I’m guessing I’m not alone in having things that occupy my mind to the exclusion of the things I should be doing. The rabbit hole I chose to go down instead writing an interesting post for today has to do with the Thursday Doors Recap Page.
I know, I know, I wrote about that page a wile ago. Forgive me.
Actually, unless you participate in the Thursday Doors challenge, you can jump down to the gallery. That is, unless you want to know more about this little technical journey of mine.
One problem with the Recap page, is that I only include the title/url of the blog post and the location information the blogger has provided via a static form. I would like to provide information about the doors post, to help Recap readers to decide which URLs they might like to explore. Of course, I would love it if every reader followed every link, but…
I’ve been testing the possibility of appending “hashtags” to the end of the link that bloggers leave in the comment section of Thursday’s post. I can pull those tags out and display them in a separate column in the Recap page. For example, the following two URLs will take you to the exact same place:
The difference is that I can process the second one to include the words “Hartford” “Connecticut” and the phrase “19th Century” in a separate column. The URL that I present in the Recap page will still show the title of the blog post. The entry on the Recap Page would look like the line below:
Buckingham Square District Hartford | Connecticut | 19th Century
I should add that this would be taking advantage of a feature that was originally designed for a different purpose. Except in some extremely unlikely, albeit unfortunate circumstances, these tags would not interfere with the expected operation of the links provided. If that were to occur, I would repair the link.
This is a work in progress, but I am going to ask for a few volunteers to help me test this process on Thursday. Thursday’s post will include the instructions. If this works, we will end up with a more informative Recap Page – one that lets the participant tell you about their post – without any additional work on my part and with very little work on the part of the blogger.