It seems that one of the most frequently asked questions by blog publishers is how to turn the sequence upside down; to sort the entries top-down instead of bottom up. I.e., in chronological sequence. The explanation is always, "The nature of a blog is blah blah blah, and if you want to blah blah blah you must blah blah blah."
It's very gestapo-like. It must end!
In every program I can think of that does anything with text or numbers or dates or actually any sets of data, there is a SIMPLE way to sequence that data. To not provide any means to do so in a product as otherwise robust and mature as wordpress is simply bizarre. It's enormously frustrating and aggravating.
Look. People want to do different things with their websites. Some want to start with the blog concept, use some or most of what it has to offer, but not all of it. That would be me. I don't want it to do the sequencing for me, if it can't do it the way I want it. So why not let me do it my way? What is the cost? This software has been around for a long time. If the adjustment to a wordpress.org install is a single line of code, it obviously can't be that much more complex for wordpress.com to offer it. If they were to simply provide a checkbox that either would or would not enable that line of code, we would not be continually asking the question. And I – and others like me – would not be wasting so much precious time trying to get it to do what we want it to do. It's just absolutely intolerable that there is not a simple switch that lets us select whether we want it chronological or reverse. Just absurd.
Has everyone else just given up on this? Or is there someone out there who can provide a solid response that there is hope on the horizon? Or will it just always be that "that's not the way it's intended to be used"?
When I was a kid, I can't tell you how many times I had to listen to my dad saying, "That's not what a screwdriver is for." And he was right, of course, and I learned how to use the right tools for the right tasks. But I cannot tell you how overjoyed I was when, many years later, I came across an article in a boatbuilding magazine called, "The Screwdriver: The Imperfect Tool for Every Job." I sent it to my dad, and he had a good chuckle. He knew where I was coming from, and he enjoyed the article. He had to grant that the author made some good points. I think he still maintained his world view, which is fine. But he had to relent a bit, and admit that maybe that *was* what a screwdriver was for after all.
My deep and sincere hope is that some day, somehow, the wordpress.com folks will relent also, and will realize that there is no harm in allowing people to sort their blogs their own way. Wow, it could even be extended to alphabetical, or user's own sequence! Wow, think of it! Flexibility! Amazing!
Please, please, please (I've said it three times!), let us sort our blogs our own way! I don't want cumbersome workarounds, I want a real, bona fide choice in the matter. It's the right thing to do!!!