How to crowdsource blog maintenance

I think I’ve just come up with, as Blackadder would say, a plan so cunning you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel.

I bet your blog is like mine in that it has lots of new posts going on the top which get all the attention, and very little action for all those leading up to it, no matter how deserving they might be. Some content doesn’t age well, it’s true, and perhaps some of that deserves to be culled: but then again, some content does stand the test of time. With an ever-increasing repository of blog posts, it becomes more and more difficult to do effective housekeeping.

Some other problems that older posts might suffer from include:

  • link rot
  • dead videos
  • broken images

A minor (but essential) digression: do you know about the ‘?random’, err, thingy? I’ve used it myself here on Wibble, it’s hidden behind the ‘Random post’ clicky on the menu bar. I’ve only just realised that that can be applied to any WordPress blog: you just add ‘?random’ to anyold.wordpress.com address, like this:

https://pendantry.wordpress.com/?random

… and that takes you automagically to a random page on that site. The point is, you see, it works for any WordPress site. Yours. Mine. Theirs.

So… on to my Cunning Plan: if we were to club together in a ‘random housekeepers’ groupage, we could all check each others’ blogs for duff content in a ‘you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours’ kind of way. How it works is this:

  1. You use the ‘?random’ thingy to visit a random page on my blog.
  2. If the page you end up at is ok, no harm is done (and maybe you’ve enjoyed the visit).
  3. BUT, if there’s something wrong with the page (dead links, out-of-date content, that kind of thing) you simply leave a comment on that page to point out what the problem is. This will alert me that I need to look at it…
  4. … and then I go to a ‘?random page’ on your site and return the favour.

What say you? Are you in?

About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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13 Responses to How to crowdsource blog maintenance

  1. It’s a clever idea but one that I would rather not participate in.

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  2. Paco Jariego says:

    Sincerely defeated by your ‘you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours’ in a digital context. No, seriously, I think it’s a good idea… I’ll take a random walk down Wibble Street from time to time and let you know if I find anything broken… As you say links, etc. are a real headache… What about a post on digital longevity and immortality? I think what we see in a blog gives us some clues on our own biology, as you wisely suggest with your monkey algorithm 😉

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    • pendantry says:

      Digital longevity and immortality? I already have a post about that 😉 But I’d love to hear what you have to say on the topic!

      O.o… deja vu. Here we have another dilemma: Where do we continue this conversation, my blog, or yours?

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  3. revruss1220 says:

    Sure! Why not? I love the idea of the WordPress community looking after one another.

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    • pendantry says:

      Awesome! I’ve been visiting a lot of ?random posts on other sites lately, and though I’ve not found a lot wrong, I’ve also found a lot of interesting posts that would otherwise be just gathering dust :)

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  4. I’ve always been worried about that. It’s a part of the reason why I don’t really post videos/photos/etc.
    No problems on the one I saw.

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  5. Bryntin says:

    After you having a successful BLT of your own, I have borrowed your random post tip to add to my categories menu as part payment.
    I’ll be back for more. ;)

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