Friday, November 20, 2009

5 Reasons Why Tags Are Good

The above headline might come as a shock to most of you, considering the fact that I grumble so much each time I’m asked to do a Tag here! Well, the truth is… I don’t have anything against Tags specifically! It’s just that I hate doing a lot of any one thing! And these Tags have a tendency to start a sort of never ending loop! You suddenly wake up one day to find the entire blog-o-sphere around you filled with Tags! However, if used in sparing measures, Tags can prove to be very useful actually. You want to know how… read on…

1. Tags help us get over a Writers’ Block
Those millions of times… when we sit with a blank Word Document open in front of us… and our fingers wandering aimlessly over the keyboard, trying to rub that slightly embossed mark off the letters ‘F’ and ‘J’! (I bet you just tried to do exactly that too!) Tags give us something to start writing about – anything – just so the creative juices begin to flow again and we get into the “mood” to write again!

2. They let us explore our creative potential
Alright, let’s be honest here fellows! Tags ARE usually pretty boring stuff… to write, as well as to read! And that’s where their usefulness lies! As Sachin Tendulkar said in his recent interview on the TV, “we ought to make our weakness our biggest strength”! And the adventure lies in how you present even a drab routine dish, so that it looks like the most tempting item on the table!

Picture Credit: ME - "Atta Maggi" with Boiled Eggs


3. Useful in Link Building
Not all of us here blog for making money, but nevertheless, it sure does feel good knowing that so many people read what we write! And we are constantly looking for ways to increase our reader-base. Tags provide a genuine way to create and promote such a linked network. You link back to the person who tagged you, and you also link (ahead?) to the people you tag. Link exchange, backed with the power of content… clean and honest SEO!

4. Introduce “New Kids in the Block”
I’ve lost count of how many of my blogger friends have been discovered on such “Tag” posts! While many of them were veteran bloggers, quite a few were completely new in the neighborhood! Tags give bloggers a fairly easy way to initiate some interaction with strangers, so that within days, the newbies also start feeling like a part of the “family”!

5. Prepare us for a very bright future (I saved the best for the very end!)
Tags give us practice… for facing “celebrity interviews”. You know, like the kind of interviews Sushmita Sen had after she became Miss Universe! Or the ones that TV Channels reserve for new faces in Bollywood! We'll become so used to answering stupid questions that we won’t have to scratch our head for answers, when we finally become famous!

As you can see from the (seemingly?) well-researched points above, Tags are a very powerful arrow in a blogger’s quiver! We just need to learn when to use them and how to use them.

However, the above post does not mean that you all bombard me with more Tags immediately! I still have a few pending in my list! Though I have decided I won’t do the “How Dumb” Tag and the “Yes/No” Tag, ‘coz they don’t give me any scope to get creative. You can only answer with ‘X’ marks in one and ‘Yes/No’ in the other. Too restrictive! But if you find some cool Tag with lots of freedom to write about senseless stuff, feel free to pass it on to me! Though I don’t promise I’ll do it right away, ok! :D


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12 comments:

Neha said...

I take up tags when i suffer from blogger's block...and that time i do take yes/no, dumb wala tags, anything that comes my way...sometimes we have to take them up re, as few ppl who tag us, they6 are good friends...tabhi apni waat lagane ke liye aise tags sar pe daal dete hai :P

what an analysis re...hope ur block is gone now after writing this post, whatever thoda bahot was remaining after taking up that last tag :D

PS: the new snap is there cos I look really good in it :P

ZB said...

Yea, tags are good, they felicitate bonding. I know, i sound like my HR manager. TC:)

Roshmi Sinha said...

Hmmmm.

The pic sure is appetizing...

Kaddu said...

Neha:
I do hope it's gone now! I tried my hand at fiction writing today (finally!), but it now turns out that the post might not go with my 'U' rated blog! So not publishing it! :(
Bottomline: My sister reads my blog at times! Even my Dad does occasionally!

Kaddu said...

ZB:
LOL! Are u planning to pursue a career in HR now? ;-)

Kaddu said...

Roshmi:
Isn't it? And that's my special "Maggi bowl" you know. Nobody is allowed to use it for anything else without my explicit permission!

The Survivor said...

which one gets applied to you?

Boiled eggs with Maggi, will have to try it out.

Pooja Mahimkar said...

hey you have received an award here. please collect it

http://poojamahimkar.blogspot.com/2009/11/award-time.html

dmanji said...

Maggi Atta noodle bowl to illustrate the benefits of Tags .... Hmmm.... interesting ... well at a time Tags were the largest category in my blog Thank God that phase is gone but Tags are Good :D

Kaddu said...

dmanji:
Thinking "out-of-the-box"! ;)


TS:
Take ur pick buddy!


Pooja:
Thanks girl! I'll be around to collect it soon! Hugs! :D

Roshmi Sinha said...

Wow! But I'm unable to trace the 'comments' column in your latest post :(

Kaddu said...

Roshmi:
Check now! :p

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