Replied to Some ideas about tags, categories, and metadata for online commonplace books and search by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (BoffoSocko)

Then I ought to do a bit of clean up within the tags themselves which have gotten unwieldy and often have spelling mistakes which cause searches to potentially fail. I also find that some of my auto-tagging processes by importing tags from the original sources’ pages could be cleaned up as well, though those are generally stored in a different location on my website, so it’s not as big a deal to me.

It is interesting to read your thoughts Chris and reflect on my own habits. When I moved my main blog from Blogger to WordPress, I added four categories based on the work on ATC21s:

  • Ways of thinking. Creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and learning
  • Ways of working. Communication and collaboration
  • Tools for working. Information and communications technology (ICT) and information literacy
  • Skills for living in the world. Citizenship, life and career, and personal and social responsibility

I find it interesting to consider when writing, but never really utilise them to be honest. Tags continued as before, often involving a mixture of themes, topics and authors mentioned.

With my new ‘commonplace’ blog, I focused on three categories:

  • Responses
  • Contributions
  • Creations

In regards to tags, I try and restrict myself to three tags. Again, this is often a mixture of author, topics and themes.

I too suffer with some incorrect spellings which I too should fix up … one day.

I am interested in your process of auto-tagging? I sometimes copy the tags included in the ‘response properties’, but at the moment it just becomes another thing to copy. If you have a more automated process, I would be interested.

Bookmarked pfefferle/ZenPress (GitHub)

ZenPress – Pure Zen for WordPress

I recently started exploring David Shanske’s 2016 IndieWeb Theme for Read Write Collect. Before, I had been using Matthias Pfefferle’s Zen Press. I really like Zen for its looks and still may go back or use it for my main site. It has the feel of Medium without being in Medium. My concerns were:

  • There were small quirks with how Syndication Links and Search Results were presented (since changed)
  • I could not master my widgets, particularly the way it repeated some widgets at the bottom of the page, even after I had changed them in Appearance settings. (Since discovered to be unrelated to the theme)
  • I was unable to get a child theme to work, even with the help of Chris Aldrich. (Zen has five stylesheets which not being included, however this still did not solve the problem.)
  • I could not get the Notes post kind to work with Micro.Blog as I think a default heading was included within the RSS (again fixed since)
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Doug, I think I may have lost count to how many blogs you are up to, let alone domains. I have ventured down a different path of having two blogs, my main site and another which collects many disparate things. In part because I was struggling to maintain so many moving parts, but also because I have dived into the IndieWeb.

Do you have any hiccups with so many sites? For example, it was my understanding that Bridgy has certain limitations. Although moving away from the silos, I guess that may not be a concern?

Looking forward to following the links, along with the newsletter.