1. I have menus working now — if you look at the top-of-the-blog pages, you’ll see the ABOUT page has a pull-down menu. This can now be expanded to cover many relevant pages (that need to be created).
2. I have posted a PAGE which lists all BNC posts, with a hyperlinked title.
3. Here is an Excel file of the BNC posts, including title, link, author etc. This can be sorted and manipulated in various ways to extract material useful for building index pages.
4. Here is a CSV flat file version of the above.
The Brave New Climate blog started out in Aug 2008 as a modest affair. But over the course of 333 posts (and counting), it has grown into quite a resource, covering a wide variety of topics on sustainable energy and climate change. It is about to launch into its 4th year on the circuit!
The blog format has a number of terrific advantages — it keeps the website live and active, with regular posted updates, it allows for topical and up-to-date user feedback via comments, and it provides a platform for easily archiving material by date.
A number of problems exist, however.
For new readers, the site can seem daunting and impenetrable. Digging up relevant information is tough. The top-of-the-site pages, such as Sustainable Nuclear, Renewable Limits and Top 10, are one crude attempt to organise material, but they lack a proper structure and end up becoming little more than washing lists. Same deal with the category classifications (see left sidebar, e.g. TCASE). The new F.A.Q. page serves a somewhat different purpose again (but needs work too).
All in all, I think more innovation is needed to better present the source material to new readers, and to aid existing users with lookups.
What I think may be needed is to set up a static portal (which appears when the user types “http://bravenewclimate.com” in their browser), through which the rest of the site content can be easily accessed. This would include an OBVIOUS link [maybe a button?] to the blog feed (which will then appear exactly in the format we currently see it), a brief description of the purpose of the blog, and a well-laid-out series of links to other “Index” pages which organise the blog’s archived posts (and comments, including direct links to particularly important ones). However, I’m open to suggestions on the details.
I can of course do all of this myself, but that may not be the best course of action, for a number of reasons:
(1) the risk of ‘can’t see the wood for the trees’ syndrome [I know this material too well, and my not be able to organise it properly for a wide audience],
(2) lack of familiarity with optimal layouts for index and tables of contents pages,
(3) others are probably more creative than me, and
(4) time constraints [i.e. I can do this, but it will take time!].
As such, I wondered if any BNC readers/contributors would like to help out with this? Assistance could take the form of (i) designing the portal page, (ii) creating the TOP pages (which hierarchically gather a set of nested INDEX pages), (iii) gathering together posts into the INDEX pages, or (iv) ???.
Ideas appreciated, and if you’d like to help out, please do feel free to email me. I can then send you a listing of all the 333 BNC pages posted to date, along with their associated permalinks, i.e. the material that needs organising in various ways for the INDEX pages.
A few ideas were discussed here, but the discussion can continue below.