Category Archives: GTD Housekeeping

Announcements, changes, updates and so on about this blog.

Closing the blog for now

Yeah, I know. I’m lame. But the truth is, I simply don’t have the time to keep up with it, plus my work, plus my life and a few other things as well. So I’m closing the blog for the time being.

However, I still intend to write a book about Americorps. So, when that happens, I’ll probably open this blog back up to use as a sandbox for idea, and for pimpin’ da goods.

In the meantime, I’ll leave everything up and available. I’m not taking the blog down or anything. So all the stuff will be here for the edification of future stumblers-upon. (Hi!)

So, for now, goodbye, good luck and good hanging with ya!

Soni

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Update on the new tag system

I blogged here about my views on the new WordPress.com built in tagging system, along with my concern that I would have to still add Technorati tags by hand in order to have my tags show up there.

Well, apparently that’s not the case, as user timethief explains:

Hi there,

Thanks in advance for the opportunity to respond to your blog posts.

“The WordPress tags only go to WordPress’ global tag listing, and not out into the greater world of Technorati (where all things bloggy reside). Which means that if I just use the WordPress tags, I’ll get just WordPress traffic, whereas if I keep adding Technorati tags, I get traffic from all over the place.”

This is not correct. All tags and categories assigned to your posts do go to Technorati via pingomatic every time you publish a post. Also both are recognized by Technorati spiders and Google spiders as key words.

I have experimented both with using Technorati tags and with not using them and so have many other bloggers. We found there was absolutely no difference.

The only real change is that tags give you the ability to micro-categorize your blog.

http://faq.wordpress.com/2007/09/21/the-difference-between-tags-and-categories/

Well, that’s cool. I’m going to take timethief’s advice and just stick with the built-in tagging for a while and see what happens. With any luck, the only change will be in how much easier my blogging time gets. 😀

Category Changes Update

Okay, so here are the category changes. Hopefully, I’ll be able to corner the market on these titles for a while, or at least until I decide whether or not to move the blog.

Original Category —> New Category

My Life —> Soni’s Life
Blasts from the Past —> Service Year 2000-2001
Events —> Americorps Events
Rants —> Soni’s Rants
Stories —> Americorps Stories
Random Blathering —> Blatheration
Fun Stuff —> Soni’s Having Fun
Volunteering –> Volunteering and Americorps

People —> I just deleted this one, and let the posts fall under whatever other categories they were listed under

Plus, I’ve added an Americorps News, A Lifetime of Service and a GTD Housekeeping categories, which should be fairly self explanatory.

So, that’s that done. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming…

New WordPress Tags, and Category changes

Looks like WordPress.com, where this blog is hosted, has implemented a tagging feature in the posting dashboard. So now I can add WordPress tags automatically, without doing the hand-coding of Technorati tags. Which is cool…except…

The WordPress tags only go to WordPress’ global tag listing, and not out into the greater world of Technorati (where all things bloggy reside). Which means that if I just use the WordPress tags, I’ll get just WordPress traffic, whereas if I keep adding Technorati tags, I get traffic from all over the place. So for now, I’m using both the WordPress tags and the Technorati tags, so as to get the greatest exposure. Granted, it looks cluttered and redundant, but it’s the best option I have for now. I may just end up going with Technorati, since it’s the bigger pool of fish. We’ll see.

Also, you’ll probably note some Category changes in the near future. Apparently, if you click in the Category field in the sidebar, you get just my posts that fall under the Category, but if you click on the Category listing in the post itself, you get taken to a global WordPress page with listings for everything posted under that Category tag by anyone in WordPress.com. Which is, I must say, the most asinine arrangement I’ve seen in ages, not to mention confusing as all get-out to someone who’s new to the blog (hell, I’m confused by it and I’ve been here the whole time).

I was not aware of this until just now, when I went looking for info on the new tagging set up. The only way around it is to either host the blog yourself (which I may do at some point in the future, although moving the blog would be a pain) or renaming Categories so that you’re the only one with that Category. Which is what I’m going to try doing. So if any of you have bookmarked one of my Category pages for some reason (I can’t imagine you have, but just in case), please note that the link my go bye-bye in the near future.

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New header image

Did a quick collage of a few pics from our team’s service year, just to jazz things up a bit. From left to right, we have a few of my colleagues getting things done, the Alums logo (’cause I am all about the Alums now, baby), our group graduation pic (that’s me in the long gray dress toward the right), and a shot of some of us waiting for our marching orders the day of the Grove Park charity golf tournament (me again, on the right).