Blogging Typology



Have you ever noticed your favorite blogs having something in common, other than style? Or if you have your own little online diary: do you have any blogs you look up to that help you shape your own blog? I've been thinking about types of blogs lately, and I have come up with a humble blogger typology of my own. Keep in mind: classifying blogs in one category doesn't mean that that's all they have to offer, I'm just trying to discern the most obvious quality of the blog, and what their readers look for!


PICTURES

This type of blog has a high picture/text ratio, which is a fancy way of saying this is a more visual type of blog. The images are stunning (great composition, colors and focus), the lay-out is usually very clean to allow each and every snapshot to shine, and the writing is sparce and to the point: these kind of blogs are perfect for inspiration or your daily dose of escapism. The girls who run these blogs almost feel like stunning characters from a book or a movie, and their every day life is shrowded in mystery: these women don't fart, eat or need to comb their hair, and they are basically heavenly creatures of perfection. 
Pros: these blogs almost read like an extended version of a beautiful fashionspread. If you find one that suits your taste, you'll be inspired to no end.  
Cons: the girls who run these blogs can seem to be very detached from any day to day existence. After all, we DO get zits, have boyfriend troubles and rainy days that don't turn out to be perfect photo-opps. Usually these bloggers also have a seemingly endless array of designer goodies. CUE ENVY. 
Examples: The Cherry Blossom Girl, Karla's Closet, Fashion Toast and basically every other majorly popular fashion blog.


WORDS

You can probably guess what this one is about: word blogs are about the writing. If you are looking for an entertaining, inspiring read, check these out! The people who run these blogs are expressing their style through their choice of subject, the way they put their ideas in coherent sentences, and how their sentences combine into a thought-provoking whole. These wordsmiths are every bit as inspiring as the pictures of their more visual colleagues, but their readers need to put in a bit more effort. After all, reading text, taking in the meaning and forming an opinion of your own takes a bit more time than scrolling through pages packed with pretty pictures. These girls will probably make it into real, paid per sentence fashion editors one day.
Pros: the inspiration you get here goes a bit deeper than just pairing prints, for example. Writing can give you an entirely new perspective on fashion, getting dressed or life in general. SHIT IS DEEP
Cons: you will often find different bloggers writing about the same subjects over and over again. Finding a fresh view on fashion-relatedrandomness isn't easy after all. SHIT GETS STALE


PERSONALITY

This is a strange category. In your bookmarks, you might find a few blogs that aren't necessarily neatly written or filled with awe-inspiring pictures of outfits that are exactly your style. Maybe you can't wait for a certain blog to update, even if the style or writing isn't extraordinary. You know what is pulling you in? Personality. Some girls are just cooler than others, and you feel like they would be your friend if you'd know them in real life. The things they say make sense, and "touches" you in a way, but their writing is too personal to translate to, say, Vogue. Their pictures and style are beautiful, but not nearly as perfect in composition and focus as those of our Picture Bloggers. They just have that special something, a certain je ne sais quoi, the it-girl factor and a rawness and realness that spark an infatuation-like interest in you.
Pros: this chick is real. You feel like you almost know her, and you can relate to her in many ways. Even if she likes blacks, sheers and pleather while you are more of a peter pan collared tea dress person: she still inspires you because she is AWESOME
Cons: this category of blogs is very love it or leave it, and they probably garner the largest number of haters. When you wear your heart on your fashionable sleeve, you might expose yourself as an annoying brat.
Examples: Lulu And Your Mom (be sure to check out her tumblr), LLYMLRS, Blushing Ambition and Style Rookie goes here as well.

Got any other categories in your mind, do these descriptions remind you of a certain blog or do you strive to have your blog fit one of these types? And where would you put my blog? :-D


blouse, belt: Pimkie
flats: River Island (gift)
nylons: H&M
skirt: T2 vintage
sunglasses: Claire's

43 comments

  1. Honestly, I'd say your blog is a mix of all three! that can only be a good thing! Lovely outfit xo.

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  2. i love the fact you're always either flying or almost flying on your pictures!
    lovely post and great shoes ;)

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  3. p.s. i would put your blog in the 'personality'/ 'content' section ;)

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  4. great post, and I agree with Kelly J!

