Zoomclouds offers a very simple way to add tag clouds to blogs. Since, of course, no self-respecting hip web 2-ish blogger would be caught in a coffee-bar without a tag cloud, I had to have one too. Keeping up with the Joneses, you know.
However, Zoomclouds (among its other lamentable failings) had two fatal flaws:
- it only indexed a tiny fraction of my content
- it thought everything was a tag, including sea gull
Yes, sea gull. Not cool. Not cool at all. Not even slightly hip. Rather Fisherman’s Friend gauche, actually. So Zoomclouds had to go.
Luckily, my fragile sense of blogging panache was bolstered by the concurrent sighting of Zak Greant’s Category Cloud. Instant image restoration!
Category Cloud, unfortunately, is not a final solution. Sadly, it’s a chimera: the tags it displays are not tags at all, but simply – as the name suggests – categories masquerading as tags.
Which means it works great for bloggers like me, who have hundreds of hideously old-fashioned un-tagged posts. A better solution will have to wait until WordPress supports tagging and tag clouds natively.
Until that day: long live categories! (And category clouds.)