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Lesson 3: Choosing a Blogging Style

Posted by Adam Graham on March 4, 2007

How do you blog? Let’s take a look at some top right-leaning blogs:

Instapundit
Michelle Malkin
Red State
Stop the ACLU

There are quite a few ways to do this blogging thing. Other than ideological differences, the primary difference between many conservative bloggers comes down to their own personal goals, tastes, and preferences. It’s what I’d like to call, a Blogging style. This will help you make your most important decisions regarding your blog.

Blogging style can best be determined by a series of questions:

1) Why are you intested in blogging?

In Lesson 1, we established how powerful blogging is and how that influence will continue to grow. The question now is what will you do with this power? There are several reasons people blog, here are a few of them:

-To sell themselves subject matter experts.
-To move political power players through blogging
-To get action on one particular issue.

-To build an online political community
-To sound off and provide their opinion.

The purpose of your blog will determine a lot of decisions. If your main purpose is to sell your books and lectures and to use it as an oulet for your writing, it may not make sense for you to use trackbacks and comments as it may not further your goals. Similiarly if your purpose in starting your blog is to promote a pro-life viewpoint, bringing a pro-choice co-blogger on makes little sense. Always keep your blog’s purpose in mind when making a decision and ask whether what’s proposed will help or hinder your blog?

2) Blogging organization?

Some people think the only option to blog is to start one up on a major free service like Blogspot. In reality, there are different ways to blog. These ways vary on three factors:

1) Responsibility
2) Control

3) Expectations

Solo Blogging

1) High Responsibility
2) High Control
3) Expected to provided extremely regular content

Group Blogging

1) Moderate Responsibility

2) Little Control
3) Expected to provide fairly regular content

Online Communities

1) No Responsibility for anything other than your own content
2) No Control
3) No minimum expectation of providing content.

So in your own personal blog, you have to deal with things such as comment spam (if you have comments), layout, etc. In an online community like Red State you have no worries and no expectations.

On the other side, on your personal blog you control all the ads that appear (if any), everything in the sidebar, who can comment and who cannot. In an online community that control goes to moderators. So how important each element is to you will determine how you blog.

3) Anonymous v. Known

Will you be the masked blogger? Some bloggers such as the Random Yak and the Truth Laid Bear jealously guard their true identity like a superhero.

For some, the blogosphere is a great opportunity to say what you want without fear of reprisal because no one knows who you are. It’s a masked speaker of truth thing.

The negative about this is that if your audience knows little about you, you’re less likely to be read or have credability. The more you reveal of yourself, the more you’ll be likely to be found out, and no one likes being unmasked.

If you’re considering using your blog to promote yourself in offline activism, politics, or media, you’d best drop the idea of total anonymity, as it’s hard to become famous and unknown. However, always keep yourself and your family safe in the personal information you post online.

4) Comments?

The decision to allow comments is a tough one. On some blogs, the comments section becomes a distraction from the main point, while on others it allows you to flesh out the point in a conversation with your readers.

It’s at this point, we have look back at issue 1. Comments can open the opportunity for additional thoughts, engagement with the other sides, etc. It can also be the source of hostile and hateful attacks. Will comments hurt or help your blog? It all depends on what you want your blog to be.

Make sure your blogging life fits your style so you can enjoy your blog work for years to come!



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2 Responses to “Lesson 3: Choosing a Blogging Style”

  1. Hi Adam:

    I liked your article about blogging and wish more bloggers would share their thoughts on this matter. As for my reasons for blogging –most of those you mentioned!

    -To move political power players through blogging

    -To get action on one particular issue.
    -To build an online political community
    -To sound off and provide their opinion

    As for style – I still prefer anonymity as a political blogger in this day and age. I see my blog as my alter ego, so it doesn’t really matter to me if my own name gets known. Getting action on particular issues and building an online political community are big items on my agenda. I also believe that those of us who share common political views should be helping each other gain visibility because we all win when we keep in mind that the issues are larger than our own little blogging egos.

  2. Adam Graham [Member] said

    Thanks for the comment.

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