Day 1099: Uncategorized

Yesterday, when I was hanging out at WordPress in my usual uncategorized way, I noticed that over 200 of my posts were categorized as “Uncategorized.”  You could categorize my initial reaction to that as “categorically surprised,” since I almost always  categorize my posts as “personal growth” and “photojournalism.”

I  quickly categorized a theory as to why WordPress has categorized so many otherwise categorized posts as “uncategorized” — “uncategorized” is the default categorization used by WordPress for any new post and I need to uncheck a box to un-categorize any post from being “uncategorized.”

Perhaps I shall categorize THIS post as “uncategorized,” but before I do, here are some uncategorized thoughts about “uncategorized”:

  • Human beings naturally categorize things, in order to understand them.
  • Because I was categorized “ill” as a small child dealing with a congenital heart condition, I categorically resist being categorized.
  • As a psychotherapist, I have to categorize people according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which I will now categorize as not one of my favorite categories of my job description.
  • Today, at work, I am embarking on a  project that’s been categorized as “incredibly helpful” and “ground-breaking” by doctors and other people categorized as providers who work at a facility categorized as “one of Boston’s major teaching hospitals.”
  • If you are categorically curious about my Quick Response  project  — where a clinician responds immediately, in the moment, when any patient needs support —  I was going to suggest you see previous posts which I would categorize as giving “background information,” but I can’t find any uncategorized and categorized posts like that besides this one.

Yesterday,  on a long walk through Newton, Massachusetts with Kathy — who I would categorize as “a wonderful friend” and “a fabulous photographer” —  I took all of these uncategorized photos:



How might you categorize those photos?  I hope you’re not categorizing them as “too many,” “too small to read,” or “very slow to load.”

Last night, after my walk with Kathy,  I took a few more photos I would categorize as “uncategorized”:





Feel free to categorized this uncategorized post in any way you choose, in a comment below.

I am now categorizing myself as grateful  to Kathy, to my boyfriend Michael (who made that delicious omelette, which he categorized very modestly),to Newton Massachusetts, to the Newton Free Library, to the major Boston teaching hospital where I work,  to WordPress, to all those who helped me create this uncategorized post, and to you — categorically! — for reading it.

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62 thoughts on “Day 1099: Uncategorized

  1. Wow! That’s so amazingly written! Loved the images. Enjoyed the post! 🙂

    Do read my latest post too and share your views >>

  2. Smiling at this. It took me a while to uncheck that “Uncategorized ” button that is omnipresent on WP. ☺ Beautiful winter walk photos…even without much snow ! The omelet plate looks wonderful. ❤️

  3. Lovely photos this morning Ann. ❤
    Diana xo

  4. still looking for the uncategorized button, but am determined to find it…and I categorically love your post.

    • The uncategorized box is automatically checked whenever you create a new post on WordPress these days. Comments like yours I automatically categorize as lovable.

  5. Fantastic photographs. I love the look of that omelette!

  6. Luis Del Castillo

    ….and I categorize your posts as wonderful!

  7. It’s a curious thing that “Uncategorized” is a category. This is why I put your blog in the category of things that make me think about the world in new and wonderful ways.

  8. I never knew you could be so categorically uncategorised! And boy was it hard to type those long words on my phone!

  9. Categorized or Uncategorized, your posts are beautiful, Ann 🙂 No need to be Categorized.
    I hope you’ve had a beautiful start of the year and wish you an entire beautiful 2016! ❤

  10. … It’s called free press 😀

  11. Your blog is organized primarily by date, chronologically, so I have always just landed on the most recent one. I appreciate being able to scan the titles of the most recent posts to see if there are any that I have missed. I have noticed that you don’t use index tabs and separate pages for your categories, because there’s no need to with a journal. (By the way, I’ve never searched a topic on your blog. Sometimes, though, I follow links to suggested older posts at the bottom of day’s entry, if it’s from early in your first year. Those posts always turn out to be gems.)

    I think that whether or not “uncategorized” is useful depends on how the blogger has set up their menu. On one of my blogs, I had a tab for math posts and a tab for non math-posts, but all posts went into “uncategorized” as long as I didn’t de-select it. That meant that they all linked to the front page but that readers who hated math could skip all the mathy ones.

    The posts that did not include “uncategorized” did not appear on my front page, but only on the page for that category. I took advantage of that WordPress function to set up pages for things like math songs or my marks that I didn’t want to show up at all on my blog’s front page, but that I wanted there as extras. Because of the way I had set up my blog, I found it helpful that WordPress automatically sent my post to “uncategorized” if I forgot to select a category. That way, at least every post showed up somewhere.

  12. PS. That breakfast looks soooooo good!

  13. Such a clever play on the word uncategorised, Ann. Your uncategorised photos of your walk through Newton are beautiful and so varied. I love the look of Michael’s scrummy omelette, too, and all the trimmings to go with it. Categorically a great post. 🙂

  14. Your project sounds fascinating!!!! Love the photos. I noticed yesterday when I was putting the final touches on a post that I did yesterday, when I went to do the categories, the “Uncategorized” box was selected, which I know I did not select. So now it makes sense!!!!! That’s a very colorful meal.

  15. This is the best uncategorized post I have ever read 🙂

  16. I knew there was an “uncategorized” box, but recent changes in WP made it a default. I’m pretty sure it was not a default before, it came with one of those changes WP makes. I love categorizing plants and I’m glad because it’s distracting. Categorizing behaviors and diagnosing is perhaps more ‘touchy’, but it’s still part of the medical profession and the way I see it is that it’s often used for treating, billing and medications more than anything else.

    However, looking at it in a more global way, it helps me to understand that the ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)’, is really just a book of professional jargon. Every trade on earth has its own jargon: “Most jargon is technical terminology, involving terms of art or industry terms, with particular meaning within a specific industry. A main driving force in the creation of technical jargon is precision and efficiency of communication when a discussion must easily range from general themes to specific, finely differentiated details without circumlocution. A side effect of this is a higher threshold for comprehensibility, which is usually accepted as a trade-off but is sometimes even used as a means of social exclusion (reinforcing ingroup-outgroup barriers) or social aspiration (when intended as a way of showing off).”-Wiki This is probably the part nobody likes, and I don’t blame anyone for feeling that perhaps a particular doctor ruined their lives because of a wrong diagnosis. Nevertheless, it is a reality that is there, and it exists, so now more than ever people have more options to decide what kind of treatments they prefer. I actually highly respect the medical profession, but for me it’s one’s own responsibility to choose what they really need.

  17. I agreed and also preferred to be categorized 🙂

  18. Thank you for yet another awesome post just saying, I am uncatergorised in general just saying, ok maybe not but what the hell it sounded ok saying it

  19. I’m uncategorised. I’d hate to be predictable

  20. Reblogged this on KCJones.

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  22. I loved the uncategorized everything here. Great work and pictures. However I must say after reading this…I feel that i just found my reason for not categorizing many of my blogs.

  23. I find if I categorize everything it loses the true meaning of what it is to say which in turn stresses the heart

  24. -LOL

    I rate the category of this ‘Uncategorized’ post as a Top Blogosphere Secret!

    Category: Highly Classified 😊

  25. Such a great post for sure

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