Here’s the thing. I know what you’re doing is writing in your blog. You are opening the Write Post tab and typing text in.
That does not make your post about writing.
There’s a distressing tendency toward overuse of the writing tag on WordPress blogs. Just hit the tag surfer and you’ll see what I mean. You’ll find people musing on their personal lives under the writing tag. You’ll find gibberish spam under the writing tag. You’ll find people raging at God, declaring their Christianity to the world, and searching for inner peace, all hidden away under the writing tag.
What you might find, under all the dross, is a post about writing, or containing actual writing. Posts containing advice or stories, travel-writing or statements of word count progress. Buried beneath gratuitous and widespread misuse of the beleagured writing tag are the posts that surfers and other bloggers are actually looking for.
All that’s happened is the tag itself has become meaningless. Completely useless to anyone who tries to use it, and seemingly interchangeable with any other word in the English language by most people who use it, WordPress.com hits an average of one post ever four minutes with writing somewhere in the tag list, but only one post every three hours that deserves to use it.
I’m begging you. Stop using the writing tag for posts about getting drunk last night, talking about how fat you are, posting spam about Club Penguin or erectile dysfunction, your new shoes, the joy of your faith, how rubbish Microsoft are, and how your life has been made miserable by office politics.
Stop it. Use appropriate tags. Use tags that will allow people who are actually looking for what you’re blogging about to find your blog, and allow people who are looking for posts about or containing writing to find what they are looking for.
A little courtesy and thought. That’s all it takes.