# I've been thinking some more about the idea of a required reading page.

Could the things held here be placed on an About page? Possibly - it depends what they are. If they are links to your own posts then almost certainly. External links? Maybe, maybe not.

So, why have a required page and what does it give the reader?

I think it provides background, insight and, perhaps, a look into the bloggers motivation. It helps gain an understanding of who the blogger is, what they believe or why they write what they do.

Maybe even just why they write.

At least that's what I think but each individual's idea of a required page may be as unique as the person themselves.

Irrespective of the what or why, it will be vital that a /required page be curated effectively, else the correct impression will not be given to the reader, but I wonder about how frequently it needs to be updated. Again, this will most likely vary from blogger to blogger but I don't think it will be as often as a /now page.

I'm going to spend some time considering what I might have on mine.

  1. hutaffe says: #
    I like the idea. There are always some posts one is proud of or reflect the main purpose of the blog. If the blog is older it would be a great starting point for visitors instead of going back chronologically, especially with micro posts mixed in.
  2. Colin Walker says: #
    But it doesn't just have to be old posts, it can be anything including external links that help explain your thinking.
  3. Nitin says: #
    Colin, I like the way you're thinking and here are my thoughts on it - http://www.nitinkhanna.com/thoughts-on-a-required-reading-page-for-blogs/
    1. Colin Walker says: #
      Some interesting extrapolation there Nitin. I’ll read it though a couple of times before responding as I think there’s a couple of bits there I want to comment on.