I’ve been thinking a bit about the nature of blogging. I love blogging, and I love reading blogs. It seems to me that in most of the spheres in which I read blogs there are just five types of blogger.
These spheres – if you’re interested – are (on the basis of the names of categories in my Google Reader subscriptions) – People, Christianity, Coffee, How To, Humour, Gadget, Bargains, Web, and News.
The five types of blogger are “The Creator”, “The Appreciator”, “The Aggregator”, “The Commentator”, “The Helper”, and “The Journaller”*. There are probably more – and some blogs are mixes of both – I think I’m probably a mixture of all three.
The Creator is perhaps the most exciting kind of blogger – they put up new material, their own thoughts, pictures, products, designs and concepts. They are read for their brilliance and because they supply ideas that keep the blogosphere afloat through generating spin off discussions and things that people want to link to. An example of a “Creator” in my “People” list is Simone – who often posts song lyrics, or Izaac – who gives insight into his thinking on different issues.
The Appreciator is a blogger who collects the best bits of thoughts and things from around the blogosphere and collates them – different to “The Aggregator” in that their topics can be wide and varied “The Appreciator” tends to provide a picture of themselves based on what it is they appreciate – for example I have never met Craig Schwarze (as far as I know) – and yet I think he’s probably a good bloke because of the articles he shares in Google Reader and the things he posts links to. Chris(toph(-er)) is setting out to do something a little like this – only he’s very irregular.
Like the Appreciator but with a much more defined scope – Aggregators focus on a particular topic and go looking around the interwebs for material along a theme – in many cases they’ll be creators/aggregators providing their own content but more often featuring things from elsewhere – Lifehacker is an example, some have particularly narrow scopes like Martin Howard’s Garageband blog.
Commentators are a bit like Journallers but they’re more opinionated – and more likely to make comment on current events than on their own circumstances. Some provide entertaining observations on life around them (rather than their own lives). Ben’s Vanishing Point is probably the best example of the “daring social commentary in the guise of observation”… it’s funny and now seems to come with little home drawn illustrations (and he’s a talented illustrator). Scooter’s blogging resurrection promises to deliver similar wit with more verbosity. I’m Ramblin’ Again, Bathgates.net and dad’s “Graphic Design Tips for Church”…
Journallers use their blogs as a journal – they don’t tend to care if people are reading or not and their content is usually of a reflective, personal or ranty nature and based on day to day life.
Journallers are also the most likely to be guilty of oversharing – generally because they’re not necessarily expecting readers, and if they are they don’t really care about maintaining readership.
Journallers, being the least committed to the cause of attracting readers, tend to blog less. Some entertaining and engaging “journallers” who I know in real life are Joel, Phoebe, Leah, Carly, and Stuss. There are other “journallers” out there who I read who may not, because of the nature of a journal, be as interested in people finding their online homes (I’m looking at you Amy)…
What type of blogger do you think you are? Have I missed any types?
* I’d call them a “Journalist” but that means something different.
** Apparently that’s what all the cool kids are calling him, though I’ve never met him.