Doing research on how to proceed with the restructuring of this site and what would be most useful in searching for archives I have found that tags and categories are the two most popular methods. Categories of course have been the most used way to group information together with things like “Technology” and “Computers” used to group everything about the internet or iPods together. Is this proper? Does it make the information easier to find? No. You end up with a fairly convoluted archive tree structure.
The answer to this problem seems to be a tag type system like those used on flickr and Technorati. Michael Heilemann has an interesting tag cloud at the bottom of his archives page. I am thinking about using something similar to keep my archives by keywords instead of categories. The whole category system just seems too concrete without a whole lot of room for expansion or change. We’ll see how it goes.