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 7 posts found on this site published on June 19

  • June 19, 2018
    • Some Open Data Observations Today I contributed to a session of the open data research groups at Delft University. They do this a few times per year to discuss ongoing research and explore emerging questions that can lead to new research. I’ve taken part a few times in the past, and this time they asked me to provide an […]
  • June 19, 2015
    • Flemish Open Data Day 2015 Today I am in Brussels, as a guest of the Flemish government. For the fourth time the ‘open data day’ is held in Flanders, bringing together public and private sector to explore possibilities for open data. I gave the opening keynote this morning, on building public services with ‪#‎opendata‬ in collaboration with other stakeholders. At […]
  • June 19, 2009
    • Rotterdam University Learning Community – Group Forming and Platform Use In the past 14 months I worked together with a group of teachers at Rotterdam University. In this posting I reflect on how the group was or wasn’t forming into a community, and how we used a platform for online interaction. For a more general description see my earlier posting about the general results. Rethink […]
  • June 19, 2004
    • Stowe Boyd on Blogging Networks In recent months I have spent a lot of time talking about what changes there are on the horizon in terms of organisational structures and the way we work, and how the networks of bloggers we see emerging are a foreboding of this. I am trying to get to grips with this myself, which is […]
  • June 19, 2003
    • Shooting your own foot David Weinberger cites Declan McCullagh at C|Net News.com on how American Senator Orrin Hatch, who proposed the absurd plan to remotely destroy pc’s using unlicensed copyright material, apparantly uses javascript code ripped from Milonic Solutions on his own website at the US Senate. Checking the Orrin Hatch site myself just now, I find the following […]
    • More Blogtalk pictures Haiko Hebig (not the other Hebig) has posted his pictures from the Blogtalk conference, including the pubcrawls at night, the conferencelocation at Donau City, and the street- and other signs the Viennese surround themselves with, to confuse eachother and amuse the tourists (I guess). My own pictures, which I took with the brand new camera […]
    • What is the real value of blogrolling This is the question that David Buchan (thought?horizon) asks. I explained my reasons for having a blogroll in his commentsection, but would like to point to some instances where I wrote about blogrolling as well: The reason I use pictures in my blogroll The way I think blogrolls visualize my ‘intellectual horizon’, and the importance […]