For the past couple weeks I’ve been ironing out a new navigation feature that I’ve added to my blog. The goal is to allow you to follow a topic as it threads through the blog, skipping over intervening messages, or going back to see previous messages on the topic.
While tags help with this, they are not efficient for following a series of messages that build on one another. Thus I’ve settled on this convention: when I add a message that builds on a previous message, even obliquely, I add a backward pointer to the new message and a forward pointer to the old message.
The goal is that you will be able to follow a discussion thread through the blog, skipping over the intervening messages as you desire, without this system getting in your way if you wish to ignore it.