Update 2018, we’re not using at tag cloud, they quickly went out of fashion.
Amazing how working on the back end of a blog can eat up your days. This weekend, I started with the idea of going ahead with “tagging,” an endeavor which some say is now a worthless time waster but other gurus claim is still a valid part of any blog worth its blogness. So I figured, why not?
Well, after about 16 hours of work, I’ve gotten this far. Yeah, most tag clouds are fairly specific and just use the main subject words of the blog. But in our case, with around 2,000 blog posts and fairly varied backcountry skiing subject matter, I started with an auto-tagger that used artificial intelligence to pick out a tag list. It didn’t work that well, and saddled me with more than 5,000 tags which I then hand edited down to about 1,000.
For something different, I left in most of the people names, as part of WildSnow’s mission is to document the history of our sport, and that means people. This might not be the correct approach, as it results in a large cloud of tags, many of which only have one associated post. But since this is really just done to help the search engines, why not? I mean, even without most of the people names I’d still have a few hundred tags so it would be huge anyway. The project is ongoing but I thought some of you WildSnowers might be amused. The truncated “cloud” may be here on our pages — or we may choose not to display due to bandwidth and page load times. I tried publishing all below but it made no sense…
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.