The table-of-contents post appears on the left, with chapter headings and links, but the neat "feature" is the table-of-contents that appears on the top-right of my blog, making it easy for me to navigate, and for readers to get an overview and dive in to whatever interests them.
Already I have had some positive feedback about this feature, and I would encourage others to emulate it for the sake of their readers. It seems to make a nice complement to tags, which are a bit more like an index, and archives, which tell you what's new.
The set-up steps in Blogger (it should be similar for other platforms) are:
- Invent chapter headings for your blog
- Create the table-of-contents blog entry: E.g. myblog.blogspot.com/toc.html, or (nowadays) a page and include your chapter headings.
- Tag every heading with using Edit HTML in the blogger editor by wrapping it in anchor tags: e.g.
- Go through all your old posts and put links to the better ones under the appropriate chapters.
- Make a text widget that points to your table-of-contents entry and the chapter headings. The hyperlinks from the chapter-headings take the form
- Place the text widget somewhere prominent.
- Each time you add a new post that fits your theme, add a link in your table-of-contents post.
- Occasionally you may want to add a new "chapter", which involves editing the widget as well, but this should be a fairly rare event once you have your categories straight.