The Many Faces of Blogging

While blogging is all the rage and pretty much everybody does it now – at least I think pretty much everybody does it – I thought it would be fun to ponder the various types of bloggers who write them. We all know there are types of blogs: Mommy blogs, techie blogs, picture blogs, writer blogs, food blogs, celebrity blogs, political blogs, blogs about nothing (think Seinfeld), sad blogs, happy blogs, silly blogs, dark blogs, photo blogs, confessional blogs – you name it, if it’s got a topic you can rest assured there is a blog about it, for it, in honor of it, talking about it.

So…then…one has to wonder who writes these blogs? What motivates them? What is the gray matter and driving force behind them? Here’s my list:

1. The Theme Junkie: This is a blogger who has gone through every theme in the free blogging universe and is still restless and unsatisfied with the look of their blog. Whether it be graphics or function, they simply can’t get their proper jones with any acceptable themes in a free blog forum and so are driven to GoDaddy to set up a self-hosting account and then spend, hours, days, weeks, perhaps months looking for just the right theme, often crashing their blogs in the process. Going to their blogs is sometimes like going to a house where the owner is constantly repainting the livingroom. The great thing about Theme Junkies is that they are adventurous, flexible and love to try new things.

2. The Bi-Polar, Tri-Polar or Quad-Polar Blogger: This is a blogger who has more than one blog and may have what I call Multiple Blogger Personality Syndrome. This blogger cannot say everything they have to say on one blog. It simply isn’t possible. There are so many topics and so little time. They spend at least six hours a day on their many blogs and whenever a new idea hits them, they start a new blog. Some of them may eventually settle on one blog or find that there is one blog from which they gain the most satisfaction – but they are reluctant to relinquish their other blogs, just as they would not relinquish part of their personality. And it may well be that seven of the blogs on your blogroll right now, are authored by a BPB – did the hair stand on the back of your neck, there? The great thing about the Bi-Polar Blogger is that they are multi-taskers, they think on their feet, can do several things at once, have an over-abundance of post ideas and are always up for a meme.

3. The Rantasaurus: This is a blogger who has an ongoing disagreement with life. They use their blog as a forum to tell the world what the hell is wrong with it. They complain sometimes about a wide range of subjects or sometimes choose one particular rantable subject and let her rip. They often gain a large audience because they say what other people think but are afraid to opine in public. If you have a rant you aren’t up to posting on your blog, you might be able to do some ghostwriting for your neighborhood Rantasaurus. The great thing about the Rantasaurus is that they are candid, tell you what they really think and they have a blog and aren’t afraid to use it.

4. The Blogoholic: This is a blogger, while similar in mindset to the Bi-Polar Blogger and may have several blogs, is still its own type because of the obsessive compulsive nature of their addiction to blogging. They think blogging 24/7 and would think it more if there were more hours in the day. They wear t-shirts emblazoned with logos like: I’m so blogging this; I’m a blogger; and I blog because I am. Everything is seen through the prism of blogging and everything is bloggable. The blogaholic will likely blog til the day they die and never use their keyboard hand during sex. The great thing about blogoholics is that they are often amiable and frequently help out newbies start their own blogs – in fact, they are a main recruiter for new blogs and without them we would have several less million blogs and bloggers. A sub-category of the blogoholic is the Blog Whore, not exactly the same, but a close cousin. Probably the greatest distinction between the two is that the Whore will use both hands during sex and allows himself two naps daily.

5. The Fluxoramus: This is a blogger who is in flux. Perhaps they started a blog and it was going well for a while but then they decided to change things. They started to experiment with different topics or approaches and then suffered a stat crash. Desperately, they try to replicate what worked in the past but that ship has sailed. They start over, using secret blogs to test pilot different approaches or they go back and forth between one approach or another. They just aren’t sure which approach they like best. They also can’t decide on chocolate or vanilla. The great thing about the fluxoramus is that they are open to new approaches, often are ahead of trends without realizing it and can assume many blog viewpoints at once.

6. The Widgetizor: This is a blogger who is a cousin to the theme junkie. They are totally in love with sidebars, often displaying two or even three sidebars, in order to accomodate their huge blogrolls, interests, directory affiliations, badges, awards and pet causes. This is a blogger who never met a widget they didn’t like. If they are a self-hoster, they also have a love for plugins and are constantly trolling the plugin directories for cool little functions they can play with on their blogs. The great thing about the widgetizor is that they are big kids at heart, they love toys and gadgets and are always looking for ways to play. A sub-category of the widgetizor is the Plugin Wizard, one who has grown bored with widgets and has gone full force into plugins.

