What kinds of blogs are there?

Blogs types and topics range from celebrity news blogs, like PerezHilton.com, to personal blogs, like many of those found on LiveJournal.com and similar sites. Blogs really are just simple, journal-style websites that discuss whatever topic the author chooses. They are normally arranged according to date and time, and have frequent content updates. Most bloggers use their blog as a platform to voice their own opinion about topics, usually backing these opinions up with cited facts or personal experiences.

Many successful bloggers try to find an interesting topic or niche to focus on, thus differentiating themselves from the vast majority of blogs out there. Cooking blogs are one popular blog type. Julia Powell created a blog devoted to discussing her year-long endeavor to cook all the recipes in Julia Child's famous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her blog became hugely popular and led to her publishing its contents as a book, which was then turned into the movie Julie & Julia.

Blogs also can be used to discuss politics or criticize commercial industries. The extremely successful blog, WaiterRant.net, focuses on the author, known as The Waiter, and his experiences in the food service industry, giving an insight into his frustrations and amazement at the behavior of customers and fellow workers. His early blog entries eventually became the book Thanks for the Tip -- Confessions of a Cynical Waiter.

Business blogs might help educate customers or visitors on certain products or services. They might even give personal advice. For instance, the blog of the online community MidlifeMingle.com advises visitors on dating, specifically online and over 40 dating.

Bloggers are really only limited by their creativity and personal interests when coming up with blogging topics. Some blogs even help others write their own blog, as evidenced by the WebsiteBusiness.com blog!