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CoC categories

I have decided how I am going to categorize the pages of Cabinet of Curiosities – finally! I don’t want to have categories that are about what the thing is, i.e. Art for street art or sculpture, as I can picture having an unruly number of categories and some categories having a tiny number of posts compared to others or having a small more manageable number of categories and having a ridiculously large number of the posts ending up in a “random” or in a “other” category.

So I’ve decided to have four general categories, (or five at most if I can of five I like), that are based on the way I think or feel about each of the posts. At the moment my list is “Pretty”, “Interesting”, “Like”, and “Happy”. I’m not entirely happy with the words I first thought of – “Pretty” in particular – but basically the concepts they represent.

“Pretty”: for things I think are attractive, beautiful and of course pretty. This can be a simple reaction to the thing with no real thought or interest beyond that basic reaction.

“Interesting”: for things that I find thought provoking on a number of levels. For things that interest or challenge me mentally on deeper levels than just randomly liking or thinking something is beautiful.

“Like”: when I like something but can’t quite explain why.

“Happy”: For things that just make me happy. An example of this – which are what caused me to think of the “Happy” category, but which I’m not planning on looking here are the Christmas boxes that are around the central city in Auckland, which have clear panels in them with dioramas of things that are a part of a New Zealand Christmas in them. They also have sensors in them and start playing Christmas music whenever someone comes up to them and for some reason they just make happy. I’ll include three pictures of one box below…

“ANZ Picket Fence”

I’ve added the second set of photos I took yesterday to “ANZ Picket Fence“. Which is one of the few remaining remnants of the 2014 Devonport Arts Festival. Which means I’m starting to get content up!

I’m not happy with the layout on the main page at all, though I’m putting off playing around with it more until I have more pages up so I’ll have more to work with… It doesn’t help that I have very limited ideas of how I want to have it look at the moment. I keep thinking of things and then deciding that they won’t work for various reasons – like being too complicated or being an ugly or bad color scheme… Or unpractical or too hard for someone who doesn’t know what I’ve done to use… I have to be very careful as I’ve found that what I think is an easy website to use in fact isn’t obvious to other people when I get them to try the site out for me.

I’m also going to have to work out I’m going to sort all of the individual pages once I’ve gotten too many to solely list on the main page, which I have been putting off thinking about let alone working on until today… My current big problem is that I don’t want my categories to either be set in stone with a small number or to get out of control over time as I keep adding new ones or to have a reasonable smaller number of them but have an “Other” category that slowly becomes the ridiculously large catchall if I don’t come up with a well thought out list to begin with.

Meaning that this is going to be a lot more consuming both in general and in finding new things for new pages than I was expecting over the next few weeks to months.