Categories and Tags – Documented Structure

Categories and Tags – Documented Structure

Sometimes, I write blog posts that are more for my own benefit than for the reader.  This post is supposed to benefit both parties. I am planning on ramping up the amount of content I write and organizing my posts and related articles will become a critical task.  This post documents how I should categorize and tag posts on this site and will give you an idea of how I organize my content.  It will also serve as a reference for me, so I can apply a standard system that keeps everything tidy.

CATEGORY:

Today, this is a blog about Wireless Technologies and my experiences with them.  I have decided to categorize articles based on radio technology type.

Top Level Categories: (Example)

  • Informational – posts that supply information about the site itself (like this one)
  • Personal Area Networks
  • Wireless LAN
  • Low Power WAN
  • Mobile / Cellular

Each post must be assigned at least one category based on the radio (or other) technology being discussed.  The number of categories should be kept to a minimum, only covering the specific technology in use.  I am not going to be able to generate enough content at first, and so I will not use sub-categories (yet).  I consider that to be a slippery slope to just having too many categories which is as bad as having none.

I am going to implement some other categories that cut horizontally across the Radio technology types.  For instance in some posts i have been talking about how to configure an ODROID as a WLAN Tool, a useful category here is Linux as that will gather all posts that talk about Linux knowledge too.  I will use these categories sparingly to prevent category bloat.

Tags will work well to further define the posts’ content.  Often times tags may be re-used between categories keeping the structure more flat.

TAGS:

Tags will be used to flesh out the description of the post from the top level Category.  The following tag structure should be used:

  • Industry Trends:  Big Data, IoT, Cloud, Wireless, Mobility, Security, Software Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization…  This is really so non-engineers and people who read NetworkWorld can find my content more easily…)
  • Technology: Wireless LAN, PAN, WAN, Low Power WAN…
  • Protocol: 802.11, 6LowPAN, Thread, ZigBee, LTE, Sigfox etc…
  • Platform: Linux, Windows, AWS, GCE, Azure… etc
    • Flavour / Service: DietPi, S3 etc…
  • Hardware Platform:  ODROID, Raspberry Pi, vendor Name
    • Model of Hardware
  • Software: Apps used etc.
  • Discussion type: Protocol Analysis, Spectrum Analysis, Architecture, Design, Comparison, Optimization, Tutorial
  • Topic of the Discussion

OK, so the idea here is that you get a quick and good idea of what the discussion is about from just the tags (thats the point of tags).

So lets look at “Using the ODROID C2 as a WLAN Testing Tool” Series of posts and apply our logic as a test.  Tags could include: Mobility, Security, Wireless LAN, 802.11, Linux, DietPi, ODROID, Tutorial, WLAN Tools

That’s a pretty awesome set of tags.  At least i think it is.

I may optimize this in the future, but hopefully this structure is capable of lasting some time as editing all your posts and re-tagging them is a pain!

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