Some blog owners, presumably ones who do not publish so often, would like to archive posts on a yearly basis.
It would be great, if you would add the option of "Yearly" under the Archive gadget "Archive Frequency".This blog owner may not know why posts are archived on a weekly or monthly schedule.
One of the most challenging tasks in the post editor has to involve post URL creation.
Post URLs absolutely must be unique.
Besides having to create a URL from the post title, the post editor has to ensure that no post title causes a previous URL duplication - after removal of unnecessary words. One unbreakable rule of Blogger posts (Internet life, in general) is that two posts can not have the same URL.
Post URLs use a structure that includes the Year and Month, as "/yyyy/mm". That is how the Archive gadget opens the post list, for the "Monthly" archive option.
My previous post, on this subject - and the Archive gadget ("Contents") opened, to the month of its publishing.
The Archives gadget opens the post index to the proper year and month.
The Archive gadget display opens to the year and month of the first post on the page. It does that, by using the URL of the post displayed.
Blogging - The Directory and URL Structure
The Archives gadget can't show a year - or infinity - of posts.
See how the Archives gadget opens up, to the year / month ("/2009/08") of the post?
Can you imagine the performance issues, if the Archives gadget were to open up an entire years worth of posts? Then there is the resulting sidebar length increase - causing main page length increase.
The archives list for this blog, for 2009/08. I'm not going to try to display the entire list for 2009.
Every Blogger feature has to have limits, to make the Blogger service usable by everybody.
Like the oft misunderstood auto pagination feature, Blogger features should display only so much, at one time. One display limit includes retrieval of content - and archiving is an important component in limiting content retrieval.
Some #Blogger blog owners would like to archive posts on a yearly basis, so they could open the Archives list for an entire year, at once.
Not all blog owners understand how the Archives display follows the post URL structure - which includes the year and month, to prevent URL duplication. Like auto pagination, monthly archiving limits mass content retrieval - and makes the Blogger service more useful, for everybody.