Monday, October 23, 2023

How to find specific topics on this blog

I’ve written over 900 articles on this blog since I started in December 2006.

photo by Bram Cymet

That’s a lot of information to wade through! Here’s a short guide to help you find what you’re looking for.

I’ve written articles about singers, choirs, choir leaders. warm ups and much, much more. If you want to find out about something related to choirs or singing, there’s a good chance I’ve written something about it!

Here are three ways to find what you’re looking for (plus a future feature on the blog).

1. archives – good for browsing

Look at the tabs at the top of the page right under the header of colourful singers (courtesy of my talented partner Susie Mendelsson). At the far right there’s a tab called Archives. Click on that and it will take you to a page where every single piece I’ve ever written is listed in chronological order.

I don’t suggest you work through every one of the 900+ posts! But you could choose a month and year at random, click on it, and you’ll see the title of the 4 or 5 posts I wrote that month. This is a good way to browse what’s on offer and dip your toe in the water if you’ve not read much on my blog.

A better alternative, if you’re looking for something very specific is ...

2. search this blog – find exact topics

The second item down on the right hand sidebar is a search box powered by Google. Type in the subject you’re looking for (e.g. warm ups, voice parts, starting a choir, choir leading, breath control) then click the magnifying glass to the right.

On the results page, the first few items in smaller print will be sponsored ads. Below them will be all the articles with your search term, in order of relevance.

3. labels – see other related posts

On the home page of the blog, you will see only the first two paragraphs of each post. Below “Continue reading ...” you will see a group of labels applied to each post (you will also see them at the end of each post if you expand it to read the whole thing). These are essentially the names of subjects in each post. You can find other, related posts which use the same labels by clicking on one of them. You will then see a list of posts using that particular label.

new regular feature – revisiting old posts

I will soon be adding a new regular feature to this blog. Every month or so I will write a summary post around a specific topic, bringing together five posts from the past which are all about that topic. I’m going to call it “5 relevant reads”. Stay tuned for the first one!

Chris Rowbury


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