April 16, 2007
There are as many reasons to keep a blog as there are people in the world. The best advice I can give is to keep posting and you will eventually find your voice.
Someone once divided the blogosphere1 into two groups; the linkers and the thinkers. Linkers post lots of links to other internet sites that they find interesting or amusing. Thinkers tend to produce more essay or analysis type posts on any given subject. It's a broad spectrum, and everyone falls into the range between the two extremes.
Here are some examples of various bloggers2 to give you an idea of various formats:
Besides her regular posts, Annika has "Poetry Wednesday", where she posts works by various poets. In a similar vein, Cindy has "Friday Feathers" which features her nature photography and a little bit about the birds in the pictures.
Politics of every flavor is a popular blogging topic. If you do much surfing through the blogs, you're bound to run into them.
"Slice of Life" blogging is my term for personal diarists like Bou who writes about her family, or Sarah who mixes personal stories of her life as a military wife with bits about her dog and her knitting hobby.
When more than one person contributes, it's called a group blog. The Llama Butchers is one such, with very eclectic content that includes history, current events, pop culture, twisted humor, and frequent griping about commuters in the DC Metro area.
And just because I can, I invite you to visit my site Rocket Jones. I post about hobby rocketry, cult cinema, recipes and pretty much the next shiny thing that catches my eye. I've been writing Rocket Jones for four years now (with occasional help from my youngest daughter Mookie), and have had over a half million visitors to the site.
Each of the links above feature a sidebar full of links to other sites, which have more links to other sites, and so on and so on. Explore a little. Humor, religion, family, cats, cooking, personal finance, whatever you can imagine, there is almost certainly someone out there writing about it. If they can, so can you.
The most important thing is to have fun. If you don't enjoy doing it, then why bother?
1 The "blogosphere" is the term coined to embrace the entirety of blogs. It's a clumsy term that many don't like, but everyone knows what it means when it's used.
2 Blogger: that's you. One who blogs.
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