Categories are like chapters of a book; you can think of categories as the table of contents in a book, and tags as the index at the back of the book. Tags serve to describe your post in more detail and explode the topic into a million bits.
If you add new categories this means you will need to go back through old posts and assign them to these new categories. For example if you have a personal blog where you write about your life as a kid. Your categories can be something like: Friends, Family, School, Rambling, and Books. Now when you write a post about something that happened at school, you will add it in the School category. You can add tags like math, writing, physical education, assemblies, etc...
If you are planning on using categories you really need sit down, think carefully about what topics you will blog about and assign categories that reflect this. Each post goes into one category. Categories are not for you, they are for your reader.
You are better off with 5 generic categories that have fresh content rather than 30 top categories with topics which are not updated. If you can’t write five blog post titles/ideas on a topic, then you don’t have a category. Categories with only one post tells the reader you don’t know much about that topic.
If you do not categorize your post, then it will be categorized under the “uncategorized” category. People often rename the uncategorized category to something like Other, Rambling, Miscellaneous, etc...
Categories can have unique names and be wordy; you want them sufficiently descriptive so your reader understands the type of subject matter they will find when they click on the link.
A tag is usually only a word or two and reflects the keywords or points of your blog post, keywords that your readers will understand.
Avoid duplication. Try not to use names for tags that are the same as the names of your categories. It’s redundant, and it can confuse your readers.
What do you think? How do you use Category and Tag? Share your experience and insights in the comments box below.
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Wow! That painting on your blog post looks so real. I felt like someone was surfing on the water. I really think that was cool. Could you imagine walking on that?
I also liked your vivid description of your art classroom. It made me feel like I was there. I imagine being in a place with paint brushes in glasses with water, student work all over, and paint splatter all over the floor the way you described it.
I wish you would tell me more about your art teacher since you mentioned she is your favorite teacher at school. I wonder how she is different than the other teachers at your school. Maybe you can describe her the way Joanna Coal described Ms. Frizzle in the Magic School Bus series. I want to know her personality and the way she looks.
I wonder how you could do a chalk painting like that. Would you need a different kind of chalk because it looks like you can't do that with normal chalk?
Good job John! Your blog is really coming together.
New Jersey, USA
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I did a Flickr advanced search and checked off “Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content.”
Then I went to the website which gave me the HTML code with the proper attribution right underneath the photo.
I pasted the Flickr URL of the photo I was interested in and then presto….I got the HTML code!
With ImageCodr.org, there is no need to do all this manually, you simply enter in the URL of the picture page (as seen in your browser) you are interested in and ImageCodr.org will generate the ready to use HTML code. It will also display a brief and easy license summary, so you don’t get in legal trouble because you missed something.
Here is a sample.
You can search for images by clicking HERE. Check off: “Find only images free to use commercially”
Following the steps above you will:
Do you know what a curmudgeon is?
A curmudgeon is a cranky person. You might have a neighbor who is a curmudgeon. You wouldn’t want to go trick-or-treating at a curmudgeon’s house, because if you rang the doorbell he’d probably say, "Get off my porch!"
When we read a book like it’s gold it’s more than just reading like we’re interested, or reading with expression. It’s also being open to the story and letting whatever happens to the characters happen to us, too. It’s letting a book really matter to us.
You have a choice as readers. You can read like a curmudgeon (reading text as if it were duller than dishwater). Or you can, instead, read as if the text is gold (reading with heart and soul).
So, we can approach a book like a tough-skinned curmudgeon, or we can approach a book expecting it to matter!
Tips from Lucy Calkins
I will post a few topics. If you see one you like, start writing!!!
Tip #2: Interact with the readers. End the post with some questions.
Tip #3: Write a post once a week or once every two weeks. Readers may forget about your blog if you wait too long to between posts.
Tip #4: Write about something you find interesting, but also something that will interest others.
Tip #5: Reply to all/most of your commenters. Readers will be encouraged to comment again if their comment is acknowledged or if they engaged in a conversation.
Tip #6: Understand that your blog is not only about you and what you like, but about your readers too. Readers = comments = interaction = learning and growth!