The Three Types of Personal Blogging Posts

I’m giving a little talk to a group in New York this afternoon on the “art of blogging” and it got me asking the question, “What is the essential core of personal blogging?”

After much pondering on the question, I whittled the entire art form — every single blog post ever written — down to three basic topics, or themes, and the typical responses to these posts from the readership-at-large.

Blog Post Theme #1 —

“This is why the OTHERS are WRONG.”   They act, speak, or think incorrectly, and I will tell you why.

Response from Readers to Blog Post Theme #1 —

“You nailed it. I’m sharing this on Facebook.”

Blog Post Theme #2 —

“This is why I am RIGHT.”  I work hard. I play hard. I am blessed with good luck.

Response from Readers to Blog Post Theme #2 —

You are AWESOME. I’m sharing this on Twitter.

Blog Post Theme #3 —

“This is my real life, unfiltered, warts and all.”

Response from Readers to Blog Post Theme #3 —

1)  “Crickets.”

2)  [HUGS]

3)  You’re one fucked up asshole.

4)  I am so proud of your strength and bravery in being so vulnerable online.  Unfortunately, I need to only surround myself with positive people, so I am unfollowing you everywhere.   Namaste.

5)  Thanks for voting for me for my 2013 BlogHer Voice of the Year blog post this year, which I will be reading in front of thousands, assuming you DID vote for me.  And even if you didn’t, it doesn’t really matter.  I can’t wait to see you and have you hear me read my post out loud! It’s so exciting, right?!  Check out my other blog posts at —

6)  Venetian blinds are an excellent addition to any abode. Your information adds much insight into my glorified research. Thank you for your good work! What is your favorite travel software to Belirus?

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24 Responses to The Three Types of Personal Blogging Posts

  1. Yep, I fall into theme #3, thanks.
    AlwaysARedhead posted What happened when she didn’t sleep for five days?

  2. Amanda says:

    Nicely done, Neil.

  3. Kim says:

    As someone who never writes anything but a theme-3 blog post, I have learned to love the crickets. When they make the film about my life (ah, self-aggrandizement so early in the morning!) there will be a charming scene where the crickets surround me to comfort me, and their chirp-noises will turn into a Bon Iver song.

    Congrats on your speaking engagement! Knock ’em dead.
    Kim posted list four: a sequence of events

  4. Gen says:


    Everything about that common comment makes me uncomfortable. And it permeates the Internet. Only comment that makes me more irked is the one that goes like so:

    Snarky rude comment filled with sarcasm but followed by a winking emoticon so if you respond to the aggressiveness of it, I can proclaim to have meant no harm. Because I winked with punctuation. 😉

  5. Megan says:

    You nailed it. I’m sharing this on Facebook. :)
    Megan posted It’s My Body; I’ll Cry If I Want To

  6. Avitable says:

    So are you going to buy some fucking Venetian blinds or what?
    Avitable posted Soon I shall be wearing a computer on my face. ON MY FACE.

  7. Maggie May says:

    I write mostly #3, sometimes to Bon Iver’s Crickets ( perfect, Kim ) sometimes to a lot of response.

    What about your post? It’s #4, Humorous Observation.
    Maggie May posted Summer 2013- The Creek

  8. Lillian says:

    I only wish my spam comment writers were as articulate as yours seem to be.
    Lillian posted For Some Reason My Husband Puts Up With Me

  9. Carrie says:


    Damn. I now apparently have’em.

    Thanks for bring THAT to my attention. =)
    Carrie posted Lights. Camera. But probably not much Action since I knew nothing about it. Damn it.

  10. I’ve written all three types. I feel so well-rounded!
    Cynthia Meents posted Funny About Words

  11. 3[b] I write hyperbole about my everything, plus some poems.
    Josette Plank posted A Poem About Laundry

  12. Also, I was voted a VOTY this year, but I won’t be at Blogher. I’m sending an Appalachian moonshiner in my place to speak out against the injustices of liquor control laws. So there.

  13. Linda Roy says:

    I’m a 3 – crickets and all. I see Bon Iver is booked so I’m going with Mumford & Sons.
    Linda Roy posted 100 Word Song: Uncertainty

  14. Kiss My Grits says:

    You are AWESOME. I’m sharing this on Twitter.

  15. Jack says:

    Sometimes I wonder if anyone will hire me to do nothing but write spam comments that I can share on the really brave posts.

    Damn, I think a million of years of blogging has made me jaded. Hope things are good with you, I don’t comment like I used to, but I still visit.
    Jack posted Why Blogging Might Die Next Week

  16. sizzle says:

    Yep. That’s about it.
    sizzle posted Being vs. Fixing

  17. Angella says:

    Theme #3, for the win!
    Angella posted Summer Lovin’

  18. Tarja says:

    Neil – so glad I finally made it over. First time blog reader, long time FB reader. (Positive people are so overrated.)

  19. You forgot “here’s a bieber bunch of popular bieber pop culture references in the bieber hopes I’ll get more bieber traffic.”
    Amy (KidFreeLiving) posted Hot Wax Hell

  20. Robbie says:

    yes. yes. yes.
    Robbie posted Hand Up

  21. Estelle says:

    So the ass-kissing comments that one receives from posts 1 and 2 don’t count anymore? How disappointing:)
    Estelle posted What Paula Deen Can Learn from Bloggers

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