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Posted 2005-09-30 by Tony Walsh
Just like the headline suggests, I've added a "food" tag to the taxonomy here at Clickable Culture. To my surprise, I have written nearly 30 blog posts related to food since 1999 (probably more if I could be bothered to read through the first couple of years). Shocking for a blog that isn't really about food.
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Comment posted by Torley
October 1, 2005 @ 12:47 am
I wish I could use tags like you do... I have no idea how to categorize most of my schtuff—I guess it mostly falls under the header of "Second Life" anyhoo. You have things so put together! :)
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
October 1, 2005 @ 8:17 am
Categorizing can be tricky, but I started with a limited number at first and then just started adding new ones as I began to accumulate related entries over time. The shift to tags allowed me a more organic method of filing entries--in particular the ability to share the same tag across several groups ( calls this "bundling"). I wanted to give visitors the ability to switch between grouped/bundled view and list view at will, but it's proving too difficult technically at the moment.

Csven has some good, broad categories at his reBang blog:
* meatspace
* virtualspace
* virtual+meat
Comment posted by csven
October 1, 2005 @ 8:55 am
since i need to update my site i've been considering moving to a tagged system. but i'm wondering if there isn't some value to my not categorizing everything. i suspect i'd have thousands of tags and would be putting too much time into defining and assigning them in a much too rigid fashion. and if i did that, the serendipitous effect of someone stumbling across an entry in the broader categories might be lost. i personally enjoy the personal exploration and accidental finds, and fear i'd screw that up. however, Tony's move has got me attention and i'm curious to see how it works out.
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
October 2, 2005 @ 10:08 am
csven, I think the trick is not to over-tag. Really broad descriptors such as the ones you have are the right way to go, in my opinion. You only need a finer point if the content of your blog seems to demand it.

One thing I'm not able to do on this blog that I wish I could is to combine tags as seen on -- instead of having one tag called "Computer Games" I'd like to offer the ability to combine "Computers" and "Games." "Marketing" + "Games" = Advergaming. The blog engine here doesn't support that kind of thing.

I am trying very hard not to add more tags here than is reasonable. For example, you're not going to see "Game" "Games" and "Gaming" any time soon. Although, "Game" could refer to a single title, such as Doom, "Games" could refer to groups or the industry, and "Gaming" could refer to the industry and/or to the act of gaming, and/or to game culture. I could go that granular, but can't see how it would make browsing the content here any easier.
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