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Blog Exercises: How to Tag Posts – The Quiz

Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress.In “Blog Exercises: How to Tag Posts,” I covered the basics of how to tag your posts.

The following blog exercise is a quiz to see how you would tag the following post.

Be prepared to defend your choices. If you would like to discuss why someone used specific terms or phrases as tags, you are welcome to do so. That’s how we learn.

Her fingers trembled on the keys. I can do this, she thought, chewing her lip.

Site name. Name of site.

The pain of the moment struck her chest, pressing the air out with a wheeze. Curling around the pain, each click of the keyboard a Morse code of dread, she typed the name.

The “Get a Blog” blue button pulsed a beat then drifted across the screen. She smeared her left hand across her watering eyes and stabbed the button with the mouse in her right.

“An email is flying across the web to your email inbox. Please check it to verify your site registration.”

The gentle, lighthearted tone helped her breathe a little easier, An unexpected kindness. She switched to the email tab in her web browser and reloaded the page, her new-found patience serving her well…

Continue reading The Story of How a Blog Was Born


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  1. Posted July 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    After reading your short story and your tagging post, and watching the amusing eHarmony video clip (yet again), I’ve come up with 2 sets of tags for your story:

    1) WordPress; blogging; WordPress tips; New Blogger; get a blog; writing; creative writing; Alexander Smith

    2) 50 shades (or, soft porn); humour; laugh.

  2. Posted July 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    I’m struggling with tagging and have not got a solution yet. The main reason is the confusion over tagging for own blog or the WordPress community.

    1) Tagging to help searching your OWN blog: This is how I understand Lorelle’s point. You want the tags on your own site to help your own readers to search within the blog more efficiently.

    2) Tagging using the WordPress community keywords. I understand that WordPress suggests tags and recommend you use shared tags used by the community, to help the community find each other easily.

    3) How many tags? I read that WordPress suggest you use around 10 tags and categories altogether in one post. This seems to be linked with the chances of getting Freshly Pressed.

    4) Is it a good idea to use similar tags in one post? Many tags leading to the same post can aid readers chancing upon the posts, but I find it can also be irritating if I keep seeing the same post with many different tags. I find over tagging one post can easily bury old posts, as they’re being hidden by newer posts with the same tags.

    • Posted October 30, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

      According to someone on WP staff, less is more when it comes to tags (and categories) and if you use more than 15 of each or either, the post will not show up in the reader.

      • Posted October 30, 2013 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

        The reader is the reader. Your site is your site. Tags on your site help visitors to the site. The Blog Reader is for members and potentially a very small audience.

        I don’t recommend a ton of tags, but don’t let the limitations of the Blog Reader on influence your usage. Thanks.

      • Posted October 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

        I don’t. I was merely responding to what one of your other readers had commented 🙂

      • Posted October 31, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

        Ah, sorry. Thanks. Missed that…love that WordPress finally got threaded comments, but a shame that threading is limited to the Themes and not the Comments Management. 😀

      • Posted October 31, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

        Yes, exactly! I miss things all the time because of it. Lorelle, I only recently stumbled across your blog. I like all of the advice etc. I actually teach (live face-to-face classes) and like any other experienced blogger…I DON’T “know it all” lol, so glad to have another resource up my sleeve, especially one who has been doing this as long as you have. Nice to meet you!!

      • Posted November 1, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

        Ah, if I really did know it all…what a world. 😀

        Always glad to help and share the wealth. I’m sure you have plenty of tricks up your sleeve that I don’t know.

        Where are the camps?

      • Posted November 1, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

        I have been a professional writer for a loooong time. I have blogged off and on over the past decade, but got serious almost two years ago because I needed an outlet to write that wasn’t someone else’s assignments. i do the bootcamps Live weekly in Victorville, Ca, and live anywhere a large enough group is interested enough for me to fly in, also remotely when needed by the student/client.

      • Posted November 4, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

        Sounds like we have a similar life, though I’ve been traveling the world for almost two decades teaching web publishing, writing, and WordPress (for the past ten years). It is so exciting to help people learn to have their say in the world, be it for business or personal reasons – often changing the world while they are at it.

        First time I’ve heard about those bootcamps for bloggers. Sounds like a great deal of fun. Thanks.

      • Posted November 4, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

        The boot camps are new. I have been teaching people, but I finally organized it into it’s own entity.

        I haven’t traveled the world. Hahaha, I haven’t even been out of the country, but I have traveled most of the county.

        I love helping people write. Since I cover a lot of news and current events and other non-fiction, I love teaching about sourcing and such.

      • Posted November 5, 2013 at 9:11 am | Permalink

        They sound wonderful. I’m sure your energy and enthusiasm makes these fantastic programs.

        Teaching web publishing and blogging for so long, I thought it was about the writing. I love the writing. I live for the writing. I found that by simply changing the tune a little, it made a better song and was more powerful to realize that I wasn’t teaching writing. I was helping people have their say on the web. Definitely more powerful.

        Standing in front of an audience in Israel, Toronto, Netherlands, Spain, or Seattle, I found that all had one thing in common: something to share with the world around them. Taping into the concept of sharing changed the process for me. Blogging is about sharing, not talking. You can talk anywhere. Sharing is special. Goes back to our childhood. It’s about friends. It’s about relationships. It’s about having another person look at you and say, “Thank you.”

        Okay, off my soap box. I get a little too passionate about all of this, probably why Matt Mullenweg titled me an evangelist. LOL! Sounds like you are doing great work. Keep it up and let me know how I can help.

      • Posted November 5, 2013 at 9:13 am | Permalink

        You are awesome and appreciated Lorelle.

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