I’ve been working on a few changes under the hood at Around Carson. Most of you probably won’t notice anything, it’s just a couple of things to try to keep up with the “Web 2.0” crowd and to clean up some things I wasn’t too happy about.
The main thing is that I’ve enabled tagging on the site. “Tags” are basically just keywords or categories that I can assign to any entry I post here. At the bottom of the post there will be a list of tags, and if you click on any of the tags, you’ll get to see all the entries that have that tag. So, for example, if you click here: traderjoes, you’ll see everything I’ve written about the new Trader Joe’s store. It’s a small thing, but it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. And since this site is running on a homegrown system, I had to do all the programming myself. It’s a learning experience. That’s what I keep telling myself.
Also, related to the change to the new tagging system, I got rid of the confusing and half-thought-out multiple blog concept I was toying with. It used to be that on the left sidebar there were three “blogs” listed: the Around Carson Blog, the Construction Blog, and the Site Updates Blog. I never really knew where I was going with that idea, and the way I implemented it was kind of half-assed. So for the last eight months, ever since I launched this new system I haven’t been happy with the way it ran. So, as part of this switch to using tags, I did away with the “Construction Blog” and the “Site Updates Blog”, and I just set up two new tags: construction and update. They take the place of those old “Blogs”, and I’m a lot happier with the way the site works now.
I’ve got more stuff in the works, too. I want to create an RSS feed for each of the tags, so if you’re only interested in getting news about, say, the Ormsby House, you can subscribe just to that tag feed. And I’ll probably build a “tag cloud”, which is where all the tags used on the site are listed, with the more common ones standing out in bold. Just more ways to explore the site and find out what I’ve been writing about for the last year and a half. Plus, I need to go back over those last 18 months worth of entries and add tags to all of them, so that should take a bit of time. Looks like I’ll be busy!
And this is the 18-month anniversary of this site. It was in May of 2005 that I first got a bug up my butt about creating a site like this. It’s not quite as successful as I wanted it to be yet, but that’s my fault for not getting out there and promoting it. I do have a bunch of loyal readers, though, and I started it right when the Reno blogsphere was starting to skyrocket, so I was able to ride that wave a little bit. So now I’m just hoping for bigger and better things, and to get some of you to chime in and start posting (hint hint). And I’ll just keep trying to make this website the online home for what’s happening in Carson City. One step at a time.
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