While I’m sure there are many more faces of blogging out there – this is my list. What’s your blogger face? Feel free to add to the list if I’ve missed any.

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20 thoughts on “The Many Faces of Blogging

  1. I’m not so sure which type I am. I am the “all over the place” thinking type and feel better when it all hangs out in one place. I’m not a successful multi-tasker. With that being said, I do switch my header out a lot! I’m NEVER happy with it for more than a week (maybe not even that long) 😦

    Hey Bella,
    You’re definitely in a category all of your own and I mean that in a good way. But I do like the ‘all over the place’ blogger – I kind of feel that way myself sometimes. πŸ˜‰
    Annie

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  2. I think I’m part Blogoholic and I want that shirt you speak of that says, “I’m so blogging this!” I also am guilty of being part Widgetizor with my two sidebars and my love of my Meez. heehee. That sounds like a bad thing. πŸ˜‰

    LOL Teens, I think you can google that t-shirt and find it many places. Meez??? Dare I ask. Oh yeah, widgets rawk!
    Annie

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  3. I resemble them all. You did forget one. The Blogwhore: A blogger that panders to readership rather than writing the way that they would prefer.

    I have been guilty of that in a past bloglife. But no more.

    Oh honey, I didn’t forget the Blog Whore – see number 4 – although, you add a new dimension to the definition – one I didn’t think of – very good. πŸ™‚
    Annie

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  4. Great post WC! I couldn’t resist adding to your list:

    The Borderline Ambivalent is one who enjoys blogging, but doesn’t live for it. Although at times he or she may post madly, there are other times when days will pass without an entry. This individual has an opinion on just about everything, but will normally only post if his or her commentary or ideas offer a new perspective to what’s already been said, or challenges the mainstream. This blogger may monitor statistics and page hits, but doesn’t over analyze the results; more specifically, he or she is curious about the entries that appeal most to others. Finally, he or she probably has a short-list of blogs that are read on more-or-less a daily basis. He or she enjoys reading other blogs and commenting on interesting posts without much interest in reciprocity.

    That’d be me.

    – JOS

    LOL JOS – this may be a cousin to the Fluxoramus??? I had a feeling that might be you. Gee, I wish I was so laid back – it would be good for my blood pressure. I’m afraid I am all of the above and more. Sad, but true. πŸ˜‰
    Annie

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  5. Great post Annie, I was just thinking last night about why we blog and what kind of people blog.I think it’s hillarious and it made me smile and chuckle.

    I am a definite #1, I can’t seem to find one I can stay with..maybe I just get bored easily with the same scene. LOL!

    #3 I fit into this too with the rant part..:)I am an opinionated hussy!

    #6 I do be loving widgets, however I have quite a problem with them..they also slow down loading the page..so if readership is valued (I have heard) might not be a good idea to have so many.With that said, I still be loving the look and the play of the little things..so what’s the latest toy out there that is easy to do, takes very little effort for a techNot Babe?

    Finally do they have any for those of us who can’t remember sh*t? you know the CRS thing?
    I really enjoyed this post.:)
    Hugs

    You’re funny, Ange. Yeah, there are lots of widgets out there – especially if you self host – I’ve found a couple I really love but I don’t think that wordpress.com offers them on their platform. What I used to do when I was bored and had time on my hands was search the internet for little widgets I can add. There are a lot of political ones out there – gopusa.com has a few. Just google widgets and see what you can find – so are very fun and easy.
    Hugs
    Annie

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  6. This is pretty insightful, i think, and’ve become each type at one time or another.

    Hey Chica,
    I think we’ve all dallied in each of these from time to time. Still trying to figure out my ‘category’. πŸ˜‰
    Annie

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  7. Yep, Ive been all over the place Annie. But I think Ive settled on becoming a number two’r. I multi-blog like I multi-task, and enjoy every minute of it.

    Hey Red,
    You definitely have the multi-blogger thing down cold. You’re my hero. πŸ™‚
    Annie

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  8. Well, I started out as #3 and now I’m all over the place with my blog. I’m not sure how I would be categorized…heck, I don’t need a category…I just love to do what I do! Great post, Annie. Thanks!

    Well, I love what you do too, 2LD. Never change. LOL.
    Annie

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  9. I am not sure where I fit in. Hmmmmmmmm…..

    Thanks for checking in with me. My hard drive died:(

    Oh poor girl, did you get a new hard drive? Dang, we’re dependent on these things. Glad to see you back in the neighborhood!

