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Tags – what else is there to it? Some OT news as well..

At this time, submerged up to the gills with library work and book reviews… hence my short hiatus for several days. I need to catch up with anime as well. >_<… Will be heading to NYCC next, so will post up a personalized review up here, as oppse to my professional reivew. Just words, that’s all.. also now on the look out for a new camera. Heading over to B&H in tomorrow…. back to the post on hand….

tag-map

Now my question is, very simply – what do you do with the tags on your blogs? I usually have a hard time with tags in my blog, so I forego it, even though on the rare occasion I use it.. but I see so many other people using it…and this is actually of interest for the librarian in me to wonder about this.

Tags are labels, that people can find commonality with.. but what do you do with tags you use, a general mention o f them, or an obscure word, that you seemingly use only once? Take for instance the word One Piece as oppose to the 372 as oppose to the episode count, or 2008 for the year or NYC, as oppose to the location? But then what about tags like Luffy…. or review… or even hate or love?

I think of so many relevant terms, that I find it hard to want to tag a entry, and then have only that one entry with that specific tag… still I shall keep on working on thinking of broader tags to link posts together.. because, then what is the use of a tag cloud then? Especially in a blog like this?

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  1. January 25, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    What do I do with tags? First, I would like to define what a tag is on WordPress, so we are on the same page. Tag is different from category: categories show up in your menu of posts, but tags do not. Although both tags and categories are treated similarly by WordPress, that is clicking on a tag or category of a post will lead to what other people written on that subject.

    I try to keep number of categories and sub-categories to a minimum, but I am very liberal with my tags (I have over 2000). The more tags you have for a post, the more exposure you’ll get, but some people don’t like using too many tags because it will mess up their tag clouds lol If your question is on organizing a navigation system for a website, I suggest reading some books on Information Architecture and Usability Engineering.

  2. January 27, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Tags have always confused me as well, and because I always skim through my categories to make sure I have as few as possible (and they’re all as accurate as possible), I usually end up using my tags quite liberally. Clogging up the tag cloud is a small price to pay if it means getting more exposure, especially since my theme doesn’t openly display tags per post 😛

  3. miz
    January 27, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    @Kitsune Well my question now is, what happens if you use a tag that is not really used? I use to have over 1000, before I started to get nervous about tagging things. As a librarian, and a cautious one. I find myself liking to use organized tags… well organizing this blog is interesting enough. I already have a book on information architecture… >_< …

    @Eternal Thanks for the tip… and to not show tags.. on posts.. hmm have to search for something that is like that then.

    Actually thanks for the tip Eternal and Kitsune. Well not sure if I should update the post to mention this, but I seem to have really good attempts to tag here… http://www.librarything.com/profile/anime_miz With books, it is a more comforting for me to tag them.. now if you would look at my book case.. that’s a different story.. but at my job.. I look at order and disorder.. cheers!

  4. February 23, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    I see tag clouds very disorganized which is very opposite on what it should doing on your post. Therefore, I never had a tag before in my site. There is still the search bar so I really don’t mind not putting the tag cloud. If you’re into exposure, you should follow Kitsune’s advice.

  5. miz
    February 24, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    @foomafoo I don’t use that option to see the tag cloud on WordPress, but I do know what you mean. I have seen WordPress alphabetized the tag clouds though. I have been using tags some how.. thanks for your your comments though!

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