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What's a blog? by Mind Map: What's a blog?

1. A good post....

1.1. credible source/author

1.2. attribution/crediting sources

1.3. spellcheck!

1.4. personality

1.5. informed

1.6. personal

1.7. engaging

1.7.1. entertaining

1.7.2. humorous

1.7.3. personal

1.7.4. provocative

1.8. not overwhelming

1.9. original -- not repetitive

1.10. timely

2. types

2.1. opinionated

2.1.1. thoughts

2.2. informational

2.2.1. tutorials

2.3. resources

2.4. one-person journal

2.5. multi-author

2.6. community

3. features

3.1. comments

3.2. photos

3.3. videos

3.4. linking

3.5. RSS feed

3.6. blogroll

4. structure

4.1. reverse chronological

5. best practices

5.1. consistent

5.2. frequent

5.3. speaking to other blogs

6. characteristics

6.1. passionate

6.2. conversational

6.3. casual

6.4. good writing

6.5. focus

6.5.1. niche

7. kinds of posts

7.1. link round-up: "a bunch of great stories about X..."

7.2. industry news

7.3. reaction/opinion piece

7.4. reviews (movie, TV, software, etc)

7.5. annual/recurring features

7.6. seasonal blog post

7.7. thank you/recognition/acknowledgement/shout-out

7.8. live blogging (during an event)

7.9. event write-up/report

7.10. tutorial

7.11. tips

7.12. gossip

7.13. celebrity sightings

7.14. progress report

7.15. what went wrong here & how to make it right

7.16. travel experience/blog

7.17. interview

7.18. anything numbered

7.18.1. 20 great examples

7.18.2. the 10 best...

7.18.3. 5 ways to...