The limits of Push-button Publishing

Moveable TypeA while back, Jason Kot­tke began tweak­ing his site lay­out, merg­ing his “remain­der” links into the dai­ly thread of his weblog, and cre­at­ing a dif­fer­ent look for “Fea­tured” posts such as movie and book reviews.

When I last redesigned (now more than a year ago), I thought a lot about how to use MT cat­e­gories, and the impor­tance of draw­ing a visu­al dis­tinc­tion between fea­tured posts, and short­er dai­ly posts. It was nec­es­sary to weigh cer­tain types of posts as more rel­e­vant than others.

This not-so-cre­ative solu­tion was to use a styled post title & a unique icon—for music, movies, books, pho­tos, & spe­cial posts—and leave non-fea­tured posts unstyled (albeit bold­ed). Also, I try to use a small pho­to for each fea­tured post. By using PHP and some MT tem­plate code, I was able to hack some­thing together.

Jason’s method of using 5 weblogs for 5 dif­fer­ent kinds of posts seems over­ly com­pli­cat­ed and unwieldy for me, because I have oth­er blogs on our domain. But, there is a point where PHP hacks can defeat the pur­pose of using “push-but­ton publishing”.

I very much like his idea of embed­ding these remain­dered links in the chrono­log­i­cal thread of the weblog—Because these are time­ly links ref­er­enc­ing cur­rent events or memes, why not?

I always thought Anil’s method of group­ing links under a date would be almost mean­ing­less for my site—as I only post 1 or 2 items per day. My Dai­ly Book­marks have no ref­er­ence point—they are mere­ly sort­ed descend­ing by date. Once again, Jason gets me thinking…

2 Responses to “The limits of Push-button Publishing”

  • I enjoy blog­ging. I do it every­day. I don’t real­ly care if some­one is read­ing, but it’s fun.

    I used to use MT. I liked being on my own, but I also like being apart of a jour­nal­ing communtiy.

  • Seems to me that if you could prob­a­bly do the same thing with cat­e­gories if you want­ed. You’d have to do some seri­ous tem­plate hack­ing, maybe some PHP mag­ic (or perlscript with the plu­g­in) to han­dle the dif­fer­ent kinds of posts based on their cat­e­go­ry code…

    Doable, but still a lot of work. Kot­tke’s solu­tion sounds com­plex, but I don’t think there’s a ‘sim­ple’ way to do it, at least in MT.

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