Tag and category cleanup

With the announcement that WordPress now realizes the difference between tags and categories, I’m going through my 34 posts to date and re-tagging them and limiting the categories.

The way I see it with my technical writer lens on, categories are broad general topics and I’m hoping my blog will have about a half dozen categories. Tags, on the other hand, are more like index keywords. So I’m re-reading my posts and trying to define categories very conservatively and carefully, but with tags I’m probably going overboard, approaching it like creating an index on an entire book, using any keyword I can find in the title or the text or the headings and making the keyword a tag.

To avoid being the anti-social taxonomist that I can be sometimes, I will keep an eye on what other people using WordPress.com are using for their tags so I can be like them. Apparently not a lot of folks use “techpubs” for their tagging so I’ll probably start using “technical-writing” instead. Another case-in-point of my tendency to use odd keywords for tags – while Michael Cote uses “thekids” in del.icio.us to bookmark links pertinent to what the Net Generation is doing, I would probably chose to tag mine “tehkidz” because I’m a dork that way. 🙂

Twenty-two more posts to go.


  • October 3, 2007 - 6:21 am | Permalink

    Wow, I’m impressed that you’re doing that. I run my own installation of WordPress — once I upgrade to the version that does tags, I’ll do it too. My categories are way out of date anyway.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • October 3, 2007 - 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Ha, well, 34 entries and maybe 400 tags is relaxing and mindless compared to the 7,625 index entry objects I have to start merging in Author-it for work. I guess there’s a fine line between procrastination and inspiration. 🙂

  • October 7, 2007 - 4:58 pm | Permalink

    WP tags might integrate with Technorati tags at some future point, I think, to provide more consistency.

  • October 14, 2007 - 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Hi Tom – yes, integration with Technorati Tags would be great, but check out this TechCrunch article describing how Google has stopped linking to Technorati’s pages of tagged items with those search terms. Interesting development. http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/06/11/technorati-when-will-the-traffic-party-end/

  • October 25, 2007 - 6:37 am | Permalink

    That is a very ambitious plan there Anne, however I think it’s a good one. I was debating doing that myself, however I may have to plan my attack, as I’ve got over 2 years worth of posts on my blog! 🙂 Nice to see another TW writing in the blogosphere though.

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