Blogs – Types of Blogs

Having made step by step videos on How To navigate and use different blog platforms and How To use the blogging areas on some of the big social networks like MySpace, Facebook, and My Yearbook,Β  but then … what do you write about?

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Types of Blogs You Can Create πŸ™‚

Topic Blogs – Actually this site BlogsAndSocialNetworks.com is a “Topic” blog, so is VideoGamesAndGaming.com, but these two are also a How To blog as well. Any broad, general, global, town related subject whether it’s a “World” blog or just a State, your topic can be Animals in the World (broad topic) or Primates in the Jungle (a bit more narrow) or Chimps in the NY Zoo (very specific πŸ™‚ Americans is a great topic as well, Ben Franklin for example. You could post about him for a whole month, then next month post on George Washington πŸ™‚

Topic blogs have such a diverse inclusion like Fashion, Travel, Dreams, My Trip, Educational Institutions, Cats, etc. Many choices here. Write what you love πŸ™‚

Salesy Web Site Blogs – Sites that look a Christmas Sale at the Mall with Flashy Banners, Sales Fluff around every corner. These do attract attention to some and may work for you.

Photo Sites – A great Photo style blog can be found at ParisDailyPhoto.com but it is any chosen photo you select to “be” the blog and add a line or few of explanation or interest, location … etc. to your picture πŸ™‚

Journal Blogs – A great example of a journal style blog is Wavecritter.LiveJournal.com or SurfPiccasso2001.LiveJournal.com Stevies blog is a journal style, write as you sort of story teller or what’s up with my day or life type blog πŸ™‚

VLogs or Video Blogs – Of course the best place to see a VLog is at a Video Social Network at someones profile page like me πŸ™‚ YouTube.com/Wavecritter I have a bunch of friends there that have very different styles of VLogs too which are easy to find at YouTube, like a musician style where they play and take videos of either them on stage or create a story video to go with their songs; “Let’s Talk” sort of videos, How To, Real Life, and more.

Explanation or Definition Blogs – These are quite similar to the How To style blogs but are mostly like a Wikipedia style topic blog that gives a detailed explanation with examples πŸ™‚ They don’t need to be using the Wikipedia platform of course, but this one on Blog is a good example. A really great Explanation blog will have many resource links to other relevant posts or sites.

Review Blogs – These are usually quite helpful blogs in general as you can open up several and see what different views there are out there on any given iten, topic, company, laundry soap lol, or whatever you are looking for opinions on. To write this style blog you will need to have more than an idea of the subject. If you do a review site on restaraunts for example, you would be a person who frequently visits new restaraunts and has a grasp of a great dining out experience with out being hyper critical. Point out the pros and cons so to speak πŸ™‚ If you write a review style blog, you could link to the items that you review for more link backs, information, or to monetize your site if these are your items on Amazon or EBay.

List Blogs – This is a fun way to blog. 7 ways to bake a cake, 11 types of tennis shoes, 8 reasons why you should exercise, 100 favorite songs of the year, the top 5 social networks, etc. With a list style blog, you can start a post with the original list, then take each (#1, #2, etc.) and make an in depth post on each number, it will get you a whole series of posts and help you with your posts πŸ™‚

Group, Team, or Company Style Blogs – A site for any specific organization, group or team. This type of blog is geared toward your members of the company, pack, sports organization, guild, or party to get information out to them. A communication type blog just for a specific sector of people.

Most blogs fall into one or more (or a subset) of these categories, but as categories go, they could be sub divided into many, many more smaller or specific types like with the Topic Blog especially πŸ™‚

Lokking at the list of blog types that WordPress has will help you as well. This list will keep you clear of the No-No Types of Blogs to create πŸ™‚

Have fun with your blog and write what you are passionate about or you may not be blogging long out of boredom πŸ™‚

Checking into MyBlogLog and Zimbio will get you some additonal blog attention!

Listen into Blogs and Social Networks for more πŸ™‚

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter

February 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Blog, blogheiress, blogs, blogs and blogging, Blogs Types of, How To, mybloglog, social networks, Stephanie Haile, stevie haile, Types of, Types of Blogs, Wavecritter, zimbio. Leave a comment.

Focus Focus Focus Blogs and Social Networks

We often hear the word “focus” in the same context as blogging instruction but what does it really mean and who does it really mean it for?

Focus in the blogging platform or social networking world refers to shooting toward reaching your “target” audience. Who would you like to visit your social networks and read your blog sites? What demographic? Now, why would the blogs and social networks person care who came to visit? Marketing to be precise.

If a blogger is marketing a particular product, they would then care very much who came to see their sites. For example) If your product was a health and wellness sort of “Vitamin” product, then a “Get Healthy or “Stay Healthy” sort of blog would hit the nail on the head to some degree. What if the product is “Vitamin D”? Then focus would get you to a site much more focused on bone health instead of overall health.

