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Tech Tips for Writers #176–Find the most recent blog article

tech tips for writersTech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future tip.

There are usual ways to find the most recent article written on a blog:

  • Check the top of the blog--This might work, but often bloggers pin ‘Featured Articles’ to the top. It’s not always clear when those run out and the regular ones start.
  • Check the menu for ‘All Posts’–All bloggers don’t have that option.
  • Check the sidebar for ‘Recent Articles’–All bloggers don’t have that and some push it way (way) down the sidebar resources

So what to do if none of those work?

Here’s an example of what I did in one case. I’ll use a blog from a nature writer who wrote a book I loved (Christy Teglo–click to find out more–Christy has amazing adventures). Here’s what the home page looks like:

I clicked ‘Blog at the top and got:

It took a bit of sleuthing to realize these aren’t her most recent articles (though they are fascinating). I checked the sidebar, but you can see in the image above that there is none. Normal people give up at this point, but those who know me are more likely to ascribe ‘odd’ or ‘eclectic’ to me than ‘normal’. So I tried a trick that has worked for me in these types of situations:

  • Go to the search bar
  • Don’t type anything into it. Just push ‘Search’
  • The default if you don’t provide direction is to list all articles in date order

Here’s what I got:

 

Victory! I haven’t had a time yet where this doesn’t work!

How about you? Did this work? Or do you know a better way?

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Summer 2022.

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72 thoughts on “Tech Tips for Writers #176–Find the most recent blog article

  1. Most bloggers post come up when you click home in order of posting. I must admit that I mainly follow WP bloggers as I find other blogs, especially paid sites, difficult to use and engage on. In the case of your example above, I would have just given up and gone on to another site.

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  2. I use the search bar, Jacqui, but I type in something related to the post I’m looking for. I didn’t know about your trick, and will have to keep that one in mind, too. Thanks! 🙂

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  3. I never would have thought to do that, Jacqui. Thanks for the tip. Though I confess, I don’t think I would have put as much effort into finding latest posts as you did. (I guess now I don’t have to work hard at all, thanks to your helpful hint.)

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  4. Wow. That’s an awesome trick, Jacqui. I always do my best to find a recent post, but then give up in frustration after several failed attempts. Hopefully bloggers have a “search” field. I think that’s optional too. Thanks for the great tip!

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    • That’s the preferred, but not always. Check my education blog–https://askatechteacher.com. I have no dates on the posts. You might rightfully wonder when they were written. By searching with the empty search field, you at least know a timeline.

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