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The Five Alternate Blog Types Every Blogger Should Know

Blogging 101, Part 3

In our last post on Blogging 101, we discussed three media alternatives to the traditional written blog: video, audio (or podcasting), and image blogging. But if you thought those were all your choices, your mistaken. There are many more!

Fortunately, you don’t necessarily have to learn new technologies or buy new equipment to do them. We will have separate articles for many, if not all, of these in the very near future.

But let’s describe them. First, there’s

1. Microblogging

Microblogging is distinct from regular blogging by the need to post short, quick bits of information, links, photos, and even videos. You can do this on Twitter (and related programs), use sites that specialize in these types of posts, or even set up your own WordPress site for your personal microblog, with all the extra plug-ins and add-ons that you like! We’ll tell you much more in out next post.

By the way, if you haven’t seen Twitter in a while, you should take a look. It’s changed.

2. Curation

Our next technique that’s available for all bloggers is Content Curation: the investigation and sharing of links to all kinds of information on the web. As a blogger, curation is an important tool to have in your arsenal, but understanding what curation really is is important.

3. Lists

List posts are one of the most popular type of blog posts on the net. In fact, nearly every blogger will benefit from learning how to do a good list post.

4. Presentations

Whether you use PowerPoint, SlideShare, or another presentation package, presentations are a popular way to share information (or repurpose older posts) for your readers.

5. Infographics

In the past several years, with the addition of new tools, infographics have matured into a standard blog post, combining lots of data with new ways to present them graphically. (Something I certainly am still learning about, myself.)

Once you get a few of these blogging types under your belt, you can add a lot of variety to your blog and bring new readers and viewers to your site. You can also take older content and repurpose it for newer readers. These techniques give you flexibility and can make you a better blogger.

Of course, there is still the traditional written blog post. That will not go away anytime soon.

Do you have to learn all these techniques before you can call yourself a blogger? Of course not. But you might set a goal to learn more, particularly, about microblogging, curation and lists to flex your blog chops and make it easier for you to create content on a regular schedule.

Next we take a deep dive into microblogging. It’s not just for Twitter any more!

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Photo credits

The title “Five” image is from 5 Baker Avenue, in Dover, New Jersey. Photo taken by the author and adjusted in Photoshop, with texture added with the Topaz Labs Texture plugin.

Five-leafed ivy plant is from the Morris Canal towpath in Hugh Force Park, Wharton, New Jersey. Photo by the author.

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