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11. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

A few of the suggestions introduced in this thread have been implemented today along with the other blog updates. This includes a Table of Contents for each blog, which can be sorted last to first and vice versa. The Previous and Next buttons are now also a part of the system.

12. Posted by pixcee (Full Member 28 posts) 9y

YAY!! i'm runnin to check it out now!
:D

13. Posted by jl98584 (Travel Guru 114 posts) 9y

I like the option's suggested. We are on a particularly long trip (8 months) and are traveling & visiting places daily - so that's a lot of entries for one trip. I categorized a few entries under "Preparations" - so if new readers click on that, they can see our introduction at least. However, now that we are 33 days into the trip I guess new users will just have to figure out how to use the navigation pane. The Archive by Month should help. I also start each blog entry title with the day of the trip (e.g., Day 33 (10.4.07) - Rest of Title. I saw somebody else do that and it seemed like a good idea.

If I wasn't spending so much time driving, sightseeing, and trying to get my own blog caught up - maybe I'd be able to enjoy your's also!

14. Posted by transitory (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

I just got back from a trip and wrote about 70 pages in my journal, and wanted to post it on a blog. Now I am finding if I write it out in the order it was writen it will end up being read from finish to start. This is frustrating to me as I would really like to be able to share this experience in the only logical way I know how. HELP if you can, as I understand there may be some way to trick the archive by changing the date of the entries?

15. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

transitory, this is no problem. I gave a pretty detailed response in another post recently about this so taking the easy option here and copying that :)

From thread 46337

Hi Dave!

No problem. There's essentially two boxes when you're typing an entry that influence this. The first is the "Posting Time", which is automatically filled in with the current time/date. Changing this to an earlier date will make sure your post is placed where it should be within the order of the other blog entries (ie. if you visit your blog, it's basically sorted by this date). The other is the 'Describes Travel From' field. Change this to match the dates that you're writing about and that will update the bit of text at the top of the entry that shows what period of travel you're writing about - and if you have a travel map it will also automatically link it with the right period on the map.

The only thing that won't update to the same order is your XML (Atom) feed, but that's actually correct behaviour since readers that are subscribed to your XML feed would otherwise miss the entry.... hope that makes sense (for most it's not something to worry about)

Sam

In your control panel the blog entries will still show in the order they were posted, but on the actual public blog they'll show in the order you give them in the Posting Time field.

Let me know if you have any questions!

16. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

Thanks for the info, but talk about inconvenient! I have to alter the posting dates on all of my entries now to get it to read in sequence. Surely the system could have an option where this could be done much more easily??? I'm a former programmer myself, and optional sorts are pretty darn easy to program. Looks like I'll be looking for another site to host my blog real soon.

17. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting Daawgon

Thanks for the info, but talk about inconvenient! I have to alter the posting dates on all of my entries now to get it to read in sequence. Surely the system could have an option where this could be done much more easily??? I'm a former programmer myself, and optional sorts are pretty darn easy to program. Looks like I'll be looking for another site to host my blog real soon.

Hmm, that would be a shame! Especially since just about every blog program that I've seen orders in exactly the same way... Just to be clear, the posting dates are set by default when creating the entry, so if you are posting in the order of how things happened, they'll be sorted correctly. On your Table of Contents page you can view them in reverse order (adding sort by title soon here too). One other thing has changed since this thread was active and that is that now in the management area the blog entries are sorted the same way as they are on the blog by default (with the option to sort by author, title etc. too).

Yes, it's relatively easy to add the ability for the owner of the blog to decide on how it's sorted (note that regardless of if this is available, the posting date would still always have to have been filled in correctly, otherwise a reverse sort doesn't work either!). I'm curious how you'd like to see a reverse order work. How about people that have read everything already and then visit your blog. They'd have to scroll to the last page to view the most recent entry?

This topic actually came up more recently in another thread and I have been thinking about a way to allow an overview of a trip after the fact (so that it's actually shown in order of how the trip occurred). It coincides somewhat with another development we had planned, so if this is so wished for I think I might have to actually put some time into it ... In the meantime, the html and pdf printing options do sort in reverse order (explained in more detail in that other thread).

At this stage, I'm open to ideas on how this should work exactly since nothing has been started yet. So if anyone has any thoughts, please share them!

18. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting Sam I Am

This topic actually came up more recently in another thread and I have been thinking about a way to allow an overview of a trip after the fact (so that it's actually shown in order of how the trip occurred). It coincides somewhat with another development we had planned, so if this is so wished for I think I might have to actually put some time into it ... In the meantime, the html and pdf printing options do sort in reverse order (explained in more detail in that other thread).

At this stage, I'm open to ideas on how this should work exactly since nothing has been started yet. So if anyone has any thoughts, please share them!

Sam, at the moment, the trip detail page (member_map.cfm) shows only the destinations travelled during the period. I suggest that the blog entries and photos that corresponds with the dates of the trip be shown as well. It can be done either by tabs or listing everything on the page. This is, in a way, an overview of the trip selected. On the blog sidebar, the latest 3 trips can be listed as well.

19. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting Hien

Sam, at the moment, the trip detail page (member_map.cfm) shows only the destinations travelled during the period. I suggest that the blog entries and photos that corresponds with the dates of the trip be shown as well. It can be done either by tabs or listing everything on the page. This is, in a way, an overview of the trip selected. On the blog sidebar, the latest 3 trips can be listed as well.

Blog entries and photos are shown on that page (and always have been), for example see this link (note that that should actually zoom in on the spot like it does when you click the next/previous stop links, but for some reason doesn't right now....). Or is that not what you meant? Of course for it to work you have to have filled in travel dates!

20. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

For your info (not that anyone in Norway gives a good ____) I just deleted all of my blog entries, copied them to storage, and then re-created the entire blog so it would be readable in travel sequence by my friends who have never been to the blog previously. It would be quite an improvement if TP provided a complete index on the main page as Blogger and several other travel blogs have done so some navigation could be done without reinventing the wheel!

[ Edit: Edited on May 31, 2008, at 12:52 PM by Daawgon ]