This story was posted a few months ago, but I'm reviving it because it's about an interesting, simplified blog format, called a "tumblelog." Tumblelog is a brainlessly simple--no-writing-required--way to share interesting tidbits and maintain a personal site with the least possible commitment. The setup is minimal and cost free through a publishing service called Tumblr.
This platform flies in the face of more "serious" bloggers who feel like they need more editorial meat to be legitimate. But it's ideal for those who just want to post quick little notes or videos and move on. Think about how many people drop their blogs because they don't have the time to keep them up. This is one possible solution--cut the maintenance to the minimum.
The Wikipedia explains that a tumblelog is a variation on traditional blogging that favors very short, mixed media posts with little or no commentary. Lifehacker describes it as a, "lightning-fast way to publish the stuff you run across on the web every day, and the layout includes large text, photos, links, and video frames." One example of a well-done tumblelog is projectionist.
Another scaled down, simplified format is Lifestream, which similarily allows users to create a sort of historical record of their lives through videos, photos, links and more--minus any lengthy postings.
The lifestream blog describes it this way: "In it’s simplest form it’s a chronological aggregated view of your life activities both online and offline." LIfestream is only limited by the sources and content you choose, but typical sources include Del.iciou.us, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. So you might post your latest photos from Flckr, the latest movies you watched on Netflix and your latest Twitterings. It''s a similar concept--provide a platform to easily post, while cutting down on the labor intensive part of blogging, that is, writing. Lifestream example
It's still too early to tell how big this trend will become, and many people wonder whether it's just adding to the noise, creating more of a Tower of Babble. But it's a trend worth watching.