For a while now, I’ve had a sidebar widget on my site that displayed posts published on the same date in previous years. It’s a fun way to look back on your own blogging history and to revisit topics from the past.
I didn’t really have it set up as a proper widget though; it was just code stuck directly into my sidebar template. Today I decided to rebuild it as a proper plugin, which you can now download and use yourself!
It’s really simple to use. Just extract the zip file and place the contents in your
wp-content/plugins directory. Then go to the WordPress dashboard. Activate the plugin (under Plugins), then edit your widgets (under Appearance) and drag the “On This Day” widget where you want it to appear.
You can customize the title and the “no posts” message (which gets displayed on days when there are no historical posts).
Room 34 presents On This Day is now available for download in the WordPress Plugin Directory.