Thursday, January 21, 2010

Basic Blog Etiquette

Hi all,

As it may be some of all y'all's first time blogging, I thought I'd throw out some general blog etiquette FYIs. These aren't rules; they're guidelines that help make blog writing, reading, and later on, searching, much easier and more enjoyable. Please, everyone, feel free to edit this post and add to it as you see fit.

- please add labels to your posts

That's it.

:) Fake out, y'all were worried for a sec, right?

The thing with labels is that they make a blog infinitely more searchable. So, for instance, with the previous post, I did not write a label for EVERY SINGLE TITLE AND AUTHOR, because that would just be ridiculous. But I chose some keywords that people might be searching for - "Anita Silvey" & "Leonard Marcus", and some keywords that other people might want to use as labels for their own blog posts - "book recommendation" & "literary criticism". (Oh, and by "people", I mean us. We might need to go back later and look for every post that deals with Anita Silvey. Or something like that.)

Down at the bottom of the "New Post" screen is an empty box that says "Labels for this post:" on the left. On the right of the empty box, it says "Show all". You can click that link and it will expand the page to show you all the labels already in use so you don't have to recreate the wheel. But you should also feel free to create your own.

Also, that's not to say every post needs a label. For instance, this one won't have one.

Th-th-th-th-that's all folks!

1 comment:

  1. This is helpful, Rebecca, thanks!

    But I think your post SHOULD be labeled. And the label should be "label." Isn't that appropriately metafictive? :)