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 computers, mobile phones, tablets and other nifty gizmos. 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 computer hacking, crypto, 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.
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. There are issues on which I would be identified as conservative, such as limiting the reach of government and the importance of small businesses, and there are issues on which I would be identified as liberal, such as my issues with institutional racism and sexism. I am more concerned about issues that pertain to privacy, free speech, net neutrality, equal rights, and to a limited extent, the freedom of the press. When it comes to our 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, 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!