#Tag, you’re it.

wp tagging

So I have become aware that tags on WordPress and Twitter are a way of waving your hand to say, hey, read this! I have also been bemused by how many tags people sometimes put on their posts.

I have mixed feelings. I like it when I can tell someone has read, or at least, viewed one of my posts, so I have noticed which tags get more readers (such as #writing). On the other hand, I am still somewhat reluctant to try to draw attention to my posts. I mean, people are busy. What if they regret that 1-2 minutes they spend staring at my words? Or what if they don’t exactly regret it, but I am somehow enabling their web-surfing habit, when what they really need to do is go outside and breathe fresh air?

It’s possible I worry too much.

At any rate, I will still put what seem like appropriate tags on my posts, but lately what I have enjoyed…because my guiding principle these days has been to write in ways that make me want to write more…is to post tags for the fun of it, as a kind of poetic or ironic expression.

So I think I will play with tagging for awhile. As a writer, I can’t help but love the idea of emphasizing words in isolation. And you?

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