No, if I had just one internetty wish, I would make a Search Box appear on every craft website and blog out there. Just think of it! Every site a useful, searchable, convenient database ready to be enjoyed to its full potential, and allowing us to find what we need, when we need it, in the place we last saw it, at the stroke of a few little keys. Sounds like heaven, doesn’t it?
It surely does.
Is the Search Box indispensable to the users of a website or blog? Here’s why I think, YES, of course it is!
#1. When visiting your blog, I frequently use your Search Box to see what else you have to offer and to find what is most relevant to me. In other words, your Search Box makes me linger longer. If there is no Search Box, then my efforts are limited and I may leave before I’ve discovered how truly wonderful you are. Heart-breaking! For us both.
#2. A Search Box adds a level of control and interactivity to a site, and makes it a piece of cake to retrieve stuff I know I’ve seen before. For example, if a project of mine was inspired by some beauty you created, I will link to that post of yours if I can ever find it again. Not having a Search Box might make finding your post like looking for… well yes… the proverbial needle in the proverbial haystack. In such a case, I may even give up looking altogether. Boo.
#3. And I use my blog’s own Search Box constantly. When writing a new post, I often link back to similar posts I’ve written, or earlier installments in a series. I do this to show continuity and to enrich my reader’s experience. Having a Search Box makes finding the old stuff a snap because, Gord knows, I DO NOT remember when I wrote it.
#4. The Search Box will unearth goodies that a search engine missed because a Search Box is focussed on one tiny hillock of stuff (a single website) as opposed to a search engine that is sifting through whole mountain ranges (the www). The Search Box has helped me discover some rare gems out there that otherwise may have remained hidden.
To recap: The Search Box is a major major time and labour-saving device!
Perhaps now you’d like to add a divine little Search Box to your very own site? On Blogger blogs, there’s nothing to it. Check it out : How to add a Search Box in Blogger.
Go to it!
And have yourself a great day now!