The blogosphere is one massive creative content continuum. Most of us only live on the front edge of the ever-expanding wave, but there’s a wealth of diversity hidden below, accessible by a single magic word:
That word is ‘?random’.
When I’ve been visiting other blogs lately, I’ve been following up on my visit to the most recent post with another one, using ‘?random’. This works on any WordPress site to take you to a random blog post on that site. All you have to do is put ?random after the domain name, like this:
Many blogs have old posts that are still relevant and interesting long past their publication date. But these posts get buried; only the most recent ones generally see the light of day. Some blogs focus on certain themes; and some of those are timeless. Examples (all gleaned from ?random visits) are:
Another way in which browsing sites with ?random may be helpful is that it might generate ideas for new blog posts. For instance, this post on ghrelin was the result of a ?random visit to Rachel’s blog. (Of course it’s always a good idea to link back to the post that sparked your imagination; leaving a pingback can serve as a thank-you.)
I’ve been following my own advice — about blog maintenance — and have been able to help other bloggers fix some problems like dead links, missing videos and broken images (and I get a warm fuzzy feeling from doing that).
So if you’ve been wondering why it is that I’ve been ‘liking’ and commenting on ancient posts of yours, this is why :)