Weekly Photo Challenge: Mine

mine got hit by a truck, ford, mine moment

Heellooo? Right person??

Wah!! I want to be selfish (stomping feet & arms flailing)…did you see MINE???

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Check out the  Weekly Photo Challenge: This week’s theme–Mine and the creative contributors below:

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Hide n Seek, Anyone?

SCENE 5, TAKE 1:

Hey, you want me to come over? Yeah? Okay, I will be over in a sec…

visit, home, postaday, hide n seek, home page, blog

Shuffle, shuffle…varoom, varoom…

I’m here!!

Hello? Anyone home?

What is that? Did you say come on inside your home?

Okay, (looking and looking) how?? Where is your freakin’ door?

What?? I have to get creative and find a way to get inside your home?!? You say I have to play, Hide n Seek?

But I do not have time to play Hide n Seek!?!

CUT!

The above Scene 5 may seem like a weird thing if you happen to find yourself unable to get into someone’s home that lacked a proper door to enter in. It happens, every so often, unfortunately, when visiting blog sites that omits a HOME tab option to click on and without it seems much like a visit to someone’s personal home where the entrance door is either non-existent or hidden.

Has this ever happened to you?

Are you happy when you arrive at a blog site and you cannot find the latest post because the HOME tab option is not available?

This is not a complaint, just a bit of wondering why some blog sites lack a home tab option to click into their home page if you happen to find yourself on a single post from the blog.

Is is part of the their blog theme where the HOME tab is not available?

I am just throwing questions out simply to understand.

You see, occasionally I will use my email as a way to check into blog sites that leave a ‘like’ or better yet, a subscription to my blog.

As you know, from the email way of navigating over to a blog, when you check on a blog site, you usually land on a single post usually not the most recent post. Since I prefer to read on the most recent posts, I will quickly scan the blog page for the HOME button. Usually this button is an easy find, but as you guess, on the days when time is as precious as a drink of fresh water during a severe drought, a few blogs have a creative game I have appropriately named as the Hide n Seek to find the Home Page game.

When I land on such a blog game, some of you know how competitive I can become, I quickly sprint frantically with my little computer mouse, in search of the next best hints. Usually it is either a monthly calendar or the most ‘recent post’ button.

If I quickly find either of these prized items, I am like, “oh, yah…what now, huh? What now??”

Jazzed and pumped, I feel my quick actions with the computer mouse has now put me ahead in this Hide n Seek game. However, a few Hide n Seek games do get the best of me and I know it is time to raise the white flag and admit defeat when my computer mouse, no matter how hard it races over the blog page, fails to find a HOME tab option, a most ‘recent post’ option or a monthly calendar.

I am so done. The game is over, baby. All I can do is click wherever and hope it will take me to the most recent post of the day.

Listen, this is no biggie and no hard feelings to those blogs who purposely leave out the HOME tab option. I had a rather long day today and coming over to play the Hide n Seek game on a few blogs got the best of me and well, I just had to let my thoughts out.

All I want to know, for those who omit, on purpose, the HOME tab option on your blog site, uh, WHY, exactly??

My apologies ahead of time for unloading about this topic.

Thank you.

I Have Been Categorizing and Tagging While Blindfolded!!

It is true; I have posted in my ignorance. This, no-excuse behavior, is equal to blogging while being blindfolded.

How this can be, you ask. Well, let me explain.

When I started blogging, like most some of you, I was like a fish out of water. Everything about blogging was new for me. (Uh, still is.!?!) Starting with the writing for an audience; the learning of the WordPress system, and prior to pressing the publish button; checking the proper category boxes and tags for the post.

Things moved in the direction I had expected, although the shaky beginning posts became worrisome when nobody came around. As you know, eventually readers came and some even chose to stay, yay, and I thank you!!!

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Photo credit: marsmet451

The blogging life was good; however, the one area that stayed so elusive to my understanding was categories and tags (C&T). The main reason is I did not educate myself on this subject, up until yesterday. As I was getting ready to put the final addition of C&Ts to my post, it suddenly dawned on me that using the same tags as my categories did not seem proper.

I dismissed my questioning mind, closed my eyes; secured the blindfold, and randomly categorized and tagged my post and hit the publish button.

Wrong, wrong, wrong!

Random tagging and poor categorizing truly showed my total ignorance. For example, if my post were about the current heat wave we are going through, I would check in my category boxes the following:

Post a Day 2012
Writing
Uncategorized
Sunday Post or Weekly Photo Challenge (if applicable)

Then, for the tags, I would add words that applied to the post and then go crazy n’ wild. Here are some ‘wild’ tags I would throw in even if it did not apply to the topic in my post:

Write
Writer
Woman
Blog
Blogger
Journal
WordPress
Journey
Blogging
Coffee (I wanted to use this one just because I wrote the post while drinking coffee!!)

Moreover, I believe I had more tags that are random and not mentioned here that would find its way out on a published post. I would also *gasp* repeat some of the checked categories in the tag section. The classic ones were, Weekly Photo Challenge, Sunday Post and 5- Minute Friday. They would be in both my category and tag section!

This behavior was a dumb and ignorant move on my part.

Thank goodness, my fairy blog mother came by yesterday and whispered,

“Girl, you need to get some help over at WordPress Forum/Support and pronto!”

As I had expected, the message I received by my fairy blog mother’s very speedy helper, Time Thief, indicated it was time to stop posting while blindfolded and get edu-blogmacated!

Here is my question and my quick answer from forum:

Me: Is it better not to repeat a category title when tagging a post?

Forum:

Don’t do it! Never use the same keyword or keyword phrase as both a category and a tag. Search engines treat the two in exactly the same way so it looks like you are spamming to them. Worse still, if you do that you will create an editing mess in your blog.”

Therefore, you all know what I spent most of my free time doing yesterday, and it is still incomplete! I am now in the process of cleaning up my category section by merging some categories into others and creating categories that are more concise and on target for each post after this.

(This is a fine example of the consequences of not having a clear mission statement formed as you begin in the blogging adventure.)

As I understood from the brief research on C&T, a category is like the table of contents of a book; it should tell your readers exactly what your blog focuses on as a good table of contents would do. For example, if my blog was about nature photography, then my categories should reflect this and not have a random category like couture fashion.

Tags, however, are words or several key words that should reflect what is in your post. I guess my choice of using the tag ‘coffee’ just because I was drinking coffee when I wrote my post can no longer find its way as a tag, unless I happen to be writing about coffee.

When tagging, stick to key words that apply to your post.

Finally, most of us want our post seen by many people, and I was in the same mind frame when I wildly attached any tags that came to my head prior to publishing. My thinking on tags were, the more you used, the better chance of exposure for your post.

Wrong. If a post has too many C&T attached to it, the post usually does not even make it into the Topic section of WordPress (fewer people finding you) and possibly, your post be considered as spam! The recommended number of C&T combined should be around 15, total.

As I slowly take off my blindfold, I am squinting from the light of all this new knowledge and I would love to hear how C&T play out in your blog life. As I continue to learn more about blogging more effectively, I have included other sites below that I find explains C&T far better than I have here.

Do you have any interesting trivia on how to handle Categories and Tags properly?

How did you go about creating your own categories for your own blog?