Most blog platforms offer the option of using a calendar for archiving purposes. When I first started blogging, that seemed to me to be a nice feature and I placed the calendar in a prominent position on the blog.
Sometime later, veteran blogger Rick Bruner told me that the only person a calendar is really useful for is the blogger himself. Readers won’t search by specific dates.
Kevin O’Keefe, founder of Lexblog.com, suggests that archiving by calendar, as opposed to category, is foolish. He said readers don’t really care whether a post was published on one date versus another.
So, I took the advise offered by these two compadres and ditched the calendar in favor of archiving by category.
There is another reason to consider not using a calendar. Real estate on the blog page is precious. Sidebars tend to accumulate a lot of informaton over time. To include components such as a calendar that are not helpful to the reader seems imprudent to me. If you’re going to use it, at least put it lower down the page in a less prominent position. Better yet, don’t use it at all.