👓 On Using Titles, Tags, and Categories | Greg McVerry

Read On Using Titles, Tags, and Categories by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry (jgregorymcverry.com)
There seems to be some confusion uin #edu522 about when to add a title and when to leave a post with a title. This is the #IndieWeb the choice is utimatley yours. If a one word post deserves a title..give it one;…a 3,000 word treatsie doesn’t need it…then skip it. Best Practice Yet here is a q...
I still need to figure out how I want to structure tags for individual modules. Is it really worthile? Who would use them and how would those be used?

While I like the idea of “backstage” posts, I’m not sure that tagging them as such has as much value to me. Since my site is my living commonplace book, such a tag doesn’t have as much meaning somehow. I’ll have to think about it and figure out what I want to do there. I can see some value for syndicating out, or potentially to fellow classmates, but I’d suspect that for the volume of content I’m producing with the edu522 tag, it may not be as valuable. Perhaps in a larger class it might or one in which I was producing a much higher volume of posts? Time will tell, but some of these mechanics could be useful/valueable to think about for teachers vis-a-vis their classrooms and digital pedagogy based on expected class size and post volume as well as how they might structure their “planets”.

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Chris Aldrich

I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal processing, IndieWeb, theoretical mathematics, and big history. I'm also a talent manager-producer-publisher in the entertainment industry with expertise in representation, distribution, finance, production, content delivery, and new media.

2 thoughts on “👓 On Using Titles, Tags, and Categories | Greg McVerry”

  1. Yeah, I go back in forth with this. Especially with new bloggers. I am adding one more layer of complexity. One more thing to remember to click in WordPress.
    I didn’t use different categories and tags for different audiences I would spin up a new blog like https://clmooc.jgregorymcverry.com I am just as bad organizing digitally as I am in real life.
    Yet I like the backstage post. It is an idea I took from Alan Levine as part of a course he ran called YouShow. I used tumblr for my first backstage blog https://throwingwhilewriting.tumblr.com
    A backstage blog is really a tutorial/reflection as a step by step guide on how to do something with digital media. Being a class on teaching and learning I think it is important for participants to think about this. Making a separate category or tag kind of frames the mind and puts people in the mindset for reflection.
    You do a ton of “backstage” posts all the time. Just call them something different.
    I also want the tag or category so I can get real creative with the feeds page. Once I get students using post kids, categories, and tags well I can start having a ton of fun embedding feeds in new ways.

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