Monday, February 14, 2011
What's Your Blogging Style?
Have you ever noticed in your weekly reading, that no matter what the niche, all bloggers typically fall into certain blogging styles?
Much like Zodiac signs serve to distinguish certain personality traits and practices, blogging styles dictate individual approaches and techniques to this popular medium.
For the record, none is necessarily better comparatively. They each have certain benefits and challenges, based upon my experience as a Blogologist, (I made that term up.) :-)
It should also be noted that some folks fall into more categories than one.
Knowing your type can help you to hone your voice, define your goals, navigate your path, and distinguish yourself from the pack.
So get in where you fit in!
Here are the seven most common blogging styles and categories:
1. Teachers---These bloggers have a knack for providing know-how. They typically pen posts on how to do things, based upon their experience and/or expertise. They love sharing what they know to help others to live better, make better decisions, and to shorten readers' learning curves. I would be an example.
Many years ago, when I worked as a Senior Analyst, (in my former life), my friend Helen told me I should be a teacher. I didn't take her seriously at the time, but now I have found validity in her words. ;-)
2. Humorists/Satirists---Anybody here remember the late Erma Bombeck? She was a favorite of mine. These folks are just plain funny. Even when they're addressing serious topics, they have a tendency to make you laugh and smile. An example would be P.S. Jones of Diaryofamadfreelancer.com/
3. Story Weavers---Some bloggers possess the gift of telling stories that impart important lessons and draw from everyday experiences to which most of us can relate. They are engaging, philosophical and insightful. Bryan Thompson at Elevation Life.Com is a master at it.
4. Sharers---Individuals in this category pride themselves in exposing others to valuable resources, links, and goodies around the Web. They are popular for their generosity of spirit and good karma. Karen Lange over at Write Now.Com fills the bill on this one.
5. Geeks---As the name implies, geeks are good with technical information, gadgets and gizmos. I'm truly impressed with their ability to grasp technical concepts that "go over my head." Any geeks in the house?
6. Thought-Provokers---Many times these individuals will express opinions that are contrary to conventional thinking, or pose a tough question that causes you to do some reflection and self-inventory to arrive at your own personal truths. My blogging buddy Sibyl, at Alternaview.com epitomizes this.
7. Motivators---Consider them the ultimate cheerleaders! They are encouraging, inspiring and uplifting. The perfet example would be Evelyn at Evelynparham.com/
So, I wanna' know. What's your type? Thoughts?
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