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Mar. 26th, 2008 | 09:47 pm
mood: nerdyY'all must think I'm cool now.
music: PJ Harvey "Water"

Now saving the souls of humanists!

I finally started the process of tagging my LJ entries, after originally deciding maybe two months ago that it would be a worthy project. And certainly it will be ... when it's finished. But it took me about two hours to decide on the process and then tag two months of entries. Weeee. In case you're curious, here are my tagging rules:

Okay, not really on that one.

1.) "Duke" is not a useful tag, as I have been affiliated with Duke as either a student or an employee for almost all of the 6+ years I've had this blog. Similarly, tags such as "New Mexico" and "North Carolina" would only be used when that is a primary topic of the entry.

2.) Individuals shall not be tagged, because it just feels strange to have a list of all the interactions I've had with particular people. I don't remember some of the people I mentioned anyway (I must have known 10 Christinas in the last few years, and let's not even talk about all the labels I've given people; I actually used to call someone "Hot Econ Guy"? Wow.)

3.) To make sure that my tagging style doesn't change what I capture as it naturally progresses throughout the project, I started in the first month of my LJ, then will be doing all the February entries from 2003-2008, then going back to March 2002, then doing all the rest of the Marches, etc. (OCD much?)

4.) When I finish, I will write a little primer that explains a bit more about the tags and that will be linked from my tags page. However, I'm not going to feel obligated to explain everything, because this blog is foremost for my own purposes (and it would take a long time besides, with all the random references I use).

When this is finished, it's going to make a lot of other projects much easier, such as creating a list of all the talks I've attended, because I wrote about tons of them here. Wahoo.

I have completed February 2002 and February 2003 so far. I'm so going to reach the maximum of 1000 tags before I finish, I know it. If that happens, I'm going to cheat and use the "memories" function (which was a nifty metadata feature that LJ had long before tagging was standard, IIRC) for tags that I don't need as readily available.

The other consequence of this project is that I'm not embarrassed of my super old entries anymore. I certainly used to cringe when I read the blogs from my freshman and sophomore years of college, for example, but I've since reminded myself that I was 18 and the topics were topics of import for 18-year olds. Also, once I started using proper punctuation, my writing style proved to be pretty decent.

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from: kishenehn
date: Mar. 27th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)

Yep, that's pretty OCD, all right. :)

Actually, though, I've been wishing I had the self-discipline and energy to tag my entries for a long time. These things have turned into pretty major records of our lives, and I know I'm going to be referring back to mine for a long time.

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from: silverthief2
date: Mar. 27th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)

If I'm ever out of a job, you could hire me to tag your LJ. I'll need health insurance, though. :D

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