This week’s task is about organizing blog categories and tags. I put a fair amount of thought into this subject before I migrated from LiveJournal in January. I’m not sure I’m ready to reorganize just yet, but that hasn’t kept me from obsessing about whether I’ve “got it right” !
After reading up on the subject, I made a few minor changes. I’m using nested categories, and decided another top-level category (“events”) would simplify my overall structure. And while I like my drop-down category widget, I needed to fix the settings to show the category hierarchy. My current “parent” categories are:
- Anthologies: a collection of goals, progress reports, and year-end summaries, grouped by year
- Challenges: challenge lists and wrap-up posts, plus book reviews associated with each challenge
- Events: Sunday Salon, Blog Improvement Project, etc.
- Hobbies: posts about topics other than books
- Reference: blog administrivia, mostly
- Reviews: the primary focus of this blog: my book reviews!
I’m using tags only for book reviews. I chose the tag cloud format because, well, I like the visual, and I didn’t want another drop-down widget. You can see the cloud over there on my sidebar, right below the category widget. The tags describe the book. As of this writing, I have only 8 tags: 1001, nonfiction, prize nominee, prizewinner, short stories, translated, virago modern classic, woman author. This will probably evolve as I post more reviews, but right now I’m aiming for 1-2 tags per review.
My current plan is to work with this scheme for a while and see how it evolves. I fully expect to tweak them at least once or twice a year. Now, tell me what you think:
- Do my current categories make sense?
- How do you feel about tagging only my book reviews?
- Are just a few tags OK, or should I be tagging with reckless abandon?
- Any other suggestions for using categories and tags more effectively?