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As you may have noticed on this page or in your aggregator my normal entries are now interspersed with smaller link and commentary entries represented in an unordered list. These fall in chronological order with my other entries and are real posts with permalinks, comments, categories, trackbacks, and pingbacks. I have been wanting to do this for a long time and there was a flood of entries when I first got this working. I fully expect to post in this category with a much higher frequency than my normal posts. I come across things all the time that I want to link so badly but I just don’t have the time to write an entry about. Now every interesting tidbit I come across is just a click of a favelet away from my readers. It’s liberating.

The format of a weblog dictates its writing. There is no getting around this. Ever since my redesign I’ve had these big important titles that—as a writer—are intimidating. Everything I write has to be worthy of its 32-point Dante banner. This was a deliberate to force myself to put more thought and effort into my entries and it has worked; some of my best writing has been since the redesign. It has been stifling as well. To express what I want to express these days I need something more dynamic.

This type of linklog is nothing new. I first saw it at Kottke and since have enjoyed it at Charles Gagalac’s site. Charles was the first person I know of to do it in WordPress. This inline style fits my requirements very well, the biggest being that I wanted to use my existing post taxonomy so a second weblog would have been inconvienent. I also get the benefit of a combined RSS feed and combined update pinging. More than all of that though, I don’t want to limit myself to one type of post in a new weblog, or in this one. I already have plans to use this feature to not only highlight interesting links, but comments I make on other sites, upcoming gigs I have, photolog updates, and various activities and writing I now have spread out over a half-dozen blogs. It’s a perfect application for WordPress‘ multiple sub-categories feature. Technically, the whole thing was very easy to implement.

First I made a new category all of these posts would be a part of, it was late and I couldn’t think of anything too clever, so I went with “Asides.” This may have been subconciously inspired by Movable Blog. So I created the category in WordPress, and it had an ID of 33. Next it was simply a matter of telling my template that if a post was in the Asides category to lay it out a little differently. I wrote a quick function, in_category() that does this with no additional DB queries that is now in the WordPress CVS and will be in the 1.2 release. The function takes a single argument, a category ID, and it returns true if the current post is in that category. Here’s what I have in my post loop:

<?php if (in_category(33) && !$single) { ?>
<ul class="asides">
<li id="p<?php the_ID(); ?>"><?php echo wptexturize($post->post_content); echo ' '; comments_popup_link('(0)', '(1)', '(%)')?> <?php edit_post_link('(e)'); ?></li>
</ul>
<?php } else { ?>

So basically what this is saying is that if the post is in category #33 and we’re not on a permalink page to format it using that code, otherwise do our normal thing. We have a simple unordered list with a uniquely ID’d list item. (The ID is a throwback to about two years ago when I had a heavily hacked version of b2 with monthly archives. Can’t let those permalinks break.) I get the post content directly because I didn’t want to mess with the normal filters (like autop) applied to the_content(). I run it through texturize to keep everything pretty. Then I have a simple comment link, and finally a link that only I see that allows me to easily edit any entry. This worked great, but you can see that I have a separate unordered list for each entry, which isn’t what I want; I want all consectutive aside entries to be part of a single list. This gets tricky because you have to start the list when the current entry is an aside but the newer entry and stop it when the next entry is not an aside. Tricky tricky, and I don’t want to think what would happen if someone decided to reorder my content. I had only allocated myself ten minutes for this entire project and I was at minute number eight, so it came time for ugly code:

function stupid_hack($str) {
return preg_replace('|</ul>\s*<ul class="asides">|', '', $str);
}
ob_start('stupid_hack');

I swear that’s the actual code in my template. Put it somewhere around the top of the template, it really doesn’t matter where. It’s a hack, but it’s been working great. Simon says it is “ugly as sin,” and that’s what I thought when I wrote it. Since then, however, it has grown on me a bit. It’s like the supermodel who goes out every day dressed to the nines relaxing at home in a bathrobe, slippers, and no makeup. I keep the pretty code elsewhere, here at home I’m a little more casual. Perhaps when I have a little free time I’ll put in the more complicated logic I described above but if it ain’t broke…

204 replies on “On Asides”

Thank you for sharing the information, I had “asides” running on my site for some time now using this tip. I tried to impliment your method (because I does not mess with autop), but it creates a weird problem with links. s are added where they don’t belong in links and abbreviations i.e. <a href="http://secure.sixapart.com/">?

