(keeping this post at the top for another day or two)
As part of the conversation started by aloke a few days ago, I mentioned that nomadlife needs tags - a way of categorising our blogs based on things like country etc.
Well, I thought that rather than waiting on my ass for The Dode to work some genius and get this happening, I would try something myself. There is something very cool and very poweful set up, but to make this work, everyone needs to go and tag their own blogs.
How do you do this? Easy.
Save this link as a bookmark. Go to your own blog front page. Click on the bookmark link. It will take you to a login page - use the username and password "nomadlife". Cool so far? You betchya.
Now once you log in, it will show your blog address in one field, your blog title in another, an "extended" field that is empty, which you should leave empty, and a "tags" field which is where you need to tag your blog. To begin with, lets tag countries. Add three tags :
nomadlifeYourcountry (ie. "nomadlifeSingapore")
Yourcountry (ie "Singapore")
It is important to use the exact spelling of nomadlife, to capitalise the first letter of your country, and to spell the country name correctly (d'uh). The first tag creates a special category for all nomadlife blogs in your country. The second tag adds your blog to the broader group of blogs tagged as being in your country. The third tag identifies you as a nomadlife blog.
The system managing all this is called del.icio.us, and is the standard online for tagging and bookmarking websites, just like flickr is the standard for tagging and storing photos.
I'll write more about how we can use this tagging system later, but for now, please tag your blog with these tags - it will lead to a brighter and better future for you and your children. To begin with though, as a taster, you will see that each tag has a dedicated page (and RSS feed), so right now, there is an nomadlifeEgypt page, listing the Egypt blogs that I have already tagged.
I'm going to keep this article hovering around the top of the page for a while so that we can get as many nomads as possible doing this. More to come.
UPDATE - Following up to a good point made in comments - people in countries well know by their acronyms (ie USA, UAE, UK etc), lets set the stard that you use the acronym, not the full words. So a US blog would be tagged nomadlifeUSA
UPDATE 2 - Following on another point, please tag your blogs in the country name as spelt and used in English, not the native tongue. ie. Egypt not Misr, Ireland not Eire etc....
UPDATE 3 - Not bad for a first days effort. 27 blogs tagged in 14 different countries. USA in the lead with 8, followed by Egypt with 7. Please push this initiative out through your personal contacts etc, and any volunteer minded nomads can voluntarily tag other peoples blogs if you want.