Blogs, Blogs, and More Blogs: The 5 Types of Blogs
Let’s talk a bit more in depth about blogs. In my blog post The 8 Types of Social Media, I described a blog as generally being an online collection of “posts” that are created over a period of time. Most – like this blog – are written and managed by individuals. People blog for a variety of reasons – to teach, help others, connect to others, make money, pursue passion, etc. At the end of the day, whatever the topic or motive, blogging is about self-expression.
What I’d like to do in this post in review what I believe are the 5 types of blogs.
Text blogs are the most common forms of blogging. They are written blogs and if you enjoy writing, then this is probably a good option. The Social Media Blog is a text blog.
The quickest way to start a text blog is to get a wordpress account. Once you do that, all you have to do is type and the rest is history.
Most of us are familiar with audio blogs, but you’re probably accustomed to calling them “podcasts.” As the name implies, podcasts are another form of audio content. They can be downloaded all over the internet, including Apple iTunes.
I am a huge fan of podcasts because I can listen to them while doing other things, such as driving or walking. You can’t read a book when walking to work, but you can throw on your headphone and listen to a podcast. As a matter of fact, when I have on my headphones, there’s a 90% chance I’m listening to a podcast (and not music). In my opinion, when is comes to consuming information, podcasts are by far the most convenient. A personal favorite is the NPR podcast.
However, when it comes to producing high-quality content, podcasts require the appropriate equipment and preparation. It’s not that you need to be a rocket scientist or anything comparable, but it is important that you make a concerted effort to produce a quality sound that people will actually want to hear.
Check out the podcast Podcasting for Dummies to learn more.
Video Blogs are sometimes referred to as “vlogging”. These blogs are normally embedded with videos that are often hosted on sites such as YouTube. Video blogging isn’t as popular as text blogging, but it is gaining more and more popularity. These blogs are seemingly more personal because the audience can associate the blogger with a face and voice (unlike text blogging) and – in some cases – even identify with their personality.
If you love videos (or hate typing), then this may be the blog for you. The Best of YouTube is an absolutely hysterical video blog.
Photo blogs are exactly as they sound. They’re blogs filled with photos. The photos can range from professional to amateur and they can be photos that you have taken for yourself or simply photos that you enjoy and would like to share. In the case of the latter, it is important to give the artist credit for their work.
One of my personal favorites is Smitten Kitchen.
Think of very very very short text blogs. The most popular microblogging site is Twitter (where the microblogs are referred to as “tweets”). Whether it’s an hourly, daily or weekly update– if it’s short, it can be microblogged!
For the most part, the majority of blogs will fall into one of these 5 categories and some will be a hybrid. What you can pretty expect from all blogs are the following 4 characteristics:
- Content arranged chronologically
- Archive section with older posts
- Comments section for feedback and discussion
- Feeds for user subscriptions
Blogs are a great form of self-expression, and they can be a lot of fun! Like everything else out there, it’s important to use them responsibly. If you want to learn more about blogs, I recommend that you take a look at “A History and Perspective” on the blog Rebecca’s Pocket.