I don’t know about any of you, but I can say that one thing that has been the bane of my existence with blogging since I began and always seems to take up way too much time is tagging my actual posts. Over the past year I’ve gathered a bunch of different tags that I now end up putting on all my posts and with each new thing I post, that number increases.
I’ll tag it as #bookblog or #yabooks or #toptentuesday and a variety of other ones that have simply added up more and more over the years. And it can be exhausting. I’ve even been known to put off posting something simply because I didn’t have the time or energy to put all the damn tags in. And after a while, I even looked into getting a plugin–which I can’t have since this isn’t a business blog and I’m not paying that much for it–to automatically tag my posts for me. It was that frustrating.
But, by some miracle of sorts, I’ve figured out a way to have all of those pesky tags for specific posts taken care of in an instant without my having to type them in at all. And I am so happy about it. I couldn’t be more excited if I tried. It’s honestly such a relief to be able to do this that I can’t believe I spent so much time hand typing the damn things in the first place.
Okay, so how this works is that you have to go to your blog post list and choose a post that you’ve already spent annoying amounts of time tagging (for example, a Top Ten Tuesday post or a book review that has specified tags) and click those three dots on the right side of the screen. Then, when the menu pops up, you hit Duplicate. This will create an exact copy of the entire post, tags included.
From there it’s just a matter of deleting the text and title of the old post and replacing it with the text of the new post. The information for the “share” posts will match the title as usual, even as you change it. You can also delete a few old tags if they don’t match the new post (such as a book title for a review, perhaps) and keep all the really important, relevant ones. The amount of time this saves in creating a post is substantial and I’m frankly horrified at the amount of time I’ve wasted simply tagging posts.
I know I would’ve wanted access to this information from someone who knew if I hadn’t found it myself and so I’m so glad I get to share this with you guys. There’s definitely a learning curve to remembering to do it, since I had to copy my entire post and go back to duplicate one since I’d started this in a brand new one. But at the end of the day it’s far better than typing out all those tags on my own.
So, good luck and happy tagging (for once)!