While reading Categories vs. Tags, by VanFossen, I began to think about my own blogs, and how I use either on them.
According to VanFossen, “Categories are your site’s table of contents. Tags are your site’s index words.” At first I wasn’t exactly sure what this meant. I always thought of tags as hashtags, which lead readers/followers to other posts about related topics. And categories, well honestly, I never knew it was a common word in the blogging world.
I’m honestly not much of a blogger. WordPress is a little new to me, and the only other blog site I use is Tumblr. It’s pretty similar to WordPress, but in my opinion, much easier to maneuver. Everything is pretty much laid out for you, and you decide on what you want to post.
While I don’t use tags or categories on WordPress, I use them quite often on Tumblr. I’m not “Tumblr Famous”, but I do have a decent following. My blog is both a personal blog, while also a Disney blog, so I have a lot of Disney Fans following me. Because there are so many aspects to Disney, I’ve decided to add tags to all my posts, to allow my followers and other Tumblr users to find what they’re looking for much easier.
At the bottom of this edited Tumblr post, there are hashtags. These hashtags are the tags in which others may use to find similar posts about those hashtags.
Hashtags, are a great tool for blogs, for they allow people to interact with one another by finding posts about a similar topic, or how certain hashtags relate different things.
For my Tumblr, I also use categories. Because I have so many different tags I use, I wanted my followers to be able to find them much simpler. This had me create categories. My categories started out in a long list of all the main hashtags I used for my blog. But, as the tags expanded, I decided to shorten my list, thus creating broader categories.
This list has different tags under them, after you click on a specific one. Example: “Favorite Disney Movies”. If anyone clicks on that link, it’ll jump to a page with links to all the posts tagged under my favorite Disney movies.
I find categories and tags very helpful, especially when blogging. They allow people to explore different ideas and thoughts, that maybe they never thought before. I think hashtags are used more often, and are more important to use. But, I do feel that categories and hashtags go hand in hand.
If you would like to check out my Tumblr blog, here is a link…
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