Perhaps, you’ve read my two previous articles, 7 Reasons You Should Start Writing and 7 Self-Help Benefits of Blogging. The latter supplements the former. However, at the end of reading both pieces, you probably wondered, “what’s the difference between blogging and writing”. Isn’t it? Indeed, it is.
Wonder no more! This article presents seven differences between blogging and writing. But before we move on to highlight the seven differences, let’s, first, define blogging and writing.
Defining Blogging and Writing
In the 7 Self-Help Benefits of Blogging, the term blogging was defined.
As for writing, it’s to compose a text or work for written or printed reproduction or publication. For instance, book authoring is a form of writing. Email writing and letter writing are forms of writing. In fact, writing to the editor of your local newspaper, as well as report writing are also forms of writing.
We see that both blogging and writing involve writing, only that blogging requires some additional activities. These additional activities are the factors that create differences between blogging and writing.
The first difference between blogging and writing is that blogging involves writing, while writing doesn’t necessarily involve blogging. How is that? Read the next section.
#1: Blogging Involves Writing. Writing Doesn’t Involve Blogging
You write to be published in a local or international newspaper, journal or magazine. In fact, you write to publish a book, which is usually done by a third party; a publisher. You may also write to be published on an online forum, opinion site or to a tabloid community. Either way, all you have to do is to write. How your write-up is going to be presented, and perhaps when your piece will be published rest in the hands of the editor of the respective platform.
But when you blog, in addition to writing, you need to know how to publish your work. You must determine the appropriate platform for your content. After determining the platform, you decide when to publish it. This is in addition to knowing the technical aspects of it that will help you manage your blog effectively. All by yourself, as a blogger. Also needed in blogging is the ability to search and select suitable media, i.e., images, audio, videos, etc. that enhance your posts.
Therefore, writers have the skill of writing, but they don’t necessarily know the process their writings undergo before they’re published. As for bloggers, they know how to write. And they also know manage the publishing process of their writings. In other words, they publish their content by themselves.
#2: Blogging Makes You a Writer. Writing Doesn’t Make You a Blogger
Published writers get their works published only after they’ve really mastered the art and skill of writing. They must have also demonstrated outstanding ability to attract and persuade readers. Mastering the art and skill of writing, as well as developing the ability to attract and persuade are good qualities, indeed. We all should make it to that level. However, that may not be motivating enough for aspired writers, who require a significant amount of motivation to attain self-help, and to achieve the dream of being renown writers.
With blogging, you can start with the little or ‘half-baked’ knowledge you possess, and then learn to learn more and to grow as you write and blog. By the time you realize, you’ve emerged as a writer with authority.
Perhaps, after being recognized, the publishing industry may hunt for you, to contribute in their pages and sites. But if you are to approach them at the beginning of your journey with your little writing skills or ‘half-baked’ knowledge, I bet you’d been thrown out of the window.
Therefore, one of the effective ways to be a writer is to consider serious and purposive blogging.
#3: Blogging Allows You to Publish Continuously. Writing Enables You to Work in Comfort
Every blogger has his thoughts and works published, at least on his website/blog as well as among his circle of friends and family. Bloggers may start small and slow, but they surely grow, as long as they maintain discipline and consistency in writing and blogging.
Bloggers have the convenience of publishing new posts very frequently. Any 300 words make a new post entry. And any time you post a new entry, you’ve blog grows. And it’s accessed by your readers immediately.
This is not necessarily the case with writing. It’s not a continuous publishing. But it gives the writer the comfort and luxury of time to write. A veteran writer may come out with a book, once a year. Others publish once in a while.
# 4: Blogging Gives You the Platform of Your Own. Writing Gives You Authority
When you write, unless you’re self-publishing your books, you’re likely depending on a publisher’s approval for your book or article to get published. In some unfortunate cases, some academic researchers have to pay to get their articles published; for good or for bad.
When you only write, you have no platform of your own to publish your work as and how you want it to be read and appreciated. This is in addition to the terms and conditions, policies and politics of the publishers, which you have to adhere to. Also, your content is edited to suit the general image of the publisher.
However, once you go through that assessment and scrutiny successfully, you earn authority as you’ve gained the recognition of the publisher. You publisher will have to present you in a way that makes you a bestselling author.
However, when you blog, your blog, be it on a free domain or customized domain, belongs to you. You decide how and what to post on it. You decide the length of your articles. You decided what media to add to it. You own your platform, but your authority needs to be tested.
# 5: Blogging Allows You to Engage Directly with Your Audience. Writing Gives You the Time to Focus on the Art
When you publish an article on a newspaper or a magazine, in its best situation, you get your e-mail address and/or your twitter username added to end of your article. In its worst situation, only your name is added, alongside profession.
You don’t have to engage with your readers, unless you’ve shared the link to it, on your social media accounts. Therefore, you have the ample time to focus on your art of writing.
As for blogging, since you own the platform, and you are probably building a community of readers, followers or fans. With that, you have to engage in discussion with your readers. You also have the opportunity to build mailing lists as a blogger. With that, you have a direct contact with your audience in addition to a direct engagement with them. You can update them about your upcoming projects and works.
# 6: Blogging Gives You Control Over Your Content and Opinions. Writing Makes You a Politician
As a writer whose writings are published on a third party’s platform, you have no control over your content once it departs your computer. The final outcome of it depends on the editor’s mood and discretion. It depends on how he perceives you. It also depends on how much he understands the topic you’re writing about.
These factors collectively influence on how your article is treated. In the end, your article must be entertaining enough to attract readers, audience, and not necessarily present valuable knowledge that remains useful as long as the sun rises and sets.
In short, you have to play the game that interests your publisher in order to continue writing for them.
On the other hand, when you blog, you’re not obliged to conform to some imposed protocols. As long as you don’t spread violence, immorality or rebellion with your writings, you control your content. No one manipulates it against your desire. It’s only your mood, excitement, and motivation that determine the final outcome of your content.
# 7: Blogging Gives You Freedom. Writing Makes You Sensitive
In simple terms, blogging give you freedom of and to expression. Writing gives you limitation of expression.
When you blog, because you have no checker on your ideas and opinions, you are free to express yourself. To ensure you don’t go astray as a result, and to avoid offending your readers and your society, knowingly or unknowingly, it’s wise to seek the opinion of your family and friends. Make this a habit and do it constantly. Let them give you honest feedback about your writings and postings. This way, you have the freedom to continue writing. You’re also able to maintain your integrity as well as your credibility.
As for writers, it’s either you get your work published or thrown in the bin. It’s easy to get it thrown in the bin unless you’re careful and very sensitive to words. To avoid that, you have to compromise your ideas and embrace the politics of the platform you want to publish on.
A blogger is a writer, but a writer isn’t a blogger until he starts to blog. Having said that, you’re a writer when you’re recognized by experts and the experienced. This is attained after rigorous practice and years of experience in acceptance and rejection. A writer is more matured, due to the said experience and possible encounters.
However, to help yourself to practice and get recognized, blogging is your way to start. This is because blogging helps you to practice and get real feedback from your audience and community (as well as from your family and good friends) before presenting your art to publishers and to the world.
It doesn’t matter, whether you choose to be a writer or a blogger. What matters is that you take the challenge, to share your ideas that are worth sharing. What matters is that you’ve taken the challenge to inspire and bring about change. It matters that you have a message that is worth sending across, and you’ve decided to send it across through blogging or writing, or through blogging and writing.
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