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Not that anyone but me cares, but number 4 (my French numbering skills went out the ouvre) in my recent spate of blog tinkering notes (1, 2, 3) was a recasting of the date-based archives, the monthly archives MovableType builds for you.
With the out of the box templates, MT simply takes every blog entry you made within a month, and builds one long giant page with them al glued together, one after another. Scroll, and scroll, and scroll is the action if you had a prolific month (or wait and wait and wait if you are not on high speed connections).
Like the category archives recently altered, the new approach is to have the monthly archives simply list a compressed version of a blog entry with a link to the full enhilada, say for example, look at November 2003.blogged January 17, 2004 12:22 AM :: category [ using mt ]