-Herkenning: 'n commercieel bedrijf jaarlijks betalen voor n login, alleen voor aangifte Belastingdienst. BD weet wie tekenbevoegd/gemachtigd is obv Handelsregister/eigen gegevens, dus kan Digid volstaan. Wachten op 'n eHerkenning provider die gegevens lekt.
  • April 18, 2019
    • An Example of Lacking Data Governance in Regional Government Two years ago a colleague let their dog swim in a lake without paying attention to the information signs. It turned out the water was infested with a type of algae that caused the dog irritation. Since then my colleague thought it would be great if you could somehow subscribe to notifications of when the […]
  • April 18, 2018
    • Reinventing Distributed Conversations Peter Rukavina picks up on my recent blogging about blogging, and my looking back on some of the things I wrote 10 to 15 years ago about it (before the whole commercial web started treating social interaction as a adverts targeting vehicle). In his blogpost in response he talks about putting back the inter in […]
    • From Semi Freddo to Full Cold Turkey with FB I’ve disengaged from Facebook (FB) last October, mostly because I wanted to create more space for paying attention, and for active, not merely responsive, reflection and writing, and realised that the balance between the beneficial and destructive aspects of FB had tilted too much to the destructive side. My intention was to keep my FB […]
  • April 18, 2011
    • Attitudes in Dealing With Digital Disruption – #CICD Presentation Last week I gave a presentation at the second international conference on digital citizenship CICD in Donostia/San Sebastian, Spain. During two days topics like on-line political communication, e-government, grassroots activism, open government, open government data, transparency and participation were discussed. I was asked to give a presentation from a slightly different perspective: to speak about […]
  • April 18, 2006
    • Systematic Innovation Or TRIZ Revisited Triz and meA few years back I came across a method to focus creative energy to generate useful ideas called TRIZ. I was a bit sceptical then as to its real creative and innovative potential. That scepsis hasn’t entirely gone but I do have gained a much clearer picture of where TRIZ is useful over […]

4 reactions on “Adding an ‘On This Blog Today In…’ Widget

  1. Thanks again for being an early trier if the plugin. I’m not quite sure what the difference was, perhaps the context of the query loop being different in a sidebar. As long as it works things are good.

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