WordPress has this great feature that lets you categorize your blog posts. I use it to organize posts based on their subject matter. I have a wide range of interests and things that I write about, and viewing categories lets me see which subject seem to dominate my writing.
The categories I have thus far are:
gadgetstuff: These posts are about laptop computers, mobile phones, tablets and other nifty gizmos, from a consumer standpoint, rather than a hacking standpoint. I have a dedicated blog for my love affair with phones, so hopefully my curmudgeonly posts about them will not bleed over to here, but I make no promises.
gamerstuff: These are posts about video games, role-playing games, and tabletop games. They are also posts about gaming hardware, industry news that I have something to say about, and Penny-Arcade comics that I enjoy.
geekystuff: These are posts about sci-fi and fantasy books, movies, TV shows, and comics. I am a huge fan of The Lord Of The Rings, Harry Potter, Batman, Doctor Who, and The IT Crowd. I am also really into cartoons like The Simpsons, Archer, Rick and Morty, and The Boondocks.
hackerstuff: These are generally posts about my Home Lab, hacking in the 1990’s Unix sense, hacking in the 2010’s information security sense, programming, VOIP, open source software, and networking. It’s also where I talk about Hacker Culture and the history of hacking.
makerstuff: These are posts about DIY projects that I like, the Maker Movement, and the Internet Of Things. I will also occasionally post recipes and other things. I don’t do as much as I used to with electronics, so these posts are rare.
patriotstuff: I use this category to group together my rants on constitutional issues. I don’t really get into politics, or rather, I don’t care much for liberals and conservatives. My politics could best be described as “I hate corporations and I hate cops.” There are some issues on which I would probably be identified as conservative, such as limiting the reach of governments and the importance of small businesses. There are issues on which I would be probably identified as liberal, such as my issues with institutional racism, sexism, and homophobia. I am mostly concerned about issues that pertain to privacy, free speech, net neutrality, equal rights, and the freedom of the press. When it comes to corporate-run mainstream media, I am more of a critic than a supporter.
piratestuff: These posts are generally about criticism of copyright, the media industry, my support of independent media, and the development of new sources of content. I am huge opponent of most American Intellectual Property laws. I am also a huge supporter of new media outlets, streaming video, remix culture, and peer to peer technologies.
I will likely add more categories over time. I will also add tags to my posts when I think that they are relevant.
After much consternation, I have decided to stop hosting my own blog. For almost two decades I have run a blog of some type from a Unix or Linux box that I was either an owner or a trusted guest on. For the purposes of blogging, I think that it’s more important to write, than to be clever with servers and code, because no one actually sees that back-end stuff anyway. So in a way, it’s sort of an end of an era, kind of like when I quit using pine to read my email, and switched to gmail.
My most recent blog, which I maintained for 6 years or so, was hosted on the Hive13.org domain. I’m not as active with The Hive as I once was, so it didn’t seem right to keep posting there. Also, I felt compelled to sort of self-censor because of the blog’s affiliation with the hackerspace.
So this is the new blog, now with 10% more blog!