Tom Insam

titles as metadata

Are titles on blog entries good things or not? I'm feeling an obligation to give things I write a title. But nowadays this is mostly because it forms a useful bit of text to use as a link target. Without a title, I have to excerpt the first few words of a piece, which always feels a little out of place. If I put a photo up here without a title, linking to it gets really hard.

Metadata is good, no denying it. But titles aren't metadata in the same way that, say, geolocation on a photo is. You are at a location when you take a photo - not writing the geodata down at the time doesn't mean it wasn't there, it just means you're using a bad camera. But a title isn't an inherent truth of a blog entry, it's a thing I have to add.