A recurring theme on one of the forums I frequently read (http://querytracker.net/forum/index.php) is:
“Should I start a website or blog?”
I asked myself this question about four months ago. I was to the stage of figuring out what a “web presence” meant and how crucial it was to have one. Well, I’m still trying to figure it out, but I’m having a grand ol’ time learning the process. And can I just take a mo’ to gush for all the support I’m getting! What a wonderful community–THANK YOU for all your comments and well wishes!!!!
So, I’ve seen blogs doling out various pieces of advice/information regarding blogs and websites. There’s the expensive route of paying someone to develop a website for you. There’s the frugal route (much more my taste) where you can use a template-style program to build your own site. Of course, many blog-hosting sites are free and they have lots of styles to choose from. I’m not listing any here, because, honestly, I wouldn’t want to steer anyone erroneously. Bottom line, it’s all about doing your homework and scouting out the options before committing to a particular spot.
I chose the blog route because I figured I’d have more opportunity to get my feet wet, put my writing out there on a regular basis, as a sort of practice, if you will, to develop a voice. Hehe, still working on that too!
In thinking about the question again, I’ve come to the conclusion that, yes, if every writer has a blog about writing, there’s gonna be a lot of overlap and a lot of words hemorrhaging into cyberspace. At the same time, each person’s perspective is unique. The way one person phrases something is going to be different from another person’s. Immediately, that adds value to each and every blog/website host out there.
We’re like snowflakes! Gosh, it’s all about metaphors, isn’t it?
So, in an effort to get a discussion going, I ask:
How did you decide to start a blog, website, or both? Which do you prefer? How do you manage yours? What are the pros and cons?
As always, I appreciate everyone’s comments!! Thanks!