If you’ve never had to classify your blog posts into neat little categories, then you’re probably saner than the rest of us who have. If you can live with just tags and tag clouds, you’re probably more well-adapted to the complexities of modern life. Congratulations, you, for sure, have a smaller chance of ending up in a mental hospital.
Unlike me. Lately I’ve been having issues with blog entry categories. Which is weird, because when I first started out blogging, the creation of category titles was one of the things I had relished the most. I liked the idea of being able to sort my entries into clear-cut groups and labels. It kept my blog organized, something that my real, off-the-computer-screen existence could hardly be described as.
But now it seems like every post can’t just be confined to a single category anymore. When I write a blog post about commuting or school, am I not making a commentary about community and society in general? Does the commentary always have to be about the political? Every time I file a movie review under “Books and movies”, I feel the urge to file it under “Personal” as well, because, well, the review after all contains my very personal opinions about the film. In fact, isn’t everything I write in my blog personal? Why bother with categories at all?
And then there’s the default Uncategorized category (CATEGORY-CEPTION!!!) that all our blog posts are filed under when we don’t put them under categories. I don’t believe in it–all the uncategorized blog posts are a category unto themselves.
All these categories, I’ve realized, are getting us nowhere. Because more often than not, most things we do cannot be classified into a single label.
I don’t think I’m going to do away with the categories soon, however. Either way, I’ll most certainly be in a category of bloggers–those who use categories, and those who don’t.