Wednesday, September 10, 2008

How to Make a Blog Index (Introduction)

By Leigh

Thank you to everyone who gave me feedback about how my blog header appears in their web browsers. I am relieved that it basically looks the way I had hoped, even though there is apparently some variation with that.

Several people have asked me how I made the index on the sidebar of my blog. If you all will indulge me, I'm going to publish a series of posts on how to do that. Some of you may be satisfied with Blogger's labels, but for the public side of my blog, I really prefer the index. Why? Because if you click on a label, it brings up one page with all the posts under that label. That could be dozens and dozens of posts under a particular label, and I'm just too impatient to have to scroll through them all to find what I want. With an index, I can access a list of all posts under that label, and choose what I want from the list.

There are probably other ways to do this, but here are the steps I took:
  1. Create a account
  2. Tag all blog posts
  3. Create an index in the sidebar
To organize this information, and so that you can just choose the information you want, I've made a post for each step. You can select one of the above, or click here for the next step.

Posted 10 Sept. 2008 at


  1. Leigh, thank you-------I think.......(sob!). Now I have no excuses (more sobbing)........ You went to a tremendous amount of work and I am most grateful.....I think..... Now I can no longer plead ignorance as an excuse. Sighing and much lamenting........

  2. Thank you, Leigh! I need to find some time to wade through this, but I've been dying to get my posts better organized... Hugely helpful!

  3. I saved the instructions you sent me, intending to do this one day but I got bogged down in the tagging of my posts. Over a years worth are untagged as of yet and it is a huge time eater to do them, so onward I slog. I wish I would have known the importance of tags when I began. One day~

  4. Thanks Leigh, this information is very helpful...and your blog is a wealth of information on so many subjects!


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