A Blogger’s Arsenal

A Question : You have been devouring, glimpsing, soaking, reading so many blogs in a day. So based on your experience, tell us the various varieties/flavors of blog posts you see in your blogosphere. Explain with suitable examples.

An Answer : Yes, thanks to the IndiVine @ IndiBlogger and Blogadda, I have been savoring scores of blogs in a day. And let me tell you that it is one hell of an experience. How? Let me explain…
A. You get to soak in such a vast amount of information on varied topics.
B. You get to observe such diverse expressions.
C. Your hours and hours never seem like lots of hours but just minutes passing by!!
D. At the end of the day, you feel very enriched and stimulated mentally and drained and exhausted mentally again!
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A Blogger can have a lot of different styles of posts in her/his arsenal.

She/he can use all of them at some or the other time.

So, the different varieties/flavors of blog posts that I have seen during the past few months can be BROADLY categorized as given below:

  • Truly Intellectual Posts: As the name suggests, these posts are truly intellectual. I mean, you need to read them 3-4 times, to grasp the subject. These are speculation upon questions that are unanswerable to scientific observation, analysis, or experiment, or a brainiac take on a subject. Another characteristic feature of Intellectual Posts is that they are excessively subtle and have recondite reasoning. Even the language is truly abstruse!! Got the drift?? Commenting on such posts is a nightmare, for lesser mortals like “You-Know-Who!!”
  • Happy-Go-Lucky Posts : Oh, these are fun posts. Nothing heavy, just casual care-free banter. A mundane observation of the daily life, a take on an issue in a fun way, an anecdote… Reading them surely brings in a smile or a thought that you are alone!!
  • Thought Provoking Posts : These posts inspire you, touch you, wake that dormant feeling in you, compel you to ask questions. From telling us to smile at the road side beggar, to the grit and determination of a handicapped child to what could change India, these posts leave you with a lingering thought in your mind and a loads of food for thought!
  • Whining Posts: Strong to humorous expressions of cribbing on things gone wrong, or our team losing a game, how life’s unfair, the killing heat & humidity and no rains or when suffering from that writer’s block, the woes of the city …almost everything under the sun is cribbed about in these posts.
  • Cut/Copy-Paste Posts : These posts are ‘Ctrl X’ed or ‘Ctrl C’ed from the world wide web or even our daily forward mails and then ‘Ctrl V’ed on the blog. Amazingly, such posts receive raving reviews too!

  • LOL Posts : Oh, these are the most needed ones. Witty, humorous, satirical, funny…these posts can make you smile or laugh or even rolling on the floor laughing!! My favorite!
  • What is Yours is Mine Too Posts : The most dreaded posts! Because, the creators of these posts use someone else’s words or ideas and pass them off as their own!!
  • A Tale & a Verse Posts : A story in few words to running in multiple posts, chapter-wise, these posts tell a tale or share a poetic rendition. And the ingredients of these posts are as tantalizing as our spices, ranging from romance, thrills, horror, poignancy, sorrow, mystery, humor, fantasy to contemporary or even crime!
  • A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words Posts : Few words to no words at all, but with amazing, unique, mesmerizing shots of ANYTHING! These are the photo posts.
  • Yummy Posts : No points for guessing, these are the delicious, food posts. Sharing exotic dishes to recipes of Roj kaa Khana, these posts make your mouth water and leave you with that ‘craving’ feeling.
  • Yakety-Yak Posts : Oh, these are the posts which chatter a lot but with little or no substance. They are there to mark their attendance on a blog! (Based on Pawan’s suggestion!)
  • List Posts : In this category, the blogger shares Lists a la “1…2…3” or “A to Z” types on any subject…thereby making the post simple and easy to comprehend or showing numerous options, views, suggestions, tips on a topic. (This classification comes to you courtesy Vipul Grover!)
  • Information is Power Posts : That’s the credo these posts believe in. So you have information on EVERYTHING!! Tips and tricks for Farmville on Facebook, forthcoming events, current affairs, Excel shortcuts, how to upload widgets on your blog, life & songs and death of MJ…its all there, of course with a personal touch of the blogger.
  • Very Specific Posts : Industry specific views, ideas and information …Music, Sports, Advertising, Sales & Marketing, Films, Politics, Health, IT, Telecommunication, MLM, Insurance, Finance, Travel…the list is endless. The history of a brand, to tips for a successful Multi-Level-Marketing business…these posts cater to a niche audience.
  • Sharing is Good Posts : These are the posts that assist in forging new relationships, developing camaraderie, making new friends in the blogosphere… And these are the much loved posts on the Awards and the Tags!!
  • Tell-It-All Posts : You even see very personal, often scandalous information on the posts, a la Sacch Ka Saamna of Star Plus, the Hindi version of Moment Of Truth!!

