Categories & Tags

One of the toughest parts, at least for me, in crafting my blog is coming up with categories and tags to assign to my post. As WordPress describes them; “Categories are used for broad grouping of post topics while tags are generally used to describe your post in more detail.”

When I first started blogging, almost two years ago, I tried to come up with catchy Tags, words that I thought would grab people’s attention when searching. But 774 post and 45,000 views later I gave up trying to figure out what worked and what didn’t. It is easy to tag Trump post; Bully, Dumb Ass, Moron, Big Fat Baby but others, post that are more reflective or cerebral are harder to tag.

As I have noted before I don’t write for fame or glory although if I could figure out how to make a dollar or two I wouldn’t turn it down. I write for me, for my own mental health, to exercise my brain and at times cleanse my soul. That a few of you take the time to read what I write and share your own personal wisdom with me is a bonus.

What tickles me though are the people you “follow me” based on one my tags. I have a few post that make the top of the reader search list based on a particular tag. Sometimes it is an obscure one like survivalist but the new followers I enjoy the most have found me because of religious tags like Christianity, Bible or Jesus. I will get a new followers notification and see the post that they liked is one I wrote about the Evangelical idiots we all know and love and find out, after looking at their own blog, that they are themselves one of the idiots I was writing about.

Two months ago I had one of these religious elites follow me via email notification. Unfortunately for him, he decided to follow me based on a tag rather than actually reading the rather unfaltering post I had written about the Christian sect his blog was devoted to. So every time I wrote a new post, and I write one or two most everyday, it was emailed to him and he grew very tired of my rantings about the faith he holds near and dear to his heart.

But he had a problem, he couldn’t figure out how to unfollow me, the heathen, that’s what he called me. Every time I wrote a new post he would email me, each more desperate than the one before asking for my help in breaking the bond that I, the heathen, seemingly had on him. I couldn’t and wouldn’t help him because one I didn’t know how, and two his emails were just too damn funny. Eventually he quit emailing me. I assume he either got some WordPress tech genius to help him out or he changed his email address.

Maybe I need to put a warning on my blog, please read before following. For those of you that have stuck with me through thick and thin, please know that I appreciate having you in my orbit, just don’t waste your time reading my uninspired tags.

About ends and beginnings blog

I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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9 Responses to Categories & Tags

  1. Suze says:

    OMG! YOU got the HEATHEN appellation as well? I am in great company then! I was inundated for a while with nasty tempered emails from a “follower” who should have read the post he followed….It’s so funny to me to see someone did it to you too.

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  2. Nan says:

    I have over 1200 “followers” and get more nearly every day. Some of them are obviously brand new to blogging as there are no “links” to any posts in the notification email. Others do have links, which I imagine they are desperately hoping I will click on and read what they have written.

    What is even more interesting is that many who “like” my (un-godly) posts are quite obviously dyed-in-the-wool Christians based on either the name of their blog or some of the post titles.

    BTW, categories are more frequently used by other bloggers (via the Blog Reader), whereas tags are what the search engines see.

    P.S. That’s funny about the “heathen” emails. I’ve never gotten any of those.

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  3. Hahahahahaha. Brilliant. I’ve never followed anyone on the basis of a tag, that seems nuts a go go to my mind.

    My tags are all part of my posts and can be quotes, or parts of song lyrics or anything really. I sometimes tell an extra part of the story/poem etc in there. I couldn’t care less who follows me so long as they do it because they find The Cloud an interesting and quirky place to be.

    – Esme tagging along upon the Cloud

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  4. Scottie says:

    I am jealous. I am a heathen, and yet no one bothers to write in to let me know it shows. One thing I found funny though, the posts where I post anti-theist memes get more religious people liking them and then following my blog. They cannot be reading the posts, they have to be going by the tag. Boy my posts must be a disappointment to them. Hugs

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