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- BUT, if there’s something wrong with the page (dead links, out-of-date content, that kind of thing) you simply leave a comment on that page to point out what the problem is.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