Monday, May 4, 2009

Labeling

Yeah, it might be fun to write a post on how we apply labels to people. It would be a good discussion if people would post their comments on judging others based on appearance.

But, that's not what this post is about.

I'm working on the labels on my blog. You know, those bunch of words over there on the right-hand side that are green/black. I made them into a 'label cloud' b/c I think it looks better than a list.

The more I've posted about a particular topic, the bigger the word is. I think it's cool.

But, I want to streamline my labels.

However, I've noticed that I struggle each time I get rid of a category. Some labels are easy to get rid of. I'm not sure what I was thinking in the first place. But, other categories I go back and forth over.

How will someone know I wrote about a particular topic if it's not in the label cloud? Maybe, just maybe, someone would see a label listed, click it, and be blessed by what I wrote on that topic--even if it's a really old post.

The only reason I would think such a thing is because it's happened to me. I learned many things that have helped me as a wife, mom, and Christ follower from clicking label links on my friend Heather's blog.

So, I guess the reason I'm writing this post is to get your feedback. Since YOU are reading my blog, what do YOU think?

Just today another person told me they read my blog. So, I know you're out there. Reading this randomly or not so randomly. Some of you read it anytime there's a new post, you even check daily (or hourly) to see if there's a new post. I'm honored!

Really. I'm honored that you would care at all about what I have to share.

So, back to my question, which I never really asked. How should I label things? General? Very specific? Somewhere in between?

I thought about very general like: ministry, kids (still doing each kid specifically), ...but then I ran out. Almost all my posts are about those two things! I guess I also write about faith, God, etc. So, "christianity". That's pretty broad!

So, here's the list:
1. Do you even pay attention to the labels?
2. Have you ever searched by label (topic) on my blog or someone else's?
3. Do you think I should do very general, very specific, or somewhere in between?
4. Got any suggestions?

Thanks for taking time to help me get organized on my blog. Hey, guess I'll have to label this post too. Ahhh man!

4 comments:

  1. 1. I don't pay a lot of attention to labels. But I do occasionally use them especially if someone has been doing some sort of "series" (like one blog I've read where she's done a series of posts telling the story of how they adopted their kids. The label was great for that.)

    2. See above. :)

    3. I actually think your current labels are good--there are enough to be somewhat specific but not so many that it makes it difficult to quickly scan them. I like your label cloud, too; it's very readable. I like that it's both alphabetical AND you can see the frequency based on size. I may have to steal that.

    4. The only thing I would add--I always like to have at least one label on every post, so I have a "miscellaneous" label. It just fits the OCD side of my personality to be able to put a label on a post that doesn't fit with any of my other labels. :) Oh, and I did think of one more thing--a "pictures" or "photos" label that you put on every post that has photos. That way if an old friend is looking at your blog and wants to catch up just by browsing through pics of the kids, they can easily do that.

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  2. Hey, Megan! You just took something from my blog, and now I'm taking something from yours - I took a picture of everyone's eyes - I thought that post was really neat that you did.

    As for your blog - I'm a random reader, and never use labels. I rarely, if ever, go back and read things people have written before. I don't even label my own posts. That's my two cents.

    Love ya!
    Beth

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  3. echoing beth :)
    i'm so random, though.

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  4. Thank you for all your help ladies! I appreciate you commenting and giving me your thoughts!
    megan...

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