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Difference between Blogging and Vlogging

Last Updated by Deepanshu 28-Jul-2020

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Are you planning to share your content online and confused about which one is better for you; blogging or vlogging? Then this is the guide for you. We will be discussing every aspect related to both in detail and help you to decide where shall you start.

“You can buy attention (advertising). You can beg for attention from the media (PR). You can bug people one at a time to get attention (sales) or you can earn attention by creating something interesting and valuable and then publishing it online for free” – David Meerman Scott.

Blogging and Vlogging basically serve the same purpose of sharing ideas or information over the internet. Both Blogs and Vlogs act as the most powerful tools of digital marketing in the current times and are among the most popular ways of making money over the internet. There is only one thing both Vlog and Blog revolve around and that is content. If your content is good, it doesn’t matter which platform you choose, you are already on the way to success. Although, the presentation of the content is what makes Blog and Vlog different from each other.

Even large websites are investing in Blogs and Vlogs nowadays to generate more traffic on their websites. Blogging and Vlogging are the key methods that are followed by many brands to generate traffic. Both help in boosting online activities and increasing sales. Blogs and Vlogs can also act as an online store where brands or individuals can sell anything they want and can even provide different services to the customers. So, the question is what is the difference between a blogger and a vlogger? And for the answer, we need to understand the basics of the two.

What is blogging?

A blog is basically an online diary or a journal on a specific topic or topics where the writer can express their feelings /views on topics of their concerns. Blogs mainly consist of words, images and sometimes graphs. It first started in the mid-‘90s when people just got access to the internet, many people started writing about their personal lives, thoughts and other stuff which was then called web-log which later became a we-log and finally blog.

What is vlogging?

Vlogging is just blogging but on video. Vlogs basically stand for Video weblogs. Video is the primary presentation method used for a vlog. Images, graphs and words can also be used in vlogs. It started in the 2000s and became noticeable around 2004.

The definitions won’t solely justify the difference between blogging and vlogging. So, let’s just move to it.

Difference between blogging and vlogging

The most basic difference between the two is the format used, Blogging is written content whereas Vlogging includes video.

The platforms which are used for hosting a blog are WordPress, Tumblr, Zoomla, etc. whereas Hosting platforms for Vlogs are YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, etc.

The cost related to Blogs tends to be cheap when compared to Vlogs due to the types of equipment required to shoot a video. Although, the hosting cost of Vlogs is mainly free but Blogs hosting might cost you some dollars.

In Vlogging, one should always have a clear and pleasant voice, and use words that are easily understandable to the audience while also making facial expressions to connect with the audience whereas, in Blogging, your words do the talking, nothing else matters. You only need to worry about writing skills that can attract people to it.

The audience related to Vlogs tends to be a bit higher as people engage more with Videos than reading and today’s generations are not much about reading.

Blogs started in the 1990s and got famous in 2003 whereas Vlogs started in the 2000s and got famous after 2004.

These are the basic differences between a blog and vlog but to understand which one is for you, let’s talk about their advantages on one another.

Advantages of blogging over vlogging

● Blogs are known to be more informational when compared to Vlogs.

● Overall Blogging seems cheaper than Vlogging.

● Just writing skills and content are required in Blogging whereas many things from facial expressions to words used and presentation etc. play a huge factor in Vlogging.

Advantages of vlogging over blogging

● Creating a Vlog is very easy, especially for those whose writing skills are not good.

● You just need a Camera and Internet Connection to start Vlogging which is basically available on every phone nowadays.

● Vlogging is more Interactive to the audience when compared to Blogs.

● Blogs can be time-consuming to read whereas Vlogs can be received well and easily by viewers in less time.

● Hosting your Vlog is free on YouTube and it also helps in boosting Search Engine ranking.

● Live streaming Vlogs are very popular nowadays as it allows users to see events in real-time even though they are not there which is not possible on Blogs.

Final words: - Hope the above guide is helpful to you to understand and decide. Blogging and Vlogging emerged as the most trending things over the Internet in the last decade and they might seem different but are only used for one thing and one thing only to share information or ideas with others. Even the content and the topic of the two can be the same. Any topic that is covered by Blogs can be covered by vlogs and vice versa such as unpacking, travel, food, lifestyle etc. Both turn out to be a great source of income in the time being. You can choose any one among the two by assessing your skills. The success of your web-log depends on your skills entirely although if you don’t have the writing skills choose Vlogs and if you feel presentation is not your strong suit then choose Blogs.

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