Blogging vs Article Writing: Knowing the Difference to Know What You Want

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Blogging vs article writing: Which is the best for you?

Blogging vs article writing. Which is the best one for you? Wait! You don’t know the difference?

Whether you are a freelance writer or a business looking for content to help with marketing, you need to know the different between blogging and article writing.

No. They are really not the same thing!

This is a blog but I also write articles in various places. They take two different mindsets and techniques.

What Is a Blog and How to Write One

A blog is one of the oldest forms of web writing. Many used to refer to it as a weblog and it was a diary that people posted to the world.

They’ve grown since but some of the techniques are still around.

They’re designed to be easy to read and understand by all ages. The sentences are short and to the point. Bringing in your slang and own voice is fine. And using fragment sentences is normal.

Short paragraphs are also important. You may even have one sentence per paragraph but I don’t recommend doing that too much. The aim is for people to still feel like they’ve gotten something from it.

Most blogs are written in the first person but the second person is fine. Avoid writing in the third! It’s too formal. People want to feel like you’re talking to them when it comes to blogging.

But How Does Article Writing Differ?

With articles, the aim is to write in the third or second person—never the first! In fact, many article directory sites will not allow writing in the first person. Neither will content mills unless the client specifically asks for it.

The aim is to be more professional. It’s great for companies with a technical side that they need to get across. Or when they want to show they have the expertise in their niche.

The paragraphs are usually longer. Much longer than one sentence! The sentences can be a little longer although there is still the aim to make it easy for people to read. Exclamation marks and other similar punctuation is often not used at all but this depends on the company you’re writing for.

Articles can be longer but they don’t need to be. Only use as many words as you need.

Blogging vs Article Writing: The Message Doesn’t Need to Change!

While there’s a difference between the writing styles of blogging vs article writing, it’s really important to note that the message doesn’t have to change.

You’re writing for the audience. You could say your message in a formal or informal way. I could have written this for an article writing site that I post on but I chose my blog. It hasn’t changed the type of information I’m using. Just the way I’m saying it.

Now you know the basic differences between blogging vs article writing and it’s time to decide. Which is best for you? Think about the target audience and the goal for your content.

Have you noticed many other differences between blogging vs article writing? Share your thoughts below.

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8 thoughts on “Blogging vs Article Writing: Knowing the Difference to Know What You Want

  1. Thanks Alexandria for clarifying the difference between blog posts and articles. I had been wondering about that. I find most people seem to use both terms interchangeably for either.

  2. I think your distinctions are pretty arbitrary. Some of the most professional pieces of writing I have seen online are blog posts — it really depends on the writer. The transparent nature of blog posting, as well as its interactive emphasis, is quite attractive to readers, especially younger ones who may not seek an “authoritative” voice as articles tend to have. I prefer to read blogs because they suggest an “informed colleague” on the other end, rather than an “expert” who does not create dialogue with her readership.

    Why do you want to sound authoritative in that way, exactly? I’m curious.

    1. That is also a personal choice, and it really does depend on the subject matter. There are some that topics that really need the “expert”, and I’ve written some just like that. There may be students doing research or others who can’t use the blog posts for their needs.

  3. I am delighted to read the difference between a blog and an article as I have been writing but never paid attention that it could be so different. Well I must thank you Alexandria Ingham, for giving a light to my knowledge.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I’m really glad you found something helpful in this post. Hope it will help with your writing.

  4. Alexandria, this is an impressive piece of article. I have now known that whatever I have been doing on my blog is the right thing. Before reading this piece, I wasn’t sure my blog posts were what I needed on my blog. I am now informed and can so differentiate.

    Thanks a bunch!

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