Which kind of a blogger am I?

May 17, 2007 at 11:36 am | Posted in Blogging, English, German, Life | 10 Comments
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There seems to be a general consent that there are two kinds of bloggers, even if the lines and criteria of distinction are often dissimilar.

Greg Knauss, emulating Jason Kottke, thinks that the two kinds of bloggers are the referential and the experiential one:

The referential blogger uses the link as his fundamental unit of currency, building posts around ideas and experiences spawned elsewhere: Look at this. Referential bloggers are reporters, delivering pointers to and snippets of information, insight or entertainment happening out there, on the Intraweb. They can, and do, add their own information, insight and entertainment to the links they unearth — extrapolations, juxtapositions, even lengthy and personal anecdotes — but the outward direction of their focus remains their distinguishing feature.

The experiential blogger is inwardly directed, drawing entries from personal experience and opinion: How about this. They are storytellers (and/or bores), drawing whatever they have to offer from their own perspective. They can, and do, add links to supporting or explanatory information, even unique and undercited external sources. But their motivation, their impetus, comes from a desire to supply narrative, not reference it.

Aaron Brazell proposes that

There are two kinds of bloggers: those who blog for themselves, and those who write for others. The first kind of blogger writes as an outlet for themselves; the second type tries to meet the readers’ needs. The problem comes when the first type tries to be the second type and fails.

A chap who calls himself Sirbastian Manning takes a technological approach:

There are two types of bloggers.
1. People who use premade software. These guys usually have loads to write about.
2. People who make their own software to blog with. These guys usually have nothing to write about (some do though).
I fit into the last group of people but now I’m using wordpress so I should start writing more.
Maybe tomorrow.

And cartoonist Jeff Danziger knows the ultimate truth about the two types of bloggers🙂

Jeff Danziger

So which kind of a blogger are you? Which kind of a blogger am I? For the time being, I would simply describe myself as a blogger who has at one point made a resolution to write on post per today. That’s a statistical approach, but the rest follows from this. A certain quantity counts. And at the moment, I am also a blogger who considers reconsidering this resolution, as I feel I don’t really have the time for it – neither for writing about the things that do REALLY matter to me,

(e.g. about the annoying campaign of a club called Familiennetzwerk, i.e. family network, who are rallying to spread the word that day care children are severly traumatized and that there is no other way to protect a child’s sanity than by mothers’ giving up their jobs; recently on a television program, one of their spokes persons claimed that every third child in Sweden – a country where day care centres are not considered prisons, but a place of early social integration – was neurotic, basing her ‘research’ on just one Swedish publication by a woman who could, upon request, not produce any evidence for her findings; but the Familiennetzwerk doesn’t care, everybody can sing in their choir, for as long as they sing their tune… *grrrrrrrrr*)

nor for reading all the blogs out there that interest me. And if you have got just 11 blogs on your daily reading list, like I do, and you have another, presumably ‘real’ life to tend to, the demands of both tend to collide.

I am also considering writing in German – when I started, writing in English also meant to not align myself geography, which also lead me to the misspelling of the name of the province I live in, i.e. Vorradelberg. And know that I know that I am going to move away (relatively) soon, I might want to. Align myself. Geographically and linguistically. But then Cabbage, Lallopallo, Whetted and Nova wouldn’t be able to ‘read me’. Hmm.


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  1. Easy solution: just get a job in Chicago. Our university, for example, is (as most other universities) a great place to become a lecturer, if you really want to know what it feels like to be underappreciated and exploited, doing a ton of work for little pay. And: you could still post in English. How sweet does that sound?

  2. I am really tempted. I could teach students to blog to make money online, say, with locker room pictures taken with their own cellphones cameras, so that they can laugh at me once they’ve made their first million:-)

  3. Don’t worry about it. I’ll learn German.

  4. Ok, Kohl, das machen wir:-)

  5. Interesting to know the type of bloggers! I think I know what kind of a blogger am I based on the definitions given here.

    You mentioned about your English readers and I am a friend of one of those .. Nova’s friend. I used to visit your blogs just because of her.. 🙂

    Very few people continue blogging consistently.. and I think you are one of them. You might lose some readers due to language barrier, but you might get more due to German also 🙂

    Good luck for everything you do in life..Keep blogging!


  6. I’m also merely a 1-a-day blogger. I tried to blog about work and professional stuff, to help me structure myself, but recently increasingly self-censor my blogging so what I write about tends to be irrelevant and
    therefore no longer very satisfactory at all.

    I’m not really sure where I’m going with it, it’s very possible that I’ll stop blogging some day.

    Anyway, I better get ready for the last Derren Brown ‘Trick or Treat’ episode. Tonight he’ll make a woman witness her own death. Meanie 😛

  7. Namasté, Krupa-ji, and thank you for your kind words! Nova sometimes writes about how your thoughts have affected her and I suppose I must also check out your blog more often.

    @Lenina: Self-censorship can be an issue – I find that in particular difficult with respect to work related issues. I sometimes think one should have a blog that is sooo anonymous that you can write whatever you want – meaning that people who know you shouldn’t know the address.

  8. It seems to me that nowadays I dont fit in any type of Blogger.

  9. What’S going on with you nowdays? Everything fine afer the move?

  10. Actually Iam in NewYork/Washington DC since last week, visiting my brother and friends. I posted some pictures of Times square, NY in my blog..will post more..
    I will be moving to Toronto once Iam back in Montreal.

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