In 2012, every day, more and more people decide to launch a blog. However, not everyone realizes that there are actually many kinds of blogs, not only simple text-based online publications.
That’s why I’ve decided to publish this list of 7 most common kinds of blogs to give you a broader look at the blogosphere before you take the final step and launch your own blog.
1. Traditional blog
This is what comes to mind when someone says “blog.” Traditional blogs are mostly text-based, with some images published inside the posts every now and then. Quality traditional blogs rely on publishing insightful content, usually featuring some kind of “how to” advice.
2. Photo blog
Used mostly by photographers or other people interested in photography or graphics in general. Photo blogs usually have themes that allow them to publish content that’s wider than in a traditional blog. There’s rarely any text inside the posts.
3. Video blog
The idea is very similar to a photo blog, but this time it’s all about videos. Thanks to services like YouTube we no longer have to take care of hosting videos ourselves. We just have to upload them to YouTube and then grab the ember code. Video blog themes are usually equipped with some shortcodes that support various video platforms and such.
4. Magazine style blog
Most of the time when we see an online magazine we don’t even realize that in the background it’s run by WordPress or some other blogging platform. Magazines feature a large amount of content and often publish multiple entries every day. Such situation requires themes that can handle this much content and are able to showcase it in a visible form. That’s why a traditional blog theme won’t do the trick here.
5. Portfolio blog
Portfolio blogs are quite similar to photo blogs but they do contain some text along with the photos. The goal here is to showcase the author’s skills or services they offer. For this, the works of the blog owner have to be showcased in an attractive form (so the portfolio can do its job). That’s why portfolio themes usually feature some kind of Flash animations or jQuery magic.
6. Micro blog
In its beginnings, Twitter was supposed to be a micro blogging platform, but the idea has soon become extinct. In essence, micro blog is a place where the author shares very quick entries consisting of just a couple of sentences (or one sentence). For example, the most common case here is a “quotation blog.”
7. Company blog
Company blog isn’t actually a separate kind of blog. It’s more like a combination of some of the previous kinds. The idea is that various businesses/companies want to have a blog as an addition to their sites. They usually don’t publish content very often, so the theme the blog uses has to be good at showcasing past articles and not bringing too much attention to the fact that a new piece of content hasn’t been published in a while.
This closes my list, but feel free to comment and let me know of some other kinds of blogs you can think of.