20 January, 2012

Film Blog Thoughts - What's the difference between a Blog and a Website?


Once again a topic that covers pretty much all blog writers and again something that not necessarily have to do with just films. My thought for today is - What exactly is the difference between a Blog and a Website? Agreed, it really is not a big deal, and to be honest not many would care about it, but is there a fine line that a blogger eventually crosses that makes his blog turn into a website?

To start with take my blog(s). I feel I am a blogger. I don't post regularly. I have four blogs so I switch between them from time to time, each one covering different areas (Film, Travel, Photography, and Personal). My web addresses are all Blogspot addresses. My layouts are pretty basic from the ones available to everyone through the hosting site. My blogs are free.


On the other hand is my friend Scott's "website" Front Room Cinema. Now, I have literally seen it grow over the last year and in my view what was a blog a year back has developed beautifully into a full fledged website. Scott writes only about film. At present he has a team of writers working/volunteering for FRC. His web address is a ".com" address. He has a timeline that he adheres to and recurring features. Moreover, he has developed contacts in the Industry over the year as well. His website's layout is more "original" and not run-of-the-mill, and he has sponsors.


Now, comparing my blog (just the film) to that of Scott's, anyone can see the difference. There is a certain organizational difference. His website comes across as maybe more professional. But then, Scott hasn't changed much during the year. As far as I know he has had a regular listing process from the start. So maybe he has more regular writers, but I have guest writers from time to time. Maybe he has a ".com" address, but then I have seen many "blogs" with .com addresses. Still, I feel that now Front Room Cinema can be called a website rather than just a blog.

Also take into account introducing your webpage. Say, you were to meet or talk to someone from the film industry. Would it carry more weight-age if you refer to your page as a "website" or as a "blog"? I recently met with officials from Singapore Tourism during an event and introduced myself as a blog writer. I didn't see any difference in their tone and they were wonderful hosts, but once again what if I had said I run a "website"?

So, is it just the professional aspect that matters? Is it the traffic that you get? Or is it when you have a team and are no longer the solitary blogger that your blog becomes a website? Maybe, it is the content of your webpage?

I know, once again, it don't really matter what you call it, but do you think there is a difference, or are we in such a state that blog and website are just synonymous?   

Let me know...


Note: Thank you Scott for letting me use your website as part of Movie Thoughts. 

8 comments:

  1. In my opinion, your site is whatever you yourself want to call it. I've had one person try to correct me and say "no, you've got a blog, not a site." I then asked them what the difference was and they couldn't tell me, so their point was invalidated.

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    1. I think you are right Chip, but do you think calling one or the other has advantages?

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    2. Raghav, I think that "blog" vs. "site" is a lot like "movie" vs. "film". There is a small percentage of people out there would will consider one high class (site/film) and the other low class (blog/movie). For these people it makes a difference. There is also a small percentage that would feel that you are the one who thinks one is better than the other and that you are being pretentious for using it. Unfortunately, I have no idea what those percentages might be, so I just go back to the beginning and say "call it whatever you want."

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    3. Chip, although I agree with you on the "film" Vs "Movie" debate, I have to slightly disagree in relating it to Website Vs Blog debate. I think there is a slight difference and it might be the look and feel of the site (professional vs personal). But, as you said, no matter what I think it would be wrong if people start thinking of themselves as superior or inferior just based on names. Thanks

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  2. Really interesting question. This is a good post and I enjoyed reading it.

    Personally I think that the terms are interchangeable now and can be used freely. However in a broader sense I think that there are a lot of people who believe that the term "blog" implies something more personal and is based solely around personal opinions whereas a "website" is more professional.

    I think that as more people run blogs and websites it will get to a point where there won't be a discernible difference.

    Oh and I agree, FrontRoomCinema is a great site!

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    1. I agree Russell that the line between the two is very thin. I do think there is a line nevertheless. Also i feel, just like you also said, calling it a website makes it more professional... more business like. thanks

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  3. The difference between a blog and website isn't really anything to do with the site's style, set-up, url or content management system but the content. It is all down to the content.

    A blog is very much a personal interpretation of either one particular topic (like film) or several topics told with subjective voice through, most often, the written word. Blogs can take various forms of style but essentially it is about the person themselves.

    A website isn't as personal even though it may feature personal perspective editorials etc. IMO.

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    1. Dan, I think you have pretty much hit the nail on the head. Thanks :-)

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