A 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…