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Anyone who writes for a blog on a regular basis knows it can be hard to keep things fresh.

So I was happy to come across a list of “20 Types of Blog Posts,” in ProBlogger, by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett. I’m always looking for ideas, whether it’s the content, a fresh angle, or effective formatting to make the story easy on the eyes.

In that spirit, there’s nothing like a list to give you a quick rundown of information. So, giving credit where credit is due, with a shout out to the folks at ProBlogger, here are some types of blog posts to try:

  • Instructional: Teach readers how to do something.
  • Informational: Define or explain a topic.
  • Reviews: Give your opinion on a product or service.
  • Lists: Ahem.
  • Interviews: Ask a few great questions in a Q & A and let your subject deliver the insight.
  • Case studies: Walk readers through a real-life situation.
  • Profiles: Choose a person you’ve researched, and write about the arc of his or her career. Highlight the qualities that have contributed to their success.
  • Link posts: Find and link to a great post on another site. You can include a comment of your own or a quote from the post.
  • Problem posts: These focus on the downside of a product or service. Or they can help readers solve a problem they may be facing.
  • Comparison posts: Contrast two approaches that outline the pros and cons of each choice.
  • Rants: “Get passionate. … Tell it like it is.” Stir the pot a little, but with caution about the potential range of reader responses.
  • Inspirational: Find a success story or imagine living life in peace.
  • Research: Gather stats or do a survey, and convey some meaningful takeaways.
  • Collation posts: Choose a topic your readers might find helpful, research what people have said, and round up these ideas under a thematic umbrella.
  • Prediction and review posts: Sum up the year in review or what’s to come.
  • Critique posts: Stay lighter than a rant; offer constructive thoughts respectfully said.
  • Debate: Present a discussion between two people, a blogger and visitors, or even yourself talking about two sides of an issue.
  • Hypothetical posts: Imagine something that could happen and its implications.
  • Satirical posts: Be funny. But proceed with caution as humor can be misconstrued.
  • Memes and projects: Try to write a post that’s interactive in some way. Maybe an award, contest or quiz. Go viral! (Hey, you never know.)

Stay tuned. We’ll keep mixing it up.

How do you keep things juicy on YOUR blog?