Spring Cleaning - Categories

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Public Domain as fear 2 perspectiveTomorrow I will be the Guest Blogger at Mel’s Madness. That’s the first bit of spring cleaning that needed doing. I’m not sure how I feel about it. Mel’s place is non-fiction and, as I’m sure my family will tell you, I like to make stuff up. Tomorrow’s offering is a (mostly) auto-biographical piece, in keeping with Mel’s blog. It is, quite frankly, a stretch for me. Anyhoo, head over tomorrow and give it a gander.

Yes, I know the image looks more like holding on than letting go, but it has two things going for it. When you start the cleaning process, things do get tossed and decisions have to be made, otherwise you are just shuffling stuff. And second, it’s a free image.

I have been taking (forever with) the April Platform Challenge. One of the areas that wasn’t specifically covered was how to handle tags or, as Blogger calls them, categories. I’ve been going hog wild with them and there’s an issue with that; it makes it hard to have a coherent search.

Around day 20, the challenge was to create an editorial calendar. You know, what are you going to be doing when. This forces you, as the blogger, to determine your scope, what areas you are willing (or have time) to cover. I came up with 18. At last count, I had 61 categories and not all of my new topics overlapped my old categories. You see the problem?

I toyed with the idea of using a noun-verb approach. For example, I would have a “Review” category and a “Books,” “Movies,” “Podcasts,” and “Blogs” categories. If I had a book review, I would choose the “Books” and the “Review” categories, etc. I think that approach might work well for some blogs. I haven’t made a final decision yet, but I’m leaning towards a straight “Review” category for now. I feel I can always add the others in later, if the situation warrants it.

Yeah, I know it’s an administrative thing and I shouldn’t get wrapped around the axle about it, but like all Spring Cleaning, it’ll look better when I’m done.  Sometime, in the next week or so, look for the new categories to be in place; unless I get distract by something shiny.

Oh, and I have another Guest Blogger appearance scheduled next week at Letters To People Who Won’t Read Them. I’ll have more info on that later. If you’re a blogger, check out the “Be Our Guest” link up top. I’d love to host you here.

3 comments

Oh, glad to hear you made contact with Amber. I look forward to reading your letter. I'll check you out at Mel's as well. I still need to better define my own range before I offer to sing for others.

May 8, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Finally, we'll learn the truth about the "Guadalajara" incident, when you were living with the Don Miguel and the rest of Los ángeles del triunfos in that ramshackle hut in the middle of the park along the Galerías de Camino Real, and la policía came in with truncheons and gas bombs, looking for him. His madre still lights a candle for you, remembering how you stood up to them, barring the door with your body, withstanding the blows with sheer stubborn will, allowing him the time to escape with sweet Isabel. Do you remember Isabel? She was with him when he died, holding his head as the light went out of his eyes. He spoke your name before he died. "Mi un verdadero amigo!"

May 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Yeah, I got no where to go with that.

May 8, 2012 at 6:18 PM

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