WordpressERs: Am I nuts for wanting to do this?

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Greetings all you Wordpress experts. I'm a "convert" from Joomla to Wordpress, and I'd like to know if this is possible:

One of the things I strongly believe in on the net is establishing a reputation for yourself. In my opinion one of the best ways to do this is to use your real name whenever possibile, and to have a strong personal website that sort of serves as a the hub of your online activities.

I want to start a blog with broad catagories that I am interested in which are NOT related to eachother i.e social work, disability education, internet marketing, web design. Things that I am interested in. (Things that I wouldn't mind having some expert rep in

Is there any way I can create "sub blogs" based on categories? i.e domain.com shows everything, but domain.com/disability shows ONLY the content in the disability category.

I am feeling the need to do this from a web 2.0 promotion standpoint. i.e. its easier on RSS, creating Squidoo lenses etc that are specific to the category but STILL associated with me.

Am I making any sense?
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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    I'm not sure how it would serve your needs... but take a look at wordpress MU

    WordPress MU Home

    • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
      p.s. Nope you're not nuts... but it is hard work to make a domain still have pulling power with conflicting topics across it's reach..it is possible though

    • Profile picture of the author entrepenerd
      Originally Posted by JayXtreme View Post

      I'm not sure how it would serve your needs... but take a look at wordpress MU

      WordPress MU Home

      That was going to be my recommendation Jay, but after re-thinking I think the WPMU might be a little bit of overkill if there are only going to be a few "sub" blogs.

      What you're trying to accomplish is possible with a vanilla installation of Wordpress and some customization to a theme to support a little more separation of categories. You'd end up with subdirectory structure here, but it sounds like that would work OK for you.

      I agree with Jay that the search engines prefer a tightly focused website, and having a large variety of information on a single site can make a little harder to rank well. However, if you do a good job of separation of your content areas, you can still end up with a tightly focused site in the eyes of the search engine. And, keep in mind sites like ezinearticles and squidoo that have loads and loads of topics, and still rank very well across the entire spectrum.

      Hope that helps.
  • Profile picture of the author TopLevelGeek
    I appreciate all of the replies, you all have been very helpful.

    @John McCabe - I think that IS what I want to do. I will test it a little and see if it works the way I need. *Thanks

    @MizzCindy - I agree with you, it would not be the ideal way to monetize anything. I THINK I just want somewhat of a personal website at this point, and set myself up at some point with the OPTION of monetizing my interests in the future.

    Maybe I just want to have my cake and eat it too.
    • Profile picture of the author Brian Tayler
      Yup... you're nuts... but what true marketer isn't? Sounds like a lot of work and upkeep... but you have passion and interest in those topics and if done right it'll show. That will come across and resonate with your readers better than worrying about keeping stuff separate for monetizing reasons. Keeping them in categories is good enough from that standpoint anyway.

      Good luck,

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