- You may want a post to show a future date, to bring it to the top of the blog.
- You may want a post to show a past date, to reflect a past experience. Or maybe you want to make a new post, and keep it off the main page, as a separate section of the blog.
- Maybe you want all of the posts to be in forward chronological order, instead of (normal) reverse chronological order.
The default date / time, for any new post, is today / now. You can change that, any time it suits you, though. You'll do this by editing each post, one at a time, from the "Edit Posts" menu, which will put you into the Post Editor.
To change the date, look for the "Post settings" menu in the post editor display. Below "Post settings", click on the "Published on" entry. That will give you a GUI control, where you enter the appropriate date and time.
Then, just Publish Post. When you hit Publish Post, your post will be published. If you give the post a posting date in the future, it will post now, but it will be displayed above any posts with an previous date, or it will be scheduled for future posting, depending upon whether you Publish the post before changing the post date.
If you want to continually post, with each newer post appearing below the previous post, just successively back date each post. Keep track of the post date for each previous post, and make the next post one day (one hour, one minute) earlier.
If you change the date of any post, after it's published, so it falls into a different month and / or year, and if you have Post Pages enabled (giving each post a permanent URL), the URL of the post will change. Remember two important details.
- You'll have to republish the entire blog, so your archives and other permalink references will be correct.
- Any external or internal references to that post will have to be updated.
If you change the post date, you may want to provide a more relevant date for each post. You may not wish to display the blog relevant post date, to avoid confusing your readers. The blog relevant post date, like other template objects, is simply another post template option, that you turn off using the Blog Posts widget, in Page Elements.