A question I’m often asked is, "What’s the difference between writing and blogging? Aren’t the same thing?" Technically they are. Blogging is a form of writing, but there are differences between freelancing for blogs and freelance writing in the traditional sense.
- Can pertain to print or web. Freelancers can write scripts, novels, advertising copy and more.
- Must work within specific word counts.
- Must fit the style of the magazine, newspaper or website.
- Follows a more tradition writing format.
- Unless you work for certain web content companies, don’t have to have "X amount of articles in X amount of days."
- Many publications pay only after a piece is published and that can mean months, sometimes years. Others pay on acceptance.
- Many print markets pay more than blog networks or markets.
- You don’t have to worry about building traffic or community – in most cases.
- More formal than blogging.
- Many times requires more research and interviewing of expert sources.
- You have to submit the finished product to your editor who will publish your work
- Web based only.
- Most blogs don’t require a word count, though many employers request a certain amount of posts per week.
- Blogging pays less than many traditional forms of writing.
- Bloggers don’t have to wait as long for their paychecks.
- The more you blog the more traffic you receive.
- You’ll be expected to promote your blog, foster a community, and get the traffic ball rolling.
- Most networks offer traffic bonuses.
- A more personal style of writing. You can make it all about you.
- Can be a written post, a video, a cartoon or anything pertaining to your niche.
- You can write as much as you want whenever you want.
- Publication is immediate.
What are some of the differences you see between blogging and traditional freelance writing?