Phew…that’s quite a lot of variety of blog posts that I have encountered! Of course, there’s lots more out there! Wanna share?? Drop in your category in the comment box!! 🙂

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  1. That was a neat compilation!
    I should surely appreciate you, as you seem to vast amounts of knowledge in everything!

    You forgot to add the “Girly- Pink types” where a lot of blabber happens, all in pink, totally and socially useless!


  2. a brilliant analysis which clearly depicts the level of your indepth knowledge of blogosphere..

    u didn’t tell us which category does this post belong to??

  3. Nice seggragation !

    Now where do my site fits in ? Let me think..

    Hmmm not one category but multi-category i suppose , correct me if am wrong.

    1.A Tale and verse posts.
    2.Thought provoking posts
    3.A picture speaks a thousand words
    4.Yummy posts.
    5.Information is power posts.
    Did i miss anything :p

    not bad !

  4. I missed d difference between LOL post and happy-go-lucky post???

    cos my blog will fit in eighter one of the….:D

    or maybe both!!!

    What is Yours is Mine Too Posts

    btw… got somethng 4 u on my blog!!!

  5. Now that is something! It takes so much of patience and hard work to come up with such well researched and comprehensive post. And you always do it! 🙂

    Just managed to lay hand on my frnd’s laptop…thought your blog should not miss me enough to completely forget me. 🙂

    And there was few awards I wanted to honor your blog with…but I see all of them are already shining on your blog! 🙁

  6. @ Pawan: Thanks Pawan.

    I have incorporated your suggestion as Yakety-Yak Posts!! Yeah, you have those types too! 😀

    @ R S V : Thanks Rahul.
    Ok, this post belongs to Happy-Go-Lucky Post!! 🙂

    @ asit dhal : I would classify your posts (AS YOU SAY!!) under the Whining Posts!! 🙂

    @ Vipul Grover : This post shares the Broad classification… as such, this can feature in Happy-Go-Lucky Post.

    On second thoughts, based on your suggestion, I am creating a new category. 🙂

  7. @ evanescentthoughts: Thanks Avada. Not really, actually! :p This is based on experience!! 🙂

    I guess, our blogs will have many, if not all categories from this classification. LOL, Happy-Go-Lucky, Yummy, Intellectual, Thought Provoking, Whining, List, A Tale and a Verse, Sharing is Good, Information is Power….I am sure most of us will have all of these on our blog!! 🙂

    @ Richa : Thanks Richa! and Welcome on “A rose is a rose is a rose!”.

    Sharing is Good is a broad category, which has Awards and Tags!!

    @ Lakshmi Rajan : Thank you!

    Wow!! That’s pretty cool! I am sure you’ll have happy-Go-Lucky and LOL posts too! 🙂

    @ Sid ‘Ravan’ Kabe : LOL posts are outright humorous, witty, funny or satirical; while Happy-Go-Lucky posts are casual take on anything, nothing very profound, but a light, playful, interesting post. For example, I classify this post in Happy-Go-Lucky post, it is a fun classification, which brought few smiles but it certainly does not belong to LOL post. Got what I mean?? 🙂

    As I said earlier, we have multiple types of posts on our blog. 🙂

    Thank you so much for the award, Sid! It means a lot! 🙂

  8. Some information. I always suspected there were different types of blogs but never had the energy for categorising them.

