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The 25 Basic Styles of Blogging … And When To Use Each One

Many bloggers who have been posting for some time have intuitively figured out that different types of blog posts typically generate certain responses from readers.  It’s not secret that "top ten list posts" are highly popular and that blogging can also help you fulfill your ambitions.  We often classify blogs into genres, such as a tech blog or a mom blog.  Blogging styles are not about genres, they are about types of blog posts.  Any blogger at any time could use a different style that might not ordinarily be considered part of their genre.  The most proficient bloggers use many styles through the course of posting – but there hasn’t been a definitive list.  For more than two months now, I have been collecting a list of blog styles based on what I have found from the blogs I read.  A few weeks ago, Guy Kawasaki’s post about the World’s Best Presentation Contest gave me the idea of turning this list into a presentation to enter into the contest.  Thanks to some design help from my colleague Jesse, I just uploaded the presentation into the contest on Slideshare.net and it looks great.  Check it out here and if you like it, please add your vote:

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Update (04/18/07): The presentation features many examples of each type of blogging, but several folks have asked to include links in the post so they can more easily get to each link.  Here they are for your viewing pleasure …

 

Insight Blogging

https://www.gapingvoid.com/Moveable_Type/archives/000932.html https://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/future-social-web-experience.cfm

Ambition Blogging

https://oneredpaperclip.blogspot.com

https://www.snakesonablog.com/2006/01/12/snakes-on-a-blog/

Meme Blogging

https://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2006/12/fiveish_things_.html https://www.okdork.com/grand-opening-carnival-of-marketing/

Piggyback Blogging

https://www.technorati.com/search/habitaquo

https://www.technorati.com/search/twitter

Life Blogging

https://www.dooce.com/archives/daily/11_19_2004.html

Brand Blogging

https://www.moleskinerie.com

 Detractor Blogging

https://www.buzzmachine.com/archives/cat_dell.html

https://rocketking.blogspot.com/2006/12/things-i-hate-about-panera.html

Announcement Blogging

https://www.sifry.com/stateoftheliveweb/

https://valleywag.com/tech/om-malik/scoop-blogger-om-malik-quits-business-20-and-takes-funding-180205.php

Link Blogging

https://www.micropersuasion.com/2007/04/links_for_20070_8.html

https://www.web-strategist.com/blog/2007/02/12/list-of-white-label-social-networking-platforms/

Video Blogging

https://makezine.com/blog  

https://rohitbhargava.com/2007/01/chalkvertising_.html

Photo Blogging

https://www.thomashawk.com

https://www.amateurgourmet.com/the_amateur_gourmet/2006/11/chutzpah_truffl.html

Review Blogging

https://www.masternewmedia.org/news/2007/02/09/beyond_newsmastering_yahoo_pipes_is.htm

https://shoeblogs.com/wordpress/2007/04/04/giuseppe-zanotti-at-the-bluefly/

Evangelist Blogging

https://brand.blogs.com/mantra/2006/03/cancer_mosaic.html

https://googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/04/celebrating-earth-day.html

List Blogging

https://www.10e20.com/2006/12/27/101-biggest-stories-in-search-2006/

https://blog.guykawasaki.com

Survey Blogging

https://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2007/01/romance_survey.html https://mariosundar.wordpress.com/2007/04/08/are-we-bloggers-journalists/

Feature Blogging

https://johnbell.typepad.com/weblog/the_idea_bar/index.html

https://moblogsmoproblems.blogspot.com/  

Repost Blogging

Taking a post or article from another location and reposting a significant part of it as a blog post with limited original commentary.

Guest Blogging

https://www.intelchallenge.com/category/blog/

https://www.acsblog.org/cat-guest-bloggers.html

Interview Blogging

https://www.smcpodcast.com/

https://blog.guykawasaki.com/ten_questions/index.html

Event Blogging

https://rohitbhargava.com/2007/02/10_secrets_of_s.html

https://mashable.com/2007/03/23/under-the-radar/

 

Live Blogging

https://gawker.com/news/james-frey/james-frey-on-oprah-liveblogging-the-live-feed-150872.php

https://www.engadget.com/2007/01/09/live-from-macworld-2007-steve-jobs-keynote/

Bridge Blogging

https://www.globalvoicesonline.org

https://www.jeffooi.com/

Classified Blogging

https://blog.secondlife.com/2007/04/10/now-hiring-web-content-editor/

https://www.sitesalesblog.com/

Response Blogging

https://www.jetblue.com/about/ourcompany/flightlog/archive_february2007.html

https://searchengineland.com/070208-110711.php

Contact Blogging

https://clooneyproject.livejournal.com/

https://www.boingboing.net/2006/11/18/meet_a_92yearold_blo.html

5 thoughts on “The 25 Basic Styles of Blogging … And When To Use Each One”

  1. Thanks for giving me one more thing to figure out where I fit. I have never thought about different blog posts: I just write what I’m feeling that day.

    Well, maybe I need a blog peer-counselor to tell me what my maladies are based on my blogging style. I expect in a few more years we’ll have special counselors for blogging addiction, and alas, I may have a new career.

    And isn’t your list longer than 25? Thanks for the ideas!!

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