Yesterday I discussed how to use categories to find content for your booked blog. Another great way to find content when you are trying to repurpose your existing blog content into a book involves playing tag…metaphorically speaking, anyway. You use the tag feature of your blog to search out relevant content for your book.
Tags are the search terms and phrases, otherwise known as keywords and keyword phrases, you have used in your posts and then “tagged” your posts with prior to publishing them. This is done in a small box on the page where you actually write your post. If you have done this with each post, you should have an index of sorts for your blog. (If you have not done this, go back and do it for each post…please! It is a huge factor in making your blog search engine friendly.) This will now come in handy, as you will see.
Here’s how you do this if you are using a WordPress blog platform. If you are using a different platform, I’m sure it works in a similar fashion.
- Go to “tags” in the WordPress menus. (It’s under “Posts.”)
- In the upper right hand corner, you will find a search box. Type in a search term that relates to one of your chapters. For example, if I were booking a blog about scenic design, I might have a chapter on models. So, for that chapter one term I could search for would be “models.” For the chapter on drafting one term I could search for would be “drafting.” Hit “search.”
- Once the list is populated, you will find a number in the far right hand corner of the list that tells you how many posts you’ve written that have that particular tag attached to them. Click on that number and a new list will populate—a list of all those posts!
- Click on each post.
- Copy and past the relevant posts into your manuscript.
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