I like to follow rules. Now every single person who knows me in real life would say I just told a big, bold-faced lie. And it is true that I willingly break rules all the time. In fact just last week the only thing that stopped me from going left in a place clearly marked no left-hand turn was the fact that I could see a cop about half-a-block away. I suppose I should have been worried about the precious lives of my children who were in the car with me. But I could tell there was no danger. And that is the thing about me and rules (okay laws, rules, whatever). If I know enough to know they are unnecessary or should not be applicable in a particular situation I have NO issue with breaking them.
So, when exactly do I like to follow rules?: when I am new at something, when I don’t know what I am doing, when I don’t truly understand why a rule exists, or, most importantly, when I don’t know what the rules are. I must know and understand the rules, and only then can I decide if I am “above them.”
So, I know one of the rules about blogging is not to blog about it. That apparently offensive practice even has a name – metablogging. But I think the other rule (that I know) about blogging is to write about what you are thinking about. And I am new to blogging, so I am thinking about blogging. And I want to know the rules of blogging. So here I am, only knowing two rules of blogging, and believing they are in direct contrast to each other. And, already, I am clearly breaking one of them.
Also, I learn best by being taught. I think it is called auditory learning. I do not learn well by reading directions. But I am trying. So I was reading the help section of WordPress and here is what I found out….
“Convert Category to Tag… Keep in mind that if you convert a category with child categories, the children become top-level orphans.”
There are plenty of orphans in the world already. And while I do plan to use my blog to talk about them, I did not plan on creating any more – even if they would be top-level.
Making a pretty blog is hard.