Categorizing blog posts can be a very useful but often overlooked tool for the teacher. Many bloggers tend to just start their blogs with little thought for an organized category system and have categories that seem scattered. Today, we look at categories as an impactful tool for blogging.

Valid Uses for categories differ between bloggers. In the classroom, think of categories as a way to quickly gather certain themed posts. For instance, in a general classroom blog, pulling up ‘test’ or ‘Social Studies’ categories may help thin the breadth of the blog so the easily distractable student can more quickly zero in on specific notes. If newsletters are mixed in with all the other posts, a ‘news’ category would help parents quickly get the latest news from the classroom. In a Language Arts class, a teacher could define posts by genre, distinguish some as ‘writing process’ entries, or categorize by novel name. As your blog grows and is used throughout the year, categories will help retrieve specific posts with ease.

Planning the categories can help maintain consistency as you continue to build the beast. Starting a blog with too vague categories could cause the creator to return to past blogs and recategorize later using newly concieved idea. Being too specific with categories can find the blog overwhelmed with too many tags. Finding the target somewhere between ‘Language Arts’ and ‘Using Periods’ is the job for the well-organized blogging mind. Plus, don’t totally discount the blogger who uses 5 categories for every post. It may be a shotgun method for labeling work, but may be useful down the road.

What categories do you think your grade level or subject would benefit from using in a blog setting?