invent categories and tags easily

My antispam blog passed 25+ posts, it was enough introduce the categories. But when I started to categorize the posts, I stuck with it. After inventing four topics, I had no more ideas. I though I’m not alone in such trouble, searched in Internet for advices what to do.

The best I found is “Blog Post Category Trauma: How To Help Bloggers With Useless Categories“. Unfortunately, this text explans only that bloggers have to have good categories, but doesn’t explain how to achieve this goal.

Finally, I invented an ultimate method. Inventing categories and tags (labels) is no more a problem.

From Kipling, The Elephant’s Child:

I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.

I let them rest from nine till five,
For I am busy then,
As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
For they are hungry men.
But different folk have different views;
I know a person small-
She keeps ten million serving-men,
Who get no rest at all!

She sends’em abroad on her own affairs,
From the second she opens her eyes-
One million Hows, two million Wheres,
And seven million Whys!

This verse inspired me to try this method:

* Print all the post titles.
* Near each title, write a one-word comments about content of the post, answering the questions “what, why, when, how, where and who”.
* If the same word or its synonym is used for three posts, it’s a category.

And yes, this method worked fine. I easily got 11 categories.

What’s more important is that the method helps to realize categories which can’t be found by usual thinking. For example, I even didn’t suspect I have category “usability”.

2 Responses to “invent categories and tags easily”

  1. Lorelle Says:

    Actually, if you had read the full article series from the post you listed, you would have learned how to write categories. Your method is fine and it works for you. Eleven categories is a LOT, so maybe you were better with the four you started with. :D

    I liked your method, though. Good work. Unfortunately, with this WordPress Theme, we can’t see your categories on the single post page views except in your post meta data section at the bottom of the post, in which this post is in “blogging”. I don’t know what other categories you came up with.

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