Types of Blogs

Blogs come in many varieties. They can be differentiated by the type of content, who writes them and how they are delivered. Following are some of the most popular types and categories of blogs:

Genre Blogs – Many blogs focus on a specific subject or a subset of a specific genre. Some of the most popular types of genre blogs are as follows:

  • Music blogs
  • Fashion blogs
  • Celebrity blogs
  • Travel blogs
  • Art blogs

Entertainment and fashion blogs have become some of the most popular blogs in the world. Perez Hilton’s entertainment blog took the world by storm, and the blog’s success was attributed to Hilton’s scathing yet honest opinions about the top stars in television, movies and music.

Another entertainment blog success story is TMZ. TMZ is also a shining example of how blogs have crossed over into mainstream media. TMZ was named “Breakout Blog of 2007” by Newsweek. It has since launched as a nationally syndicated television show. In addition, several TMZ fan blogs have sprung up, creating a new genre of meta-blogs in which the subject of a blog is another blog.

Other types of genre blogs include home and family blogs, which are sometimes referred to as mom blogs. DIY project blogs and educational blogs are other forms of home and family blogs. Political blogs also remain a popular genre and are viewed as essential to political success.

Blog Media – Blogs can be grouped by the primary type of media presented on the blog. Many of these types of blogs have developed their own names, all of which are offshoots of or include the term blog. For instance, a blog that is primarily composed of videos is often referred to as a vlog. A blog that links to other websites is sometimes called a linklog. A photoblog is a blog of photographic images, while a blog of sketches is a sketchblog. Blogs composed of short text updates or posts is known as either a microblog or tumblelog.

Blog Devices – Many types of blogs are named for the devices used to create the blog or the devices used to access the blog. Blogs created for use on mobile devices or created by mobile devices is a moblog. Other types of blogs are created by using webcam video. These types of blogs are often personal video diaries, but some use hidden wireless webcams to capture candid videos unbeknownst to the subjects at the time of recording.

Personal Blogs – Personal blogs are one of the two main types of blogs categorized by who is writing or updating them. A personal blog is a public diary or journal created by an individual as a chronicle of his or her life and opinions. Some personal blogs are wildly popular, but the vast majority of them are viewed by only a handful of close friends or family. Personal blogs may be used to communicate life events to other interested parties as a simple form of mass communication that can replace individual emails or telephone calls. However, most personal blogs are felt by their creators to be much more than a means of conveying news. They become an outlet to release emotions, reflect on philosophical topics or talk about controversial subjects. Personal blogs take on a sentimental value and are cherished as any diary would be.

Organizational Blogs – The second type of blog categorized by who is producing the blog is an organizational blog. Organizational blogs are the voice of more than a single individual. They are the voice of a company, brand, corporation or political party. These types of blogs are most often used for marketing or public relations purposes. However, they can also be used for clubs or nonprofit groups to bring information about events and activities to members.

Reverse Blogs – Reverse blogs are a third type of blog categorized for who is producing the content. In a reverse blog, the content is created by the public or by a registered membership. The blog posts are usually screened and chosen for publication by a core group or the publisher of the blog. Some reverse blogs use a group of contributing writers chosen for their ability or popularity. In any case, some process is used to present only a narrow selection of posts, which differentiates a reverse blog from a web forum.