    BTW I am confused now as to what category my blog belongs to. I have strong reservations against the yakety-yak type; but then what is, is! 🙁

  9. @ Amrit! HI!! So good to see you here!! Oh, yes, my blog missed your interesting comments!! 🙂

    Oh, not much, these are just some observations from the experience which you all have enriched me with! 🙂

    Oops! No worry, though! You can give me those awards again, even if I have them. Actors et all, receive multiple Oscars or Filmfare awards, right!!?
    Too pompous I am sounding…I know that! 😛

  10. @ Paritosh: Wow!! You thought that way too!! Then you should do it too!! The more the merrier!! 😀

    As I said earlier… guess, our blogs will have many, if not all categories from this classification of blog posts.
    LOL, Happy-Go-Lucky, Yummy, Intellectual, Thought Provoking, Whining, List, A Tale and a Verse, Sharing is Good, Information is Power….I am sure most of us will have all of these on our blog!! 🙂

    What say you?? 🙂

    My sentiments exactly for Yakety Yaks and even Cut/Copy Paste!!

  11. @ Guria : Wow! So you have all the ingredients needed for the recipe of a good blog!! That’s great!! 🙂
    Keep dishing out spicy, yummy, delicious posts!! 🙂
    Happy Blogging!

  12. Lets see.. Your blogposts have it all. Sometimes a laugh, at times info, at times a toast..so on. 🙂

    Love the way you pick out-of-the-box topics ! Btw, my fav posts would be LOL & Happy go lucky ones !

  13. You have really categorized bloggers arsenal in very profound way…. and you are right many blogs cannot be put under any one category ….sometimes we sway between themes if I say it that way …

  14. SG: cool post, but there is one more category i.e posts describing flavors of blogging, like this very post of yours and ‘flavors of comments’ right??

  15. @ Shankar: Thank you Shankar!! Am glad you liked it!

    Yep, you are right there is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply. 🙂

    @ lostworld: Thanks Rohitha! Yes, me too love the LOL and Happy-Go-Lucky Posts! 🙂

    @ Dhiman: Yes, you are right, I guess all the personal blogs will have many of these categories, unless and until somebody restricts himself to only one category by choice!

  16. @ Makk: Hey, you need to identify that for your blog! It would be a good analysis and may be it would give you some new insights!! Try it out!! 🙂

    And let us know too!

    Cheers 🙂

    @ Shilpa: I guess, you can categorize these kind of posts in either List Posts or Happy-Go-Lucky Posts!

    @ Shruti: Thanks Shruti! You couldn’t categorize what? This post?? Or your posts?? :O

  17. @ Aditya : Thank you Aditya! Am glad you liked it! 🙂

    I know, I love tis addiction!! 🙂

    @ Neha: Oh! Try once again!! Am sure you will be able to categorize your posts!! 🙂
    Sarcastic posts…I classified them in LOL Posts (Satire/sarcasm makes us laugh too!)

    Thank you Neha!

  18. @ Makk: No, you are not dumb!! Please do your own homework!! I am not going to do it for you! 😀
    Of, course, I can assist you, in case you get stuck somewhere and are not able to decide, whether a particular post belongs to the LOL category or Happy-Go-Lucky type and the likes of it!!
    So, now get going and finish your blog post analysis!
    Quick…we are waiting!! 🙂
    And all the very best!! 😀

  19. Awwwww!!!

    not fair….(hung face…i thought you are happy to help )

    okay let me try …

    A Tale & a Verse Posts???
    or lol??(morning raga)

    tell me na plzzzzzzzzzz

  20. Nice compilation…looks like you really love reading blogs 🙂

    Do you know some good Tell-it-all scandal-wala blogs? I love to read such blogs and know what stuff others are upto 😀

  21. Shilpagarg,very expressive and clear identification of the blogs.
    Perhaps,I may sound backward or stupid,but I do not read and analyse any blog on the basis of it’s category.Having read a lot of blog posts in the last one year,I have rather zeroed down on the author rather than the subject.I am convinced that my selected authors are the best or else why would one have a list which a blogger follows.I can not list all my favourites but can mention a few..Shilpagarg,Vinod Sharma,Vipul,Nita,Poonam Sharma,Anju Gandhi……and so many more.My apologies to all others whose names are not mentioned but I adore and read their posts.regularly.
    Shilpa,was it sounding silly??
    Your this post is an eye opener.

