I hate labels. I have never liked the way that we try to force so much other stuff (people, things, events, places) into these little boxes yet we proclaim that as an individual we cannot be labeled because we are so diverse. So we are this eclectic mix and we could not possibly confine ourselves to just one “tag” or “label”, yet we are content that others do and that we do it to others. Hmmm.
Then we have blogging which is still very new yet has already acquired many unwritten but (if you are bothered) powerful rules about subjects like linking, trackbacks, pingbacks, authenticity, ranking and this despite the fact that isn’t blogging meant to be, at it’s roots, a writing revolution ?
So there is the blogging revolution where the masses speak, the masses express themselves, the masses have the ability to broadcast (literally) to the peoples of the wired world, yet there are movements afoot that would have us tag everything into neat little containers. I get the fact that it makes things easier to watch for, or search for but isn’t it also stopping the spontaneity and diversity in some way ? And isn’t anything that hinders a bad thing ?
Ah some say, but you do not need to tag your posts, photos, links and anything else. True, but then new bloggers may see all these tags and start to follow, people may feel that “it is the way to do things”, the ‘A-listers’ will discuss such topics in earnest and so the categorisation of all things blog will continue. It will continue, but unevenly, without rules as such, but with undoubted unwritten rules. Take a photo (haha) – how do you categorise it ? by where it was taken ? who is in it ? what they are doing ? what is happening ? the date / time ? If you tag to catch all, then surely over-tagging starts to ruin whatever order you did have ? So in an attempt to create order from chaos, order that others could use as some sort of resource, you end up with at best a huge mess and at worst chaos again.
I don’t do tags. I just cannot see the point.