In these Blog Exercises, I am faced with a category quandary.
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.
- If it serves the audience seeking that specific category of content, put it there.
- 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 Taking Your Camera on the Road, 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.
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.