It’s been a very exciting 2012 for The National Archives’ blog. Since our very first post, back in February, we’ve endeavoured to involve you in the extraordinary range of work we do here, and share the passion and enthusiasm our bloggers have for their work. Through comments, tweets and emails, we’ve had brilliant feedback from you, our readers, and hope to build on this success into 2013.
We’re currently posting about four blog posts a week (sometimes more, rarely less), and try to make sure that these cover a variety of subjects. The classic blog ‘list view’ (showing in date order) does mean, however, that posts are quickly pushed quite far down the ‘front page’ of the blog.
So, in time for our first birthday in February 2013, we want to launch a new front page for the blog, one that lets us keep a lot more posts visible on your screen, without you having to work to get to them. You will still be able to switch to the current list style by clicking on ‘List view’ at the top of the page (click on the image on the right to enlarge it).
Based on feedback from contributors we also want to simplify our categories. But we want to make sure that these will make sense and be useful to you, the readers. You can still search by keywords, or use the tag cloud to find specific posts. The new categories are: Behind the scenes; Records; Innovation and technology; and Managing information.
Please take a look at the mock up of how we think it could work. The point is very much to make the blog easier and more enjoyable to use. Your comments and feedback on posts are what make the blog so valuable (and fun) to us here, so if it doesn’t work for you, it won’t work for us. This is still a work in progress – if there’s anything you just can’t believe we haven’t thought of then please do let us know via the comments below, or by emailing us. Also, if you love the new layout, we’ll be happy to hear that too!
So from everyone on the blog team: admin, designers and contributors, thank you all for sticking with us so far, and we hope to hear a lot more from you soon.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!