The past few weeks I have been thinking about going through all of my blog posts and trying to make sense out of how I originally decided to label them with categories and tags. Today, I decided to take some time and do a bit of reading on what the original thought was behind each of these.
In Blogger, they have labels. That is your only option. Makes it easy to label it. In the help section on blogger, they say labels are “handy if you blog about a lot of different topics,” it gives readers a chance to read posts about certain subjects, by clicking on that specific tag.
In WordPress, you can label each post with a category or a tag. To be more specific, categories should be thought of as a filing system. You can have a “parent” category with “child” categories within it. For example, one could have “Websites” as a parent category and then have numerous “child” categories with in, such as ancestry.com, footnote.com.
After you finish putting in you categories, you can then add your tag. The tag is meant to give more detail. So, if we have categorized in as Websites – Ancestry.com, we could set the tag as message boards. This then indicates that our information in this specific post is about the message boards on ancestry.com.
Now, here is where my confusion comes in, if I have a few different categories, how will the tags make any sense. For example, my categories are Websites – ancestry.com and United States – West Virginia-Raleigh County. I then have the tags Besoco, message boards and mining. For someone with knowledge of all the general things I am talking about it would make sense. To others, maybe not.
I am thinking too much into this just because I need to make some changes to my blog? Probably! Does anyone else have thoughts on this before I start to make changes to my posts.