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Blog Exercises: Category Cross-Pollination

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.In these Blog Exercises, I am faced with a category quandary.

For the most part, these are blogging tips, so they should go into my Blogging Tips category as well as Blog Exercises category, right?

Maybe right.

These Blog Exercises are meant to have some form of order, though they may be done in any order, they are still a collection of posts related to each other, a body of work, if you will.

Yet they are blogging tips. They are helpful advice that every blogger needs to consider to improve their blogging skills.

Do I put every Blog Exercise post into the Blogging Tips category, too? Or should I constrain myself to putting Blog Exercises into its own category? Or should I decide that some Blog Exercise posts are worthy of including in Blogging Tips as well, mixing and matching, category cross-pollinating my posts?

This seems like a simple exercise, but it is one that we all face when we publish a post. Where do we put it so people can find it.

I have some self-guidelines for category cross-pollination.

  1. If it serves the audience seeking that specific category of content, put it there.
  2. If it is directly related to its category, and only lightly related to another, do not cross-pollinate. Rely on tags for micro-categorization.

It still can be a test of your organizational skills to decide where to put what and when.

The decision is also a moving target. I recently changed the category name of Blog Challenges to Blog Exercises, finding that a more appropriate category title for the content within it. I’m rethinking all my categories on , developed long before tags and other forms of categorization were around. I went from 8 categories to 46. Now I seem to have to boil these down to a precious 5-10 categories. It’s hard work to figure out where to put your posts from the past as well as the future.

This isn’t just an exercise for those new to blogging and planning their blog. This is a non-stop re-evaluation for all bloggers, no matter how long they have been blogging.

Blog Exercise Task from Lorelle on WordPress.Your Blog Exercise today is to go through your posts and re-evaluate where you put them in the past as well as the future.

In Blog Exercise: Category Brainstorming, the first of the Blog Exercises, you were to take a serious look at your categories on your blog and re-evaluate their validity and appropriateness to your blogging purpose and subject matter.

Today, re-visit that exercise and go through your categories and do some cleaning. Just like with flowers and plants, proper pollination is critical to their survival. So it is with the organization of your content in categories.

You can find more Blog Exercises on . This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles.


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2 Comments

  1. Posted February 12, 2013 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    It is hard for me to minimize cross-categorization. I continue to work on it. I do use tags, but then I think I use too many tags (but not as many as some blog posts I see). Thanks for the great articles.

    • Posted February 13, 2013 at 11:57 am | Permalink

      Odds are you are using more categories than you need rather than too many tags. Tag clouds are usually limited to the most popular 25 tags (most posts in that tag), while categories have no such limits. I wouldn’t worry about too many tags unless you are using them inappropriately, like tagging full sentences or topics unrelated to the content for spammy SEO techniques, which I know you wouldn’t do. :D

      Why is it hard for you to minimize category cross-pollination? Your thoughts might help others learn more.


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