Blogs are displayed in reverse chronological order; the most recent items are displayed at the top. Some WordPress.com users want a Journal-style site, which starts with the oldest post and continues in chronological order. Some people viewing a blog would like to be able to view in this order.
Displaying posts in reverse order is easy, just append the string ?order=asc to the blog URL, for example:
Writing a journal site
For people wanting a journal site there is no way to make the blog front-page display posts in chronological order. The best option is probably to have a static front page, which has a link to the reverse order page. This can be a simple “front cover” page with nice graphics and an “enter here” link, or include a synopsis or an index. The archives shortcode can be used easily to produce a basic index, or the more complex display-posts shortcode can give you more control over the result.
Putting options in the menu
I did not want to produce a Journal site as my sites are primarily blogs. However I thought that it would be useful for readers to be able to select the reverse order from a menu. To do this a custom menu is needed, but fortunately my sites already used custom menus. To add the option I went into the Dashboard-> Appearance->Menus and added entries as below:
The two custom link entries have URLs displaying the posts in the desired order. You can see them in this blog by hovering over the “about” in the menu. I also entered them in the menu for my Western Hindu blog, but here to emphasise that I prefer it to be read in blog order I named the options “Home Page” and “Home Page – reverse order”.