Blogging exploded in the Internet space during mid-90s. At that time the phenomenon was fueled by allot inspired writing and personal journals. However, things have changed a lot since then. Now, you will easily find tech blogs, news blogs as well as commentary blogs. A few years ago, these kinds of ideas, arguments, and links were available only on established news outlets. However, all of them are available on blog sites now.
Blogging can also be compared to traditional journalism due to its striking resemblance with media. However, blogging is rapidly changing the world of media and are now at the forefront of the alternative media.
A blog is completely personal and is fully related to the writer’s mood. This personal perspective of blogs has touched the sensibility of people compared to the opinionated magazines and old newspapers. Like the readers of sites like ‘The Washington Post’ or ‘National Review’, blogs are able to solve the challenge of your readers to get to know, like and trust you.
Types of Blogs
Different types of blogs are available on the internet today. Political blogs are usually news-driven since news websites are an ideal place for political bloggers to link articles. They can also post their own comments. Most of the political blogs feature original commentary. Their major focus is on long paragraphs regarding current political topics.
Nowadays, most of the political candidates make use of blogging during their election campaigns. Lower level politicians do their blogging themselves. On the other hand, prominent candidates leave blogging to their campaign staff.
Churches and Christian ministries also make use of blogs. For example, the Jeremiah Project is a blog I maintain that covers world events from a Christian perspective.
For many folks, they use a blog as an online diary or journal. Inexperienced computer users are able to easily create diary entries with the help of a blogging software such as WordPress. People have found a willing platform for blogging poems, prose, illicit thoughts, complaints, daily experiences and more. They also allow others to contribute.
Another type of blog is the professional or career blog. It focuses primarily on a person’s skill, craft or passion. Topics concentrate mainly on one’s profession, or that of the employer. Professional blogs are mainly used for describing one’s professional journey, demonstrating expertise or networking with other professionals.
There is also the commercial blogs where the major purpose is to blog on the company’s behalf. This is usually performed for the promotion of the company and to enhance its search engine ranking. Music, sports, theater and popular culture come under cultural blogs, which are among the most popular blogs.
The major purpose of a topical blog is to concentrate on a niche. For instance, my blog covers the home based business arena and informs people about the business opportunities I’m involved with.