By dating I don’t mean meeting people, but associating a date with something. Did you realize that if you date things in this format: aa/bb/cc it’s almost impossible for readers to actually know what date you intended? Even aa/bb/cccc is only marginally better.
I’ve just been cruising through a bunch of blogs where I have no idea whether the information is current, without some serious, heavy-duty investigation. Hmm, let’s see, Jo Bloggs writes an interesting post and the date reads: 7/11/2005. So, is Jo an American and probably means 11 July? Or is Jo a Kiwi, Australian, inhabitant of the UK and means 7 November? What say Jo’s Canadian, Indian or lives in Chechnya, where I have no idea which date format they use? Is that information a couple of weeks old or several months old?
I think that any date system which relies exclusively on numbers is confusing, whatever sequence they’re in. The only entirely clear method is to write the month as a word. Ideally, too, the year should use four digits for absolute clarity.
Please, if you add a date to something, write it clearly. Check your blog now.