How much time do you spend on your categories?

Blogging tipsNow if you’d noticed, I had recently revamped my list of categories — categories that did not have many posts were merged, and categories with lots of assorted posts were broken up and named accordingly.

I’ve read somewhere that if you named your category “Miscellaneous”, chances are your readers won’t click on it because they have no idea what miscellaneous posts are. For all they know, you could be talking about what you had for dinner, or your pet tarantula, Richard..

In her book Blogging Tips, Lorelle vanFossen advices bloggers to determine the topics that they will blog about and categorize them before the writing process (but I guess you can also revamp it as you blog):

  1. Make a list of the things you want to blog about.
  2. Group all similar topics together.
  3. Under each topic, make a list of what you want to blog about.
  4. Examine your groupings and name it with a title that best describes the group.
  5. Begin with the most important category, then add as you blog.

In other words, be specific. Your readers aren’t stup*d. They want to know what’s in the link before they clicked on it. For example, all my posts on blogging challenges, memes and tags, photo hunts, WordPress and plugins are now categorized under the same (and straight-forward) names to make going down the list of categories easier for my readers.

So tell me, what do YOU think of my list of categories? Are they clear enough to you? Do you have difficulties guessing what’s inside each category?

And how much time to you spend on your categories? How do you categorize your posts?

Excerpt taken from Lorelle vanFossen’s recently published book, Blogging Tips: What bloggers won’t tell you about blogging. Have you ordered your copy yet?

5 thoughts on “How much time do you spend on your categories?

  1. zeroimpact says:

    I think I need to do some clean up myself too
    :)
    It certainly makes it easier for myself to find things also
    Not so much for other to find
    :P

  2. This is so critical, pelf, thanks for bringing it to the attention of your readers.

    To make our blogs work, we have to think like our readers. How do they see, read, and find our blog. What are they looking for and how. And then help them to do it better.

  3. You know I have been planning to remove my Miscellaneous category and revamp my categories too! So this post is very apt! Any tips on how to do it real efficiently?

  4. Lorelle: I know it’s critical because you wrote it in YOUR book! :D

    Giddy Tiger: I don’t have tips for you, but I guess this is one of those things you do over and over again and get better each time :) Good luck!

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