The 25 Basic Styles of Blogging ... And When To Use Each One

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The 25 Basic Styles of Blogging Slideshow transcript

Slide 2: Each style has a suggestion for the maximum times it should be used per week to avoid having stale blog content. This rating indicates how likely a blog post of this style is likely to be linked to and commented on (1 is low, 5 is high). Represents how much effort and original thought is required to complete each style of blog post. Styles are rated Easy, Medium, or Hard. The Key

Slide 3: 5+ Insight Blogging 4 HARD Sharing insights, original ideas, commentary or trends on a particular topic. Many consider this the most • GapingVoid: How to be Creative difficult type of blogging to • The Future Web 2.0 Social Experience do. Resource Links: Style 1 of 25

Slide 4: 1 Ambition Blogging 2 EASY Blogging about something with the aim of trying to attain it - usually by targeting the decision makers through the • One Red Paper Clip Blog blog post. • Snakes on a Plane Blog Resource Links: Style 2 of 25

Slide 5: 1 Meme Blogging 5 MEDIUM Starting a thread of discussion by sharing your response to a query and then challenging other bloggers to • 5 Things You Don’t Know About Me answer it on their own blogs. • Carnival of Marketing Resource Links: Style 3 of 25

Slide 6: 3 Piggyback Blogging 3 MEDIUM Writing about a topic that is currently popular in the news media, on meme sites like Tailrank or on blog search • “Habitaquo” engines like Technorati to • “Twitter” capitalize on attention. Resource Links: Style 4 of 25

Slide 7: 5+ Life Blogging 2 EASY Also called reality blogging, this involves a blog post sharing the story of something that • Dooce: You Be Well For Me happened to you in your • Most posts on personal blogs personal life. Resource Links: Style 5 of 25

Slide 8: 5+ Brand Blogging 2 MEDIUM A post about a brand or product focused on sharing positive attributes or an “inside look” – posts in this • Most posts on Corporate Blogs category are (often) an • Moleskinerie Blog official or unofficial view based on a personal Resource Links: association with a brand. Style 6 of 25

Slide 9: 1 Detractor Blogging 3 MEDIUM Share a passionate hatred for a product or brand, get revenge or redemption by recounting a negative experience or tell a • Dell Hell and Jeff Jarvis story that casts a person or • Things I Hate About Panera thing in a negative light. Resource Links: Style 7 of 25

Slide 10: 5+ Announcement Blogging 5 HARD Break news about an announcement or news that was not previously available elsewhere. For maximum • Dave Sifry’s State of the Blogosphere effect, being the first to break • Om Malik Leaving Business 2.0 the news matters most. Resource Links: Style 8 of 25

Slide 11: 2 Link Blogging 4 MEDIUM Collecting a series of links to websites, blogs or other online content to create a list of resources with links in a • Micropersuasion Links single blog post. • List of White Label Social Networking Sites Resource Links: Style 9 of 25

Slide 12: 5+ Video Blogging 3 HARD Creating original video and putting online in a blog post or embedding a video from YouTube or another video • Make Magazine Blog sharing site into a post and • Chalkvertising with Julian Beever commenting on it. Ratings are based on creating original video for blog posts. Resource Links: Style 10 of 25

Slide 13: 5+ Photo Blogging 2 MEDIUM Making the main content of your blog post a photograph or series of photographs with or without some kind of • Thomas Hawk Digital Connection captions to tell the story. • Amateur Gourmet Restaurant Review Resource Links: Style 11 of 25

Slide 14: 5+ Review Blogging 3 EASY Offer your expertise or personal opinion to review a product or service and share an honest assessment. This type of • Robin Good Reviews Yahoo Pipes blogging can be solicited or • Manolo’s Shoe Blog done independently. Resource Links: Style 12 of 25

Slide 15: 5+ Evangelist Blogging 3 MEDIUM Passionate blog post sharing an affinity and support for a social cause, organization, product or individual that you • The Cancer Mosaic believe in. These posts are • Google: Celebrating Earth Day meant to inspire others to believe in the same thing. Resource Links: Style 13 of 25

Slide 16: 5+ List Blogging 5 MEDIUM This is the highly popular format of the top ten (or any other number) lists about something. Blog posts in this • 101 Biggest Stories in Search type of format are frequently • Almost any post from Guy Kawasaki bookmarked and shared. Resource Links: Style 14 of 25

