By Deane Barker | September 22, 2003 | 2 Comments
What’s the difference between a blog post and an “article” or a “story”? By those terms, I mean content that isn’t as ephemeral as posts that hit the site every 15 minutes.
Blogs are, by definition, transient — they’re time-based, and items get essentially dropped into a stampede that tramples down the front page. What if you want something to rise above the stampede?
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First of all, you’re way over thinking this. I’d tell you that you need a hobby, but this is it.
I think that at some point in it’s life Gadgetopia will become a place for ‘articles’ and more than just a blog. I look for ‘articles’ from reputable news or information sources. Don’t get me wrong. This site provides great content. Most of it however, is a collection of items found elsewhere or thought provoking short essays. I view articles as original, investigative content. If I want ‘articles’ or reviews I’ll go to a site that I believe has close ties to the industry. One site in particular is pocketpcthoughts.com. It offers simple blog type posts which are generally product annoucements as well as more indepth articles. The articles appear within the blog as they are posted, but remain in a separate article list at the bottom of the page. (Suprisingly, this site is built on phpbb. All front page posts appear in the forum as a topic.)
Another difference I see is that sites with ‘article’ type content have generally grown so big or have commercialized themselves to the point where you can’t find the content among all the ads.
Keep in mind that there is nothing wrong with being a blog — either philosophically or mechanically.
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