I’ve been using Charles’s variant for a few weeks now, and it’s working great. Except of course for the fact that entries are being sorted chronologically and not categorically and then chronologically. I swear, I need to teach myself PHP so I can do these kinds of things myself and not continually apply pressure to you WP guys 😉

I’d really like to get this code up and running on my blog but I’m having trouble. I’m struggling to know where in the loop to place the code and how to terminate it so that I don’t get a parse error at this line
<?php endforeach; else: ?>

Have you any advice? Thanks

Ever since my redesign I’ve had these big important titles that””as a writer””are intimidating.

Oh my god, I wrote almost the same exact sentence yesterday in my post announcing my redesign. The problem with the way my old site used to look was each post felt so BIG. Hopefully, my new design will make it easier on the eyes when I post a bunch of one or two liners.

Folding In Meme Fatigue
After pondering what to do with Meme Fatigue, even though it’s only two weeks old, I’ve found having a blog of briefs too handy to just let it go. However, it probably makes more sense to re-incorporate it into the main weblog in some way. Here’s my…

Don’t play with trackbacks late at night
So i just finished this rather long post about linklogs and wordpress and wanted to trackback the linked posts by matt mullenweg, markku seguerra and adam gessaman but guess what: the idiot i am and the late hour it is i tried to trackback the permalin…

it seems i have to scroll down a page before i can get to your content. i don’t really know what all those links are, and wether or not i should be reading them.

*shrugs*

I’ve been thinking about how to integrate the “link and run” part of my weblog for a while. Nothing has worked as well as I would like.

But I have to say that the way you are doing it has taught me a clear lesson in how not to do it. It’s very annoying to have to sift through such a length of links to see the real content. I much prefer either a separate log (for frequent posting) or these links consolidated into a daily/weekly/irregular posting (for less frequent posting).

I hope I can find some way to subscribe to the two separately still!

Does that function in_category also scan the children categories? I need to exclude posts from a certain category and all it’s children, because those posts are being used for something other than my “blog”.

WordPress Asides
I’ve implemented an edited version of the “Asides” functionality developed by PhotoMatt. I also used some edited code by MtDewVirus, from the WordPress forum thread.

This is now the code for the “post” loop in my index.php file:

< ?php i...

Here is my situation. I have a site where there are 5 bloggers, each with their own category. I have them all as the same level, but don’t want them to be able to edit each others posts. Is there a quick index.php hack to make this happen? I’ve posted in the wp support forum, but havent gotten an answer. Thanks.

Great tip.
It wouldn’t seem like such a silly hack if you called it combineAdjacentAsideLists() or something sensible like that!

Implementing asides
Please excuse any funkyness like the entry below over the next couple of days.

I’m in the middle of implementing Photo Matt’s asides onto this blog. With work and all, it’s getting harder and harder to blog every time that I would like to. Howe…

Asides Implemented
After much angst today, I have been able to implement asides, via the hint given at Matt’s website. They are the short posts you see interspersed to create the links. I will at some point in the future post the exact code I used, feel free to email …

Is there any reason why you would not want to use a simple flag to signal the opening and closing of a group of asides?
Granted this isn’t the prettiest code either, but it definitely beats having to parse all outputs searching for regex matches.
Something along the line of:

if (! $opened_list)
{
    $opened_list = true;
    echo "

    ";
    }

and

    if ($opened_list)
    {
        echo "";
        $opened_list = false;
    }

both judiciously placed within the template (there’s more to it, but it’s fairly trivial, I think), ought to do the trick…

Binary Thoughts Enhancements 2
The following enhancements have been made to Binary Thoughts.

Short posts that contain only external links can be made using the Asides feature.
Posting times are now in human readable terms powered by the Time-Of-Day plugin.
Posting times are now…

I’m looking for something jut like this…

but what if I don’t want the post to appear at all!!!??…

like, I don’t want the post on the category 33 to show in my index.. never… (not even in the montly archives)

who do I do that???

can you help me???

