As part of upgrading my blog and as well as setting up a new blog on WordPress.com I’ve learned a lot about tags. Previously I was still using a pre-tags version of WordPress. Muskblog has been online for several years, Muschamp.ca for longer, and I’ve had a homepage online since 1996, so I’ve got content. A lot of it is hand rolled and outside of any CMS system. I used to be something of an HTML and CSS guru, even Eric Meyer thought I knew a thing or two.
Now I’m in business development at a non-profit after doing my MBA. At least for now, nothing is certain, especially in these economic times. Boris Mann of Bootup Labs pointed Purdy and I to a blog, where I learned I’m now too old for a position. I’ve been turned down for a lot of jobs for a lot of reasons I imagine, but I don’t think I’ve been pre-disqualified because of my age. Not that I’m looking for a new job, I’m still trying to help people succeed in Vancouver’s inner-city.
While watching the Devils defeat the Canes and the Red Wings defeat the Blue Jackets I changed some of my categories to tags and started the long process of using tags on some of the near 700 posts I still have online. It should be noted, I have nothing but Devils and Redwings in my playoff hockey pool and I predicted Anaheim would give San Jose all they can handle, hence having Red Wings and no Sharks.
But I digress.
At some point I’ll throw up the tag cloud widget as they are all the rage. Tags aren’t as important for self-hosted WordPress blogs, but they probably help with search engine optimization, especially if you use certain other plugins. I do a lot of cross-linking, maybe too much, so when I edited dozens of old posts I got a pile of Pingbacks and Trackbacks.
Hopefully when this is all complete my blog will be more focused, more professional, more useful, and perform better in search engines. I’ll also probably get some strange new keyword referrals.
I’m not sure how other people do it, but to cross-link to my own blog posts I have two windows open to WordPress in separate browsers. I know there are plugins that try to auto-magically choose related posts, but I prefer to do it myself. Not sure if it helps with my navigate-ability or my search engine optimization.
I also keep a text file on my desktop of URLs I link to often.
Update December 2015
I’m still trying to make my blog “more focused, more professional, more useful, and perform better in search engines“. I eventually did have a tag cloud, but then I took it down based on ‘expert’ advise. Now I’m thinking of adding it back after doing a lot of tagging, re-tagging, and editing of my blog in an effort to have a better taxonomy.