Between tags and post kinds/formats, are “categories” considered redundant when organising a blog? I have a bunch of legacy posts which have some high-level categories assigned, but the vast majority of posts end up in the default category (notes), and I can’t remember the last time I went out of my way to set the category on anything (other than this post) – because most of the time I’m quick-posting from a tool which doesn’t even have the option to set categories.

Categories seem to be very much de-emphasised these days.

But then I come back to a time before we had tags, before post types, and when categories were all we had. They were useful and helped us structure our blogs so visitors could find stuff they’d be interested in. Serious planning was sometimes put into a categorisation scheme. I think of how I would use categories to label “asides” before there was an Aside post format (or even an <aside> HTML tag), “bookmarks” before there was a Bookmark post kind. Then I wonder if they’re worth maintaining as the “lowest common denominator” of organisation and data portability. Another blogging tool might not have native support for “post kinds” – but it’s almost certainly got some sort of category system.

I’m also trying to think about this from an aspect of theming WordPress. How much space or emphasis should be placed on each of the ways of describing a particular post? Should they be listed in some contexts, but not others? Autonomie only shows the post kind in list pages, but adds in category and tags on the the post’s page. K showed only an icon for the type, and tags if they were set.

Even as I’m thinking and writing this out, I’m not sure if I’m talking myself into or out of going through and properly categorising ~1400 blog posts (850 published, the rest pending review). Do I move everything into the default bucket? Or do I create and assign a robust categorisation scheme? What would that scheme look like?

One to ponder a bit further, I think🤔

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📖 Read: A shocking share of the public thinks randomized trials are immoral (Vox)

“Randomization is a key tool to learn about the world, but it makes people uneasy”


In all of those cases except the last one, people felt the same way. Option 1? Fine. Option 2? Fine. Random assignment between Option 1 and Option 2, for the sake of learning which works better? Not fine.

I’d be fascinated to find out the why around this. Is it because people think it’s “unfair” somehow? I’m kind of at a loss trying to understand.

📖 Read: Blog a Little (

“Over on Twitter today, I was inspired to ask people to write “just one blog post” today. Later, it occurred to me that after 10+ years on Twitter, I am privileged to have a substantial following. I thought I would take the opportunity to help promote some folks who don’t have as much immediate reach.”

I think people neglect to write blog posts because the feedback loop is not as tangible as the onslaught of (sometimes mechanical) likes or faves that you can receive on a social network. With blogging, you need a little faith that you will gain an audience. And on the open web, you never know who might come along and expand your audience.

If you want to read the thread this generated, you can find it via the tag on Twitter.

I can relate to this. I get exhausted by social interactions pretty quickly.

In an attempt to setup a new “test” instance of my site, I accidentally reset this site back to how it was around 24 hours ago, wiping out everything had done today – every post, interaction, and bit of media I had imported. All gone. I’m a bloody moron sometimes. I really don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or hit my head off the desk.

I’ve reconstructed all my posts… but a handful of the URLs will have changed as they were auto-generated IDs and the system had imported a few hundred photos by the time the original posts were made. I might just leave the media import; I’m not sure I could bear screwing that up again.

Sorry if this has screwed up your reader feed, given you duplicate mentions or a feeling of deja vu.

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How odd! Although, now you mention it, I don’t see a mention about your reply, either – only for the “like”. I only caught this because it popped up in my reader – it doesn’t show as a reply on the post itself.

Curiouser and curiouser…