Blogeintrge in WordPress individuell formatieren

Schon lange will ich einzelne, speziell kurze Blogeintrge individuell in WordPress formatieren. Erscheinen soll nur ein Link plus kurzem eigenen Kommentar, quasi ein Linkblog. Nun wurde ich im WordPress Wiki beim Plugin LinkPost fndig.

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Not Really WordPress Asides

Hey, take a look at main diary page. I just implementing another asides style. Code is taken from this page at WordPress Wiki which is originally published by Matt.
However, it’s not really asides. I’ve modified Matt’s code to meet …

[…] The newer versions of WordPress (from 1.2 on) have cool plugin functionality. I used to have asides on my blog, but since I upgraded, I didn’t want to hack through a lot of code just to create the “asides” effect. Although there are some plugins already written for WP that create asides functionality, they require the use of special fields which I dislike. I would rather just write a post, place the post in a designated category (like Asides) and have it be formatted as an aside! […]

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Modifying Post

I have been planning to have aside category in my blog, until today when I finally managed to conquer my moodiness. Using Customizable Post Listings, so that it will look like the one utilized by Matt Mullenweg but all look the same, both of them are c…

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Matt, I’m using Asides as implemented in K2 in WordPress.

I’d like to know if it’s possible to control how many posts appear in a list of asides and how long it takes for them to fall off the list. Where can I control these variables?

[…] I also upgraded my k2 install to Michael’s new revision 88, which he comically named “The Crazy 88″ It’s working well and if you comment on posts now, it should use super cool AJAX to accomplish it. I’m also trying out asides, which you can see below this post. They are like minature posts, hence the font size difference. It’s kinda like something I want to say, but don’t find it worthy enough to deserve its own post. I think they look kinda cool // Used for showing and hiding user information in the comment form function ShowUtils() { document.getElementById(“authorinfo”).style.display = “”; document.getElementById(“showinfo”).style.display = “none”; document.getElementById(“hideinfo”).style.display = “”; } function HideUtils() { document.getElementById(“authorinfo”).style.display = “none”; document.getElementById(“showinfo”).style.display = “”; document.getElementById(“hideinfo”).style.display = “none”; } […]

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[…] As I start on my long-awaited redesign, I decided to do a massive reorganization of the site. It was just way to messy to be usable and I think that may have contributed to my lack of posting (we’ll see…:P). I eliminated quite a few categories and them all much more general now. I’ve also implemented “Asides” using the “Matt’s Asides” technique. I think that this modification will make everything on my blog go a lot smoother. […]

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[…] The install is very simple, and it seems that I can adjust the posts to look however I want them to. It’s not quite up to snuff yet on my site, there are a couple formatting things that I would like to do, but it does work. The hope is that this will allow me to post a little more frequently. As Matt so eloquently stated, “The format of a weblog dictates its writing.” […]

[…] I’ve also implemented Matt’s Asides and stuck a random quote at the top of the page. Not sure yet if that will stay or not, I really only put it there because the top of the page was looking a bit bland. If I was any good at graphics I might have put some fancy divider bar type thing there instead, but I’m not, so I’m stuck with the random quotes for now. […]

[…] Having previously ganked Matt’s Asides for MT, I’ve now just dropped in the original, but I haven’t figured out how to have the front page show ten posts or sections of Shorts, rather than just ten Shorts when I drop in a bunch, or how to manage them in the feed (maybe by excluding them until midnight, and then dropping them in as a single post?) so, sing heigh ho, the unordered list: […]

[…] Fully implement an Asides category. – I put the Asides tweaks from Coldforged into part operation. Issues that I have include not being able have a post in categories in addition to “Asides” and not having the damn things show up on the front page. Well, that second one can wait until I create some CSS to properly display them. Progess report: Final fix for this needs to wait until I can get home and log into mySQL to run some code. Almost done! Used the WP Codex to add Asides (Photomatt’s original implemenation). Time: 3hrs […]

