Monday, December 29, 2008

A new category

So I've been looking over the categories I've assigned to my different blog posts during the last year and a half or so, when I first started blogging. The most recent change I made was adding the year of publication, which I thought might be useful - and it's been interesting to see how recent most of the books I read are.

I've decided to add a new category called "rereads" - because if a book is good enough to read again, that's saying something! I'd love to know what other people's favorite rereads are, too - would anyone else like to join me in taking a little time to re-tag blog posts as rereads if you don't use that category already?

Also, I'd love to hear what categories, in general, you find most useful when you're browsing through someone's blog. Do you use them to find particular things? Do you use them in your own blog? Do you go for the fairly general or the very specific when you decide which tags to use? Or don't you ever use them at all? I wonder about these things! :-)

14 comments:

  1. Sometimes if people have their reviews graded and they have tags for that grade I'll look at that. Otherwise I'll look at what's in the tag for my favorite genre or author if that tag exists.

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  2. I do sometimes find those little categories helpful on other blogs but it just seems like more work for me so I don't do it on mine.

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  3. I did 26 rereads this year.. there are just some books you can never get enough of! But then I'm old and have had many years to get more than 26 books worth rereading! I plan to do a bit more this year

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  4. I like the idea of a rereads tag. So much that I might borrow it :P Like Janicu, I tend to click tags for my favourite genres and authors. I'll click "fairy tales", "fantasy", "Neil Gaiman" or "Terry Pratchett" every time :P

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  5. I LOVE the idea of a reread category!

    I don't tag. I think I categorize things by emotion and that's difficult to put a label on. I tend to filter my recommendations based on what I know they *don't* enjoy - things that might offend them. Since I'm not easily offended, though, I'll read anything.

    At the moment I categorize reviews according to genre. But I'd love to set up categories for Great Characterization, Fantastic One-Liners, Sizzling Kisses (and anything else that may follow)...

    When I'm searching for reviews, I tend to search for authors I like and then branch out into their recommendations or similar writing styles.

    Not very organized, but it makes sense in my head.

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  6. well darla you are very clever, as always. i like the idea, b/c at a glance is can show a person how good the book just for the simple fact that if a person read it twice it must be good!!!

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  7. The majority of books that I reread are in the sci fi or fantasy genre. One exception is Dracula which I manage to reread every 3 or 4 years. I frequently reread Neil Gaiman's books. I reread the Stainless Steel Rat books by Harry Harrison often. Sometimes books become friends and when they do they get revisited time and again.

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  8. Janicu - I've been toying with the idea of ranking books with stars or numbers, but for some reason I haven't done it yet. Although I do find it helpful when I read other people's reviews!

    Ladytink - You know, I never even noticed that you don't use them!

    Deslily - Wow, that is a lot of rereads. But I know what you mean - I love going back to revisit old friends, and I have quite a few on my list that I hope to get to this year. Working at a library has definitely cut down on my rereads because I keep bringing home new books that I just can't resist!

    Nymeth - I hope you do make a rereads tag - I'd definitely love to browse through your rereads!

    Fuzzycricket - Oh, I LOVE your ideas for the nontraditional tags. That would be a lot of fun!

    Margo - Thanks! You are sweet. :-) Maybe we can start a reread tagging movement - I completely agree - what better recommendation is there than that?!

    Carl - I am so overdue to reread Dracula again - I love that book! Most of my rereads are SF and fantasy, too - my favorite genres and also the books that for whatever reason seem to have the characters I most love to revisit. I love the Harry Harrison books, too - and I actually got my husband to read them, and he enjoyed them, as well. I love when that happens!

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  9. That's a wonderful idea. I do a lot of re-reads, especially when it comes to kids books. I'll add the tag to my categories. I don't use categories myself on blogs overly much, unless it is a new to me blog or I'm searching for something specific. But I do use my own tags very often, looking up stuff I want to remember.

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  10. Nicola - Yay! I'm looking forward to browsing through your rereads. I agree, now that you mention it - I tend to use my own tags more than other people's to help me find things.

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  11. I use tag words on my posts, but I don't usually use them to search others blogs...is that bad? I tend to read posts as they come up and star them in Google reader to find later.

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  12. Serena - I don't think that's bad - I'm just curious about how people use these tags. I guess I tend to use them when I'm checking out a new blog - it helps me see the kinds of things the person blogs about. But with yours and others whose blogs I read regularly, I do the same thing you do - just read them in Reader and click to comment.

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  13. I sometimes wonder if the tags I use are helpful...I wonder how I should find out.

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  14. I wish I knew, too! But as long as I find it helpful to use my own, I'm going to keep using them! :o)

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