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Types of Blogs – Can we Categorize Them?

Posted By Darren Rowse 16th of October 2008 Reader Questions 54

I just received the following question about categorizing blogs from Ann Handley (from MarketingProfs) that I thought would make a good discussion starter.

“A few weeks ago, Chris Brogan (writing on Shannon Paul’s blog) talked about the importance of being consistent on your blog.

Some blogs, like my personal blog Annarchy are “craft blogs,” Chris wrote. While others, like Brian Solis’s — and this one at ProBlogger — require regular and consistent updating, a constant “pulse” of information.

Which made me wonder, what are the types of blogs?

Can we categorize blogs by type of content they consistently produce — for example, news (like Drudge or Huffington), commentary and opinion, essay or “craft,” and the like? What say you?”

Over to you!

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Comments
  1. Blogs can be categorized in different ways based on content, reason d’être, professionalism, etc.

    Though we at ZackBrandit have decided to take another approach to create our new widget.
    Instead we profile the blog based on the readers’ perception.
    This way you can know how other readers view a particular blog based on 8 different criteria such as relevance of information, creativity and way of communicating.
    There are in total 16 different profiles each represented by a picture.

    This new feature will go into beta end of this year and I invite you to read more about it on or blog at:

    http://blog.zackbrandit.com/post/2008/08/20/Zack-The-Blog-Profiler.aspx

    This is an example of a profile
    http://blog.zackbrandit.com/post/2008/08/29/Blog-Profile-1-e28093-The-Promoter.aspx

    Please feel free to leave comments on the blog on how you feel about the idea and how we could improve it, knowing that any user will be able to comment on the profiles and as such better it.

    the blogger will also be able to select 1 or more topics he considers as most important to his blog, this way we can combine his vision with the readers view.

  2. Category of the blog should straight.
    There should categories on the blog.It can help to reader to find relevant content.When I launched my blog I was too confused but later on with experience I got everything know very well.
    Now my blog http://www.iboozi.com is a Good Blog and having lot of visitors daily.

  3. Funnily enough I’ve just blogged on this today, though I’ve only just come across this post.
    I think, as an author, that it’s extremely difficult to ‘categorise’ your blog. After all, in the physical world (as opposed to cyber space) I have always freelanced for a number of different publications, and my books, too, are on a number of different subjects. People tend to ‘buy into’ an author. In other words they come to think of them as a friend, someone they know and trust, someone whose style of writing they like or admire.
    If I write a blog only on how to write that tells my readers (of physical books) nothing about me or my books. What’s more, I’m only appealing to would be writers.
    That said, I am aware that writing content to appeal to everyone, magazine style, may be a scatter-gun approach that ends up hitting the spot for no one.

    I’d be really grateful if people commenting on this subject on Problogger would take a look at my blog and tell me what they think. I’m really knew at the blogging thing. Am I doing it right? What do you think? Mel Menzies http://www.melmenzies.co.uk

  4. Whoops! Typo at the end doesn’t say much about my writing skills does it? I’m whacked, and wasn’t concentrating, after a whirlwind afternoon with my four-year-old twin grandchildren. Sorry. Mel

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