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[…] I’ve decided to take a tip from the pro’s and separate my useful content from waffle. The blogging term appears to be asides , and photomatt has simple post on how to do it. Basically the idea is, that asides content doesn’t take up as much space on your blog, so readers can easily see reference or important material, and if they’ve got some spare time read your thoughts. […]

[…] The far right column is used for the usual sidebar entries; Internal links, blog roll and a little summary. However, the middle column is more interesting. The description says that this is used for ‘interesting links in bite size portions’ and that’s pretty much what it is. Similar to Photomatt’s asides and Kottke’s remainders, I use this to gather up the latest tidbits that are interesting but for which, I haven’t written a major entry on. Behind the scenese, these are handled in a similar way to how Matt does it. The entries have all been designated as belonging to a category called shorts. Posts in this category are excluded from retrieval in The_loop. The only proviso is that due to the way WP has been written, items that are assigned to this category must only belong to this category. This is an oversight in the SQL driving The_Loop and I’ll probably write and submit a fix for this issue when I have a bit of time. […]

[…] The weather being absolutely atrocious here today (it’s been raining all day) allowed me to devote part of today to further enhancing the site. The first thing I did was to add AJAX commenting. I had already tried it out whilst mucking around with K2 and thought it to be a really cool functionality. Thanks to this post it was a piece of cake! Second up was to implement Matt’s Asides Technique, which is pretty cool too! […]

Hi Matt, not sure if you’re still checking your comments for this post but I was wondering if there was a way to adapt this code to handle more than one category. I’d like to have a number of different layouts for a number of different categories (about five or so). I’ve tried monkeying around with the code a bit but I can’t work it out. It seems like a relatively simple prospect to me, but I could be wrong since I’m a PHP n00b. Thanks for this great tutorial regardless. I do have asides working just fine on my site. 🙂

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thepete, are you thinking something that is more complicated than just:

if (in_category(1) && !$single) {
something;
}

if (in_category(5) && !$single) {
something;
}

i was thinking of using this blank quote to block out all photoblog entries, with access to photoblog entries only by clicking on the photoblog category link. think i’ll work? =)

[…] So far the front page is functional, but that’s about it. What’s left is to apply my XHTML structure to the rest of the WordPress pages, but I can do that whenever. I should also create some supplimentary content. Lastly, I am going to give credit to Niggle because that’s where my inspiration for “Previous Posts” and “Asides” came from; and I’m going to give credit to Matt’s Asides hack for WordPress, though I didn’t use it and made my own. […]

[…] 之前曾經寫了一篇有關 Extended Live Archive Plugin(以下簡稱 ELA)的 教學,因為出了新的版本 0.10,除了效能改善及 bug fixes 之外,還支援 Matt’s Asides 及 Ultimate Tag Warrior (UTW),當然不可不談的的改進就是從之前以 Parameters 形式執行,變成統一在一個 Option page 內做設定,實在方便得多,有見及此,所以便更新這篇教學。 […]

[…] Hace poco me tope con el codigo actual, que inclusive fue desarrollado e implementado por el mismo Matt -quien es uno de los desarrolladores de WordPress- en su blog. El los llamo Asides y se basan en posts con una categoria ‘especial’. De hecho el codigo es bastante sencillo, y justo cuando me disponia a escribir como es que se hacia me encontre con que alguien mas ya lo habia hecho. […]

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[…] E pois que não há. Nem tenho escrito nada por aqui. Já devem ter dado pela confusão que vai ali em baixo na zona dos “Apontamentos” não? Pois é. Tenho andado às voltas com a melhor forma de garantir a existencia de pequenas entradas que não justifiquem uma entrada aqui em cima mas que possam ser arquivadas para posterior referência. Já tentei as mais variadas soluções desde os famosos Matt Asides, ao Recent Links e o Miniblog. Entre estes dois últimos já alternei várias vezes de forma a garantir o acesso via RSS mas também a garantir que posso ter uma página de arquivo destas pequenas pérolas. Aparentemente optei pelo Miniblog. Parece-me mais flexivel em termos de conteudo pois permite colocar links em qualquer parte do post e não só no titulo assim como permite a existência de posts sem links o que por vezes também é útil. A grande questão que fica ainda por responder é: Será que isto tudo tem algum interesse para quem cá vem? Valerá a pena? Acho que só o futuro o dirá. A ver vamos… […]

