Classification of blogs

The existing blogs are just as diverse as books in a library. They can simply be classified in the same way, that is, according to the subjects they are dealing with, such as:

  • Art
  • Economics
  • Fashion
  • History
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy

Immediacy, interactivity and depth inherent in blogs (Allan 2006, p. 23-26) allow classification in terms of purpose like what Simons (2008) suggested. For example:

  • Pamphleteering Blogs allow people to “argue a case or push a cause” by providing readers a means to leave their comment.
  • News Blogs are used to cover news stories.

Furthermore, blogs’ multimodal environment has also led to another kind of classification that is determined by the dominant mode of communication within a blog. For instance:

  • Photoblog
  • Sketchblog
  • Vlog
  • Artlog

(Wikipedia 2008).

Most blogs, however, have intermingled intrinsic elements from different classifications, making them harder to be distinguished by types. Ultimately, what work best is determined by the users, and the diversity of classifications is certainly a positive sign.

Blogging communities

A blogging or online community is simply “a community who interacted online within some bounded set of technologies” (White 2006). It is maintained and expanded when bloggers hyperlink to other bloggers, refer to them in their entries, and post comments on each other’s blogs (Herring et al 2005; Gumbrecht 2004).

White (2006) notices three types of online communities prevalent in the blogosphere:

  • One Blog Centric Community focuses on a single prominent blog.
  • Topic Centric Community is united by a shared topic.
  • Boundaried Communities are “collections of blogs and blog readers hosted on a single site or platform”.

Multiply

(Multiply 2008)

(Multiply 2008)

Multiply is an example of boundaried communities. In order to post a comment in a blog hosted by Multiply, one has to first be a member of the site. A Multiply member’s network is made up of their direct contact, and they are constantly being kept up-to-date to any ongoing activities of those in their direct contact. Also, Multiply enables one to view the contact list of their friends. When one meets with their friend’s friend, Multiply will notify them of their indirect relationship.

References:

Allan, S 2006, Online News, Open University Press, London.

Gumbrecht, M 2004, ‘Blog as “protected space”’, ACM Press, New York.

Simons, M 2008, ‘Towards a taxonomy of blogs’, Creative Economy. Viewed 10 November, 2008, at

http://www.creative.org.au/webboard/results.chtml?filename_num=229836

White, N 2006, ‘Blogs and community: launching a new paradigm for online community’, The Knowledge Tree. Viewed 10 November, 2008, at

http://kt.flexiblelearning.net.au/tkt2006/edition-11-editorial/blogs-and-community-%E2%80%93-launching-a-new-paradigm-for-online-community

Wikipedia 2008, ‘Blog’. Viewed, 10 November, 2008, at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog

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