I’ve been thinking a lot about Nose Graze and where it’s headed. I recently talked about why we should stop being obsessed with ‘features’ on our blogs, but that has also gotten me thinking about my category structure on Nose Graze.
I have a lot of old, messy, unused categories. I used to be big on features and memes and still have categories left over from that. In fact, I actually have 37 categories in total, which is a lot more than I’d like.
Additionally, my categories have the look of a book blog. By that I mean, almost all my categories are about books, so they then divide bookish topics into more specific ones. While that’s not a bad thing, I’ve decided to stop viewing Nose Graze as a book blog. Instead, Nose Graze is just my blog. Period.
While a book blogger might have specific categories in the book department (blog tours, author interviews, giveaways, book reviews, discussions, book events, etc.), I think just a general “blogger” would want to be more vague. I might talk about books, but I might not. And this is where my category structure has started to get confusing. I have a category for “Discussions”, which was originally intended as bookish discussions. Then I created a category for “Real Life”, which was intended to be for personal posts. But what happens when I want to post a non-book discussion? Does it go in Discussions or Real Life?
My new structure will be vague and simple
I’m going to spend the next few weeks completely revamping my categories. They’re going to be extremely broad, which will allow me to have fewer categories. When I want to get more specific, I’ll use tags.
Here’s my current category set and the new one I’m thinking of adopting:
Old Category List
The number in parenthesis is how many posts I have in that category. You can see how many of them have barely been used!
- Author Appearances 5
Bitchin’ Book Blog 155
- BBB Questions 51
- Blogging Tips 63
- Coding Tutorials & Plugins 46
- Graphics Tutorials & Freebies 6
- Moving from Blogger to wordPress 11
- Blog Tour 32
- Book Events & Signings 10
- Business 3
- Challenges 4
- Cover Reveal 10
- Cover Wars 1
- Design 2
- Discussions 74
- Excerpt 13
- Feature & Follow 1
- Giveaway 75
- Guest Post 11
- Interviews 6
- Misc. 5
- Monthly Wrap-Ups 1
- News 16
- Real Life 23
- Sitting at Starbucks (formerly Stacking the Shelves / In My Mailbox) 92
- Surveys & Polls 6
- Teaser Tuesday 5
- The Collector’s Shelf 2
- The Perfect Cover 16
- Top Ten Tuesday 2
- Trailer Reveal 1
- TV Reviews 1
- Upcoming Must-Reads 2
- Waiting on Wednesday 72
- Year Recap 3
New Category List
Redefining & simplifying the blog
Ultimately I have two main goals with this new structure:
- Clean up old, unused categories. I’m primarily talking about the ones that only have 1-10 posts. Sometimes I decide to participate in a meme, then only actually do it once and then bail. No sense in having a category hanging around for it!
- Less of a focus on books. I’m NOT changing any of my content on Nose Graze. But for a long time now I’ve done just as many coding/tips posts as I have bookish posts. It makes sense for a blog like mine to have more vague categories than really specific bookish ones.
Again, I want to reiterate that the actual content and posts on Nose Graze won’t be changing. I just want to change my category structure from one that’s very feature-based to one that’s more topic-based.
This is really freaking scary
I’m not going to lie. Changing all my categories and deleting most of them is SCARY AS HELL! This is not something I’m going to dive into. I have a lot of other things I’m thinking about in terms of site structure, so I’m going to spend time mulling this over and carefully planning before I actually get up and do it.