[…] One major change: I’ve moved the Quick Links (formerly Quickies) from the sidebar, where nobody noticed them, and mixed them in with the regular posts. This has the unfortunate side-effect of highlighting how many days I post nothing but quick links. I’m hoping I’ll be inspired to post more regular entries from now on to avoid looking silly. The quick links were implemented using code loosely based on a technique posted in the WordPress forums, inspired by Matt’s original Asides concept. […]

[…] Asides Os “Asides” é mais uma das novidades desta nova edição. Os asides foram criados pelo Matthew Mullenweg (o gajo q criou o WordPress!) e são uma versão lite de um post normal. São mais ou menos como uma forma de diferenciar os posts mais completos dos menos completos. Como exemplo, os 4 ultimos posts que fiz aqui foram asides, onde tinha pouco para dizer. No entanto, este já não é um aside. […]

[…] If my previous aside had you a bit confused, I was celebrating my success at finally being able to get a new hack to work. I’ve often had cause to write a quick one-liner, but I hated wasted all that space because once I published it, the metadata takes up more space than does the actual content itself. I hated the way it looked, but I also hated not being able to spiff up my briefer thoughts. So, I found Matt’s Asides, but I couldn’t get it work. Matt hacked The Loop to have it check a specific category and then format it differently when it displayed. This allowed users to take up less space with very short posts while still allowing readers to submit their comments on the content. […]

[…] The theme has built-in support for Gravatars, Related Posts (but I’m thinking of using Related Entries 2.0 instead) and Ultimate Tag Warrior. I’m still trying to implement Matt’s Asides and segregate it from regular posts so that you can style your asides separately and even present a different ad format for asides and regular posts. I will go over K2’s theloop.php file and study whether I can rip it apart and use it for the theme. […]

[…] I’ve been going through kind of a dry spell with blogging. It’s not that I haven’t found things worth blogging about – I’ve just been short on the time and energy necessary to saying anything worthwhile about them. I tend to accumulate links to various things I find interesting and file it in a “To Blog” folder that just grows and grows. Instead of letting that happen, I’m starting something new. There are now two kinds of posts of this site: normal blog postings and simple links I’m calling my “news feed.” Thanks to the use of “asides”, a handy tool for WordPress, I can now have written posts show up here in the main column and quick links show up in the right-hand column. You can comment on any type of post, and you can also get RSS feeds for any combination as well. […]

[…] Para conseguirlo me ha servido de gran ayuda leer las indicaciones de Boja en la maté por un yogur, así como el texto publicado en blogpocket. Gracias a ellos el trabajo estaba al 98% resuelto. Pero aún faltaba un detalle que me ha llevado bastantes horas y que no ha sido hasta después de haber leido y releido mil veces el artículo original de Matt, su index.php y la entrada en el codex de WordPress, cuando me he dado cuenta de qué era lo que estaba mal en mi código. […]

[…] Fortunately, Matt, the creator of wordpress, had faced a similar problem, and provided a smart solution: Asides. He explains this in his post: The format of a weblog dictates its writing. There is no getting around this. Ever since my redesign I’ve had these big important titles that””as a writer””are intimidating. Everything I write has to be worthy of its 32-point Dante banner. This was a deliberate to force myself to put more thought and effort into my entries and it has worked; some of my best writing has been since the redesign. It has been stifling as well. To express what I want to express these days I need something more dynamic. […]

[…] I was thinking about the whole issue of asides, and wondered if the way Matt describes is the same as I see it. I don’t. An aside, to me, has to have a context (i.e. it should be in proximity to the information it relates to) but the method of adding asides as “separate” information seems “strange” somehow.I don’t think Matt’s wrong, I just think I have a different take on the whole issue. […]

[…] Blogging is suppsed to be fun. But being the perfectionist that I am, every entry had to be crafted to perfection. My obsession with the quality of individual posts have made blogging less fun. To rememdy this problem, I implemented Matt’s Asides technique. This is my first aside post. […]

