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January 9, 2012

I originally was going to send this as a note to my fellow bloggers, but thought that our general readership might be interested too.

We’ve been having a lot of great series going here.  One of the star series has been Suzanne’s series on Junia – may it never end, it just keeps getting better and better.

The problem is that when the series get up into the double digits, the cross-references tend overflow our “recent comments” widget.  But it is important that readers can read a series from beginning to end.

To address this, I’ve added some new categories.  I added a parent category “Series” and then sub-categories, currently:

for series of posts that are meant to be read in a particular order, from beginning to end.  This way, when new posts show up, they can simply link to the appropriate “Series” category (which also appears to the right).  If any of the bloggers wants to start a new series, she or he can simply create a new category with “Series” as its parent.

I guess we can have a long discussion about what constitutes a series, but to me, a “series” is “a sequence of posts that are both thematically linked and meant to be read in a particular order.”  I would not call “translation” a series, because all of us post on translation, and there is not necessarily any preferred order to reading the posts – translation is a category.  But, in my last post, for example, I started what I hope will be a long series working its way through multiple translations of the book of Job.  When I get to post 23 of that series, I won’t have to link back to posts 1, 2, 3, … well, you get the idea – instead, I can just link to the “Series: Job translation” category.

I hope that this makes it easier to navigate in our blog and to read and write posts.  Thanks!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Suzanne McCarthy permalink*
    January 9, 2012 9:32 pm

    Good solution. Thanks so much for thinking this through. I don’t have another post plannned for Junia just yet, but there has been some recent activity that still hasn’t been addressed, and I don’t want to leave anybody’s contribution out.

  2. January 9, 2012 10:46 pm

    You’ll have a lot of disappointed readers (including me) if you cut off your Junia series. We’ll be going through Suzanne-withdrawal — if you don’t want us to suffer, you’ll need to start a new, equally challenging (and well-documented) series.

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