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Perhaps others have already figured this out, so if you have, please share your secret.

In my mind, the blessing and the curse of DK3 was the "Recent Diaries" list. Lots of chaff that you had to sift through to find the wheat, but you never knew when you might find a gem that you might not have seen otherwise. It's like using a thesaurus or doing legal research the old-fashioned way, finding something around the edges of your specific search that you'd never find if you weren't flailing around a bit.

Now, I am starting to create my list of folks, tags and groups to "follow," and that results in my "stream" being nicely populated [I can tell Kos isn't in the middle of middle age yet since "stream" begins to take on an entirely different meaning for us, but I digress ...]. I also review the "Recently Rec'd" list, of course, but I can't help but feel that I'm missing the serendipity element that made the "Recent Diaries" list an adventure, since every diary on the Recently Rec'd list has already been discovered.

So, what's the fix? Just follow more and more people, tags and groups and trust that the "stream" will get me everything that could possibly be interesting, even if it's outside the paradigm I'm currently trapped in? Help!

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    •  I"m sensing (3+ / 0-)

      that diaries that might have gotten a small discussion going before are now going to be completely ignored. Before, I could publish a diary, know it would go on the "recent" list, and arrange to spend an hour or two monitoring it and responding to comments. Now you don't know when, if ever, anyone will notice your diary. I can see that if I continue to publish diaries, I will probably have to abandon most of them. I hope someone will read them but I can't sit around all days responding to people.

      Jennifer Brunner for Governor of Ohio 2014

      by anastasia p on Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 05:43:44 PM PST

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      •  I'm not sensing that at all (2+ / 0-)
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        Clem Yeobright, trashablanca

        Many people are using the "Diaries" page as their DK home page. I don't think any more diaries would get missed than they were previously, and in fact I think so many people are using the "Diaries" page as their home page that more diaries than usual are getting discussion. Plus if you tag your diary properly, it will automatically show up for anyone following those tags. If you are still very concerned that one of your diaries on an interesting and relevant topic will go unnoticed, post a diary with relevant tags and see if you get no comments.

        The goal is not to bring your adversaries to their knees but to their senses. -- Mahatma Gandhi

        by tmo on Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 06:00:39 PM PST

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      •  Frankly, you need a friend (2+ / 0-)
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        gooderservice, foufou

        You need to have one TU you can email just before you post a diary and be assured s/he will rec it for you.

        Otherwise, as you say, it's a crapshoot.

        If you don't game the system, and if 20 minutes after you publish it works like it is supposed to work and someone TU 'likes' your diary ... your diary will show up on the Front Page in position 15 or 20 of the Recently Rec'd list.

  •  I've been living on the Diary page (6+ / 0-)

    Click on the one on top of navigation. It's awesome.

    I've been finding so many goodies, and so many different ways to sort them.

  •  Click the "Diaries" link near the top of any page (3+ / 0-)

    Go to the top of any DK page, and click the "Diaries" link in the horizontal banner. That goes to the DK4 equivalent of the Recent Diaries list, though now it's just called "Diaries". Many people have commented that they are using the "Diaries" page as their DK home page more than the formal home page.

    The goal is not to bring your adversaries to their knees but to their senses. -- Mahatma Gandhi

    by tmo on Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 05:37:20 PM PST

  •  Just click the word 'Diaries' under the (3+ / 0-)

    flag guy.

    There's your recent list, on steroids.  Hover your cursor over the diary title for a small taste of what's there.

    I went to bed shortly after the site came on-line.  I got up late this morning and every diary that had been posted in the intervening time was there waiting for me.

    I like that.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)

    by MTmofo on Mon Feb 14, 2011 at 05:39:41 PM PST

  •  I click on the "Diaries" tab, eh voila. (4+ / 0-)

    There they are in order of publication.  I guess theoretically you could have a tab open for them all the time.

    Actually I have picked up a few that I would really have missed that I think I follow via tags or group.  Still trying to figure out a balance that works.

    The other thing is that if a diary is sitting out there on the list with no recommends and you have TU then you can get the diary moved to recent box by being the first recommend. Otherwise, unless others are using the Diaries tab, that particular diary won't be seen.

  •  The "Diaries" tab! (3+ / 0-)
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    Clem Yeobright, trashablanca, MTmofo

    Thank you all!!!!  I feel like such an idiot.  Never even looked there.  Thanks!

  •  balancing, still working it out... (0+ / 0-)

    I came in with a bunch of diarists subscribed to, at least, and spent some time marking tags (have a bunch of that still to do), and tagging onto (following) groups...

    I am now doing my basic skim and then read...  in multiple stages.
    1) I check through both rec'd lists on the front page, clicking interesting-looking things into individual tabs in my browser
    2) then look at my "stream" to see what else is there (besides things I've already marked);
    3) THEN go to the DIARIES, and skim THAT!! (where, again, everything I've already marked in the first two steps is a different color, makes it real easy to see what else is there).  The preview lines here are VERY helpful, gives you more than just titles to evaluate by.

    4) start through the tabs, with rec's and adding subscriptions to diarists and follow-checks to tags (although those things are not working for me this minute, 1.30 AM, Tuesday morning -- the check-marks will go on, and blink out again as soon as I move my cursor!  argh)

    5) repeat.  a couple of times a day.  Yes, I'm retired and spend way too much time here, but I'm interested in TONS of stuff!

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