[…] Aloitin eilen tyylittämään asideja WordPressiin. Aamulla tein ensimmäisen version, mutta se ei toiminut todellakaan Internet Explorerilla, joten päätin poistaa sen ja yrittää myöhemmin uudelleen. Illalla aloitin tekemään kyseistä hommaa aivan alusta aivan samalla tavalla, mutta tällä kertaa kyseiset asaidit pelasivat myös rakkaalla Internet Explorerilla. Myös muita pikkujuttuja on tullut tehtyä. […]

[…] Interdetto dalla difficoltà di K2 sto per passare Sestaluna ad un nuovo template (che tralaltro si vede alla grande sia alle risoluzioni da sfigati sia alla maestosa 1280×1024). Gli Asides vorrei tenerli, ma essendo un’animale non riesco a implementare nè quelli di K2 nè i Matt’s Asides (manco questo plugin qui sono riuscito a far funzionare – sono proprio scarso con il php). […]

[…] بعد أن رأيت في بعض المدونات الأجنبية تدوينات سريعة مثل هذه علمت من مدونة الأخ سوار أنها تسمى Asides أو Min-Post فقمت باتباع التعليمات لإضافة هذه الميزة لمدونتي ØŒ Ùˆ أظنها تعمل بشكل جيد الآن. […]

[…] By the way, this is what an “aside” looks like. These are where I can put random little musings like the following: During my upcoming trip to Japan in August, I’m planning to hike to the top of Mt. Fuji. Now, I’m a bit worried about trying to get my 300 lb frame to the top of the mountain, but how bad could it be? […]

[…] So yeah, I’ve been silent about 6 months because too much has been going on IRL. Largely, it’s because I haven’t had the time to sit down and write the big update post which is growing longer and longer since March by the week. So, to alleviate this cyclical anxiety of posting that I have, you may have noticed the “Matt’s Asides” that’ve been implemented inline with the content so I can whip off some zingers real quick whenever I feel like it. Now they’re “Acides” of Agendacide, or GlendAcides… whichever word would make you groan in agony more, as a fitting tribute to the true Matt-like fashion of dropping THE.WORST.PUNS_EVAR. […]

[…] Photo Matt has talked about this: As you may have noticed on this page or in your aggregator my normal entries are now interspersed with smaller link and commentary entries represented in an unordered list. These fall in chronological order with my other entries and are real posts with permalinks, comments, categories, trackbacks, and pingbacks. I have been wanting to do this for a long time and there was a flood of entries when I first got this working. I fully expect to post in this category with a much higher frequency than my normal posts. I come across things all the time that I want to link so badly but I just don’t have the time to write an entry about. Now every interesting tidbit I come across is just a click of a favelet away from my readers. It’s liberating. […]

[…] I had promised the re-continuance of ye olde “Two Chains and a Podcast” by the first of January; unfortunately, it would appear I won’t have time enough before then to give it the time it deserves — or even a halfway-decent job this time. (It would also appear I’m unnecessarily employing the passive voice. Blame it on Matt’s Asides.) There’s no ETA on volume II, episode I for now, but expect it at least by February. […]

[…] that worked well here and there””a comment form layout from Airbag Industries; Matt Mullenweg’s Asides technique. Joe Clark’s simple, single-column presentation. A radiant pattern from a beer bottle. A thousand […]

Everything I write has to be worthy of its 32-point Dante banner. This was a deliberate to force myself to put more thought and effort into my entries and it has worked; some of my best writing has been since the redesign.

I couldn’t agree with you more. I did the same thing on my website.

I took your idea for Asides and pull in my Twitter RSS (@smjdesign) via Alex King’s TwitterTools. Twitter makes a very good way to add asides to your blog. You might consider it. Semantically–for my use, they are the same.

I have it working on a personal website. I doubt that I will be adding it to my professional websites anytime soon due to the “off-topic-ness.” Make sure though if you bring them into your blog and subsequent RSS feed that your entire homepage isn’t full of tweets/asides!

[…] like Kottke had setup at the time and I remember specifically copy and pasting Matt's code from his post that coined the term 'asides'. Experiences like this really got me thinking about how software worked and what blogging was.It's […]

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