Why bloggers and writers are not necessarily the same

bloggers and writers

Guest post by John Adams.

If you thought that blogging or writing are the same thing, you are technically wrong.

Both bloggers and writers tend to express themselves through written text or literature. However, the thinking process and technique they use is very different.

Writers have existed since the beginning of time, but bloggers only emerged a decade or two ago. Some may call bloggers the modern masters of literature and describe writers as old-fashioned professionals.

Who came first?

Authors who have written books consisting of hundreds of pages are the traditional writers, and referring to them as a blogger could be perceived as a criminal offence.

Despite having a separate set of skills, bloggers and writers are two sides of the same coin. You can easily be a blogger and a writer at the same time. However, any writer can become a blogger, but not many bloggers can evolve into writers.

The majority of the top bloggers today started out as writers, because storytelling is common to both professions. Writers started with quills and paper, later moving to computers as technology progressed.

Bloggers were born after the digital media, so the world wide web is their original medium. If you ask a blogger to write something on a page with an ink pen, they will probably take a minute to recall how to write manually.

Digital versatility

Unlike conventional writers, bloggers have access to greater freedom of speech. The blogger writes casually, as having a conversation with a friend. They are encouraged to write in first person and deliver opinions in their raw form. Using slang, getting personal and curtailing explanations is considered a good thing.

Blogs are meant to provide useful information which is brief and to the point. Traditional writers are accustomed to rather dissimilar rules of writing. They are supposed to write in second person or most preferably in third person. Writers should refrain from voicing personal point of views, maintaining neutrality in tone. They have to follow all the principles of English language that we studied in school.

Unlike a blogger, the writer is expected to use superlative vocabulary and avoid repetition of expressions or words. Grammar and spelling mistakes are unforgivable, and sentence structure has to be perfect. Most bloggers get away with major literary mistakes, because they can mimic spoken language.

Literacy in a time-poor world

Content written by a writer is for reading word to word, letting it slowly sink in. Content created by a blogger is typically for skimming through and grabbing what you need. The beauty of traditional writing is in the details, allowing the reader to exercise personal imagination and visualise the picture illustrated through text. The beauty of a blog is in the visuals provided alongside the concise amount of literature.

Traditional writers focus on real facts and shall create elaborate fiction to deliver a message. Blogs are generally based on personal experiences, and the material is not always reliable.

There is a high demand for bloggers in the modern world because their skill is well suited for commercial writing. Although bloggers do not have to worry about backing up their statements and using sophisticated terms, there are other points to consider. The most successful bloggers create content that is search engine optimised and contains a fair share of important keywords.

Optimised writers and bloggers

Keywords are terms we type in search engine bar to look up information about something. Blogs that contain the right amount of powerful keywords and qualify for a high SEO score get the most views.

As a result, blogs have become a progressive form of marketing and all kinds of businesses use them on their website to reach a wider audience. While the primary purpose of traditional writing was to promote knowledge, blogs are mainly used to spread word about a product or service.

Which one are you? A writer or a blogger? Let us know your thoughts about this concept in the comments below.

About the author

John Adams loves travelling, reading, and writing. He encourages his readers to improve their quality of life by incorporating positive things and maintaining good conduct. Blogging about personal opinions and life experiences makes him happy, and he is always open to constructive criticism.

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