Today’s question 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 like tags. I use them for myself, not really for the benefit of anyone else – I tag things like genre, subject, location, when I read the book, if I haven’t read it yet, and so on. I particularly like being able to sort my library by said tags, because I wouldn’t normally see all those books put together on the shelves, since I typically shelve in alphabetical order. I do sometimes tag a bit haphazardly. I have a tag “England” which is meant to be all books set in England, but I’m not always good about applying that and other location tags, for example. I like them, but I don’t generally have a long string of tags attached to each book, just 2 or 3.
I don’t think that standardized tags are necessary. When you click on a book, you can see the most common tags, which generally eliminates rare ones that aren’t useful to the wider population. I think user-generated tags are much more interesting than a bunch of standard ones.
As for my most common tags, they are fantasy (210), historical romance (178), historical fiction (156), england (140), and school (136). I do read a lot of fantasy and historical fiction. I think the historical fiction tag has probably experienced the most growth lately. The historical romance is a throwback to high school. England is basically my favorite country, and I have history and historical fiction mostly from there, so its presence in the top 5 is not unexpected. Lastly, the school tag is not surprising, as I’ve acquired plenty of books through classes, especially English classes.