Writing VS Blogging


Blogging is to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.”

Andrew Sullivan


Though Mr. Sullivan is a blogger and a writer, I cannot understand his analogy between extreme sports and blogging, or writing and athletics.

The second part of his statement is however correct that blogging is less formal, more alive, and spontaneous.

Formal writing be it in form of a novel, poetry book or an informative book requires a different approach than blogging. It needs a format to be followed and some parameters that need to be adhered to.

While in blogging when we “ write out loud” we write as we think. It’s a spontaneous process where most of us edit after we have finished writing our posts. There is no limit to the topics/subjects we write on and neither is there a need to limit our views.

In conclusion, I’d say that blogging is mainly a medium of self-expression and is very different from formal writing. We can, and many have complied books out of blog posts but it needs extensive editing for that compilation to read like a book and not a bunch of posts. Poems, however are easier to convert into a book form.

Written for Blogging Insights-NF # 40, hosted by Tanya



103 thoughts on “Writing VS Blogging

  1. I’ve yet to read any book compiled of “posts” that felt like a real book. Blogs aren’t meant to be books. Whether they are carefully thought out (mine sometimes are depending on the subject) or spontaneous, they are generally one idea. The great thing for me is that you can limit them to one thing and make them as sort and as snappy as you like without ruining them. You can’t do that in a book, unless it’s a character speaking. Books require planning, forethought, and usually research of some kind, even if it’s just researching the area you are writing about.

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  2. I’m not so sure I understand that initial statement. Extreme sport? Well. I guess it can be that.
    I do it to connect. And share a little of myself with the world.
    One day I wish to have a book, well formatted to present a large piece of my heart to the world.
    Thanks for sharing. Lovely write. Blessings.

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    1. Thanks Selma! The first part of the statement didn’t made sense to many. I blog for the same reason as you. But I’ve no ambition to write a book.


  3. I have always stated that I need a secretary – to help with compiling and (dreaded editing, I more than less only edit once during the writing but not going back over something. Which I might do if I ever try to do something with my stories… poems though I think are different, I usually do once and one with them.)…

    Blogging I think gives us a little more freedom than formal writing. Not at all like extreme sports. But more like just wanting to run free with the wind in our hair. But to each their own opinions.

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  4. I think I’m just here, floating by.

    From my perspective, blogging has lost its touch. Most of the blogs I review today sounds the same every time. If it is not a “how to…”, then it is a cheeky listicle or something that pushes products or how the economy is helping/hurting others.

    Writing comes from within, whereas blogging is a unique opportunity to express oneself without most restrictions. A random potato can create their own free blogging account and use the platform Willy nilly. However, there are quality writers that understands how to blog appropriately and keep their audience entertained from start to finish.

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