Nora Paul, director of the Institute for New Media Studies at the University of Minnesota, offered
a taxonomy of 7 (in bold
, listed below) basic kinds of blogs. I added my comments (in Italic)
to the list:1) Personal diarists
Most bloggers fit into this. They share their daily activities, observations and thoughts with the world, profound or mundane. Many published blooks are from this type of blog.
2) Family networkers
Moms, coaches, boy scout Den leaders, etc. like to use this kind communication to keep family/team members up to date on what's happening.
3) Early responders:
Many technical gadget lovers belong to this group. They follow trends closely, to the edge, like to share their discoveries with the world. When time comes, many also are eyewitnesses to major news as it happens, such as Hurricane Katrina, London subway bombings and Asian tsunami. A lot of photos are typically used in those blogs.
On-line niche community builders.
5) Agenda blogs:
For people with strong political and ideological standpoints. Several blooks were out of agenda blogs so far.
6) PR/corporate communications blogs:
More and more companies are doing this.
7) Newsroom blogs:
News columns providing quick, routine news reporting with brief insights. Many commercial products blogs and celebs gossip blogs can be classified as this group as well.
Another type of blog I think desearve its own class called "personal project blogs". Many blogger use them to ducument processes and results of personal projects (truth searching, information collections, story telling etc.). I saw quite few published blooks based personal project blogs.