Skip to Content

A quick – I never do quick not even in my comments – ranting blog.

Categories?

What category does your blog belong in?  It’s technical SDN.  It has something to do with ABAP – ABAP.  It has a BPX slant – BPX.

OK – cut and dry right?  

For bloggers, it may not.  I try to keep my blogs light.   My blogs tend to be happy on the cheerful side of things.  Sometimes they are even over the top.  I have an old one about the Kingdome / king and my new one is about wizards, ogres, and things that reminded me of the piranha pool work can be.  Does that mean the blog doesn’t have a point?  Nope – it sure doesn’t.  When I write something – even this ranting blog – I have a point.  I may not express it well.  At times I probably don’t.  But I have a point.

Today’s blog – my side of categories and which ones to use – it’s your blog.  You decide where it fits.  If you are wrong – so what?

 Does it clutter up the queue for those following a certain topic? 

That’s the flip side you know.  That’s the argument I’ve heard from more than one person.  I guess my response is read the title!  Read the short description prior to reading a blog.  Have one person that you hate the way they write blogs?  Then skip their blog – don’t read it.  It takes maybe a minute to read the short description.  Most will give out information on the blog, and will set the tone, or way the writer writes.

Sometimes I am serious!  Now you know my hot spots.  I don’t like those comments asking me to move my blog because it doesn’t fit in this category.  I don’t mind it when someone doesn’t like my blog.  You can’t make EVERYONE happy.  I LOVE it when they debate a point in the blog.  If it makes someone smile, that’s good too.  If the point is lost in the blog itself – that wasn’t intentional.  I have a strange writing style.  Sometimes the meaning gets lost just because of the way that I write.

Ahhhhh!   Maybe I should summarize at the end with just what I was hoping to convey. 

So you, the would be bloggers – and you current bloggers

Do you know exactly what category to put your blogs in?  Are you sure no one would disagree.   How-to manuals with a story attached are easier.  They fall into a certain category.  But what about all those other blogs?

Now you know me – or maybe not.  That means I had to start looking back at blogs that I read to see the categories.

I didn’t even get through scrolling the first page.  Does that mean that I pointed out some of these blogs, and by golly they need to change their category?  No not at all.  Why am I only picking on a few people?  Really Michelle, that’s not very nice.  These were the blogs I could find quickly on the first page by reading the description.

Light, fluffy, nice, funny

So is it because my blogs are light reading that they do not belong in a technical category?  Perhaps.  I’ll think about it some more.  Today isn’t the first day I was asked – why ABAP?  I’m sure it won’t be the last time I’m asked why a certain category.

New SCN Platform changes

Maybe the new effort to upgrade SCN will help us poor bloggers determine a category.  But I doubt it.  A category is not something that is easy to decide.  We cannot develop a program to automatically categorize the blogs.  I don’t know –  maybe there could be some questions that you answer and it auto-magically determines the categories.  Maybe that would work.

Still I bet my answers would fall into a technical area.  As I was trying to highlight the technical gamification on an  Innojam project.

And finally – The purpose! 

 I did say I would summarize the purpose at the end.

What category should you post in?  I think you should decide.  If it clutters up someone’s feeds, it only takes a few seconds to read the description.

Also keep track of the bloggers whose writing style you don’t like.  I have a couple.  It doesn’t mean that someone else won’t like it.  And I still read them, because I can get to the underlying purpose.  But you may decide that they don’t post things you want to hear about.  Then by all means – skip them!

We – and I speak for all bloggers here – want you to get something from our blogs.  If you aren’t, then it is a waste of our time to create the blog.

My “motto” – If I can reach just one person my blog, presentation, or article in MQ is worth the effort.  So hopefully this rant helps that one person.  Or makes them think, debate, or smile.

To report this post you need to login first.

8 Comments

You must be Logged on to comment or reply to a post.

  1. Tammy Powlas
    I do care and I try to catch these in the blog queue but once you are an expert blogger, you don’t have to go through that process any more.

    I think you raise some great points and in such a positive way.

    This blog made me smile too.

    Great blog post!
    Tammy

    (0) 
    1. Michelle Crapo Post author
      Glad you liked the blog!  I hope to get better at categories.  Yes, an expert blogger has the ability to post where they want.  If you had to moderate everyone????  Well would you have time to do much of anything else?

      I’m glad your smiling!  When I get up on the soap box, I can be very loud in my ideas!

      See you at Teched,

      Michelle

      Smile?  Success!  I like to have people smile after reading one of my blogs.

      (0) 
  2. Bala Prabahar
    Hi Michelle,

    I don’t spend a lot of time trying to pick appropriate category while posting blogs. I don’t know what would be correct approach: To err on “more” side(pick more categories) or “less” side. I normally don’t pick more than 5 as recommended by SCN. Based on feedback I received –  as a comment to my blog – I believe SCN helping us(by asking a few questions) pick appropriate categories would be a good idea.

    My 2 cents.

    Thanks,
    Bala

    (0) 
  3. Michael Nicholls
    Maybe there are two types of category – the one set by the original blogger, and then the SDN community can vote as to where they think it really belongs.

    I can then decide as an SDN user to find by the community’s categorisation instead.

    (0) 
    1. Michelle Crapo Post author
      MMMmmmm… Very interesting way of doing things. Set up one category by the blogger. (That they may be putting in the wrong area.) Then at the end have a poll on other areas that might benefit from the blog. A multiple choice, pick the answer. The system could automatically put the blog in those categories based upon the voting.

      It brings more questions to mind:

      -How long do you leave the poll open once the blog is published?
      -What if you get all kinds of different categories responded to?
      -What if no one responds?
      -What if the blog was in the “wrong” category to begin with?

      Voting – it’s always nice to be able to have your opinion count. Interesting thought. I’ll be thinking about it! Maybe another blog. Either by me or you can take it up.

      Great idea!

      Michelle

      Yes! Another good thing this morning. Coffee and an idea to mull about.

      (0) 
  4. Kumud Singh
    Hi Michelle,
    Going through your blog reminded me of another blog which provided few(FEW)good snippets about a topic and left me half thirsty.
    Probably I will wait for more series of the same to come.

    Regards,
    Kumud

    (0) 
    1. Michelle Crapo Post author
      Yippee!  That means you like the blog.  Yes, I think more will come.  Maybe something where I come up with some solutions that we can vote on.  Some questions that we can talk about at the end of the blog.

      The last comment was interesting.  Vote on the categories.  But what if we vote on the questions to ask instead.  There are many, many, blog categories out there.  Does that cause confusion in itself?  Maybe.

      I’m not the expert when it comes to what category to place your blog in.  I’m not sure there is an expert.  It’s a subjective subject.  Some guidelines would probably be in order.  I’ll see who I can talk with about adding them….  But first I think, we, the community should voice what the questions should be.  Maybe a poll, maybe an open question, maybe…

      I’m still thinking.  That’s good.  It is Friday!

      Michelle

      Any suggestions people that are reading this?  Am I completely wrong?  Like I said it has been pointed out more than once that my blogs are in the wrong categories.  After thinking about it, I may change the category.  This one I do consider a rant.  (Smile)

      (0) 

Leave a Reply