Tuesday, January 01, 2008
A New Year Taxonomy
I have been publishing "Civic Center" for a little over two-and-a-half years, with 540 different posts looking mostly at the arts and politics of San Francisco's Civic Center. On account of the unwieldiness of this mass of information and photos, I finally hunkered down over the last week and decided to label the posts into different categories. My first attempts were extremely detailed, with lots of categories and sub-categories and sub-sub-sub-categories, such as "music" leading to "San Francisco Opera" leading to "Puccini" leading to "Madama Butterfly," and so on.
After a day of this, I gave up because really, who the hell cares about my collected thoughts on Puccini? I certainly don't. Going back to the drawing board, I tried to come up with the smallest number of categories that covered all the posts, and have put those labels on the bottom of each one. So, for those deeply interested in local politics but completely uninterested in classical music, or vice versa, you can now sift through the backlog in a much easier manner.
The category breakdown (with the number of posts in parentheses), goes as follows:
Art (100), which includes the sub-categories of Asian Art Museum (20) and the SF Fine Arts Museums (11).
Books (29) has a sub-category for the SF Public Library (7).
City Life (157) is a catch-all for everything from a Punjabi wedding in Civic Center Plaza to a public school enrollment fair at Bill Graham auditorium.
Film (16) has a subcategory for the Noir City Film Festival (6).
The largest category, in a surprise to me, was Politics (207), with subcategories of Gavin Newsom (29), Peaceniks (74) which includes the Quaker Peace Vigil along with the many Iraq War protests, and SF Supervisors (56).
Journalism (57) covers both the trashing of much of the mainstream media along with links and words of praise for my fellow self-publishers.
Music (130) was probably the subject that interested me most, and the subcategories are four institutions, the SF Ballet (7), the SF Opera (59), the SF Symphony (40), and the Other Minds Festival (10).
Gays (46) and Nature (41) both turned out to be surprisingly large categories, and so was Palm Springs Life (44).
Rounding out the categories are Theatre (13) and Travel (22).
The most amusing aspect to all this labeling was watching how the categories overlapped, such as the May 2, 2007 entry "May Day" which has "Gavin Newsom, journalism, music, peaceniks, politics" as the markers, and they really do all fit.
Finally, I have no clue who is actually reading this publication, except for the couple of dozen people who regularly comment or have gotten in touch with me, but the latter group is so extraordinarily brilliant that I'm challenged every time to create a piece that is interesting, honest, amusing, and illustrative just so I don't insult their intelligence. Besides being a great deal of work, it's also been a hell of a lot of fun.