Blogkeeping, Part 1: Format and Categories


For starters, there will be is a new static home page (which I need a pithy name for am calling First Look) that will (hopefully) change weekly with prompts, topics/themes, quotation, etc followed by a week’s (M-F) worth of content in the writing space. Each day’s columns are still undecided and may change depending on the season and subjects.

Second, all feedback and suggestions are welcome.

Third, I have way too many tags and categories. I will be whittling my categories down to just a few since I think my writing is not as far-flung as the categories would suggest. Several categories also overlap, and that kind of minutia is really what the tags are for. I use the tags to break down the subject into what drew me to it in the first place. Categories should be a bit broader and cover more than one tiny subject.

At the moment I’ve decided on 12 categories; an even dozen:

Home– includes apartment, garden, decor, buying, surviving buying, etc.

Fandom – includes fan works, propriety and derivative works, pop culture, celebrity, music, cosplay, community

Food – includes drink, recipes, kitchen hints & tips

Kids &School – includes parenting and education, kids say, all ages

Medical – self-explanatory, includes women’s reproduction

Mental Health – I feel that this needs a separate category from medical, although many issues overlap

Money – money related including shopping and saving money

Photos – photo posts or posts that contain my own photos

Social & Political– includes media, LGBT+, gender & race, sex education (but will overlap with medical and kids & school), politics

Spiritual – includes religion, organized or otherwise and atheism plus spirituality

Travel – tips, essay, photos, advice, tour book type posts

Writing – process, business of, resources

There will be a temporary tag of 2016 Sarn for those special writings that I’m determined to concentrate on and refuse to procrastinate on (this year). I posted about this on Friday. I mentioned then that I would explain that odd category name. I should think that 2016 is self-explanatory. Sarn is Welsh for causeway. Or roadway. Since this year is very much a new path, or an extended journey with celebrating (not sure yet?) my 50th birthday year and the year of mercy pilgrimage. Wales has long been my spiritual center place for almost three decades. This happened randomly. When I recently converted to Catholicism, I chose St. Elen of Caernarfon as my patron saint, and took Elen as my confirmation name. There is a place in North Wales called Elen’s Sarn. St. Elen is the protector of travelers and roads.

I’ve combined a few of these things, as you can see, to create my new category for those writings that need that little extra push to get moving and motivated for.

Next up will be my FAQ.