How many different ways can you find what you need at Take Me Away?

Monday, March 1, 2010

The next blog task for the Blog Improvement Project 2010 is up. It says:

The task this week is to improve the way the posts on your blog are organised by ensuring that all your categories and tags (wordpress) or labels (blogger) are meaningful. It is important that your posts are placed into groups with similar themes, so that anyone browsing your blog can quickly find the information they are looking for. If they like a certain kind of post then it can also help them to find similar ones.

Now here's the thing, I have a million labels/categories but I don't post them because there are so many. They are helpful to me when I am searching for something "behind the scenes". What I've done is link certain things that I think are most beneficial on my pages links at the top of this page.

The one category/tag that I have not included in the pages/links up top that I think might be useful is that of genres. I thought it would be neat to separate my reviews by genre as well so that readers could look for them that way. I don't think it would make sense to separate the list of books reviewed in that way, but I could make it so that if you clicked on "mystery/thrillers" then all of the reviews I have ever done for that will show up in the main area. Then you'd have to scroll through. Here's my question though. Would that actually be useful? Would people actually utilize those? Or are you more interested in titles in general? In which case you could just look at the Reviews page up top. What are your thoughts? Now, what I could also do is add labels for "special features" like author interviews, etc. though I haven't done as many of those things. But I also have 3 pages left to add so I could use those in some way for this as well. What other tags do you think are important, if any?

Thanks for any input!!


Jennifer (Crazy-for-Books) said...

I'm curious about this, too, Jenny! I've been trying to organize my reviews by author and title. I'm not sure, but I think I've categorized most of my reviews by genre also, so I could add that as well. I know I don't really click the genre links when I'm looking at other blogs, but others might! I agree - how many ways do we need to have our reviews searched?! Ooohhh, just thought of a good post title for this! Thanks! LOL Sorry, I'm no help at all!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

That sounds helpful...classifying by genre.

I have so many blogs, that sometimes I forget where I posted something! LOL.

I was writing these things down in my blog log, (yeah, I did just call it that!), but I must have forgotten to write down this one review, and for the life of me, I can't find it!

Trisha said...

I've never bothered with genre because it is such a bothersome subject. Is Harry Potter A)fantasy or B) young adult? Are graphic novels a genre? Should Maus be classified as a graphic novel, an autobiography, a memoir, etc.? Is Sandra Brown romance or myster? I do know that a lot of people like classifying by genre though, so I may be the freak here. :)

Beth F said...

I did a labels / tags mini-challenge for Bloggiesta in January. Check out my post and some of the comments and participating blogs. Maybe you'll get some good ideas.

Labels challenge

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