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Regarding this T-G blog, what is the best way to keep a topic "fresh"

Posted Friday, June 11, 2010, at 8:49 AM

I have already been asked to post new blogs rather than "refresh" the topic to keep it near the top of the list when someone comes to the blog.

As with most search processes, if it is not near the top, new folks coming on will not see the post unless they go to each blogger's section. Even then, the post may work down depending on how prolific a writer they are, so.... are there any suggestions?

I could always refer to the post in any future posts about the topic, but that gets old for everyone.

My reason for asking is that currently I have a post started about garden topics for our garden club meeting. The list continues to grow as long as new people see it, (our regulars know to go to it) but it will eventually die unless I can find a way to keep it "alive".

I know, I know, many of my posts deserve to die, but....

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Evil Monkey may know the the answer. But there is a way to "bump" a thread to the top of the list in chat boards, so I believe there must be a way to do it with a blog.

-- Posted by amalphia on Fri, Jun 11, 2010, at 10:04 AM

Steve, Sorry but I do not know the answer to that. As for me, I always go to the blogs first to see what is current. Then I go to the blogger's blogs to see when the item I am interested in was last posted to, and how many posts are on it. If I do not find what I am looking for there, then I go to the blogger's archives as a last resort.

-- Posted by leeiii on Fri, Jun 11, 2010, at 10:53 AM

I know one way to do it, but T-G has asked me to not do it. I am hoping the conversation will encourage other features.

Leeii you make a good point that many may not know. If you go to a specific blogger's "topics" the posts most recently commented on will be at the top of their list. So, if someone commented on a post I made last year, it should bring it up o the top for me to know there is a new comment.

This will not bring it to the top of the "general" posts, so you have to go to the blogger to see what is new.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 11, 2010, at 11:18 AM

I feel a bit dumb for not checking this out before, but I did a little scanning of the blog page and see that you can put in a search word and click blogs to pull up all blog posts on something, like "garden".

Another side note is that if you are using windows (don't know about Apple products) you can search an article, or blog for particular words by doing a combined keystroke of 'ctrl & "F". It will open a search box (mine is on the bottom of the screen) and I can type in the word.

It will find any references to the word as you type it so complete the word or you will find components of words. Use root words to get the most results, like garden instead of gardens or gardening. If you get a pink box, there are no exact matches so back it up some.

I use that feature often when scanning auction listings for items I am seeking. Many web pages and documents can be searched this way. Try it now with the word "garden" and keep hitting the "next" button just the right of the search bar.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 11, 2010, at 11:34 AM

Are you referring to the T-G.com's blogs or somewhere else?

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Sun, Jun 13, 2010, at 5:27 PM


-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 13, 2010, at 7:35 PM

If someone comments, doesn't that put it in the top HOT TOPIC List?

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Fri, Jun 18, 2010, at 12:23 PM

It brings it to the top of my list of entries but not the overall blog. So, if you did not know I had a subject going that you were interested in, you might not see it until you scroll down the main page entries.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 18, 2010, at 1:49 PM

Keep it in your HOT TOPICS List, then when anyone comes to any of your posted articles, they will automatically be on your page which includes all your HOT TOPIC articles.

Once they read any of your Posted articles, YOU have them right where you want them (on your personal page with no competition). If they find your garden topics for your garden club meeting interesting they will stay and read it and come back for more info.

Keep your top posts in your HOT TOPICS, then bring the people to them with other posts about Banana plants, Giant Elephant, Ears Red Wigglers, what to wear in the garden when it's hot, etc., or whatever might shock the people into coming into your blog posts.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Fri, Jun 18, 2010, at 10:49 PM

The only way I know to keep it in Hots List to to post a comment. Is that what you suggest? I had not thought about my making the comment, but That should be good.


-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 5:19 PM

Yes, if no one comments on your post, add a comment yourself as an update to keep it in your HOT TOPICS on YOUR page!

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sat, Jun 19, 2010, at 11:29 PM


There is no way for you to do this, the developer's application that Semissourian uses for their sites has certain additions they could add to do this.

For example: They could place a ratings system for the blog topic to place it as a level importance in other readers minds. (This is the best method because it allows the readers to decide.)

Or if it were a highly commented topic that could boost that up automatically. (Personally I wouldn't want that).

Now if you want to place this information on ANOTHER site using this same topic and have more control over it, that is where RSS comes in.

You can see those links under your picture, you can actually use a web hosted application to parse that information anyway you want.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Mon, Jun 21, 2010, at 11:58 AM

A conversation about RSS might be a good separate topic EM. I still don't think I have it working right.

I have signed up for several RSS feeds and don't recall getting anything from them so I must be doing something wrong, which does not say much for me when the RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.

Would you be gwillin to discuss the subject ?

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 21, 2010, at 2:00 PM

Maybe if not gwillin you might be WILLING! Yeesh, how did the "g" get on that end?

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 21, 2010, at 2:01 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.