Inalienable writes

Being prolific isn’t exactly an unalloyed joy:

My blog has multiple personalities. There’s the mommy blog where I write about birthday parties. The blog where I feature posts about Oklahoma. And, then there’s all the stuff I write about Generations X, Y and Z. All these topics vie for first position and I get frustrated and end up not writing anything at all. This has been happening a lot lately! There is no way to pull the competing topics together under one umbrella, which is why I’m considering adding sub-domains to

Of course, she’s organized and motivated. Being neither of those things, I accumulate tags and categories. There are fifty-six categories and over ten thousand tags; to give you an idea of how perplexing this can be, neither My Little Pony (166 posts) nor Zooey Deschanel (88 posts) rates a category. Yet.

And there’s this:

I don’t want to worry about whether or not every post is useful or entertaining.

Obviously I’m not worried about such things at all.


  1. Roger Green »

    14 October 2013 · 4:26 am

    And yet, you are often both. Or fascinating or educating or irritating or just plain weird, and that’s OK,too.

  2. Scott »

    14 October 2013 · 9:11 am

    I’d point out that what is the most popular blogging platform of the moment has no sub-domains, categories or tags : Facebook.

    Just chunk it out there.

    (Do they have tags? They might.)

  3. CGHill »

    14 October 2013 · 9:41 am

    Well, they have #hashtags, which counts against them. :)

  4. Lynn »

    14 October 2013 · 1:14 pm

    I started out with the intention of having only a few broad categories but I often post stuff that doesn’t really fit in any category. When I switched to WordPress I didn’t start using tags because I thought, “Why do I need tags when I already have categories,” but now I wish I had started using tags. I still could but I hate to now since I didn’t use them in the beginning. On the other hand, Scott has a good point. Do we really need either one?

  5. fillyjonk »

    14 October 2013 · 2:52 pm

    I used to use tags but it got to be a pain, then I would forget to use them, so meh.

    I admit I’m getting annoyed at the number of people online who seem devoted to telling bloggers and others how they are doing it WRONG. I’ve decided I write mainly for myself, as a safety valve and an aide-memoire for the future, and if other people want to read what I write, that’s a bonus.

  6. McGehee »

    15 October 2013 · 7:09 am

    When I was using WP in 2010 I tried tags, but I didn’t take them seriously.

    Having gone back to WP now, I’m using the same handful of categories I was using with my previous platform.

    Categories work best, of course, if you have a catch-all of some kind — but don’t call it “Miscellaneous.” It’s been done.

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