Sunday, April 10, 2011

New Labels

In an earlier post I described my Ba-gua Cube-inspired blog labels used to categorize posts according to my personal assessment framework. http://philosfx.blogspot.com/2010/08/how-do-i-organize-my-blog.html



For review, established labels (categories) are: 
  • Center: health, balance, physical, spiritual and mental fitness
  • Purpose: passion, career, motive
  • Introspection: spirituality, self-improvement, education, meditation
  • Support: family, friends, community, neighbors, church
  • Gratitude: reward, making, saving, investing, spending, giving
  • Authenticity: production, work, foundation, outreach, legacy
  • Receptivity: relationships, love, companionship
  • Joy: creativity, music, art, children, dance
  • Awareness: travel, helpful people, new ideas, gurus



I have not changed the assessment framework, but I have come to see the need for a bit more clarity in the categories. I have interests that span multiple categories. Now that I have so many posts, it can be hard to find posts about favorite, recurring topics like beer, statistics, measurement systems, or philanthropy.

Today I am adding four seven new labels. These are more topical. The Ba-gua Cube helps me answer the question, "How am I doing in my journey of personhood?" Those labels are still good for that purpose. The new categories give a bit more information about my interests. I want to cover all 9 areas expressed in the Ba-gua Cube, while drilling a little deeper in these four seven topic areas:
  • Food and Drink: beer, wine, spirits, and cooking--all with an eye to regionally available products and craftsman-like technique.
  • Visual Evidence: displaying data for analysis and decision-making 
  • Fun, Travel, and Adventure: Movies, motorcycles, music, camping, kayaking, photography, running 
  • Deep Thoughts: Philosophy, religion, politics, and economics
  • Rants: Occasionally, it helps to let off a little steam
  • Technology: Applied science, preferably artfully done
  • Humor: recognizing the important role of sharing a good belly laugh now and then while living a happy and full life.


I am also planning four new blogs at some point in the future. PhilosFX is an overarching blog about a wide variety of interests. However, I have noticed that successful blogs are more focused. People do not come to the Brookston Beer Bulletin http://brookstonbeerbulletin.com/ to read about philosophy, fatherhood, art history, motorcycles, divorce, cancer, genealogy, politics, statistics, economics, movies, books, gardening, cooking, philately, travel, NCIS, golf, Calvin and Hobbes, AND beer.

  • Penta: National Security Strategy, National Military Strategy, International Relations, Globalization,  Macro-economics
  • Praxis: Value-Focused Thinking, Measurement Systems, Lean Six Sigma, Continuous Process Improvement
  • Prism: Investing strategies and portfolio management, investment math, sector analysis, risk management, optimization 
  • Pronto (Adventures in direct and multi-level marketing): Blastoff Shopping Network, Pre-Paid Legal Services, Rich Dad Investment Education, 4th Generation Six Sigma, eBay, CafePress



Note: last edited on 2 Oct 2011