Here’s a list of the existing categories, with some explanation about their intended purposes or ultimate disposition:
- Above the Fold
- This is an obsolete category whose entries are destined to be exported from this blog and imported into my Above the Fold weblog, which is intended as a weekly column on web design and development to help promote my computer books.
- This category covers the blogosphere as a whole, debates ranging among various weblogs, and services – such as technorati – that analyze blogistan as an aggregrated information source.
- Book News
- This is another obsolete category that I plan to eliminate eventually, dating to when I was using RFB to promote by books.
- Collaboration and Community
- This is a category for discussing social software, k-logs, and other ways people use the Internet and weblogs to collaborate or form communities. It coulduse a pithier name.
- Tips on customizing your weblog using various tools – adding blogrolls, tweaking permalink formats, etc.
- Another obsolete category to be removed.
- Coverage of the whole weblogs vs. trad journalism, weblogs-as-journalism, journalists as bloggers, etc. stuffs.
- A place to note idea-viruses that occasionally take the blogopshere by storm.
- Tips and techniques for migrating weblog entries from one product to another.
- Like it sounds, a catch-all. Used sometimes for RFB administrivia too.
- Coverage of weblogs as a publishing platform, as with Nick Denton’s miniempire of Gawker, Gizmodo, Fleshbot, etc. Sometimes I discuss RFB stuff in this category too, when I consider RFB as an example of a nanopublishing experiment.
- Warblogs and other political discussions carried out on blogs (commentary on John Edwards posting at Larry Lessig’s blog would go here, for example).
- Product-specific tips and information: Blogger news, Radio complaints, MT and TypePad tips, etc.
- Required Reading
- This category needs cleaning but it’s intended as a best-of and may eventually have its items listed in a sidebar. Both most popular entries and those we consider really crucial.
- Salon Bloggers
- Formerly Salonika, a place to discuss the Salong Blogs community and to put items linking to Salon bloggers, particularly when they don’t get filed elsewhere.
- Blogs used as a narrative medium, as with Plan B (the webnovel) or Gang Stories, etc.
- RSS and other syndicated formats, aggregators, and so on. Atom can be discussed here (but also in migration).
- Weblog concepts
- Here’s where basic weblog ideas are presented and discussed. Something of a catch-all but not as generic as Miscellany – used to be called “metablog”
What else? Ideally, a post should be given just one category, or as few as possible when more than one is clearly called for.
Category to-do items:
- Each category needs a written description
- Each category should be pingable and we should promote that fact.
- Templates for each category archive need to include the description, incoming pings, and information on how to ping.
Questions? Complaints? Suggestions?
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