Scent of a Gamer

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Connecting articles

Most articles on this blog are part of a series in some way. For most articles, you wouldn’t know it by reading them.

Yesterday’s article on my painted Numinous Occulum was article 21 in my series of tabletop terrain painting. This morning’s Bones’ update was article 62 in that series, but would you know it by reading?

Whether and how my articles are connecting is something that I have been considering recently. In a typical week, the list of most-read articles looks something like this:

Unlike my other articles, the classic game walkthrough articles are each clearly part of a series. It makes sense both for me to clearly number each part, and also to have them link to one another. When you complete part 6, there’s a link to take you to part 7, and so on.

So far, so ordinary. But I also considered that if someone were to randomly get to that part 6 via a Google or similar search, the article makes it clear they are looking at part of a series, and easy to navigate through to what they want.

My other articles typically don’t do this.

In a recent creative break I made banners for my Explore MtG art series. They are fairly crude. I simply opened an image in Paint 3D, typed the artist’s name over the art using a contrasting colour, and then used the snipping tool to create a rectangle that I thought would fit reasonably well on the page.

So far, so basic. Simple as they are, it took some time to get the banners into each article, manually add links to them, and so on.

I started to think about other article series, especially the various miniature painting projects that are the genesis of this blog and still the core of it for me. These articles aren’t well connected to one another.

Banners like the one above, linking the reader to the previous and next painting project might liven things up a bit and make the blog easier to navigate for someone who enters on a ‘random’ article.

Something like this might encourage more reading than relying on the random three articles WordPress chooses to show.

If I go ahead, it won’t happen overnight, or even in a month. It’s a fairly time-consuming task, but I think it would be worthwhile on some of my longer projects – so the terrain, Bones, Plague Marines, and a few others.

7 comments on “Connecting articles

  1. theimperfectmodeller
    May 31, 2020

    Good idea.

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    • davekay
      May 31, 2020

      Thanks Dave, now I just have to put it into practise!

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  2. Bookstooge
    May 31, 2020

    Good idea. (but I said it more originally than Imperfectmodeller,so it’s different)

    I don’t do enough series style posts to warrant their own page. Being a book reviewer I use tags and figure people stumbling upon my page from a google search are intelligent enough to click on the appropriate tag if they want more info. Of course, I might overselling myself on the idea of how smart people are 😀

    good luck! blog projects are big things and just take time. I’m still working on getting all of my reviews into their separate posts and I see no end in sight! So stay the course…

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  3. Azazel
    June 1, 2020

    As someone who does similar for my Orks and Nurgle chaos, I don’t think it matters too much for non-narrative post series like painted models.

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    • davekay
      June 1, 2020

      That’s a good point, someone looking at the Numinous Occulum may well not care that the previous update feature the Arcane Ruins, for example.

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      • Azazel
        June 22, 2020

        That’s where the Categories tab comes in, I think. Also, the little “related” trio that WordPress gives us….

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      • davekay
        June 22, 2020

        true!

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