Blogging on Twitter vs. Blogging on WordPress- Pros and Cons

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If you are thinking about setting up your own blog page, one of the first things in deciding about which platform you want to use is exactly what you want to use your blog for.  Many, many people still run blogs for the pure joy of having everyone and anyone who is interested listen to their rants.  More and more, however, people write blogs because there is money in it for them.

What do you want your blog to do?

Blogging (web logging) existed long before Facebook and any of the other social media sites, and started out as a way for people to let other people know what was going on in their lives, just as the social media sites do now.  An early blog I remember was a daily listing of a young Washington, D.C. intern’s sexual escapades.  The point that made it interesting to the wider world instead of just her 200 closest friends was that she was taking money for sex because her intern salary was so paltry.  She had six or seven high profile (according to her) lovers who took her out to dinner and subsidized her apartment rent so that she could continue to live the Capital life style.  The birth of the celebrity blog- everyone was trying to figure out who her lovers were.   If you are not interested in titillating the general public with your blog, what do you want? Do you want to make money, albeit in a more traditional way, or do you just want to keep your adoring public informed?

 

If you want to make money

The first thing you have to realize in deciding on whether Twitter or WordPress is better for your blog is whether you want to make money on it or not.  If you do, you must realize that WordPress does not allow their bloggers to monetize their blogs.  If you are interested in blogging purely for informational purposes, WordPress makes it easy to use and to disseminate your information.  But if you plan on making your blogging hobby into a money making sideline, Twitter, with its wider reach, is probably the better solution.  Remember, you do not directly make money with a twitter blog, but using redirects on your tweets, you send your customers to what they are interested in: your ebay account, your adsense ads, or to clickbank to buy your product.

 

If you have a message

If the purpose of your blog is to inform, arouse and motivate, Twitter is the format for you.  Tweeting about a hot topic has become the way news is now distributed, quickly, easily and to the most interested parties, all at once.  When hot events are unfolding, when you want to attract people around a cause, the viral nature of Twitter gets the message to all the right people in an instant and can rally them to the cause.

 

Whether blogging on Twitter or WordPress is better completely depends on what you want to do with your blog.

There are many types of blogging that you can possibly do in the internet. Depending on your purpose, you can either start with sharing your experiences through WordPress or have a quick go at Twitter. Check out http://www.findermind.com so you can determine the best blogging for you.

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1 Comment on "Blogging on Twitter vs. Blogging on WordPress- Pros and Cons"

  1. First, WordPress does allow people to monetize their blogs, you just have to host the blog yourself using software from wordpress.org instead of using Automattic’s hosting service at wordpress.com. For years before wordpress.com was started that was the only way to run WordPress. You rented server space, installed the software, and off you went.

    Second, you can easily use both Twitter and a blog (be it WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, or one of the many other choices) because they are really different tools aimed at solving different problems. In fact, most of the blogging gurus will encourage you to do just that. Add Facebook and/or Google+ to the mix and then you have a complete package.

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    Cherie Reply:

    Great points. Twitter compliments blogging, along with Facebook, Google+, etc.

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