Who else would want to focus their sites? If you aren’t marketing a product but would like to gain a high rating with Google, become an expert, or just have a very popular site full of specific information, then focus is for you πŸ™‚

Do Stevie and Stephanie at Blogs and Social Networks focus? I can’t say that we do actually πŸ™‚ Encompassing the entire subject of Blogs and Social Networks (and not that we even come close to hitting every site) is not really a very focused, specific topic. To hold true to many blogging platforms, we have many blogs specifically geared towards Blogs and Social Networks and are members of multiple social networks. It is rather a broad subject area but holds a great example of what it means to go smaller from it and more focused.

Blogs and Social Networks …

Social Networks That Have Blog Capability …

MySpace and Facebook …

Or You could go from Blogs and Social Networks …

to Blogs about Social Networks …

then onto blogs about MySpace and Facebook …

or to be less focused, blogs about the major social networks.

Recall why we focus again, to appeal to a group who will more likely be interested in our topics, information, and offers.

Sometimes focus is not important. A very wide spectrum blog works quite well and attracts visitors. The blog remains on a subject, but a very wide subject much like Blogs and Social Networks or Video Games and Gaming. Again, with Video Games and Gaming, this can become much more focused a topic …

Video Games and Gaming …

Console Games …

Wii Games …

Wii Fit Games …

Or you can choose to create sub sections (or pages) of your blog (or create a wiki at wetpaint) to house focused topics like this but name your blog a wider topic name.

Once the understanding of why a blogger is told to focus comes into … well … errr … “focus” … then it becomes clear whether or not you actually should decide to look into it all or not. Are you trying to reach a “target” audience? or do you just want to be sure that your writings are helping whoever searches that info out?

With searches, keywords really take the drivers seat here. How do visitors actually find what you have? Think about your tags, labels and keywords (all one in the same, with just a different name at different blog site platforms) What will those ask who wish to find your answers? How you label and categorize your posts matters greatly to the seeker of your posts. If you have a post on How To Make Ice Cream, then your top keywords probably should be: Ice Cream, Ice Cream How To, How To Make Ice Cream, Frozen Desserts, and Dessert Recipes. Then add your name or alias (Stephanie Haile aka Wavecritter) (author title) as another keyword, you could use the blog platform as another if you wished (ie: WordPress, Blog Talk Radio, Blogger) and then peruse through your post for a few select keyword phrases running together in the text and standing out. Use these as well (In this post it would be “Blogging instruction” blogging Platform” or Social Networking”). There you go, you just greatly assisted your visitors in arriving at your information πŸ™‚

However much you really wish to focus on your blogs and social networks in this manner is entirely up to you … do remember that every person is unique, every blog is unique, and every social network is unique and that each has it’s own attractions for a reason … they are all different πŸ™‚ Cookie cutter is not generally the way to go to become different, although you could begin with the design and “color” or “decorate” it however you like πŸ™‚

With a very focused blog site, focused right from the creation date on , you will need to think about where to actually get the word out or “effectively market” this site. Groups (first and foremost) in the social networking communities are the number one best places to market an on topic blog. Probably placing a link on a Gardening blog in a group on fishing is not going to be your first choice group πŸ™‚ But, possible the people at the fishing group are also interested in gardening as well and it may do some good πŸ™‚ Seek out the gardening groups to introduce your gardening blog to first though πŸ™‚

Your keywords will be the “behind the scenes” marking engine for you while you manually market your site to and through other Blogs and Social Networks sites. Getting backlinks is quite easy. Log into your blog platform (ie: WordPress, Blogspot, Vox, Livejournal …) then browse through other blog sites on the same platform, either on your topic or on another, comment on their posts as you view some sites. Each comment you leave (while logged in) will send a link back to your site via the “icon” or username info left on the comment πŸ™‚ Nope, you don’t really need to “rely” on friends to actually list you on their blogroll.

Use your blog URL as part of every bio, info, or profile area on all of your social networks and think about securing a clever domain name for your blog site πŸ™‚ I chose BlogsAndSocialNetworks.info , .com , , .org , and .net for our main blog platforms (Wetpaint, WordPress, Blog Talk Radio, and Blogspot). One is fine, there is no need to get all (info, com, net, etc) this way when you redirect the domain to your blog URL, it is now a much easier name to remember. BlogsAndSocialNetworks.com is easier (I hope lol) than Wavecritter.Wordpress.com for instance.

These are some good tips, we will be writing some more soon. Stay tuned for Blogs And Social Networks

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January 30, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . blog platforms, blogheiress, blogs, blogs and blogging, Blogs and Social Networks, focus, focus focus focus, social networking, social networks, Stephanie Haile, stevie haile, Wavecritter. Leave a comment.

Blogs and Social Networks Virtual Reality Worlds Part 1

Tonight on Blogs and Social Networks Blog Talk Radio we discussed Virtual Worlds, not the Meez, IMVU type Virtual Worlds this time (though these sites are incredible πŸ˜‰ , but the Small Worlds, Second Life, CyberTown, PlayFish, Entropia Universe, and Gaia sorts of online Virtual Reality Worlds. Sites all about your Virtual Self, not so much (or at all) about your real life self.