    Maybe you are uncategorical? Oooh, I like the sound of that… πŸ˜‰
    Annie

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  10. I only have one blog. I don’t know how anyone can handle more than one.I think I’m a Seinfeld blogger. I write about nothing but with a humorous twist. I don’t rant too much because I only have one thing to rant about and I do that here. Ha! Ha! You didn’t mention the generous blogger: You.
    But you did hit it on the nail with this post. Oh, I’m also a cane blogger and I’ll bet there aren’t many of them!!

    LOL Joanie, give it time, give it time. I too, think I may be a Seinfeld blogger – but I’m not armed with a cane, so I guess you’ve got one up on me. I love your cane, it just cwacks me! πŸ˜†
    Annie

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  11. I think, not sure, but think, that I’m a #1 and # 6.

    Maybe so – I should have made a special category for you though, CG – your propensity for funny pics is second to none. Maybe you’re the pictutizer? πŸ˜‰
    Annie

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  12. Hi WC,

    You left me out. I’m a Capitalist Pig Blogger; only in it for the money πŸ™‚

    the Grit

    A sub-genre at the very least – but surely you fall into the other categories as well. Although, I could have added pictu-saurus to you as well.
    Annie

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  13. Upon my third reading of this post, i have to add that the techie type bloggers- the Widgetizer and the Theme Junkie- are modes of operation i’ve not employed.

    It took me hours to properly align the images in my post for today- and, it still didn’t come out the way i’d hoped, though it was close! Keep in mind, it took me over a year to learn how to embed links- if that’s what it’s even called…

    And though i’d like to change the look of my blog, the fonts and colors and all that, i’ve no clue whatsoever how to do it and don’t even want to try. When i had a myspace however, i changed my page at least three times a month. You know- to reflect my mood.

    I understand completely what you mean. When I first started out I was so intimated by all that stuff. Now, I’m a champ at some of it and a hopeless idiot at lots of it. I would be more than happy to impart any of my small knowledge base, if you have a question, ask – maybe I can help.
    Annie πŸ™‚

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  14. hey! i’m a Rantasaurus! maybe a cross between Rantasaurus and Sickasaurus!
    i bet u can get this post published in some paper if u try.

    Aniche!
    Sickasaurus, that’s hysterical. You think I could publish this somewhere? Where? Any ideas? Email me if so. Thanks for the compliment.
    Annie

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  15. hum..I think I’ve been most all of those but none of them fits my latest blog – started about a year ago. I’m happy to say that I’m a recovered Blogoholic, care diddley squat about widgets and all that, and rarely rant. I’ve changed themes twice I think…not a biggy for me.

    I am a blogger without a category.

    Hey, that actually fits πŸ˜‰

    Hey Gracie!
    Okay, I’m confused…which blog are you writing on now – you must email me and update me, so I can get your links straight.

    I agree, you are uncategorical, although, if I had to give you a category it would be something spiritual, like madame zorba of the blogosphere or something. πŸ˜‰
    Annie

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  16. LOL Will do. I did start a new blog back in March…it lasted all of two weeks before I put up a sign that I had gone back to The Wild Pomegranate (started in September of 2007).

    Wow..what do you know. I’m just a couple months away from my 1 year anniversay! lol

    The http on my comments is the place to find me πŸ˜‰

    Signing off…..Recovered BLogomaniac

    I think that’s the one I was thinking was your current one. Although, I did have this weird idea that you had stopped blogging – I’m delighted to discover that was merely a rumor in my own mind. πŸ˜‰

    A recovered blogomaniac? Wow, that is a post in the making – maybe you could even come up with a 12 step program for recovering from blogomania? πŸ˜†
    Annie

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  17. HAHA…. Yeah, maybe so.

    I once belonged to this forum (the S.O.) (remember those days of pre-blogging ‘forums’??? They’re like the 8-track player of the online community world now). It was a pretty lively place to be and I was there writing ALOT.

    Anyway, I once started a post called “You Know You’re An S.O. Addict When….”

    OMG..it turned out to be one of the funniest, most read and wrote on posts in the whole thing.

    You’ve inspired me. πŸ™‚

    (although by tomorrow, I may not remember! lol)

    hUGS!

    Gracie, I love the 8 track analogy and yeah, I know just what you mean. Yay, I’ve inspired someone. Don’t worry about the forgetting thing – I seem to have the same affliction.
    Hugs,
    A

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  18. I love this!!!

    I think I suffer from multiple-blog personality disorder.

    I’m part Mommy blogger, part writer blogger, former obsessive blogger mixed with a little rantasaurus! πŸ™‚

    Great post!

    Hi RHW and welcome to my humble abode!
    Wow, you are a true blogging hybrid – lol, maybe I should look at doing a post on that – although that would go on for some time, eh? Glad you got a kick out of it.
    WC

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