Topical Tag Talk

Learning by Doing
Learning by Doing (Photo credit: BrianCSmith)

Sometimes the strangest things strike me as possible blog post material.  I usually don’t have any trouble coming up with ideas to write about.  I have 23 drafts sitting in my post area waiting for my time, energy and interest to gel at the same perfect moment in order to complete them.

Maybe I’m too opinionated or maybe I am a deep thinker.  But I think my ability to think creatively stems from being a curious person.

Very early in my elementary school years, I realized I needed to work at keeping myself interested in learning.  Listening to other students read out loud sometimes felt like torture!  I learned how to read ahead while keeping one ear alert for my name (and for where the reader was).

Some things, like spelling for instance, came easily to me.  I understand that spelling is difficult for some, but my difficulty came in trying to remember to do the workbook because I already knew how to spell all the words!  But I digress.

spelling test

This desire to learn more, to expand knowledge, to ask “why?” — is why I’m enjoying writing blog posts so much.  I can find out more about things that interest me, making connections and discoveries along the way — and then put it out into the blogosphere for other curious souls to enjoy and discover.

English: USMC Dog tags, modern (Vietnam era).
English: USMC Dog tags, modern (Vietnam era). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is how the topic of “tags” inspired a blog post.
I often look at the Daily Prompt Challenges (both writing and photography).  I also read many of the “how to” posts from wordpress.com if I have time.  In one of these I found a list of the most popular wordpress.com tags:

I don’t know if this idea was part of the article or if it is mine but here it is:
Use new tags to break out of your writing rut and/or comfort zone.

Blackout the Rumors - NARA - 513973
Blackout the Rumors – NARA – 513973 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For example, here are several tags I do not believe I have yet used in The Tromp Queen posts (and are not very likely to use much):  Featured, Lifestyle, National, News & Gossip, Shows, Subject, Syndicated Local, Technology, Truth & Rumors,  TV, Watch & listen.

Some tags that I might consider using more are:

Books behind the bed
Books behind the bed (Photo credit: zimpenfish)

Books, Culture, Design, Events, Film, Home, Health, Local, OUR MOMENTS, Personal, People, Projects, Relationships, Research, Science, Society, Travel, Top Stories, World, Writing.

I noticed there are several “general” tags: Blog, Blogs, Thoughts, Musings, Random, Opinion.

Life
Life (Photo credit: bitzcelt)

I also noticed many tags that I DO use quite often:  Art, Beauty, Faith, Family, Friends, Love, Life, MUSIC, Photography, Quotes, Poems, Poetry, Recipes.

News Day - There are always two sides to a story
News Day – There are always two sides to a story (Photo credit: maxymedia)

If font size is a clue to popularity, then NEWS is the most popular wordpress.com tag followed closely by Music, Top Stories, Photography, Travel, Holidayguide and Life.

One tag sparked my curiosity:  Yolanda Adams.  (You can follow the link to find out who she is and what she has to say!)

Also, I never considered tagging my posts with “2013.”  Huh. I’m not sure why that would be helpful.

While I’m on the topic of breaking out of comfort zones and ruts — consider using the media gallery (Zemanta) and recommended related articles as you are writing (look off to the right and down a bit where it says “recommendations”).

I have found that these tools often lead me to interesting topics. I also seem to gather new followers and readers when I use the related articles feature. I always click-through to read the article before I “click to insert” to be sure that it really is something relevant that I want to share with my readers.  Some article suggestions are completely off the track and/or poorly written.

I would love to hear YOUR ideas for breaking out of ruts and for expanding writing horizons.  Please share your ideas in a comment.

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