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Saturday, November 7, 2020

An Update On Tags

Hey, folks! As of late, I've been taking a break from life; the election was hectic and I'm exhausted from the excitement of watching people argue over two old folks who want to reign over the most powerful nation on Earth (sorry to my non-American readers). Alas, life marches on and we can all be friends at the end of the day—at least, I hope we can.

Anyways, I’ve decided that, in my times taking a break from writing and life as a whole, I would make a few changes to the tags on this blog so you—the most awesome of readers—can find things faster! Here are the changes I’ve made—and will be making in the coming days. Hit the jump button to check them out!

1. Regions

This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. I’ve added continents and countries as tags. While there is definitely a bias to North America as it stands, I thought that it would be fun to separate where mysteries take place since I would like next year to be focused more on foreign mysteries and what have you. So I hope you get to watch as the tag list grows and more countries join the chaos that is Limitless Possibilities with me.

2. Separation of Mystery and Conspiracy

Another thing I’ve wanted to do for a while now, I’ve decided to finally separate the Mystery and Conspiracy titles and, likewise, tags. While there are still mystery write-ups that bear the Conspiracy tag, those stories have heavy conspiratorial elements within them (next month’s Mothman write-up and the upcoming El Chupacabra one will bear the Conspiracy tag since both have theories that are very conspiracy-centric). The reason I did this is, simply put, I don’t think it’s quite right to refer to some conspiracy write-ups as “mysteries”. They bear little to no mysterious elements to them. Look at the write-up I did last year on Chris Wray; that wasn’t a mystery, it was more of an opinion piece masquerading as a mystery write-up. As such, I’ve gone ahead and separated the two. Some mystery write-ups also had the Conspiracy tag removed entirely (J376 for example).

3. Eras!

This hasn’t been done as of the time of this posting, but within the next 48 hours, I will be adding time frames to write-ups. For example: the write-up on QAnon will have the tag “2010s” to signify that its point of origin was the New ‘10s. Jack the Ripper, meanwhile, will have the “1880s” tag. This, I hope, will aid you and others in finding a mystery from a specific time in history; a snapshot in history as told by yours truly.

4. Word Length

This is another one that will be added in the next 48 hours. While it may seem innocuous, I think there are some folks out there who would prefer to know how long a write-up is so they can seek out something shorter—or perhaps longer if they have the time. As such, I will be adding a tag that will tell you how long the write-up is. For example, if a write-up is somewhere between 1,000 and 1,999 words, it will have a tag that reads “1000s”. Jack the Ripper, which currently has a word-based tag, reads “10000s” as it is between 10,000 and 19,999. I know, that’s blatantly obvious, but I want to pretend that I can write quasi-patchnotes. Don’t judge me.

Anyways, that’s all for now. I hope to have two write-ups out this month, but I make no promises. Next month is December and that means it’ll be time for the third annual Decemystery. I’m excited and I hope you are too. So until next time, take care, stay safe, and stay healthy.

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