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 2 posts found on this site published on August 5

  • August 5, 2012
    • Heatherwick: Extraordinary Making Last week Elmine and I were in London visiting the Olympic Games. One afternoon we visited the Victoria and Albert Museum and saw the Heatherwick Studio exhibition. Heatherwick Studio designed the Olympic flame for the London 2012 Olympics. Thomas Heatherwick graduated in 1994 and has gone on to do some awe inspiring work, ranging from […]
  • August 5, 2004
    • Two Books to Read Looks like I am adding two books to my reading-diet today: Dan Gillmor‘s We Media, which is available through O’Reilly, but in keeping with its message is also released for download on a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 License. Great! And second a book by Jeremy Rifkin, The European Dream, to be released later this month. […]

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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