In this intro to blogs lesson, learn all about what a blog is, who blogs, and why you should blog if you're interested in it.
A blog can be about literally anything. There are people blogging about every topic imaginable, from their political views to their pets. Think of any interest or hobby, no matter how unusual or specialized—there's bound to be an entire community of blogs devoted to discussing it. Although it's impossible to list all of the subjects people blog about, there are certain topics that are commonly covered.
Click the arrows in the slideshow below to learn about a few common types of blogs.
Enjoying the Small Things is an example of a personal blog, a type of blog that discusses a blogger's life. Here, Kelle Hampton posts stories and photos of her two daughters, one of whom has Down Syndrome. Blogs about parenting are sometimes called mommyblogs.
Smitten Kitchen is an example of a hobby blog, a blog that documents a particular hobby the blogger enjoys—in this case, cooking. Blogger Deb Perelman posts her own recipes complete with photos.
Tobacco Road Blues is an example of an interest blog, a blog focused on one particular topic. Basketball fan Shane Ryan edits this blog, which covers the rivalry between the University of North Carolina and Duke University.
Campaign Tracker is an example of a political blog. Journalist Jim Morrill posts short, timely reports about news in North Carolina politics. Most political blogs have a strong point of view. Political bloggers write to express their opinions and influence policy.
Only Half Kidding is the photoblog of photographer Eliza Sohn. Some photoblogs focus on a particular place or subject, while others are simply collections of a photographer's favorite or most recent photos. Most photoblogs include very little text.
Lunch Bag Art is an example of a microblog. Microblogs are made up of short posts that often contain images or links. The blogger behind Lunch Bag Art is a father who posts photos of the daily drawing he does on his kids' lunch bags.