13 Different types of Blogs: Some examples

Hello everyone,

Here you will find a combination of notes and tips and examples on BLOGS. What they are and How to write in a Blog. I am also including some examples. You can start by looking at the:

Top 100 Australian Blogs List: http://blogpond.com.au/top-100-australian-blogs-index/

Gyutae Park claims that there are 13 Types of Blog–June 4, 2008 – Written by Gyutae Park, http://www.winningtheweb.com/13-types-blog-posts.php

When it comes to blogging, there are 13 different types of posts that bloggers have in their arsenals. That’s right, 13. Believe it or not, each of these different types of posts offer unique value to readers of an audience. What’s your favorite?

1. How To Guides

These are the authority guides that top bloggers use to attract links and build exposure. If you want to build a long term site with a large readership, writing useful content is definitely the way to go…

For Example:

The Art Blog of Emily Gonsalves: Tutorial Creating Comics with Illustrator http://artblog.emilygonsalves.com/2008/07/tutorial-creating-comics-with.html

2. Informational

Informational posts contain … information. They’re mostly based on theory and facts and are usually great resources.

For example:

Blog Help

BLOG HELP, BLOG RESOURCES, BLOG INFORMATION

A blog is more than just a funny-sounding abbreviation for an online diary. It can help you promote yourself and your business, but you need to know how to use it. The articles in this section will give you the tips you need to know to increase your traffic – and profit — when you sound off at your keyboard.

http://tools.devshed.com/c/b/Blog-Help/.

Or Jess 3: Information aesthetics. Where form follows data: http://infosthetics.com/

Infotoday Blog — a Conference Weblog by the Editors of Information Today:

http://www.infotodayblog.com/

3. Link roundups

Linking to other relevant articles…can be beneficial for all parties:

http://www.livejournal.com/

4. News

Someone’s gotta break the news right? I don’t recommend smaller blogs do this, but writing news type posts can help a site to gain trust and authority. Search Engine Land, for example, has come on strong over the past 2 years in reporting search-related news.

For Example:

The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/blog

Sydney Morning Herald: http://blogs.smh.com.au/newsblog/archives/freedom_of_information/index.html

Human Rights News-

The Human Rights Blog: http://www.humanrightsblog.org/

The Human Rights Blog: http://www.thehumanrightsblog.com

Censored News: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Art News:

Art news: Second Life Art News: http://sl-art-news.blogspot.com/

Music News:

A library Writer’s Blog: http://librarywriting.blogspot.com/2010/07/call-for-articles-music-information.html

UFOs, extraterrestrials sightings and news:. unexplained news.http://www.cosmicparadigm.com/ufonews/

Popular Culture News blog:

http://juicy-news.blogspot.com/

5. Lists

Lists are short, easy to follow, and great for attracting attention. Because of this, they are frequently used on social media sites like Digg:

Digg – The Latest News Headlines, Videos and Images

The best news, videos and pictures on the web as voted on by the Digg community. Breaking news on Technology, Politics, Entertainment, and more!

http://digg.com/

6. Rants

Strong feelings have to be let out right? Rants can be humorous and relieving for the blogger. If you’re going to rant though, make sure you’re not going to regret it the morning after.

Stevey’s Blog Rants: Random Whining and Stuff.

http://steve-yegge.blogspot.com/

Travel Rants: http://www.travel-rants.com/

A Mama’s Rant: http://www.amamasrant.com/

7. Life Streaming

What did you have for breakfast this morning? What will you be doing later this week? Life blogging has become increasingly popular the last couple of years, especially with new services like Twitter and Facebook. Feel free to life blog all you want – no guarantees that anyone will care though.

For example:

http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/_blog/Official_Jessica_Watson_Blog/

Giulia Mauri Blog: http://giuliamauri.blogspot.com/

Kelly’s MyQute Lifestreaming Blog (Health, Food Reviews, Twitter): www.myqute.com

8. Live Blogging

Another form of blogging that has been effective is the live reporting of different events like sports games, conference sessions, and business meetings. Tamar Weinberg and Lisa Barone do an excellent job reporting on search conferences.

