Tonight I added an On This Day widget to the sidebar of my homepage. I also added an archive page at They show old posts from the same day from prior years.

There may be one or two small display issues that I’ll come back and tweak, but functionally things are working reasonably well. I can already see that I may use it not only as a reminder, but a means of helping to clean up broken links and/or missing photos on posts.

Now if we could only get the Timehop app to add WordPress to it’s data stores…

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Chris Aldrich

I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal processing, IndieWeb, theoretical mathematics, and big history. I'm also a talent manager-producer-publisher in the entertainment industry with expertise in representation, distribution, finance, production, content delivery, and new media.

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    1. Aaron, apologies that I didn’t write it directly into my post! I got sidetracked and spent some time editing my example (and a sketch of Colin’s) into the On This Day page in the IndieWeb wiki instead of on my own site. I suppose I ought to figure out a way to own my own wiki edits on my own website and then syndicate them. I’ll live with putting a syndication link into this post instead. (Wouldn’t it be nice if the wiki sent webmentions to sites when the page updated?! But that’s an itch for another day…)

      In any case, you can see the details there, or I’ll say here for the tape, that I’m using the the Room 34 Presents On This Day plugin for WordPress. It handles most of the heavy lifting though I’m considering tweaking the code a little bit for improving the display of widget portion. In general it has everything that I’d want an OTD plugin to have, so I’m quite happy with it otherwise.

      There’s another related plugin I added based on my search/research, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Colin’s code looked excellent and I particularly like the UI he’s got for his particular front page, but I thought that the ability to have a widget as well as a stand-alone archive page would be even better. At least there are a handful of options to serve as a guideline for how one might attempt it as well as some pre-packaged ones that people can try for themselves.

  1. Aaron Davis says:

    Did you use Colin Walker’s code? Or come up with your own?
    I would love to bring in my old FB data, blog posts from my main site and even my old Tweets and create a similar page.

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