You don't have to look very hard to see what my major theme is on this blog.
Of the posts I've written, fifteen have been labelled "Writing."
On my sidebar, where I have the label cloud, Writing and A-to-Z Challenge have become so big that they overshadow all the other labels. They're like monsters, glutted on the gore from all the posts they've been tagged in, while all the other little labels starve.
Actually, I try not to let my labels starve. I love labeling posts, but I try to only use labels that I think I'll use more than once.
I find it very annoying when I'm reading a blog where the author tags almost everything he's mentioned in the post. So you see labels like "peanut butter cookies," or "Rolling in the Deep by Adele," or "ICAN'TBELIEVEIFINALLYGOTTHEJOBI'MSOHAPPY."
Now, I like to click on the labels after the posts to see more of what the author's written on that subject. So when I click on "peanut butter cookies" and there's only one post for that category... it makes me a little frustrated.
If you only ever did one post about peanut butter cookies, then what was the point of labeling it??
Not that I'm especially interested in peanut butter cookies. It's more the principle of the thing.
Also, blogs that don't use labels at all frustrate me a little.
It means that I will most likely leave your blog faster because I don't see anything to hold my interest. But if you'd labelled a post "blogging" and I clicked the label and found ten other posts in that category, I'd stay longer and read them. And if I liked them, and I liked your writing style, I might follow your blog or leave a comment.
There's also the related posts plugin which I'm debating whether to add. The only problem I can see is that sometimes when scrolling down the home page (on other blogs) it takes a while to load. I don't know if it's worth it. Any ideas?
Oh yes, and L is also for Lauren. My name has a few different interpretations, but the one I like best is "of the laurel or bay tree; symbolic of honor or victory."
In Other News:
You can now follow Word Art on Google+!
How about it? Do you use labels on your blog? Why or why not?
Should I get the related posts plugin? What do you like or dislike about the related posts plugin?
Does your name start with "L"?
Let me know by commenting!