For various examples on sport, music and TV shows see the following link:

http://www.livestream.com/blog/

Bob’s Blog: Live from Lewisville: http://sturminator.blogspot.com/

Watkins Glen Live Blog: http://netdugout.com/nascar/2010/08/monostram1/watkins-glen-live-blog/

http://art.jerryandmartha.com/

9. Reviews

…. There will always be a strong demand for reviews – if you can make money from them even better:

The Weblog Review:

Blog Reviews: http://www.theweblogreview.com/index.php

Music Reviews: http://www.zmemusic.com/category/reviews/

Product Review: http://www.joelannesley.com/social-media/senuke-review-in-my-opinion-its-a-waste-of-time

10. Opinions / Perspectives

The great thing about the blogosphere is that it enables a diverse group of people to share their thoughts and opinions about any topic imaginable. In my opinion, opinion posts are natural to blogging – every blogger should frequently inject their own thoughts on a matter:

My Opinion Blog This Is What I Think, Tell Me If I’m Right?

http://myopinionblog.com/

Jeff Finley –Artist and Designer: http://www.jefffinley.org/blog-opinion/film-reviews-opinion-commentary/my-opinion-on-film/

Post artblog.net: http://www.postartblog.net/

11. Picture gallery

Bloggers frequently use posts in order to display a gallery of photos followed by their commentary. This is a great way to highlight a few key images to receive more exposure – something that can’t really be accomplished with photo sharing sites like

Flickr and Picasa.

Photography: http://www.flickr.com

http://www.pxleyes.com/blog/

http://jinkyart.com.au/blog/

12. Video posts

Videos are becoming more and more common on blogs and are more effective in engaging readers. Mark of 45n5 and Shawn Collins frequently use videos to complement the content on their blogs.

Today Classic Music Video: http://videoblog.scena.org/

Misto and Pizzi music video blog:: http://www.mystoandpizzi.com/

New Art:http://new-art.blogspot.com/

13. Promotional posts

Of course we can’t forget the promotional posts – the contests, marketing promotions, and plugs. Bloggers use promotional type posts to build their readership and gain new contacts.

So there you have it – the 13 types of blog posts. Can you think of any more not included on this list?

As a blogger, which type of post do you find most effective in gaining new readers and subscribers?

As a reader, which type of post do you most enjoy reading?

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Third week: Tips and General infos.

Hello everyone,

how are you? We are already in week three. Feel welcome to introduce yourself to the site and share your Blog details. Under the link ‘Uncategorized’ : I have added some tips on ‘How to write for Blogs’ (we also discussed them in class last week).  And a list of 13 different types of Blogs with  various examples and their blog addresses that you may want to have a look at. Remember, it is a good idea to do some research on other blogs so that you can get a good feel for the genre that you want to follow and develop. Feel very welcome to post details of other interesting blog. Again, this initial list is also available in vUWS.  On a final note, I do not want you to stress over this task. Feel welcome to try different styles of writing for the first few weeks. Remember, your task will ask you to select your best 10 postings. So there is room to test your ideas and writing. Whatever you do, remember, the focus is on applying some course ideas to your own writing.

Have a nice week. Lara

Have fun. Lara

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Hello world!

Welcome and Hello everyone. My name is Lara Palombo and I will be your tutor this semester in Analytical Reading and Writing.  My email address is l.palombo@uws.edu.au.

I am a PhD scholar writing a cultural history of women that were interned in Australia during World War two. I am interested in ‘detention practices’ of the past and their links to current treatment of refugees. When I do not write I watch quite a bit of Tv (critically of course!!!) and care for my wonderful children. I look forward to meeting you all.

THE BLOG: Task due in week 10

Now, as you know as part of this course you are expected to create a blog like this one at http://www.wordpress.com. You are expected to register at this site and create your own BLOG. You will publish on your blog a minimum of two posts plus comments per week for a period of 10 weeks starting from week one of this semester. One post is based on the week’s reading,  and the other post can be on any topic at all. Each student selects what s/he considers are his/her ten best posts, copies and pastes them into a Word document, prints it out and then hands in the portfolio of posts (hardcopy) due during class in week 10.

Approximately 2,500 words online, edited to a hardcopy, printed version of approx. 1.000 words, without comments, to be submitted in class Week 10.

A marking sheet, coupled with written comments, will be used for consistency when marking the work. Your portfolio of posts will be returned in class or with your final essay.

We will also discuss this task in class over the next few weeks. Before you start, I would suggest you browse the http://www.wordpress.com website carefully and consider checking other blogs to develop your site. Have fun!!! Best, Lara

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