By Remez Sasson
You might have wondered, why I run both a website and a blog, instead of just one of them. It is also possible that you haven’t noticed this fact, which means that the website and the blog are very well integrated.
When I began creating SuccessConsciousness, back in 2001, I started with a website. At that time, blogs were not so popular as they are now. I started blogging a few years later, because blogs became popular, and also because many websites started blogging.
In time, WordPress, the platform used for most blogs, became popular, and more and more people started blogging. WordPress made building a website an easy and simple affair, much easier than building and maintaining an ordinary website.
At first, blogs were more of a personal journal, but in time, due to the simplicity of using them, people began using the blog software, as a platform for building websites, even commercial websites.
Since my website has grown by that time, and there were already many articles, I didn’t want to transfer all the articles to the blog. This would have involved a lot of work, and the address of each article would have to change too. Instead, I decided to let the website and blog exist side by side, complementing each other.
If you look at my blog, you will see that the first article was posted on November 7 2007. This is not exactly correct. I started blogging much earlier, using a software that was not as versatile as WordPress. I started using WordPress in 2007, and as it was not possible to transfer all the articles automatically from my previous blog to the new one, I had to start to blog from the beginning. At first, I copied the more popular posts to the new blog, and then, I began adding new posts.
What is the difference between the website and the blog?
They are very similar, except for a few differences.
- The blog is the place were updates, or other news relating to the website can be posted.
- You cannot add comments to the articles at the website, but you can do so in the blog.
- The blog enables me to add a few categories-topics that are not strictly under the website’s description, but loosely relating to it, such as “Relationships”, “Parenting”, and this category, under which this article is posted, “Writing and Blogging”.
- The website is arranged according to topics. These are the links at the left sidebar. When you click on any of the links, you will see the related articles.
- In the blog, the posts are arranged under various categories. To find a particular article you will need to scroll down the page, and then go to the next page.
- The website, built with html allows more flexibility, and articles are easier to find. You can find any article at a glance, under the related topic.
- The articles at the blog show the date they were posted, but the articles at the website don’t.
Otherwise, the blog is an extension of the website, and as such, is enriching the visitor’s experience.
What do you think? You are welcome to add your comments below.