The blog-driven time machine

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’.

A wordcloud with focus on 'random blog posts'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 :)

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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23 Responses to The blog-driven time machine

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    This is great to know, thanks for sharing :-)

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  2. Coeur d'un Poète says:

    Good to know, and thank you for pointing out things on my own blog that weren’t working! Really appreciate it!

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  3. Rachel M says:

    Ah! Very clever :)

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  4. I never knew about random.
    Do youknow a way you can look at your media files, and view how many posts they appear in? Some files seem to be in my media folder twice, yet I’m pretty sure I’ve only used them once. Thx.

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  5. Bryntin says:

    And also worth pointing out that actually making a ‘Random Post’ menu button available alongside your categories (using the ‘?random’ after the blog URL as a ‘Custom Link’ menu item) may be another idea. That I recently borrowed from you Mr P, of course!

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  6. What fun! Tried it on my own site and brought up a Picture Parade that was six years ago.

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  7. Another new thing I was unaware of I may have to try this. Plus check out those you have mentioned in this post

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  8. I didn’t know you could do this Colin.. Thank you and feel quite honoured that you included my site address among others on your post… I clicked it and it brought up a post on Earth’s feminine Energies… :-) So thank you.. I may use the feature in future… as while reading this post again it showed me just how Nature is converging in this cycle we are experiencing.

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