Tagging is another basic tool of blogging, on WordPress as well as on other blogging, microblogging and social media platforms.
On WordPress, tagging is used to collate, categorise and describe posts using hashtags on posts, that are placed at the end of a post as a link, which can be clicked on to see all posts with that same hashtag. Considering a lot of blogs have a lot of posts, often spanning years, this is an easy way to find all the posts relating to the topic you’re searching for or interested in viewing on that one blog. For example, for a cooking blog, a hashtag with #entree could be used to check all entree recipe posts. On this blog, a tag cloud is visible at the bottom of the homepage, where you can view all available tags that have ever been used and can be viewed.
As previously mentioned, tagging is also used in other platforms, like Twitter and Instagram. Similar to WordPress, on Instagram, you can also include hashtags in your post, simply by typing a word following the # symbol in the caption, which automatically creates a link that can be clicked on and searched for. Unlike WordPress, this tag links to all posts throughout Instagram that also have that tag, not just your blog/feed. You can also search for tags throughout all of Instagram and all those with that tag will come up, generally more recent first. This can allow more people to view your posts and give you more accessibility and visibility.
I’ve embedded a link to a sound file I created, recorded while walking through building 9 at RMIT University.
Here I’ve embedded a video I made at RMIT university, through Youtube.
*note – since drawing this I have changed my theme
Always trying to be as honest and open is important when blogging, because it is something that still separates it from mainstream media, at least for now. With the rise of social media platforms such as Instagram, where paid posts are getting more and more common from bloggers and personalities because of just how wide and accessible it is becoming, it’s good to have a background of ethics to keep you grounded and secure. Lawrie Zion wrote a great piece on the ethics of blogging.
- Be honest about what is opinion
- Don’t plagiarise/use others’ work without permission or correct licensing
- Always give credit where you can!
- Correct any mistakes as soon as you can
- Encourage a conversation/discourse
- Transparency is key
- Remember: once it’s on the internet in the public domain, it’s there forever
- Take responsibility
- Consider what you post and all possible consequences
- Create an online community
As a blogger, copyright is an important aspect of online media. We must be aware of not being able to use other people’s work without written permission, unless it comes under Creative Commons licences (and then we must follow these licences, which may include not being able to change the work, not being able to profit from it, and many more), which also includes embedding material.
RMIT has a resource for copyright on blogging which shows these regulations in a quick easy to follow guide.
Below is an easy guide for how to use Creative Commons