During a recent Pesta Blogger press conference in Jakarta, a new friend asked about the type of writings I post in my personal blog. Genre, was the word he used. I was startled to hear his question and and asked how important genre would be in a blog that prompts him to ask such question whenever he finds a new site. The man did not elaborate more but merely told me that a clear genre in a blog would help him prepare his mind on the type of information he reads; or to make my blog as a source of reference for certain things.
You know he has a good point. A personal blog that is filled with online documentation of a person’s daily activities rarely gets the attention beyond his/her readers. You may have a popular blog by publishing some scrambled thoughts, but your circle of readers would simply visit and comment on your blog just for fun without really reading your post. You may make a few life-long friends out of your writing on daily life, but people would only see it as a funny writing and a good lesson is rarely taken.
But why should I limit my postings to a defined genre if I could produce a good posting from an array of topics?! I could talk about a new frozen yoghurt place in town one day and curse the president the next day if I wanted to. It is my blog, after all. Nevertheless, I come to respect some fellow bloggers who put much effort in writing in the same genre for the entire time and become a professional genre blogging from the experience. Now please allow me to name a few blogs that I could recommend for your reading pleasure:
1. Indahnesia – Lomar Dasika set up this blog and devotes himself to post his travel journey across Indonesia. What I like about his writing is that he pays attention to even the smallest detail. A mere bus journey of 2 hours can become a blog post of its own just because he is fascinated by the routes and scenes. His genre: travelog.
2. I Am Photographer – Didik Haryanto, a friend I met during a recent trip to Semarang has just set up this new blog. He posts his photo works and adds some inspiring caption; many of them are poetries. His genre: photoblog.
3. Kuliner Depok – Harry Christian is a culinary enthusiast that resides in Depok, a suburban city of Jakarta. His blog caters primarily for culinary overview and opinion on various restaurants and cafes throughout the town. His genre: food blog.
The three blogs I mention above may not stand high atop the search engines, but I admire their dedication to their genre nonetheless. So the question remains: What type of writings do you post? What genre is your blog?