It might not be something everyone reads these days, but peruse the Cyberverse and you’ll find there is a plethora of regularly updated sites. There are also millions out there, unread, unloved and untouched by a human hand.
So here I have a go at categorising the ten types of surviving blogs, with an example, just to prove my point:
- Blogs that go on and on and on
These are usually political with an author who just ‘knows’ they’re right and all it takes to attract new evangelists is to keep banging on about the shortcomings of those who oppose them.
Example: Chris Grey Brexit Blog
- Techie blogs
The internet is chock-full of bloggers writing about something that any sensible person would employ an expert to fix: unresponsive laptops, fitting kitchen worktops or how to fix a muffin top (no, me neither).
- Blogs about nothing much
When I awoke this morning the dilemma facing me was: cornflakes or porridge, on reflection and taking into account the energy expended against satisfaction gained, I opted for cornflakes.
Example: Alive With Ideas
- Blogs by influencers
Is it me, or are these the most tedious blogs around? Google anything about London, and it’s a fair bet some female millennial will be showing you, as if you haven’t the ability to discover yourself, where to eat, stay, travel, dress and how to apply makeup.
Example: Poppy Loves
- People who have nothing to do at work
Working from home has encouraged a huge number to fill their idle time at work to write something, anything. Bloggers documenting their habits for surviving this new working climate. It sounds pretty tough to me.
- Anorak blogs
Some people have one abiding point to their life, be it trucks, trains or trams. Whatever the interest, these people – no it’s men – are intent on telling you all about it, in enormous detail, hourly. Should you happen to share that interest, this is the page for you.
Example: The West London Bus Blog
- Blogs that look great
Some blogs are beautifully designed, probably costing the author a fortune. The frames are in the right place, the typefaces are carefully selected, and the icons and images are laid out and balanced to perfection. Unfortunately, unless you’re into typography the writing is often bland and formulaic.
Example: A Lady In London
- Blogs that are being written only because nobody else will listen
Your partner doesn’t listen, at work, you’re told to shut it, and everyone ignores what you bang on about in the local. Those important thoughts remain hidden unless they’re put out in cyberspace.
Example: My Thoughts They Are
- Blogs about blogs
Obviously, this post falls into this minefield, when you think about it there’s only one subject we all like to read about – ourselves. We like to think that a post is about ‘us’ and want to share our opinions within the corner of cyberspace we inhabit. Blogs about blogs – writing about what other people have written about, what those other people have then written about, and what other people have written after reading those passed-on thoughts. It’s a huge feedback loop. A blog really helps because you can remain anonymous, and you can always blame the other blogger for their opinions, after all, you’re just the messenger, it’s just a little bit sad that there’s no other way of letting it out.
Example: Angie Gensler
- Blogs that are actually worth reading
Once we discount CabbieBlog, there are plenty of other categories 10 blogs out there too. We have to set criteria: is the site worth checking out regularly, does it have variety in its posts, are your spirits lifted by some missives, or do you find them thought-provoking, and how original are the author’s ideas? There aren’t quite as many of these out there as you might have imagined.
Example: Diamond Geezer
2 thoughts on “A blog post about, well, bloggers”
After reading your categories, I conclude that my blogging is probably closer to 3, than to any of the others. 🙂