Reading a blog sequentially
My blog is a sequential story, meant to be read in chronological sequence. I suggest to the reader to start reading the posts for a given month from the bottom up. That has worked very well.
However, last October WordPress chopped the posts for a month with over 50 posts into two pieces, with a link to “Older posts” and “Newer posts” connecting them. I find it difficult to explain to my readers how to handle this process when they are reading my blog.
I can not find a discussion of this function in the WordPress Support instructions. Could you guide me to that?
The blog I need help with is gymbrat.wordpress.com.
Blogs are essentially a reverse chronological order publishing tool and you cannot change this order on a free hosted WordPress.com blog. Posts will be posted to your blog in accord with their datestamps at publication. WordPress by default shows posts in reverse chronological order (newest post on top). For returning visitors, this is very convenient since they can see the latest post without having to page down through page after page of hundreds of posts they have already read.
See here for the option of creating a book-like structure > http://en.support.wordpress.com/write-a-book/ Perhaps that will work for you.
You could use a sticky post as an index page > http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/post-visibility/#sticky-posts
You can create a custom menu item (index) with a link to your posts in chronological order rather than reverse order. You simply make a link to http://YOURBLOGNAME.wordpress.com/?orderby=date&order=ASC.
Thank you for your detailed answer – but I must have been unclear in my question. I have written 1,600 posts over the years, all in the reverse order that you are talking about. That works well for both me and my readers.
My problem is that when I instruct my new readers, I have told them to start from the bottom when reading the posts for a given month. Now with the posts broken up into two separate files (one with 50 posts and one with 10 posts), my readers must be told to go to the bottom of the file (with the 50 posts), click there on “Older posts” and then again go to the bottom of the obtained file (with the 10 posts). I have already succeeded in explaining that to my readers.
But it is really tough to explain how the reader should handle the transition when he has completed reading the file with 10 posts and needs to transfer to the file with 50 posts, using the “Newer posts” link. Is there a place where WordPress informs us, the writers, about how to do it, so that we can inform our readers how to do it. I would like to use the correct nomenclature in my explanation and also the best way to make it simple for my readers.
I thank you in advance for your appreciated help.
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