Before the advent of the internet, the only ways to disseminate information or opinions were through what is now called “traditional media”: newspapers, mail, radio and television. Nowadays, the internet allows us to upload or download (or both) information as fast as possible. Blogs are a popular source of information as anyone can write a blog. All you have to do is go online, select a blog service, select a template and start writing. Among the many thousands of blogs available online, there are some types of blogs that make for more popular reading than others. Here is a list of the most popular kinds of blogs out there:
Everyone Loves Good Food
Food blogs or food- themed blogs are the most viewed and most read blogs on the planet. Food blogs can encompass a wide range of topics such as recipes, reviews, restaurant reviews, cook- offs etc. One of the most famous movies and books Julie and Julia starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams started off as a cooking blog by Julie Powell, who chronicled her attempt to cook all of the recipes in Julia Child’s infamous cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year. Not only did she accomplish the cooking goal she set for herself, the popularity of her blog launched her into fame and got her two book deals and a movie.
Subject- Specific Advice
Some blogs are written by experts in their field as an alternative to the open- sourced Wikipedia, in order to contribute to the knowledge collective in the world. For example, media expert Professor Henry Jenkins has an eponymous blog with extensive posts on everything media. His posts on transmedia storytelling and media activism even find their way to course syllabi. Plenty of famous business men use blogs to do everything from promote their own company to give small business advice.
These blogs draw crowds because the information on them isn’t (assumedly) a rehashing of a textbook somewhere – its real- life experience. For someone looking for small business advice on how to improve their start- up, a blog is a godsend as they may not be able to afford proper business consulting by an expert.
Around the World in 80 Days
Travel blogs are another phenomenon taking the internet by storm. It can be a straight- up, diary- style chronicling of a person’s travels or it can be a database of hotel, restaurant and tourist spots reviews. Some blogs have turned into successful business websites, pulling in money from advertising and being known as the go- to site for information on travel. Travel blogs become successful because it opens a window into a world that is inaccessible to the majority of the world. Despite the decreasing prices of travel, and the options available, many people still have limited funds, their mobility may be limited, and travel may not be an option. For them, thanks to the internet, a travel blog allows them to experience things they may not get to do themselves.