It is strange how you use something day in and day out for years and are quite happy with it. Then one day you notice something not quite right, and cannot rest until you have put it right.
This week it was the index to this blog. Right from the start I have used the labels function on the right of the blog as an index. I am not quite sure, but I think it was Bob Cordery of Wargaming Miscellany Blog, Conference of Wargamers (COW) and the series of books about Portable Wargaming fame who suggested it. Bob gave me some excellent advice when I started blogging, and I am sure that was one of his suggestions.
Anyway, it has served me well for eleven years. But last week I was looking for an old blog and could not find it in the index. Worse still I realised what a shambles it had become. Each time I wrote a blog I listed it under one of the existing subjects, or else just added a new one. Recently I have been writing a lot about my ongoing 1813 campaign, and have used the name of the current campaign phase on the index. The result was along list of campaigns, with little indication of what the blog entry was about.
So on Tuesday I sat down and wrote a new index on excel. I just listed each subject on the existing index. Then I chopped and changed them about, added new subjects and put them in alphabetical order within subject groups.
It sounds easy, but not when you consider that I have 807 blog entries. Each one had to be opened and given a new reference number and sometimes name. Worse still once I started opening them I wanted to read them again!
It has only taken two days to complete, but it was pretty full on. I enjoyed doing it, and am pleased with the result. As with most things to do with blogging, we do it for our own satisfaction. I do not expect anyone else to actually use the index, but for me it makes the blog seem more complete.
If any of you serious bloggers are looking for a summer project, whether due to lockdown or retirement, I would strongly recommend it.