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  5. love the combination of colours! and the sunglasses are supercute!

    xx, Sabinna and David

    broken-cookies.blogspot.com

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  6. Love this outfit, the jumping shot is great!
    and great classifications!! I think I'm more of the photo blogger, but sometimes I do write a lot, ha ha.
    and you are a mix between word and photo XD
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  7. I think your blog is on the "personality" category. I love your retro style. :)

    For pictures I love The Cherry Blossom Girl, and for words, I love Keiko Lynn's blog. :)

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  8. divine the cherry shirt is preciuos!!!!
    I love the heart sunglases!!!

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  9. You are so adorable! The cherry blouse with those heart glasses is to die for. The glasses remind me of Lolita, my favorite book of all time. xoxo

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  10. SHIT IS DEEP/GETS STALE. Haha, brilliant.

    I think the one obvious (maybe) category you're missing is style! There are blogs that I follow even if the pictures aren't amazing, the writing is crap and the personality is blah. People who are seriously stylish. Although to be fair, I tend to quit those blogs after a while, since they start to annoy me.

    Hehe, and I won't say who I think goes in that category!

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  11. definitely in the personality category! that first photo sums you up completely, cute, funny, quirky and not afraid to laugh at yourself! so adorable xo

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  12. Wat leuk! Je had zo uit zo'n jaren 50 film kunnen lopen! echt leuk klassiek en fun!

    xx Marije

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  13. well I have been thinking about different blogs too. I have made a selection of my favorite Belgium bloggers: Brunette Bloggin, 70% pure, Shark Attack and The Styling Dutchman because they are all so different and have their own style. My other favorite ones: Beckerman girls, Braynboy (the pioneer), Nicolette Mason, Karla’s Closet, … . I have been thinking about the fact why I love these blogs, and I love them because it is a picture perfect: fabulous pics, great styling, and hey, they don’t look so bad either. Sometimes I wonder why some blogs are extremely popular, … I still haven’t figured it out yet. They are good, no question about that.
    But now about your fabulous outfit: love the little blouse and the combination with the shoes. I love the fact you stay true to your own style. Keep on spreading the love girl.

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  14. Thx for the mention bij je words categorie :) Ik zou je zeker bij de personality plaatsen, ik zit vaak echt te lachen met wat ik hier lees :)

    brunetteblogging.com

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  15. Whoo! Als eerst wil ik zeggen dat je outfit echt wonderful is. En ik vind dit een hele goeie post. Ik denk ook vaak na over verschillende soorten blogs. Ik zou heel graag een combinatie willen zijn van de picture/personality blog, denk dat dat nog wel ff gaat duren;)
    Vind jou blog echt personality, in a very good way!

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  16. Oh and btw, weet niet of je al bekend was met bleubird vintage, maar ik ben echt IN LOVE met haar blog. Het is niet alleen een fashion georienteerde blog, maar ook family, food en andere dingen.
    Check! Bleubird Vintage

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  17. Lovely outfit, those shoes really pop! And the blouse is adorable :) I agree with your blogging typology, though I'd say your a mix of great photos and very engaging text which leads to a great personality!
    Thanks for your advice by the way, I'll probably have a word with my colleague at some point, bitching ain't cool. x

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  18. You're a PERSONALITY blogger of course! :)
    And this categories are so true! I loved to read this! Great Post again. And this outfit is so kind' of south germanish you know?! You look like you should wander around the alps :D
    I mean this in a positive way! The color-combois amazing! It's very cute! And damn so many !!! again!!! :D

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  19. I think that your blog is mix of those 3 types! and I find it perfect that way!

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  20. AAAAHH!! Wat een super schattige schoentjes, ik wil ze ook!! geen idee hoe ik ze zou combineren maar je lijkt net een popje!