Slide 17: 3 Survey Blogging 4 EASY Starting a dialogue by asking for readers opinions by offering a survey to answer or an open question for them to • Dilbert Blog: Romance Survey respond to through a comment • Are we bloggers or journalists? or blog post. Resource Links: Style 15 of 25

Slide 18: 2 Feature Blogging 4 MEDIUM Creating an ongoing feature category as in a magazine or article and then continually posting to it with new thoughts • John Bell: IdeaBar and ideas that fit together • Viral Garden: Top 25 Marketing Blogs under the same theme. Resource Links: Style 16 of 25

Slide 19: 2 Repost Blogging* 1 EASY Taking a post or article from another location and reposting a significant part of it as a blog post with limited original • Any post that republishes another commentary. to make a point with limited additional commentary * Spam blogs or “splogs” that republish posts for the sake of trying to get traffic to their Google keyword ads are not included in this style. Repost Blogging should only include content relevant to your blog and be used as a quick way to post when you don’t have time to do a “real” blog post. Style 17 of 25

Slide 20: 5+ Guest Blogging 3 MEDIUM Authoring a blog post intended to be published on a blog other than your own. Used to augment content on • Intel PC Design Challenge Blog a group blog or fill gaps • American Constitution Society for while a blogger cannot blog Law and Policy Guest Bloggers for any reason. Resource Links: Style 18 of 25

Slide 21: 5+ Interview Blogging 4 MEDIUM Conducting an interview and publishing either audio or video files, or creating a transcript of the interview to • Social Media Today Podcast write into a blog post. • 10 Questions from Guy Kawasaki Resource Links: Style 19 of 25

Slide 22: 5+ Event Blogging 4 MEDIUM Sharing impressions, opinions and insights from an event such as a seminar, conference, concert or other gathering with • 10 Secrets from CommunityNext others who may or may not • 8 Startups at Under the Radar have been able to attend. Resource Links: Style 20 of 25

Slide 23: 5+ Live Blogging 4 MEDIUM Blogging at a fast pace about something in real time as it happens. Often this type of post is uploaded through • Gawker Live Blogging Oprah mobile blogging or updated • Engadget at MacWorld 2007 through RSS streaming feeds. Resource Links: Style 21 of 25

Slide 24: 5+ Bridge Blogging 3 MEDIUM Defined as “writing for an audience outside your everyday reality” – usually posts in this category offer • Most posts on Global Voices Online insight into something • Screenshots: Malaysian Politics happening in a particular part of the world that may not be Resource Links: known by an international audience. Style 22 of 25

Slide 25: 1 Classified Blogging 2 EASY A post that identifies a need for a product or service that you are seeking or outlines something you have to trade • Linden Lab: Hiring Web Editor or sell to others. • Websites for Sale Blog Resource Links: Style 23 of 25

Slide 26: 5+ Response Blogging 3 HARD Directly responding to a challenge posted by someone or to a crisis situation in a post to outline your opinion and • David Neeleman’s Apology point of view. • Why SEO isn’t Bull Resource Links: Style 24 of 25

Slide 27: 2 Contact Blogging 2 EASY Writing about a person or blog with the intent of making contact with that person. An alternative is posts sharing • Finding George Clooney the experience of meeting • Meet a 92 Year Old Blogger someone that is not an interview. Resource Links: Style 25 of 25

Slide 28: Rohit Bhargava Jesse Thomas Vice President, 360° Digital Influence Interactive Art Director, 360° Digital Influence Blog: Blog: Email: Email: Jesse leads the Interactive Design efforts at Ogilvy PR in Rohit Bhargava leads the interactive marketing team at Ogilvy PR and is a founding member of the 360 Digital Influence team at Washington DC. As the Interactive Art Director, Jesse provides Ogilvy. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and is a both the high-level concepts as well as the technical- and specialist in combining \"traditional\" interactive marketing efforts design-based follow-through to service clients such as Intel, with innovative social media marketing strategy. Lenovo, BP, and Dupont About 360ยบ Digital Influence The 360 Digital Influence team is a unique offering within Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide that is focused on helping our clients to understand the conversations happening in the world of social media, and crafting a strategy for organizations to be part of this dialogue. In a world where anyone can be an influencer, the old marketing communications methods don’t work anymore. Digital Influence is about finding the new influencers and smart ways to use concepts like blogs, wikis, user generated content, co-creation and other methods to engage customers and build brand loyalty as a core part of our clients marketing communications efforts. Read more insights at >

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