I don’t know about you, but I love being organised.
Order brings me satisfaction and calm, whether it’s finding a way to arrange physical items around me, or the thoughts in my head.
Losing things, forgetting things and being late, all frustrate me greatly, so I do all I can to avoid them happening.
By being organised.
So when I started 35hunter I had the best of intentions to use the categories feature to ensure each post fitted neatly within one or more categories.
And on the flip side, so each category had a collection of blog posts of the same topic gathered within it in an orderly fashion.
Early on, I decided to pick obvious categories, like photography, blogging and thoughts.
Then as I wrote posts on topics that either didn’t come under any of these original categories, or needed additional categorisation too, I created new ones.
The problem with this was I was adding a couple of new categories virtually every time I wrote a new post, trying to be more specialised, more organised.
But then some of the categories had very few (even just one) post under them, because they were so specific.
I also wanted a way of being able to gather together all the posts under certain series I wrote, like my One Month, One Camera project earlier this year, One Frame, or These Three Photographs.
In the end, it all became too complicated.
Fortunately, in the meantime, because of my very positive experiences with using tags in Flickr for years, I was also using tags in WordPress.
And ultimately, it’s these tags that I find easier to use, and more logical.
A post about colour photography experiments with my Pentax Q I can tag by subject (photography, colour photography, digital photography), by the equipment used and mentioned (Pentax, Pentax Q) and any series of posts it’s a part of (The Colour Quest, experiments).
I didn’t want a category called Pentax or Pentax Q, or categories for series/experiments, really.
And I was using some categories for virtually every post – photography, simplify, and thoughts for example – because virtually everything I publish here is about me making photographs then writing about them, and honing down the kit I own and use anyway.
So as categories they became so obvious as to be redundant, perhaps like a sign outside a supermarket saying “we sell food and drink”.
Rather than delete all categories, for now I’ve simply switched them off, ie made them invisible.
Just using tags feels simpler and more what I’m used to, as well as easily being able to search for and group posts with the same tag.
In case you didn’t know, if you click on any tag at the bottom of a post on 35hunter, you’ll get a page with all posts where that tags has been used. Go on, try it. Then come back and finish our conversation here.
So I can conveniently link to series like The Colour Quest or One Month, One Camera, by using the URL of the tag, eg https://35hunter.blog/tag/one-month-one-camera/
The foreseeable future for organising posts here on 35hunter involves abandoning categories and using tags.
I hope you find it easier too when you want to explore more posts on a particular topic here.
How do you use categories and tags on your blog? What do you like to see on other blogs you read to help you search and read posts around similar topics?
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