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A Word on Categories

I started using WordPress for my blog without much consideration of the difference between a category and a tag. In fact, I didn’t really know what a tag was, and why a tag cloud might ever be any more useful than a set of categories. And because categories present themselves in a list to select from in WordPress, they seemed like a better way to be organised. Of course that was then, and this is now and over time, my understanding of what goes with what has evolved. The thing about categories is that they are stable and hierarchical and if you change one, you really need to restructure everything. The thing about tags is that they sort themselves and as time goes by, they paint their own picture of how you think about things just in terms of how centrally a tag stands out. I haven’t decided whether to spend the time tagging all my posts or not, but it would probably be a worthwhile endeavour.

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