I think that using Categories is key to working with WordPress blogs. By using Categories (for example, drawing, painting, photography, the art world) it becomes possible to turn a single blog into a multi-blog.

This lets me turn my tagline on into a functional tagline. It is not only a description of the blog, but a set of links to the content of the separate categories. The basic form is inspired by Edward Winkleman’s tagline. [Steve Durbin also has a functional tagline much like the one I describe here.]
Arthur Whitman suggested that a blog is like a home; different sections (Categories perhaps?) could be like rooms. I think the metaphor is powerful, but I don’t feel quite, well, at home with it yet.

Any suggestions as to how to take Arthur’s idea further?

UPDATE . . .

One thing clear from the comments below is that people are interested in adding categories to Art & Perception. What categories do you think we need?

Here is what we have already (multiple Category trees):

across the arts
art world
— art and economics
— art education
— being an artist
— collecting
— drawing
— frames
— painting
— photography
— sculpture
— writing
— — art criticism
— — creative writing
— — non-fiction
from photos
— blogging
— website design
— abstraction
— realism
— bronze
— ceramics
— fiber
— paper

To be useful, the Categories should be organized into a single tree. If the main branches are chosen carefully, then the tree can accommodate a huge number of “leaves” while still being a useful tree. But without a good underlying structure, the Categories degenerate into a long list — the longer the list, the less useful it is as a whole.

Rather than adding “leaf” Categories, it would be more useful to think of what kind of tree we could build that would accommodate what we have already. For example, what kind of underlying structure would be necessary to hold “children,” “bronze,” and “motivational” (not to mention, “across the arts”)?

In the comments Steve says that Categorization is fundamental to our thinking. That must be true, but there is a lot going on under the surface that we are unaware of. The trunk and branches of the tree, which we don’t normally think about, must be just as fundamental to our thinking.

[This is not to say that our cognition of categories in normal life could be fully modeled by a simple tree structure, of course, but this is what the software offers, and is probably closer to our thought than a flat list.]

[“To be useful, the Categories should be organized into a single tree.”


Because the connections between Categories which provide structure to the tree indicate the relationship between the various Categories. If two Categories are not in the same tree, it is like saying they have no relationship to one another. If that really is the case, they probably don’t belong in the same blog, or even multi blog. A well designed tree, on the other hand, should be able to accommodate all Categories imaginable. A well designed blog could cover all topics without being cumbersome. An encyclopedia covers all topics, but an encyclopedia is not a blog.]