What I would like to do is have a simple link in my sidebar that says "Archive" and links to a page that displays and indexing of my archives. Building the page isn't the problem, I can handle that.
The problem is the link itself. What do I link to? What should the URL be? It's not like there's an archives page that will then suck in my template's. The assumption is that people will have a laundry list of their monthly archives on the pages. I don't want that. I've got too much stuff. Besides, I'm going for something cleaner.
I searched the codex, and I searched the forums. Nothing. I did find one thread with some one wanting to do the same thing, but then the OP followed up with "Never mind, thanks, I got it working now." And nothing more (thanks a bunch dude, never mind the rest of us).
I'm welcoming comments, suggestions, ideas, question.