  22. good categourization,
    you have covered almost every post, and I like the description of your Intellectual post, and the lat line ‘ you know who’ made me laugh

    any ways, can the post with ‘philosophical or spiritual message’ be another categorization

  23. @ nishitak: Thanks Nishita! Yes, I have been reading a lot of blogs! 😀

    Oh, you too!! 😀
    Will surely let you know, when I come across something interesting!! I remember reading 5-6 such posts from different bloggers. Unfortunately, don’t remember their blogs! 🙁

    @ Shahid Mukadam: Thanks for tagging, Shahid. Will do it! 🙂

  24. @ BK Chowla: Thank you 🙂

    No, Mr. Chowla, you are perfectly right and it makes a lot of sense. And I do the same too.

    To elaborate…I’d like to give 2 aspects:

    1. I love Sidney Sheldon as an author, so I have read almost all his books. I like Mary Higgins Clark, so I look for her books, irrespective of the plot, story or characterization!

    2. This post talks about the different types of posts one sees in a blog. For example, Vipul sometimes writes a fiction, sometimes a poem, MANY times a very intellectual post, sometime a funny and witty post or an informative post. (Did I miss anything??) So, while I like Vipul’s style of expression and read all his posts, there are certain types of his posts, which I enjoy more than the others.

    I am honored to feature in your list of favorite bloggers! Thank you!! 🙂

  25. @ chetan: Thanks Chetan. I am glad it made you laugh. 🙂

    Philosophical or spiritual, I have categorized in The Intellectual post! (For they are unanswerable to scientific observation, analysis, or experiment, or a brainiac take on a subject!)

    @ Sojo Varughese: Me, a Blogging Expert!!??? Nah! Just learning!! 🙂

  26. @ Shruti: HI! Its not the categorization of a Blog! Its the categorization of the posts which make your blog.
    So like you have a Tale and a Verse Post (55 Fiction and story), Happy-Go-Lucky Posts(How conscious are we?), Sharing is Good Posts (Awards and Tags), Cut/Copy-Paste Posts (Technologically Challenged or Say Cheese)etc.

    Got it?? 🙂

  27. Good compilation of posts here. Did you miss ‘Tag’ posts, a phenomenon peculiar to blogging?
    And some ‘UN’ posts – Utter Nonsense posts that tell nothing becoz one doesnt know what to post and have nothing to say? Nice list already!

  28. @ Shruti: Cool! Am glad this insight made you rejoice! 🙂
    Happy Blogging!

    @ Avdi: Me too like personal blogs! Reviews not that favorite! :p

    My sentiments exacly, regarding Cut Copy, Paste posts!
    The best is when such posts get such amazing comments as if it was the blogger’s own creation!! :O

  29. This is another of your best analising posts! You are really good at it! I think I have written two thre kind of posts you listed like photo post, award post and I think Happt go lucky post! I will like to write some Intellectual, thought provoking and lol posts!!

  30. A neat compilation, indeed!

    And one should notice the number of posts with ‘LOL’ and ‘ROTFL’ written on them…

    Infact, people actually laugh less and write ‘LOL’ and ‘ROTFL’ more…

    P.S. Shubho Bijoya!

  31. @ pra: Thanks Prashansa! Great, now that you have identified, what you wanna write, so go ahead and express yourself!! waiting….:)

    @Roshmi Singa: Thank you Roshmi.
    Ha Ha!I know!!

    Belated Shubho Bijoya! 🙂

    @Rohit Varma: Welcome on “A rose is a rose is a rose!”, Mr. Varma.

    I wonder if that kind of analysis is available? May be the Blog Directories would have this kind of data, coz they keep giving the rankings/ratings etc

    Now, that you raised this query, I’d be keen to know this!

  32. Yaar I still find it difficult to digest that you are not a professional writer pursuing ‘blogging’ for a hobby! 80% of your articles seem like well-researched ones, even on such senseless topics as flavors of blogging! That’s a very unique skill u know! Cooking is just one part of the job… but presentation is what sells it! Hats off!

  33. @ Kaddu : Thanks for your kind words!! I am beaming!!! 🙂 🙂

    @ D-Observer : Thank you! 🙂
    yeah, this post can feature in Information is Power Posts or even List Posts! 🙂

    @ JD : Thank you JD. I am glad you liked my posts!! 🙂 🙂

  34. Yeah, there are lots of different types of blogs. I can add one more to that list. That is informational blogs. These blogs provide information on a particular topic. Less of personal but more on the details.

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