One of the biggest complaints I've received from people who read "Road Tips" is that it's difficult to find a post on a restaurant, hotel or attraction for a given city or area. I've been fighting with this dilemma for quite sometime, given that I have a lot of entries regarding restaurants or burger joints or pizza place from all over the Midwest and beyond.
In talking with Dr. Gary Gaffney, who writes the highly entertaining Steroid Nation blog, I wondered how he was able to have multiple categories listed for his posts. He showed me how (with a couple of hiccups along the way) to use multiple categories within a post.
You'll notice on posts from the last few weeks I've added separate categories for given areas that I travel to frequently. For a restaurant, hotel, attraction, etc. that I write about in, say, the St. Louis area, I'll put it under the category that I'm writing about, plus the "St. Louis Area" category. That way, if you're going to St. Louis sometime, you can look into the St. Louis category instead of going through all the restaurants I have listed in that category to find a place you may want to try.
By far and away, the largest new category will be the Chicago Area listings. I may have to re-think that as I begin to go back and change the category listings for my earlier posts. I may have to do one category that just has Chicago area restaurants listed, and the other Chicago attractions and hotels listed in the Chicago Area category.
I continue to receive feedback from many of you who like the fact that I try to add a little background history on many of the places that I visit. And I thank you for that because I believe it adds much more to the story of the visit than a basic "great place, great food" review can turn into.
In the coming weeks, I'm looking to add a category that I've been contemplating and working on for quite some time called something along the lines of "Restaurant Remembrances". It's not going to be like my "Rest in Peace" category (which I've woefully neglected recently), but rather a category where I'll talk about great restaurants that I've eaten in long ago that are still around today.
Thanks again for looking in!