Blog Categories as Writing Barriers

I’ve come to a point in time where I’ve realized I need to reorganize the way this blog categorizes posts. What does this mean? In essence, I want to write about stuff that doesn’t necessarily align to the categories I have today. That doesn’t neglect the fact that I could jerry-rig a nifty tagging or nested category strategy. However, at the end of the day, it all comes down to the fact that I’ve started to figure out a direction for what I want to write more of. Thus, it’s time to tear down and rebuild.

One of the great things about WordPress is that you can organize and customize your navigation based off a number things including pages and categories. On top of that, many themes use drop downs within these elements to help identify child categories. As I’ve written (in a non-frequent manner) I’ve been letting a lot of my categories go unchanged for months on end. Things I’ve wanted to write about in the past, but haven’t include:

  • Videos
  • Ms. Andrea the Teacher
  • Xavier’s Corner
  • Lexan’s Lab

Yeah, I know that’s mostly topics around my family, but you have to keep in mind, when starting this little blog, I originally wanted Andrea, Xavier and someday Lex to publish their own posts. It was truly going to be our family blog. As Andrea got into her job and new school, we realized there was no real time to write posts. And there was no way I was going to ghost write for her… because I have all the time in the world.

On top of that, some posts that have performed pretty good over the past few months, are things that I could totally write more about, if given the right structure. Things like:

Now I’m not going to create these three categories based off of their one single post. Rather, finding the category that highlights the reason WHY I like those things, or why I think they may do well, will be my overarching strategy. Categories like “Projects” and “Adventures” are broad enough for me to put most of my posts in. While a new category “Digital Marketing” will be a place where I can talk about the stuff I do professionally. I haven’t done that a lot yet, but from a goal perspective, it’s definitely a direction I want to go.

The family will still be here, and I’ll still have my random updates on life. However, instead of the family being merely a “section” of the site, family will really be the overarching theme to the blog itself… without ever really saying it… besides right now.

Maybe identifying these categories as blog writing barriers will help me write more. Figuring out the categories, tags and themes I WANT to write more about will help me get up and hash out a post on a more regular basis. At the end of the day, I’m really just trying to build an environment where I can write about anything I so choose. Telling people about the things I love or care about,¬†in one way or another, will maybe help me inch just a little bit closer to being someone who loves WRITING¬†about the things I love or care about.