How do you experience, perceive your blogging? This is a different question from why do you blog, or your motivation for blogging. This question is more about your blogging style. Well they have an questionnaire for that and it’s recently validated.
A total of 182 bloggers (87 males, 95 females; age range 18–64 years) recruited from MySpace.com participated in the study. So I’m not in it.
And this is what they found: 4 styles to choose from:
- The Therapeutic Blogging style is a style that is open and expressive, focused on affective exchange and symptom relief, and more directed to the concerns of the blogger than the blog readers.
- The Connected Blogging style. This blogging style uses blogs to connect and communicate with others rather than solve emotional problems. Their highly interactive blogs appear to enhance friendship networks in a range of ways.
- The Self-Censoring style is focused on substantial positive identity construction. These bloggers use their blog for self-management and they use self-censorship and self-presentation strategies when authoring their blogs.
- The Substitution Blogging style is a style in which the blogger focuses on feedback from others and readership appears to be successful. These bloggers usually have a higher number subscribers and comments from their readership. They have a a strong focus on interaction with others through the blog.
The articles also goes into possible motivations for these blogging styles but that seems to be premature to me. It’s probably also possible that you could fit into more than one category of blogging style. Your blogging style could also change over time. Another recognizable finding in this study was:
In the current research, females were more likely to use a therapeutic style of blogging, and males more likely to be selfcensoring or substitution-style bloggers. While some research has suggested that sex has little effect on the content of blogs, other studies show women to be more focused on writing about personal life and socialising than men, including greater use of emoticons and diary-type blogs.
This scale might be useful to be used individually or in combination to assess the different ways in which bloggers may experience their blogs.
What do you think, what is your blogging style?
Baker, J., & Moore, S. (2010). Creation and Validation of the Personal Blogging Style Scale Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2010.0130