I’ve been thinking about the various posting styles of the xangas I typically read. I’d say mine definitely fall more on the narative, this-is-what-I-did-yesterday, sort of style. I have also analyzed a few others:
Amanda: Typically a complaint is raised followed by a rant about such. A solution is then usually presented and is usually in the form of pop culture or reading. A LaVar Burton-esque critique of suggested material then ensues. Expect at least one exhibition of a new word that she picked up in each post.
Rachel: Almost always a vague expression of hardship usually involving relationships, but could also address job stress and life stress in general. Often written in bubbly, Rachel style pros, regardless of the weightiness of the content.
Jake: A combination of Amanda and Rachel sans the vagueness. Expect an “I need sex!” rant about once a week.
Laura: Her posts have become few and far between. They are often quite narrative and recap the noteworthy events in married/work life since her last post. Look for subliminal “We had sex” messages throughout.
Lynne: Mostly just a reader, but occasionally posts a fairly lengthy narrative. It seems she’s abandoned xanga for facebook.
Annie: The occasional post expressing hardship. Expect mention of excessive studying in each post.