Navigating the blogosphere: Towards a genre-based typology of weblogs

Stine Lomborg

Abstract


The personal weblog is a continuously evolving genre of online communication in which bloggers and readers create diverse social spaces for conversation and self-expression. This article addresses a conceptual gap in the literature, namely how to distinguish the personal weblog from other types of weblogs. The author develops a typological framework for classification of weblogs in three dimensions: content, directionality, and style, and uses the typological space to propose a working definition of the personal weblog and discuss it as a distinct sub-genre.

Keywords


personal weblogs; genre; typology

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v14i5.2329



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