I'm Confused, What Is The Difference Between An Article and A Blog?

United States
June 29, 2009 7:27am CST
I've been going back and forth with this question in my mind. I've read Articles which don't seem any different than a Blog, and I've seen Blogs that sound exactly like an Article. Is it just where you decide to place it on a website? Or whether you want to call it a Blog or an Article? Or if you decide you're going to write a Blog and you go over to Blogger.com does that just make it a Blog? HaHaHa, I know I'm driving you crazy right now. I went to the Blog section here on myLot, and they didn't seem any different than the discussions that were started, so are some of these people who start with discussions really Blogging? Here's an example........I can find an "Article" on growing vegetables in containers, ok, but I can also find a "Blog" explaining the same thing. So how do you differentiate? If you're going to give me an answer please make it in simple terms because I'll never understand if you use all the fancy abbreviations and terms. That will confuse me more than I am right now. I would just maybe like to try Article writing and maybe Blogging, but I'm all new to this world. What do you think? It's just for some extra money and as most of you know I talk alot sometimes so I thought why not get paid for it too, lol!
3 responses
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
29 Jun 09
Well my blog is for business but I don't make money off it unless someone catches the links to my books.....writing articles? I don't know about that....I'll have to check out some of it...if I write an article its usually for a magazine or some publication.
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• United States
30 Jun 09
I'll have to check out your blog since it's for business, that's interesting. Now I'm wondering why you don't make money off of it since other people do. I keep hearing about all these different websites that take on writers for articles. Associated Content is one and then there is a bunch of others that I can't remember all the names. I need to find the one's that take on newbie's. I'll have to check out magazine's too since you mentioned it. Might be fun and interesting also. Thanks Jill for your help and input, it's really appreciated since I don't know what the heck I'm doing, haha.
• United States
30 Jun 09
Whoa, it just dawned on me what I read. You wrote some books too?
@jillhill (37379)
• United States
30 Jun 09
Http://totouchaheart.blogspot.com I don't write for associated content or any of those places..they pay just pennies...I can get 25-30 bucks for a poem in a romance magazine!
@ElicBxn (61147)
• United States
29 Jun 09
for some I don't think there is a difference now, I think it sort of means that a blog is, generally, a person's take on something, and if they want to research it like an article, fine. but they will have their "Blog" be about, say, gardening, and it will all, or at least mostly, be about gardening, how it goes in their garden and how to take good care of a garden, probably in their area, that may not mean much to a person in another area an article, on the other hand, should be more generalized, better researched than a blog has to be and more comprehensive, if about gardening, should be either telling people that its for a specific area or how to adapt for other areas here, as a discussion, it can be just about anything, I like to tell stories about what is going on, or what has happened in my life. Some people seem to think that barraging us with silly questions is the way to go, and maybe they get a good number of responses, but I feel they are a waste of time. Your question isn't silly, or a barrage of questions. Those type of people would have found a way to turn it into 20 questions...
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• United States
29 Jun 09
Aww, Thanks ElicBxn! That makes a little bit more sense to me now, it just seems like they almost melt into one another. But let me ask you this. You said you like to tell stories, is that sort of like Blogging?..which was one of my questions above about people starting discussions. Are people actually Blogging but don't know it? I'd rather have much less responses with good information like yours, than hundreds of responses of ridiculous answers. I'm really serious about this because I'd like to try it but of course, don't want to look like a fool, haha. I'm a newbie all the way but at least like to research my questions first. Thanks hon, it's really appreciated.
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@ElicBxn (61147)
• United States
29 Jun 09
I think telling the stories can be a blog too, like I said, it is pretty much whatever a person wants it to be. A site to tell stories or a place to talk about their interests. It could be, perhaps a place to post personal fiction even, I guess, tho I don't know how that's done to protect individual copyrights. so... a blog can be what EVER you want it to be
• United States
29 Jun 09
Thanks so much for your input. Makes it a bit easier to figure out now.
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@Canellita (12052)
• United States
24 Nov 09
When you read an article in a magazine or newspaper that is an article. The word blog is sort of an abbreviation of "web log" which is a virtual journal. Some are personal and some are business related.