Argh. After all the helpful suggestions people gave me, I got motivated to get started on this. It’s not going so well, though…
I took dthree’s advice and got set up with http://www.spurl.net, which is a pretty nice bookmark manager, although a bit slow-running. The premise was that it would sync with del.icio.us, but I found out too late that it only syncs NEW “spurled” bookmarks, not imported ones.
So now I have a very lovely and organized master collection of bookmarks on Spurl, which is progress, at least.
However, I still face the hurdle of getting them into del.icio.us AND getting them all tagged. I’m the kind of keener who will probably see this through, but I don’t think del.icio.us is going to catch on with Joe Average until it’s more automated.
Also, from where I stand, I’m not sure I understand all the benefits of using del.icio.us. I’m pursuing it on faith for the time being.