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Tuesday
Tagging Blogdrive Categories and Profiles


Fellow Blogdriver Seige and I have been talking about social networking and category tags in the BD Help Forum recently.  You can read a short introduction to this topic in "Tagging the Blogosphere."

Seige discovered a very interesting, and free online service called ZoomClouds that displays a nice tag cloud through the use of a simple script.  I do appreciate the automation of a script.

Like Seige, I always try to experiment with ideas that enhance my own fun here at BlogDrive.  So, until BlogDrive actually codes any given idiot-proof feature into their entry editor, like a dropdown menu or form field for these things, I try to come up with simple manual methods for doing some of it.

I had two similar ideas for this.  The first idea involves tagging entries with BlogDrive's own established category system, which I tediously compiled for you in the table below.


Arts
Acting
Architecture
Art
Music
Photography
Poetry
Writing

Business
Companies
Investments
Occupations
Small Business

Computers & Internet
Internet
Linux
Macintosh
Open Source
PCs
Programming
Software
Web Design

Entertainment
Actors
Animation
Books
Celebrities
Fashion
Humor
Movies
Music
Radio
Television

Family & Home
Family Issues
Genealogy
Home & Garden
Parenting
Pets

Games
Card Games
Computer & Video
Online Gaming
RPG
Wargaming

Health & Medicine
Alternative Medicine
Illnesses
Support
Weight Issues

Hobbies & Crafts
Collecting
Crafts
Hobbies
Models
Reading
Occult & Paranormal
Ghosts
Occult
Paranormal
Psychic
UFO

People
Families
Friends
Gay and Lesbian Lifestyles
Organizations
Relationships

Politics
Conservative
Liberal
Satire

Religion & Beliefs
Buddhism
Catholicism
Christianity
Hinduism
Islam
Judaism
Muslim
Other
Spirituality

Science & Nature
Agriculture
Astronomy
Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Ecology
Engineering
Geography
Math & Physics
Physics
Space

Sports
Automotive
Aviation
Sports General

Teens
Fashion
Music
Relationships
School

Travel
Destinations
Motorcycles
Vacation


The way to tag your entries would be as simple as including the links to these established categories.  By doing so, it would group your entry with other blogs and individual entries with these same category names.  It might look something like this:

  Computers & Internet, Programming, Web Design
  Blogosphere, Tags, BlogDrive


Use your right mouse button to click on my little icons, and "save as", if you want them.  I think they should look fine on both light and dark background colors.  Also, right-click and select "copy shortcut" from a category in the above table, then use that as your link URL in the BlogDrive entry editor to categorize an entry.

The other idea I had concerning tagging BlogDrive is very similar, but more flexible.  Explore the links in your own BlogDrive Profile page.  If you tagged certain entries with phrases and keywords --and then linked them into the BD Profile section -- you would show other people who are talking about the same thing.

While my first idea for tagging our BD blog entries has fixed category names and displays a BD blog listing, my second idea and method is more people-oriented and flexible.  For example, you could tag an entry as uniquely as this:

  Chocolate, Vampires, Sleep
  Chocolate, Vampires, Sleep


I hope this tutorial gives you some good ideas and new friends who also like sleeping chocolate vampires.  Or something.

 


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