Content writers are often tasked to create blog posts and articles. While seasoned writers may know the difference between the two, it can confuse both new writers and website owners alike. The differences don’t matter to everyone, but it can be crucial knowledge for a good writer. After all, to create quality content, we need to comprehend the purpose behind each piece we create, and distinguishing a blog from an article can help in that regard. If this is something you find yourself wondering about, here are some key differences between the two types of content to guide you.
One of the obvious differences between a blog and an article is the writing style. While articles generally have a more formal writing technique, blogs are not necessarily beholden to any particular style: it depends entirely on the writer or the owner of the website.
Articles focus more on facts and analyzes of particular subjects and don’t shy away from longer sentences that introduce, elaborate, and conclude. Articles are more objective and should limit language and punctuation that emphasize emotions (things like exclamation points and ellipses). Similarly, writers need to use full words and abbreviations must be spelled out in full when they first appear.
Blogs, on the other hand, are more casual and can use more creative expressions. They can create a relaxed atmosphere that more closely mimics a conversation with the reader. Writers can include slang, figures of speech, and broken syntax if they feel such will help them connect with their audience. Blogs also often focus on simpler and shorter sentences and can include simplified words and abbreviations.