Assemble Classify and Sort

How organized are you when it comes to blogging? Do you have a blog schedule or do you play it by the ear?
I write all of my posts in Microsoft Word and they are organized in folders according to prompts that they were written to satisfy, which match the Categories and Tags that I use for WordPress.  I understand that categories are general labels, while tags are more specific, but I can’t be bothered with all of those details, so my categories are exactly the same as my tags.  Supposedly this organization makes it easier for the reader, but I don’t see it and I am looking for things that make it easier for the writer.  I write for my own enjoyment and I have never used category or tag searches on any other blogger’s posts, so I really don’t see how this helps anyone.  If some users don’t find my posts in their searches because of the way my categories and tags are organized, that is no skin off of my back.

How often do you ‘tidy up’ your blog? e.g. go through your Drafts Folder, or go through old posts checking for broken links etc.?
None of my Drafts stay around for very long, as when I write something, I want to post it, except for some of the challenges that I run and although they are written, they need to be released at specific times.  I know that there are a lot of broken links in many of my old posts, usually Youtube videos that have been taken down, but I have better things to do with my time than going back to review old posts and fix broken links.

Written for Blogging Insights #60 by Dr. Tanya where this week she is concerned with blogging organization.

9 thoughts on “Assemble Classify and Sort

  1. Pretty much the same, though I keep some drafts of future post ideas in a list (like for my Thursdays). I’ve made separate categories and tags, but I also question their value. I resist adding new tags for every prompt I try, unless I participate regularly like for SLS.

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  2. My blog is chaos and confusion. Even though I understand the principles, I pay no attention to SEO. I have no plans for what I’m about to write about until I start writing. It is just what occupies my mind at the moment. Lately I haven’t been getting as many ideas.

    I don’t think anyone has ever done a category or tag search on my site except for me. I am thinking that cats and tags are used in Google’s search criteria? If a reader wants to see posts by category the most common categories are in my menu. I will sometimes give the link relative to a category rather then the entire blog or a specific post.

    I could probably increase my readership greatly by just focusing on a single target. Two years after I wrote it, my “Get Naked- Go Hiking!” blog still gets the most views than even my most recent posts. I think that is because a lot of nudist sites have linked back to it. My other nudie posts consistently rank higher than any other general topic area. if I just wanted followers that what I’d write about all the time. Yet it is a small part of my interest range and if I followed that strategy, I’d be ignoring most of my actual life.

    My blog is kind of a random autobiography and often serves to clarify my thoughts about my life.

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      1. Part of me thinks of new readers, comments, likes, as all being a kind of affirmation that I was right to write a particular post. Or at least i wrote reasonably well about it. That doesn’t stop me from writing unpopular posts but it does encourage me to write more like it.

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  3. I use my draft folder as an idea folder. Whenever I see a song or subject I want to write about but don’t have time…I make the title in the drafts and save it. I currently have 72 items in there. I do list all the categories and tags when I finish a post. Usually, I write it the night before but because I’ve been so busy at work…I am actually 8 days ahead right now in scheduling. I have every post until next Wednesday worked out…that is not common for me anymore.

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  4. I keep a file of potential songs for SLS and a folder for poems and part poems for future use (or not). Apart from that I am very disorganised with WP. As to broken links, they are annoying but too time consuming to try to keep on top of!

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