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Journal entry sequence

Scott Anderson

People post journal entries on this website either chronologically, with newest entries on the bottom, or the reverse of that.  We’ve always posted chronologically, but I wonder.  Do folks have an opinion on this, especially with longer journals?

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1 month ago
Bob DistelbergTo Scott Anderson

I definitely prefer the chronological, newest at the bottom method.  When you're reading an older journal, I very much like to start at the beginning and work my way through to the end, rather than having to start at the end and work my way backwards. If it's in  the reverse order and you click on that first entry expecting to see a description of the upcoming trip, and instead see the final summary, it's sort of like jumping to the last page of a novel.  It spoils the ending.

When following a journal that's in progress, I tend to use the 'What's New' feature, which gives me quick access to the latest and greatest post.

Bob

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1 month ago
Mike AylingTo Bob Distelberg

I agree with Bob

Mike

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1 month ago
Jacquie GaudetTo Scott Anderson

I, too, like to read top to bottom in chronological order!

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1 month ago
Steve Miller/GrampiesTo Scott Anderson

For us, a journal has to be organized like a book. with newest entries on the bottom. With those that are reversed we always get confused are prone to give up.

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1 month ago
Scott AndersonTo Steve Miller/Grampies

Me too.  I tried it in reverse order once on the other channel, didn’t like it, and went back.  Thanks for your response, Steve; and everyone else as well.  Unanimous so far, which is interesting. 

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1 month ago
Mike AylingTo Scott Anderson

Come on Janet A-R, defend your decision!

Mike

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1 month ago
John PescatoreTo Mike Ayling

For really long journals, like Janet/Steph's last year, I prefer the newest on top listing - saves a whole lot of scrolling when I check in to read the latest.

As all have pointed out, the opposite is true for a long one that I'm starting from ground zero on long after it began, but that doesn't happen that often.

My journals are all short, I do the chronological order approach. I kinda feel like if the journal fits on one screen, short enough for chronological. If it spills over to many screens, having the newest first seems better.

Of course, that exposes me as a big screen reader - I'm generally looking at CycleBlaze at my PC in the mornings, vs. on a teeny tiny phone screen in an Uber sipping an oat milk latte...

Would be nice if the reader had the choice to reverse the sort that the writer chose.

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1 month ago
Bob DistelbergTo John Pescatore

John, if you're not familiar with it, you might want to check out the 'What's New' link under the 'My Cycleblaze' heading.  It shows the last 7 days worth of posts for all the people you're following, always listed newest to oldest, no matter what order the journal is in.  That's what I use to get my daily fix of Cycleblaze while I'm having my morning coffee.

Bob

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1 month ago
Mike AylingTo John Pescatore

I tried oat milk once and was not impressed.

OTOH on a recent Sunday ride the leader stopped at a vegan cafe for coffee. They said that the nearest in taste to dairy was soy and I could hardly taste the difference in my latte. 

YMMV

Mike 

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