Above all, the “Passion Blog” should be on a topic or theme about which you are excited to write. When you are choosing the focus of your Passion Blog, think carefully about how you might sustain this blog over ten sessions to meet the course requirement—and maybe beyond! How will you introduce new topics? How will you interest and inform your readers, engaging them in your passion? How will you invite readers to comment? Writing this blog should be a pleasure and a challenge. Don’t be afraid to be quirky or creative.
Successful passion blog entries are:
- submitted in a timely fashion and average about 500 words in length
- written in a lively voice that engages and provokes its audience into commenting and taking distinctive stances
- coherent in terms of content or focus and address a particular topic, niche audience, or human interest angle
- able to draw upon the multi-modal affordances of the blog platform and are formatted attractively
- attentive to grammar and correctness, but may be written in an informal or colloquial style
In addition to perusing some student examples for ideas, below are some broad blog genres you might consider as you develop your Passion Blog topic:
Lifestyle Blogs: These kinds of blogs connect people to their interests and help readers live a certain lifestyle, well, better. For example, HungryGirl serves as a resource for dieters and foodies alike, providing low-cal recipes, weight loss tips, and journals about weight loss “journeys,” as it were. Fashion, entrepreneurship, gardening, cooking, sustainability, fitness training, interior decorating, frat or sorority living, and even being a hipster: these ways of life and more are all possibilities. Lifestyle blogs tend to offer timely tips or approach different topics of shared interest for readers. This kind of blog might also offer narratives, reflection, and analysis of the blogger’s own experience or “journey” that would be compelling and relatable to its audience.
Experience and Experiment Blogs: This genre of blog details an experience or project and tends to be adventurous or experimental. For instance, Morgan Spurlock’s Supersize Me and follow-up show Thirty Days function as video diaries of his various undertakings. The movie Julie and Julia is based on blogger Julia Powell’s project to cook Julia Child’s recipes for one year. Travel blogs or “bucket list” experiences might also fall into this category. As long as it is safe and appropriate, this kind of project blog (trying a new workout or cuisine each week, reading James Joyce’s Ulysses), could work well for your passion blog.
Entertainment and Criticism Blogs: These blogs provide news, summaries, and, most importantly, analysis of the world of art and entertainment. You might devote your blog to an episodic TV show, literature, art, music, or film. While blogs of all genres should be written in a lively manner, criticism blogs in particular need to be engaging. The blog prose and analysis should be crisp, entertaining, and insightful. You could also produce new work in your Passion Blog– writing original poetry, installments of a short story, or song lyrics– and invite your audience to be the critics.
Sports or Hobby Blogs: A sub-genre of entertainment blogs, sports and hobby blogs are written for like-minded fans seeking additional analysis, news, and speculation.
Policy Blogs: These blogs can advocate from the position of a particular political ideology, such as liberal, conservative, libertarian, etc. The topics of these blogs might be diverse, but feature news items and analysis that would reflect a certain political ideology. You might also advocate, analyze, or report about a single civic issue. Some bloggers serve as watchdogs, such as the contributors to FactCheck.org, an organization that analyzes claims in politics and the media.