I’m not satisfied with the browsability of my blog. While I can get to a lot of the nuggets I need, sometimes I have to dig.
My initial reaction was that I just need to throw all my nuggets into a Wiki and do what I do best. Then I realized, no, I’m making a very basic mistake. True, blogs are oriented around time, but there’s a lot I can do with tags. I simply need to make the most out of what I’ve got, before I take another path.
There’s a few things I need to do:
- Think in terms of drill-down. I was thinking too much about multiple entry points and not enough about bigger buckets to smaller buckets.
- Think big-buckets first. I need to think in big buckets first. For example, I need to browse all the Security. Within security, I then want to browse Security Engineering. Or within Performance, I then want to browse Performance Engineering.
- Test-drive my views. It’s one thing to tag, it’s another to use them. I sometimes get surprised when I click a tag and don’t see the set of posts I expect. I need to make browsing my tags more of a habbit.
- Use under-the-gun tests. It’s one thing for me to find what I want, when I take my time. Can I do it on the fly, can I do it fast, can I do it when I’m at somebody else’s machine and I have 30 seconds to make a point?
- Test with users. OK, so I can find my posts and I can find them quickly. Can my teammates or a customer? Time to test.
I do have a few other rules of thumb that guide me. Rather than make a bunch of buckets up front and then wonder how to fill them, I prefer to make them as I need them. Also, even though I’m adding a little more focus to being able to walk my categories, I realize there’s many paths, and part of the power of tags is more about “related item” discoverability, than actual hiearchy.