Blog categorisation strategies

Darren Rowse recently asked ‘How Many Categories Does Your Blog Have?‘ It’s a question most bloggers and even myself struggle with on a regular basis. I’ve recently made some comprehensive changes to the way I categorise entries on my blog and I thought I would just share my categorisation/organisation strategy.

The guinea pig for my blog reorganisation was myMacBUZZ. I’ve recently pruned down its categories from 20+ to just 7. Key to my new organisation structure was the . Here’s how I used it to complement WordPress’ categories.

First I renamed my categories into sections. myMacBUZZ is now organised by sections rather than categories. Sections on myMacBUZZ are similar to sections in a newspaper, with different sections offering different types of content. So now myMacBUZZ offers Articles, Features, Editorials and Site News among others.

While sections describe the format of the content, tags describe the content itself. This way, tags function more as metadata and allow more granular categorisation of the blog entries. Tagging is also less rigid than categories and can I can easily add new tags and worry less about which parent category it belongs too. UltimateTagWarrior also adds the rel=tag attribute so search engines like pick them up and draw traffic in.

The only drawback to this system is that there is less structure to the organisation of the site. Also, once your tag list has grown quite significant, you tend to use different words that mean the same thing, e.g. ‘OS X’ and ‘osx’. Luckily UltimateTagWarrior lets you set synonyms so that both tags in our example will show articles tagged with both.

Besides these small drawbacks, I’m quite happy with this new organisation system. In fact, that’s how I organise this blog now – there are only two categories here haha. Between myMacBUZZ’s archive page (which I implemented with the plugin) and the search function, I think it’s not too difficult to find something on the site.

How do you organise your blog and what do you think of my honest-to-goodness geeky strategy?

ABI names top mobile operators

ABI Research has named Vodafone and NTT Docomo as the top mobile operators in the industry in a recent study, according to businessMOBILEAsia.

ABI’s study revealed that both NTT Docomo and Vodafone were ahead of their peers in areas of consumer and enterprise application delivery, as well as mobile payment.

ABI also singled out Hutchison 3 and China Mobile as operators with great long term potential.

Celcom March launch

I spoke to one of Celcom’s Product Development managers last week and he revealed that Celcom was working on a project that will be unveiled at the end of the month. HSDPA perhaps? I’m guessing it will more likely be a major content deal since they’ve demonstrated great savvy in their recent marketing tie-ups.

You heard it here first 😉

Gentleman etiquette

AskMen.com tells us the Etiquette Of A Gentleman. Also be sure to check out Part II and Part III.

Gmail Theater: Why use Gmail?

Now that Gmail is out of beta, the Gmail team has released a few promotional videos on YouTube to promote Google’s mail service.

Professional Twitter

Twitter fangirl Anne Zelenka of Web Worker Daily writes about Eight ways Twitter is used professionally.

Google phone

First the iPhone, now the Google Phone. The head of Google in Spain and Portugal has confirmed that Google is working on a mobile phone. Google HQ in the US responded with a statement that neither confirmed or denied the rumoured Blackberry-like Google Phone. The telecommunications landscape is starting to look very interesting…

Malaysia awards WiMAX licenses

WiMAX Forum logoYesterday the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) announced the 4 winners of licenses to operate the 2.3GHz WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) spectrum in Malaysia (PDF link to news release).

The 4 winners were:

  1. Bizsurf (M) Sdn Bhd (a unit of YTL-e Solutions Bhd)
  2. Packet One Networks (M) Sdn Bhd (subsidiary of Green Packet and formerly known as MIB Comm Sdn Bhd)
  3. Asiaspace Dotcom Sdn Bhd
  4. Redtone-CNX Broadband Sdn Bhd

The bigger news is that none of the 3 telecom companies in Malaysia won a license. The failure to obtain a WiMAX license isn’t that big a deal to TM and Maxis, who both have 3G licenses, but DiGi has really been left out in the cold again, having failed to win a 3G license also previously. It really looks like our Government doesn’t want any foreigners to have a too big foothold in Malaysian telecommunications. My heart goes out to DiGi – I’m an unabashed DiGi fanboy – but they say they’ll be ok.

The four winners are expected to spend between RM250-RM300 million each to roll out wireless broadband services based on WiMAX in the next 3 years and the MCMC says that their decision is in line with their goal that broadband penetration increases to 75% by 2010 (keep hoping).

My take: I’m actually disappointed that none of the telcos won a license. I think that a telco that also operates a wireless broadband service will usher in fixed-mobile convergence in Malaysia quicker. With WiMAX being operated by the telcos competitors, I’m afraid that switching between cellular and wireless broadband will be less than seamless.

If anything, I hope the news will spur TM Net (the damn slackers!) to buck up its services.

myzone

Malaysian banking giant Maybank has launched myzone, a financial portal for teenagers aged 12-18. The launch comes with a web design contest where the public can submit ideas/designs for the myzone website.

Personally, I think that the design is ok, but the code is from the last decade. Table-based design, obtrusive Javascript and so many popups! And site organisation is crap too, I can’t even find a page with info on the contest to link to.

Free Starbucks

It’s the Starbucks Coffee Break and Starbucks Malaysia is giving each customer who walks into its stores between 10am and 12pm on Thursday, 15 March, a freshly-brewed, tall Coffee of the Week for free!