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Site Feature Musings

There’s an element of my site I’ve been thinking about for a while but I’m undecided and thought it’d be best to ask you. After all, you’re the ones who use the site as visitors.

I’ve been wondering whether I should change the related posts section I add to the bottom of reviews. Currently I use it to link to reviews of books by the same author as well as books that share a theme. I like the concept because it allows me to categorise without having a lot of tags; I do like to use tags for genres; but I wonder how many people find the related posts section helpful. Ultimately I’m considering simply linking to other books by the same author. (Another option would be to have both a ‘by the same author’ section and ‘related by theme’ section but that would mean quite a lot of space.)

I like linking by theme, not just due to the issue of tags but because I know it’s nice, when there’s a theme you like, to be able to easily find other books that include it. However, it has become a bit crazy to maintain. Where do I draw the line on which themes to link? Should I link minor themes? What about books that I know aren’t truly related but for this small theme they share?

As you can see, I’ve given this a lot of (too much) thought.

I’ve also been thinking about my ‘random review’. I’m quite partial to it but does anyone use it? I’m very aware it pulls up posts from years ago but then if I were to filter it I’d end up being worried about all posts soon enough.

Do you like related posts sections on sites in general?


Laurie C

April 13, 2015, 11:42 am

I usually edit the Related Posts feature that I get with WordPress. It makes suggestions based on tags, but I use a lot of tags, so it’s pretty helpful. I like seeing related or similar books mentioned, and I try to compare a book to a better-known title or series if I can, but sometimes I do end up spending time trying to remember other books that such and such book reminds me of!


April 13, 2015, 1:55 pm

I find related posts sections interesting and like having one on my own blog (wordpress automatically does it for me). If I’m honest though I rarely click on the links unless its a blog I love or I am really interested in finding out more about that topic or author.

Margaret @ BooksPlease

April 13, 2015, 4:40 pm

I think the related post section is good, but for books by the same author I use your Review Database.

I hadn’t noticed your Random Review before, sorry! but now you’ve pointed it out I do like it. I like the fact that it pulls up posts from years ago.


April 14, 2015, 12:33 pm

Why not: one by the same author, one of a similar theme and one totally random?

Belle Wong

April 15, 2015, 2:16 am

I like having related reviews at the bottom of posts although I don’t think I click through on them very often. I think your Random Review is a nice feature!



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