Today’s question, courtesy of The Boston Bibliophile, is about tags- do you tag? How do you tag? How do you feel about tagging- do you think it would be better to have standardized tags, like libraries have standardized subject headings, or do you like the individualized nature of tagging? What are your top 5 tags and what do they say about your collection or your reading habits?
I’m a bit obsessive about tagging. I tag and I do it often and I believe the more the merrier. I do like the standardized tags, but I also think that personal ones help. First of all I try to tag everything by location in my house. Over the years I’ve come to think of certain bookshelves as 1,2,3 etc… I pretty much remember where everything is, but I figure it doesn’t hurt to tag it with the loaction anyway. Next I tag by author. If I have authors with the same last name, I tag by last name and first inital, ex: Smith-J, and Smith-R. Then by fiction/nonfiction/reference. And of course I tag by genre (historical fiction, fantasy, etc). I also tag by theme, and/or series, and stuff like that.
Since I’m so obsessed, I break up my genre’s too. I don’t just tag history, I’ll tag “history- Egyptian“, but I’ll also tag the book “Egyptian- history“. I know having both seems redundant… but if I just tag the book(s) “history- Egyptian” I’ll find them when I search for my history books, but if I’m just looking for my Egyptian books in general (ex: Egyptian- mythology, Egyptian- religion) then I may miss them. I know– I’ve probably confused everyone reading this and now you all think I’m nuts… lol. But hey, the system works for me 🙂
My top five tags are: fiction (787), bookshelf 1 (218), classic (206), nonfiction (157), and bookshelf 4(153). I guess you can tell that I prefer fiction to nonfiction. It’s only recently that I’ve actually started to enjoy nonfiction, so I may start using that tag more frequently. I’m also a huge fan of classics, although I consider some books classics that others may not. Finally I guess you can tell that I like knowing where everything is 🙂 (And since my location tags are kinda boring, here’s a couple more- skipping over more location ones: teen (145), supernatural (138), historical fiction (109), vampires (101), mystery (73), class (70))
Lol I also just checked my statistics page and found that I have 5, 276 total tags. Wow, I have way too much time on my hands….! How many do you guys have?
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