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The Difference Between a Blog Post and An Article

As a freelance writer, you will come across a few basic request types. Two of the more common include the blog post and article format. What is the difference, and what are the characteristics of each? You have to know this in order to deliver quality content which the requester can use. For those who are new to the world of freelance, this is a basic break down of each.

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A blog is a part of conversation. So, one of the major characteristics to keep in mind when writing blog posts is to make them conversational in style. Its more towards the user friendly side, rather than concrete, exact, meanings which are more closely tied to articles. Another way to remember it is a blog post is that it is directed towards "you" or the reader.

A blog is a part of conversation. So, one of the major characteristics to keep in mind when writing blog posts is to make them conversational in style. Its more towards the user friendly side, rather than concrete, exact, meanings which are more closely tied to articles. Another way to remember it is a blog post is that it is directed towards "you" or the reader.

As the blog post is directed towards readers, it is a good idea to include a conversation link, or space for reader comments towards the end. Ask readers to leave comments, interact, and discuss. It is a form of conversation, so how can you have a conversation if only one person has an opinion on the content?

A final characteristic which is common in blog posts is they are opinionated; the writer typically includes their opinion in the content being written. Although this isn't all the blog post entails, it is what characterizes most of these posts, and makes them unique from article writing.

Blog posts are about conversation while Articles are about information.

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So What's An Article?

The main function of articles is to convey wisdom or information to readers. Reporting news/facts, rather than eliciting conversation, is the focal point of articles. First off, they are factual in nature, and not conversational. You quote sources, write in a direct manner, and write to inform, not elicit debate.

Articles typically aren't addressed directly to the reader "you" either; think of them as newspaper posts. They are typically written in the third person. Finally, articles don't always have a conversation (comment) section. They are giving information, teaching, and providing useful resources. They aren't meant to begin a debate like blog posts.

Articles have been around for years. Today, with the changing nature of websites, online forums, and other sites, blog posts have become far more familiar. Depending on the type of site you operate, the type of content you are sharing, and who your end reader is, both the article and blog post have their place on different forums, sites, or print ads. And, both still provide value to the requester, as they can be used in many different settings, and each type of writing can be presented in a unique manner to the specific reader which the written content is intended for.

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