How do you blog?

This is a great series of articles on different blogging styles, it includes hints and tips on when to use each one and how to use it to best effect.  Well worth a read even if you don’t blog, as some of the insights are useful for any type of written communication.

I tend to focus types 1 to 6 myself.  Although I often promise to get around to doing a series, for some reason I seem to loose interest – definitely any area where I need to try harder.

After reading blogs for awhile, I’ve come to see some patterns in the ways postings in text-based blogs are formatted. As I see it, there are seven basic formats for blog postings. Each serves a different purpose for bloggers and their readers.

The format of a blog posting, if chosen consciously and carefully, enhance communication – particularly the delivery of certain types of content. Consequently, some formats work best for commentary or explanation, others for alerts and references, etc.

Here are the seven basic blog posting formats:

  1. Link-only
  2. Link blurb
  3. Brief remark
  4. List
  5. Short article
  6. Long article
  7. Series postings

Keep in mind that these types represent points along a spectrum. A specific posting might blend aspects of two or more formats.

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

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