Not content with blogging my comments from other folks' blogs, I'm blogging my comments from my own blog. Ron has added Freshtags to his blog, & has asked for a bit more info about the option for an archive menu with post count. Here's the (hopefully comprehensive) scoop:
This hack uses a bookmarklet and menu combo that allows you to bookmark your archive pages on del.icio.us with a special tag, and a post count. That way you can pull these pages out of del.icio.us and into a sidebar menu that includes a post count & gives your readers a sense of how much stuff you're writing & what's happening on your blog.
To get it working, you need to install Freshtags, & add the code for the archive menu into your sidebar, at whatever point you'd like the menu to appear. You can keep the blogger menu going too, if you like, as I do here for some unknown reason!
After installing the menu, drag the archiving bookmarklet from the bottom of the Freshtags Build Page onto the links bar of your browser. Edit the bookmarklet (by right-clicking & selecting properties)
1. Change the title if you'd like
2. Replace both instances of the word "Vent" in the location field with the name of your blog, so that the bookmarklet reads
Now you're all set for a mammoth session of archive bookmarking.
Visit each archive page in turn. Count your posts, and select the bookmarklet to bookmark them to del.icio.us & add a post count. You'll be prompted to log in to del.icio.us if you haven't already, & asked to enter the post count for the month on a pop-up form. When you're done, the menu will list all of your archive pages with a post count. Check it out on the sidebar here....
As an additional incentive, this archive hack plays very nicely with the Blog Navigator, as long as you bookmark your archive page to del.icio.us at the beginning of the new month with a bogus post count, and then go back & correct the count at the end of the month.
If you're new to Freshtags, check out our introduction to the service.
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