What is your personal blogging style

Walter van den Broek
January 17, 2011

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?

ResearchBlogging.org
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

 

4 Responses to “What is your personal blogging style”

  1. The very fact they culled the study participants from MySpace raises a lot of question about the validity of the scale. To be honest, no serious blogger uses MySpace, not now, at least.

    It is difficult to aggregate personally hosted blogs like yours, but if they HAD to go for community blogging, would they not be better off using a larger communtiy like Blogspot or wordpress.com?

    Overall, the categories look interesting. But I am sure there could be more categories, say what? :)

  2. Dr. Skeptic on January 17th, 2011 at 9:41 am
  3. Hello Dr Shock,

    I love the name:-D I came across your blog by accident and lingered long enough to read some of your posts concerning blogging, social networking etc., – very interesting stuff. I’m working on a project with a group of university students in Bordeaux called the “Social Scientist”and we’re exploring the ways in which scientists are using social networking tools. Your blog posts concerning the psychological aspects of social networking will be an interesting aspect for the students to consider.

    Thanks!

  4. Anna Delprato on January 17th, 2011 at 11:18 am
  5. [...] Styles Analyzed Posted on January 17, 2011 by Dr. Skeptic What is your personal blogging style by Dr Shock MD PhD is a refreshing take on a contentious issue. He has brought to the notice of the science bloggers [...]

  6. Blogging Styles Analyzed | Scepticemia on January 17th, 2011 at 3:25 pm
  7. True, wordpress and blogger would be better although I’m not sure whether teenagers prefer these blog platforms. Thanks and take care Dr Shock

  8. Dr Shock on January 17th, 2011 at 9:21 pm
  1. The very fact they culled the study participants from MySpace raises a lot of question about the validity of the scale. To be honest, no serious blogger uses MySpace, not now, at least.

    It is difficult to aggregate personally hosted blogs like yours, but if they HAD to go for community blogging, would they not be better off using a larger communtiy like Blogspot or wordpress.com?

    Overall, the categories look interesting. But I am sure there could be more categories, say what? :)

  2. Dr. Skeptic on January 17th, 2011 at 9:41 am
  3. Hello Dr Shock,

    I love the name:-D I came across your blog by accident and lingered long enough to read some of your posts concerning blogging, social networking etc., – very interesting stuff. I’m working on a project with a group of university students in Bordeaux called the “Social Scientist”and we’re exploring the ways in which scientists are using social networking tools. Your blog posts concerning the psychological aspects of social networking will be an interesting aspect for the students to consider.

    Thanks!

  4. Anna Delprato on January 17th, 2011 at 11:18 am
  5. [...] Styles Analyzed Posted on January 17, 2011 by Dr. Skeptic What is your personal blogging style by Dr Shock MD PhD is a refreshing take on a contentious issue. He has brought to the notice of the science bloggers [...]

  6. Blogging Styles Analyzed | Scepticemia on January 17th, 2011 at 3:25 pm
  7. True, wordpress and blogger would be better although I’m not sure whether teenagers prefer these blog platforms. Thanks and take care Dr Shock

  8. Dr Shock on January 17th, 2011 at 9:21 pm
  1. The very fact they culled the study participants from MySpace raises a lot of question about the validity of the scale. To be honest, no serious blogger uses MySpace, not now, at least.

    It is difficult to aggregate personally hosted blogs like yours, but if they HAD to go for community blogging, would they not be better off using a larger communtiy like Blogspot or wordpress.com?

    Overall, the categories look interesting. But I am sure there could be more categories, say what? :)

  2. Dr. Skeptic on January 17th, 2011 at 9:41 am
  3. Hello Dr Shock,

    I love the name:-D I came across your blog by accident and lingered long enough to read some of your posts concerning blogging, social networking etc., – very interesting stuff. I’m working on a project with a group of university students in Bordeaux called the “Social Scientist”and we’re exploring the ways in which scientists are using social networking tools. Your blog posts concerning the psychological aspects of social networking will be an interesting aspect for the students to consider.

    Thanks!

  4. Anna Delprato on January 17th, 2011 at 11:18 am
  5. [...] Styles Analyzed Posted on January 17, 2011 by Dr. Skeptic What is your personal blogging style by Dr Shock MD PhD is a refreshing take on a contentious issue. He has brought to the notice of the science bloggers [...]

  6. Blogging Styles Analyzed | Scepticemia on January 17th, 2011 at 3:25 pm
  7. True, wordpress and blogger would be better although I’m not sure whether teenagers prefer these blog platforms. Thanks and take care Dr Shock

  8. Dr Shock on January 17th, 2011 at 9:21 pm
  1. The very fact they culled the study participants from MySpace raises a lot of question about the validity of the scale. To be honest, no serious blogger uses MySpace, not now, at least.

    It is difficult to aggregate personally hosted blogs like yours, but if they HAD to go for community blogging, would they not be better off using a larger communtiy like Blogspot or wordpress.com?

    Overall, the categories look interesting. But I am sure there could be more categories, say what? :)

  2. Dr. Skeptic on January 17th, 2011 at 9:41 am
  3. Hello Dr Shock,

    I love the name:-D I came across your blog by accident and lingered long enough to read some of your posts concerning blogging, social networking etc., – very interesting stuff. I’m working on a project with a group of university students in Bordeaux called the “Social Scientist”and we’re exploring the ways in which scientists are using social networking tools. Your blog posts concerning the psychological aspects of social networking will be an interesting aspect for the students to consider.

    Thanks!

  4. Anna Delprato on January 17th, 2011 at 11:18 am
  5. [...] Styles Analyzed Posted on January 17, 2011 by Dr. Skeptic What is your personal blogging style by Dr Shock MD PhD is a refreshing take on a contentious issue. He has brought to the notice of the science bloggers [...]

  6. Blogging Styles Analyzed | Scepticemia on January 17th, 2011 at 3:25 pm
  7. True, wordpress and blogger would be better although I’m not sure whether teenagers prefer these blog platforms. Thanks and take care Dr Shock

  8. Dr Shock on January 17th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

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