Sunday, 18 January 2009

WRITING STUFF - Blog, Website or Both?

I've seen a few people mention that a "proper" writer needs to have a Blog and a Web site. I understand the need to promote yourself and start building a brand - hence this blog!

I went blog rather than website because it is easier and the format encourages you to update it regularly. Websites can often languish due to the effort of updating them.

So I can't work out what a website would do that this blog doesn't already. Anything I could put on a website I can stick on this blog. I could even have additional pages linked to the blog (if I had anything to put on them).

The only reason that I can think of having a website is to reserve the domain (eg as another branding mechanism.

So I don't get it.

But I'm happy to be corrected ...


  1. I think blogs encourages us to interact with other writers far more than a personal website does.

  2. For writers such as us - those with short story credits, but no actual novels - the blog is the way to go.

    If I could "add pages" to my blog, then I wouldn't have a site either, but I wouldn't have a clue on how to do that so keeping my free website is easier.

    I'm not into Facebook, Myspace, or the multitude of other things out there, but I have too much information to stick in my sidebar - it'd go on forever if I did.

    So I link to the webpages. They haven't been updated in a while but that's more due to the lull over Xmas than anything else. Things will start to ramp up again come February.

    So, in the end, I think you need a blog to begin with, to grow with the craft, networking with writers, to establish a prescence - and websites later on to sell books.