How Do You See Back Issues?

By: Susan W. Smith

Volume 15, Issue 2, February 2020

1. Can I look up an article written by a particular author (there are over 300 of them)?

2. What about looking up an article by topic?

3. Will Google find an article for me?

The answer is Yes, Yes, and Yes… but there are some concerns.

Looking up back issues.

Go to the main page and look for the BACK ISSUE tab.  If you are on an iPhone or similar device, you need to hit the three tiny bars at the top of the page.

The Back Issue Tab will take you to a long list (over 10 years with about 12 issues per year).  If you are looking back at an issue that was published in the 2018 or 2019, you will see them by hitting the desired year now.

But if you want to see an issue from several years ago, please do the following:

1. On the Back Issue page scroll down to any issue in (say) 2016. Hit that and you will go to the old site. Hit the tab BACK ISSUE  on the tab line once again.  That BACK ISSUE, Tab takes you to all the issues published prior to 2018. Find the date you are interested in and hit that date.  Your article will appear on the main page.

An example of the you see when you hit Back Issue

2. You might want to look for an article written by a particular author?  Take Lynn McElfresh for example; there are two places to look for each author. The Old site (up to 2018) and the New site (2018-2019)

3.       Once you have the long list of issues – on the left side, look on the right side and you will see an even longer list of authors.  (Lynn E. McElfresh (119) articles on the Old site… Yes, she has written 119 articles...  heavens that is some wonderful author.)

Alphabetical by first name!

NOW, before you start to shout about the list not being in alphabetical order… I have to say, all the shouting in the world will not help.  We started-off in 2008 thinking we might last a couple of years, and there would not be as many authors – certainly never 300+  So I am afraid you have to look for the first name. (However, if you do a "search and find" on the page for the name you know, you should find the right author easily. (e.g. McElfresh)

Hit the name and there you have it, the links of all that author’s work for TI Life.  


Want to find Poets, Photographers, History? The list is long; just go on that “Back Issue Page,” scroll down to the bottom on the list of issues (year and date).  There you will see a list of categories.

Articles by Category

History (467)
Photography (179)
Artists (97)
Places (645)
Nature (223)
People (601)
Sports (336)
Event (83)
News Article (347)
Fiction (22)
Poetry (36)
Book Review (58)
From the Editor (116)
Architecture (137)

They are all linked to those articles that we placed in that category.  Of course, there are some exceptions, but I think you will find most of them… and at least enough to keep you reading about our River and out of trouble for several weeks.

Can you look up an article on Google? Yes, but the search engine and meta data is not as good as I would have liked - all my fault as I never put in as many key words as necessary. The new issues (2018-2019) are coded more correctly.

Here is an example: Google:  Thousand Islands Life Lynn McElfresh – It will produce the following links.

Googling Lynn E. McElfresh & Thousand Islands Life will produce a list MUCH longer than this.

Another example:  Artists:  “Will Salisbury, Thousand Islands Life” the top three selections are ours.

So there you have it.  Over the course of the year, we will finish moving all 2018 articles to the new format.  Over time, we may be able to move more, but until then, I hope you will bear with me and start poking about… When we started we said, “put a thousand islands in your life…” I know you have and I hope you will continue to do so.

And it is not too soon to be saying out loud ...THINK SPRING

Susan W. Smith, Publisher/Editor

Posted in: Volume 15, Issue 2, February 2020, News article

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