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Blog Type Examples January 12, 2009

Posted by Liz Borkowski in Blogging.
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For our first class, here are examples of a few different types of blogs.

Political blogs: Daily Kos is a major left-wing blog, and it’s noteworthy having posts from the site’s official writers (the “front pagers”) as well as from users. (Registered users can post diaries, and the most-recommended diaries are featured in a Top Ten list.) Front-pager DemFromCT covers public health topics — see recent posts on flu season and Obama’s Surgeon General pick. Advertising revenue supports the site.

For a different model of political blog, see Cato@ Liberty, the blog of the Cato Foundation; their Director of Health Policy Studies, Michael  F. Cannon, covers healthcare issues.

Subject blogs: Many blogs cover a single topic, like healthcare or the environment. Gristmill, the blog portion of the nonprofit Grist, is an environmental blog featuring content from the organization’s staff and from a long list of contributors. RH Reality Check, which is funded by the UN Foundation and dedicated to reproductive health issues, also publishes content from both staff and guest writers. For a narrower topic, see Superbug, a blog run by a freelance writer and dedicated to the issue of antibiotic-resistant infections.

Newspaper/Magazine-affliated blogs: Newspapers and magazines support hundreds of blogs, most of them written by reporters who juggle blogging with their regular reporting responsibilities. These blogs highlight stories from the print edition and cover news items that aren’t substantial enough to be print stories; sometimes they also let reporters provide details or backstories that didn’t make it into the print version of a story. See the Boston Globe’s White Coat Notes, which addresses medical issues, and the Seattle PI’s Secret Ingredients, which tackles food safety and other public health topics.

Nonprofit blogs: Nonprofit organizations use blogs to highlight their issues and campaigns (and sometimes to request donations). Switchboard, the blog of the Natural Resources Defense Council, posts content from several staff people working on different environmental issues.

First-person blogs: Bloggers’ personal stories can provide insights into how public health issues affect individuals. At Signout, a pseudonymous medical resident shows us what it’s like inside a hospital; for instance, see posts on family members attending loved ones’ resuscitation attempts and the roles of hospital interns.

Feel free to add your own blog types or examples in the comments!

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