Writing & Blogging: Writing vs Blogging…and WordPress

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Writing vs Blogging

Some people will tell you that writing and blogging are basically the same. Blogging is another type of writing like Technical writing or journalism or marketing. I disagree. Writing is involved in a lot of traditional blogging, but some bloggers never write any content at all. Their blogs are based around photogaphy, visual art, videos, music, or other types of sound. And they are incredibly successful bloggers who don’t or seldom include the written word.

Writing

To be a writer, you write. To be a published writer, you are a journalist, author, editor, or freelancer of some kind. Maybe you work in business or marketing as a writer.; in this case you can be a published writer, but not under your own name. Or you teach writing classes. Either way, you focus on writing and let others make decisions (with your input) about the visuals and technical stuff associated with publishing. Becoming a successful writer takes patience, persistence, and practice as you work on your craft.

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Blogging

Blogging is more than writing articles with interesting titles and content. Many of the most popular blogs include photos and videos, get shared on social media channels, and have multiple purposes. Unlike print journalism, communications, creative writing, and technical writing, blogging is about more than writing the best possible content. The differences are in how and what kind of content is shared with the audience through non-traditional media channels. Becoming a successful blogger also takes patience, persistence, and practice as you work on your craft.

Challenges

Visual art and math are my weaknesses when it comes to effective blogging and use of existing software technology. I can sketch and draw, but not with any real talent. Math, HTML, and related topics are essentially foreign languages to me.

Learning new writing software and keeping up with published standards for the main style guides are my main writing weaknesses. I never took formal proofreading and editing classes so feel less than confident about my skills and abilities in those areas as pertains to following Chicago Manual or AP style guides for example.

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Authenticity

But that’s me, not you. Your strengths and skills will be and are different than mine. What you bring to the writing and blogging table is uniquely yours and is what defines your authentic style. And that authentic style (aka writing or blogging voice) differentiates you from everyone else. It’s that voice that will draw your audience in and make them want to return.

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WordPress

WordPress offered me exactly what I needed to set up a basic website and blog with minimal technical knowledge and a lot of writing skills. Only after 3 years of blogging with WordPress did I finally decide to invest in a paid account with domain name, more robust technical support, and upgrades for my website. Unfortunately, I still don’t have the money to invest in a site that allows me to embed videos.

What I love about WordPress

  • Free account available
  • Easy set up
  • Free resources – tutorials, knowledge base, community forum, access  to bloggers who write about how to use WordPress, themes
  • Large amount of freedom to customize my chosen website theme and appearance
  • Two-step authentication option and other security measures against viruses, spam, malware, etc. included in the account
  • Free (basic) metrics and tracking available to monitor your website or blog’s traffic
  • 4 levels of paid account options
  • Integration with other affiliate and advertising programs to get paid for advertising on your website
  • Excellent customer support for all types of accounts – chat and email support for paid accounts are excellent
  • Ease of use and manageable learning curve for those of us who are not tech-savvy and want to create a professional or interesting blog

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