Blog Improvement: Blog Post Bingo Wrap-up

I played Blog Post Bingo during April!  The idea was to get out of our normal blogging routines and experiment with different kinds of content.  The challenge was to write as many different post types as possible from a list of 14 types.  This task was a great way to brainstorm ideas and approaches, especially for my Midweek @ Musings feature.  I wrote six different post types.  Two also qualified in other categories, but I don’t think double-counting was allowed!  Here are links to my posts for each post type:

A Short Post – less than 200 words:  A rare find at local used book sale

A List Post – simple as it sounds, a list of some sort:  Midweek @ Musings: 10 Ways to Make Google Reader Work for You

A How-To Post – You’re an expert in something; big or small, share how to do it:  Midweek @ Musings: How to Fight Climate Change, one Bite at a Time

A Review Post – self-explanatory: Review: Holiday, by Stanley Middleton

A Personal Post – something that’s going on in your life, related to your normal blog topic or not: Midweek @ Musings: Why I’m a Vegetarian.  NOTE: This post also qualified as an “opinion post”.

A Collation Post – gather quotes or opinions on a subject, place them together in a post, and draw conclusions on the topic: Classics Circuit Review: Thérèse Raquin, by Émile ZolaNOTE: This post also qualified as a “long post” (more than 700 words).

The other recommended post types are as follows:

  • A Link Post – share link (or series of links) your readers might find interesting
  • An Opinion Post – take an event, news, or another blog post and share your opinion on it
  • A Poll Post – post a poll or ask your readers a specific question for feedback
  • A Long Post – more than 700 words
  • A Resource Post – you know a lot about something, share the sites/books/tutorials you go to on that topic. This is similar to a link post, except these links should be related in some way and be useful for other people who want to know about the topic
  • An Interview or Guest Post – interview someone and post about it on your blog, solicit a guest post from someone else, or write a guest post yourself for another blog
  • A Profile or Case Study Post — both of these types of posts involve writing about a person or group in your niche; find out what they do, how they got there, or interesting stories then share with your readers (more details from ProBlogger)
  • A Post Contrasting Two Different Options – compare and contrast two similar items, let people know the pros and cons of each and ultimately decide which is the best.

This was fun!  I’m planning to revisit this list often for inspiration.

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