The Rambler – Blogger Types (2 of 5)

February 15, 2008 - Written by Gyutae Park  

rambler.jpgIn this blogging series, we are discussing the 5 different types of bloggers: experts, ramblers, journeymen, journalists, and celebrities. Here we will cover the rambler, a common breed of bloggers who speak their mind and thrive on letting their personality shine through. Are you a rambler? Be sure to vote in the blogger types poll.

Qualities of a rambler

  • Speaks his or her mind
  • Relies on personality rather than content
  • Frequently uses humor and wit

Benefits of being a rambler

  • Flexibility in topics covered on the blog
  • Aren’t tied down by reader wants and needs
  • Attract like-minded people who find you funny and likable
  • Be yourself

Tactics ramblers use for their blogs

  • Be as personal as possible, sharing insights and feelings
  • Rants, jokes, and personal anecdotes work well
  • Personality wins readers

Examples

  • John Chow – miscellaneous ramblings of a dot com mogul
  • Maddox – “the best page in the universe” – hilarious rant blog
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13 Responses to “The Rambler – Blogger Types (2 of 5)”

Andrew Pavelski on February 15th, 2008

Ramblers like John Chow are definitely interesting and addicting to follow.

Gyutae Park on February 23rd, 2008

With ramblers, you’re following the person and not necessarily the blog. This leads to a great sticky effect.

 
 
Irish on February 15th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

I think there are misstyped here…”Benefits of being an expert” should be “Benefits of being a rambler” and “Tactics experts use for their blogs” should be “Tactics rambler use for their blogs”.

Gyutae Park on February 23rd, 2008

Thanks for the correction, Irish.

 
 
Ruchir Chawdhry on February 16th, 2008

Ramblers certainly are more interesting to follow as they instill all their personality into the post. I’m kind of a hybrid: a rambler and an expert 😆

Gyutae Park on February 23rd, 2008

It’s possible to fit into more than 1 category. The poll was created to see which are the most popular among bloggers. Ruchir the ramblert. Nice.

 
 
Survey Blogger on February 16th, 2008

Ramblers are much more entertaining and I think should have an easier time gaining subscribers. After all, people like to be entertained which makes it easier for them to subscribe to the ramblers blog.

 
Ty Brown on February 16th, 2008 Subscribed to comments via email

Ramblers can be addictive. I’ve got to tell you, though. You have to be a very good writer. Most of these ramblers are too annoying to follow for more than one post.

Gyutae Park on February 23rd, 2008

I agree with you. You can tell who’s in it for the money and who’s actually doing it because they’re passionate about their subject and love to write.

 
 
Thomas Sinfield on February 19th, 2008

Although I agree that sometimes ramblers can be addictive. For me personally they annoy me more often. Give me meaty posts full of content anyday over what you had for lunch…

Gyutae Park on February 23rd, 2008

Haha, thanks for your opinion Thomas. I’m with you on this one. When reading blog posts, I’m mostly looking to learn rather than be entertained. A combo of both is even better.

 
 
Matt on April 5th, 2008

I have several blogs running but my main one is definitely a “rambler” style blog.

I’ve built up reasonable traffic to it (often over 1000 hits a day). But as yet I have earned very little from it, just a few bucks in Adsense and the odd affiliate commission.

Problem with us ramblers is that our content is so eclectic. So the readers come via very diverse searches. And making money requires specificity and focus.

Still, it’s a lot of fun, so I’ll keep writing it.

 
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