Let's talk about tags or labels or keywords or whatever you wanna call 'em. You know, those little category things most of you attach to each entry. I was using them when I first started this blog, but then I got lazy and stopped doing it. Actually, I just plain-old forgot and then I wasn't sure whether or not to bother with them. And I sure as hell wasn't going back and tagging my previous entries.
So, my question is...should I start using them again? And if so, why? What does it actually do? If you're on my blog and use the search-blog window, that's pretty good at finding stuff. And people searching Google certainly seem to find their way here easily enough. Your input will be appreciated. (Note: The tag for this post is a pre-existing tag for my blog. Go figure.)
In other housekeeping notes, I'm going to be updating my sidebars this weekend. Look for some new blogs to be showing up there. I may also do a major overhaul on the look of the thing. I'm a little tired of the current look. Suggestions and requests will be considered.
Have you noticed it's a little quiet on the intertoobs today? Has everybody's idea machine temporarily dried up in the aftermath of the election? I really was trying to think of something great to write about today, and this is all I could come up with. Bah!
I've got a hot game of word association going over at my place.
There are two things - categories, which can be used to actually pull indexed lists of blog posts. I use these.
Then there are tags, which can theoretically improve your technorati ranking, optimize your searchability, etc. And, it seems to be what Jim and Tania and a couple of other have a ton of fun with using creatively at the end of a post.
If you used them I'm sure they would make us laugh. If you didn't use them, the lack of technorati impact would make no difference in our D-list blogging circlies.
I've thought about using them for fun but then realized I'd have to mess with my template - so the heck with it. You should be able to without any modifications.
So, the thing that's called a "Label" (see end of post)...is that a category or a tag?
"Label", I think, is just a different term the Blogger invented to mess with your head, Nathan. I suppose it's where your "tags" would be shown.
I use tags for fun and also for organization, since they sometimes help me find old posts faster if I need to go back and see if I've done something before or should cross-reference. And theoretically, a reader who wants to see all blogs on a topic can click the tag to see all the articles with that tag, so that can be useful (though I don't know how often it actually happens).
But do what works for you, man. It's all good.
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