What's a blog?

A "blog" is a shortened version of the word "web log," similar to an online journal. The content is not limited to being diary-like but the basic structure is almost always chronological.


The term "weblog" was founded by Jorn Barger on Dec 17, 1997. "Weblog" is an online journal or diary that is frequently updated. Weblogs are devoted to one or several subjects such as topical interest, hobbies. A weblog consists of the ideas of an individual like a diary and is open to anyone. Like other media, blogs often focus on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news.
A blog consists of title, body, URL link ,the time and date that was published. A blog enables readers to add their comments and also provide readers with links that refer to the topic. A blog is a good source of generating revenue because it is full of advertising. For example, you can see advertisements on the banners or on the side of page.

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20 types of Blogs

1) Instructional
Instructional blogs basically are posts to help people to do something or complete a task. An example are "Tip" posts which generally are the most popular instructional blogs for users.

2) Informational
The informational blogs are blogs where someone gives information on a specific topic. The Wikipedia web site is an example of an Information space.

3) Reviews
Review blogs are blogs about products that other individuals may want to purchase. For example an individual gives a buyer their fair and insightful opinon about a specific product they want to purchase. They "review" the information before purchasing something or going somewhere.

4) Lists
List blogs are the easiest ways to write. It is basically creating a list. For example, Top 10 movies of 2006.

5) Interviews
Interviews blogs are extremely useful because they give insightful information to help people who apply for a specific job to prepare themselves for an interview. For example, "bring a set of questions to the interview" to ask the interviewer about your position.

6) Profiles
Profile blogs focus particularly on a specific person.

7) Link Posts
Link posts help finding a quality post on another site or weblog and being able to link it up to it either with an explanation of why you are linking it up or your opinion of a topic or quote from a post.

8) Problem Posts
Problem Posts focuses upon the negatives of a product or service.

9) Contrasting two options
Contrasting two options blogs are making decisions between two or more options. These blogs are based on contrasting between two products, services or approaches that outline the positives and negatives of each choice.

10) Rant
Rant blogs are passionate, stir yourself up, and say what is on your mind and tell it how it is. Rants start discussions and cause controversy.

11) Inspirational
Inspirational blogs are blogs about motivating people and helping them succeed in their own experiences. For example, a person looking for succeeding blogs.

12) Research
Research blogs are posts about a specific topic. Research posts take alot of time because you come up with interesting conclusions.

13) Collation Posts
Collation blogs are combinations of research and link posts. For example, you research a particular topic and find out what others say about that particular topic.

14) Prediction and Review Posts
Prediction and Review posts are simliar to Review blogs (#3) where as they are blogs that relate to products individuals are willing to purchase.

15) Critique Posts
Critical Posts are finding positives in what others say or do and give constructive alternatives to the ideas.

16) Debate
A debate blog is an orgainzed fashion between two people, arguing for and against a topic in one post .

17) Hypothetical Posts
Hypothetical Posts are "could happen down the track in your industry and begin to unpack what the what the implications of i would be." For example, "What if google and yahoo merged?"

18) Satirical
Satirical blogs are a spoof of a certain topic. An example is the movie Network and the spoof of the news.

19) Memes and Projects
Memes and Projects are blogs that somehow involve the readers and get them to replicate it in someway. write a post that somehow involves your readers and gets them to replicate it in someway. For example, an online quiz.

Collaborative Blogs

These are blogs where many people contribute and share the blog. There is usually a moderator who oversees the technical aspects of the blog. Sometimes, the moderator is also in charge of ensuring the content on the blog is not offensive or inappropriate. Members of the blog can add entries and comment on other members' entries. Collaborative blogs encourage interaction and discussion. Due to the faceless nature of blogs, some members may be more willing to express opions, resulting in colourful debates.