One of my favorite children’s books is If you Give a Mouse a Cookie, where an adorable mouse gets a little boy to give him a cookie, and then a glass of milk, and then a straw, and one thing keeps leading to another. When my daughters were small they loved hearing this story, and I never tired of reading it to them.
If you Give a Mouse a Cookie came to mind the other day, when I began a bit of blog housekeeping. The “cookie,” in this case, was my recent decision to read according to my mood, and no longer take part in reading challenges.
I soon realized my blog categories needed a bit of tweaking, and I created a “projects” category.
Then I had to re-categorize some of my posts.
And then I realized my blog menu tabs were all wrong. I couldn’t very well have a “Challenges” tab, could I?
And then I was thrilled to find out I could add sub-menus.
I created a “Projects” tab. With sub-menus.
Ooh! It would be fun to have a “Features” tab as well ! With sub-menus!
And then this mouse-blogger stalled out. And here’s where you come in. I need your advice to finish the job.
If you’re reading this in Google Reader, Feedly, or another RSS reader, please click-through to the site. It’s OK, I’ll wait.
Thanks! Do you see the menu tabs at the top of the page? Hover over “Projects” and the sub-menus will appear. I hope it’s clear that the sub-menus correspond to my various reading projects. Sometimes the sub-menu takes you to another page (like The Booker Prize). Sometimes it displays an archive of posts in that category (see Virago Modern Classics).
- Does this make sense?
- Is it okay to mix pages and category archives, or should every sub-menu lead to a page?
Now, what about the Projects page itself? This is a real hodgepodge at the moment. I’ve included my 2010 Reading Goals there, but I plan to remove them at the end of the year. Imagine for the moment that they’re no longer there. WordPress automatically puts the sub-menu pages at the bottom of the page. I added a brief description of my other projects, and a photo for interest. But … meh. I’m just not thrilled with it. How can I improve the Projects page?
Thanks for your help! May I have another cookie, please?