Lorelle VanFossen at WordCamp Dallas 2009

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“Damn it Jim. I’m a blogger not a star ship captain!” That should have been the tagline for the talk that Lorelle VanFossen gave at WordCamp Dallas 2009. Lorelle gave another information packed, personality driven, WordPress ninja performance when she took the stage and played a Star Trek laden video intro for her USS WordPress Tags and Tribbulations talk.

If you don’t know, Lorelle is the resident WordPress mascot blogger. Last year she gave a fantastic talk on power blogging. This year she showed us how important it is to categorize the posts in your blog.

Here are a few of the highlight takeaways:

  • Write down all the keywords you plan to blog about on your blog. This is your first draft. From this list you begin to spot patterns so you can begin to identify your categories.
  • Categories are not for you, they are for your reader.
  • Categories should help reader identify what your blog is about.
  • Categories help reader know if they are in the right place.
  • Categories are about being found by search engines.
  • Categories should encompass groups of information, but still be specific enough to not be to general.
  • Tags are link that represent micro data for individual posts.
  • Tags are your blog’s index words.
  • If enough posts have the same tag, it’s a category.
  • Tags are indexed by Google and others as “keywords”
  • rel=”tag” identifies a link as a tag. Remember, we are after micro-data (meta data) to help identify your content.
  • If you can’t write five blog post titles/ideas on a topic, then you don’t have a category.
  • Categories with only one post tells the reader you don’t know much about that category.
  • Categories that dominate a blog may need to be spun off to a separate blog.
  • Categories and tags are not fashion statements. Don’t be colorful with your categories.

More on this later…

Charles McKeever
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  • http://lorelle.wordpress.com/ Lorelle

    So sorry it took me this long to pay attention to this post. I’m still recovering from surgery on my shoulder and typing and concentration have gone to hell. :D

    Thank you so much for the kind words. I loved that special performance of my tags and categories presentation done Star Trek style. I knew Dallas could handle it, which is why I put it together at last minute just for you. What fun. It’s a dry subject, but this was a fun way to “come out of the closet” and talk about tags and categories in an unusual way.

    So great to see you again and thank you for all you do for the WordPress community!

    • OpenSourceMarketer

      Hey Lorelle, I’m glad you’re recovering well. WordCamp was truly a lot of fun. As always you answered an important question for all of us. When and where will you be making your next appearance? If it’s close, I’d love to attend.

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