SmallWorlds

SmallWorlds

SmallWorlds.com is the first site we went over. A browser based, no download required site where the fun actually begins as soon as you begin the sign up process. Creation of your Avatar is first with choices for hairstyle, eyes, mouth, etc. A bundle of choices with extras being released when you partake of the upgrade options. After checking your email and confirming your account, you are off to the “Quest Tutorials”. This is set up in such a great way (kudos to the Small Worlds Team) and made to be such interactive fun that the mini Quests “learning” directive seems to go by unnoticed πŸ™‚ You learn but it’s fun πŸ™‚ No worries. Check the show out for more on Small Worlds πŸ™‚

PlayFish

PlayFish

Some of the festivities over at PlayFish.com’s Pet Society over the Thanksgiving holiday featured stacks of Turkeys and Pumpkin Pies stocking the shops with over 5 million pumpkin pies eaten! Over 5 million players are already on Facbook enjoying PlayFish with over 1 million playing every day! PlayFish will be introducing all kinds of new december treats and festive trees, decorations, and more to decorate your virtual home for Christmas. Don’t forget to stop by on December 25th for that special gift from the Mayor of Pet Society. Celebrate the festivities of pet Society style with PlayFish and Facebook. πŸ™‚

Checking out the blog at Blog.PlayFish.com will fill you in along the way πŸ™‚

iVinnie

iVinnie

Here is a list of some more of the Virtual Worlds we discussed on tonights show πŸ™‚ Also, the main HUB that stood out like a beacon in the searches for Virtual Worlds listings! iVinnie.com

Virtual Family Kingdom

Virtual Family Kingdom

VirtualFamilyKingdom.com Where History Comes Alive!

Wise OZ

Wise OZ

Wise OZ See Solve Socialize

Kongregate Choose from thousands of free flash games. Complete online game achievements to win badges.

Armor Games Over 200 original Flash games, as well as a directory of other flash titles. Over 500 games to play in all.

Platrium Base Games like Sudoku

Sporcle Mentally Stimulating Diversions

JamsBio Your Life Through Music

CyberTown Check this one out with the free trial πŸ™‚

Listen for more information on Virtual Worlds on our Virtual Worlds Blogs and Social Networks show Part 2 Blogs and Social Networks Virtual Reality Worlds Coming Soon

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter

December 3, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Blogs and Social Networks, virtual reality worlds, virtual worlds. 2 comments.

How Do You Make Your MySpace Show Up On Google?

How Do You Make Your MySpace Show Up On Google?

This is really an easy question, although I came across the answer purely by accident πŸ™‚ I had come up with the name Wavecritter back in the 90’s (yes, 1990’s lol :). Playing around on Neopets (very early actually upon conception of the site πŸ™‚ and I had signed up at few sites using Wavecritter (I will tell you where that name came from at the end of the post). But, later on when MySpace came around, I had been using Wavecritter for a few years and thought I would stick with it. Well, I happened to change my display name to Wavecritter like this:

Wavecritter MySpace

Wavecritter MySpace

And there you go! That’s it…the big secret πŸ™‚ Be sure your Display name is the search term you wish your page to come up for πŸ™‚

Also, it helps quite a bit if your URL for MySpace is the same as your Display Name πŸ™‚ Be sure it is what you want and how you want to be searched because that will be the primary search term for your MySpace page to come up to πŸ™‚

Wavecritter MySpace

Wavecritter MySpace

Keep in mind, you need to create some “buzz” on your site by adding comments, changing your profile just a bit every few days for a while (about a month is good for a higher rating it seems), changing the “What are you doing now? and the thing with the smiley icon guy πŸ™‚ And, making friends, because that’s what MySpace is really for πŸ™‚

Wavecritter MySpace

Wavecritter MySpace

Make me a friend over there too if you wish, I would dig it πŸ™‚

Ohhhhh … Wavecritter, right! OK … I really thought long and hard on that name. I was not going to have to be stuck with numbers πŸ™‚ So, my Dad has always called “things” “critters” , that part was easy πŸ™‚ Then, I was way up in the Great White North at the time and missing the sand, surf, and yes …. you guessed it …. Waves! Easy to put together from here right? LOL Cool Beans!

Stephanie Haile aka Wavecritter Google Me πŸ˜‰

December 3, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Blogs and Social Networks, Make Your MySpace, MySpace How To, Show Up On Google. 1 comment.

Wavecritter Claim ID Neato

Have you been using Claim ID? Or have you seen it yet? Neato site hands down. Did you know that when you list all of your blogs with Claim Id, that you can easily, readily, and hyper quickly find them in Sphere, Ice Rocket, Internet Archive, Technorati, Cloudicious, Delicious, and Google! AND… Alexia? Holy Cow this is a unique and quite useful site πŸ™‚

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