It seems like these days, everyone and their mother (and their uncle, grandfather, 2nd cousin twice removed, and ex-girlfriend) maintain their very own blog or website. The internet connects the world – you can interact with people from all over the globe from the comfort of your bedroom. You can share your half-baked political opinions with people 500 miles away, or share music with friends from another continent.
In any case, it is best to go over all the different options available when choosing how to submit your content to the internet. With so much competition out there, it’s unwise to make a website that would be better off as a blog, or to start a blog that would be better off as a website.
The good thing about websites is the diversity of pages you can create. Do a bit of photography, a dash of writing, a helping of graphic design, and create some rockin’ music? Your best bet is to get a website so you can properly house each separate category of artistic expression, giving each skill it’s own subsection. Blogs can become cluttered, especially if you’re multi-talented and wish to showcase each talent individually. And it’s also easy to forget, you can throw a blog right onto your website for even more efficiency in design and ease in navigation!
In web design, I’ve found that it’s rather quite difficult to maintain news archives. Eventually, you’ve gotta delete the old news updates to make room for the more recent news updates. Bandwidth can be an issue if you wish to perpetually host content, as well. Don’t wanna run the costs of your website up the roof when you’d be better off utilizing a blog!
Blogs are great if you’ve got a particular niche skill you’re trying to focus on. An entire website devoted to photography may be better housed on a Blogger, WordPress or Tumblr account. If people like your work (be it song uploads, graphic design, writing, or photography) they are likely to scroll to the older posts and check out a good chunk of your work.
Also, the templates offered by most blog sites can help you bypass the designing phase entirely, giving you the time you need to focus on producing killer content! With a blog, design isn’t nearly as important – the blog serves as a host of content, a stream of consciousness, vs the order and tidiness of a website.
Blogs have their set of pitfalls as well. For one, if you’re in the game of making rather offensive and morally deprived comedy, prepare yourself for an influx of harsh comments and negativity. Some blog comments can rival even the worst Youtube comments! Also, it is keen to realize if you have multiple skill sets and which to showcase each, posts will be lost in the clutter of a blog. Older updates will get pushed back in favor of new updates, and some of your best work may not get the attention you were hoping if it’s just ‘another blog post’ amongst hundreds of other updates.
It’s easy to rush a project and end up with a website that should be a blog or a blog that should be a website. Carefully ponder what will serve your content and writing style best, and react accordingly. Also realize a good chunk of websites nowadays also implement blogs into the fold, so perhaps the best course of action is going with both!
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