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  21. Looking lovely - I adore the piping and print of your blouse :)

    "these women don't fart, eat or need to comb their hair" LOL That 's hillarious :D My blog is quite picture heavy but clearly I so don't fit this category.. better grow a character pronto ;)

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  22. Your blog has the three types mixed. I love it!
    Cute look with points of lolita´s style. Your shoes are gorgeous.
    kiss

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  23. Looove your cherry blouse and the heart-shaped glasses! Total perfection <3

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  24. love the skirt, & your sunnies are amazing! these photos actually really cheered me up :)

    www.daisychainofdreams.blogspot.com

    xoxo

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  25. Oh the colors! They're so vibrant!! Love it!


    Fashezine

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  26. those are great blog choices. I really love your shoes and shirt together especially.

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  27. I love this outfit!! You're so good at styling plaid skirts :D Love the blouse and shoes, and the sunnies are so much fun!
    I think your blog is the ultimate mix of all three! Your pictures are awesome, and I love reading your posts. Both your photos and your words convey your awesome personality too! You're so down-to-earth and vibrant, I feel like if we knew each other in real life we'd be friends ;) Especially loved your fart comment, hahaha!
    M xo

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  28. I always think I'm following your blog, and then I realize that you're not on my feed. So I sort of feel like a fool!

    I love this post - I would definitely put you in the personality category! You're the type of girl that everyone would want to be friends with just by reading your blog :) I would like to place myself in the same category, but I'm always a little insecure about my personality.

    I hope all is well!
    xox

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  29. You are so very cute!!! Definitely gonna follow your blog. :)


    xoxo,
    www.thecathag.blogspot.com

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  30. ha this is great! i actually think i have the same shoes as you but in blue, no kidding. i would say i'm big on pictures and short on words but am not as perfect/detached as you described.

    mermaidnotebook.blogspot.com

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  31. ha this is great! i actually think i have the same shoes as you but in blue, no kidding. i would say i'm big on pictures and short on words but am not as perfect/detached as you described.

    mermaidnotebook.blogspot.com

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  32. You are so adorable! The cherry blouse with those heart glasses is to die for. The glasses remind me of Lolita, my favorite book of all time. xoxo

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  33. i love the fact you're always either flying or almost flying on your pictures!
    lovely post and great shoes ;)

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  34. Thx for the mention bij je words categorie :) Ik zou je zeker bij de personality plaatsen, ik zit vaak echt te lachen met wat ik hier lees :)

    brunetteblogging.com

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  35. Whoo! Als eerst wil ik zeggen dat je outfit echt wonderful is. En ik vind dit een hele goeie post. Ik denk ook vaak na over verschillende soorten blogs. Ik zou heel graag een combinatie willen zijn van de picture/personality blog, denk dat dat nog wel ff gaat duren;)
    Vind jou blog echt personality, in a very good way!

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  36. SHIT IS DEEP/GETS STALE. Haha, brilliant.

    I think the one obvious (maybe) category you're missing is style! There are blogs that I follow even if the pictures aren't amazing, the writing is crap and the personality is blah. People who are seriously stylish. Although to be fair, I tend to quit those blogs after a while, since they start to annoy me.

    Hehe, and I won't say who I think goes in that category!

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  37. Sorry for reviving an old, old post, but I had to comment on this! You're on the third category, of course! Take this post as example: I come to see the lovely outfit (your dare at mixing prints: swoon!) and then I stay, and read all over, and loved the post. I always find interesting things you write, your rants, your analysis... you may fit well on the Words category too, BUT you got personality, girl, AND, I mean, anyone wants to be your friend in real life, lol! I am fairly new to the blog world, but I find these categories are so true. Visual blogs are good, truly inspirational some times, but I also find they are like far away from reality (those girls don't fart... oh my! :D ) and know what? Designer fashion is already like that... and I love blogs as there is real girls and women behind it, with real lives and all. So, as far as those pics and outfits are jawdropping, I still prefer the second and third category. Yay!

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  38. sweetest comment ever, thank you so much!

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