Monday, January 31, 2011

Blog vs. Website

Exactly one month ago, I decided to do away with my website and go with a blog only.  Thanks to all my wonderful readers who gave me their opinions and insight into their experiences.  They were split about half and half on having both or having a blog only. 

After a month, I thought I'd share my verdict of how it's going.  Let's start with numbers.  I have more than doubled the number of followers on my blog and have more comments than ever.  Page visits for my blog this past month have been triple the usual number of visits I averaged on my website. 

When I decided to do away with my website, I also set a goal for myself to keep my blog active with frequent posting and also to set aside time to visit other blogs.  It's also so easy to change the design on my blog compared to making changes on my website.  In a few weeks I'm going to add another page to my blog to promote an upcoming release.  What's not to love about blogging?

I know from the previous discussion some more of your were thinking of going blog only.  Did anyone else dump their website? 

Thanks to everyone who gave me advice and shared their experiences.  I'm learning more every day.  I'm grateful to all my new followers and especially those who stop by here often to comment. 

Now if only I could keep up with Facebook and Goodreads.  Twitter only receives my attention on rare occasions though I usually find lots of links to follow when I do go there.  So now that I settled my blog decision my next question, oh wise audience, is what other social networking tools so you deem worthy of your time?  Facebook?  Twitter?  Goodreads?  LinkedIn?  Others?


  1. I've gotten a lot of responses on FB, without trying. But Twitter continues to plague me. I can't keep up with all these conversations.

  2. I've only had a blog, but I enjoy the community that comes with blogging. I Twitter on occasion, but that's about it. Don't have time for anything more.

  3. I'm doing blog only. And when I mean only I mean no FB or website or twitter. I just don't have the time. Plus with blogging it seems more personal and we can all stay more connected.

  4. I'm so new, I am blog only right now. Twitter still scares me (read as 'dragon-sized intimidation'), and I'm so used to Facebook as a personal thing it's tough to make the transition.

    Great post!


  5. You guys make me feel less guilty about ignoring FB and Twitter most days.

  6. I've never had a website but I've heard that people are giving them up. Why spend the money when a blog is free. I have facebook and twitter. I have the share button at the bottom of my post and when I have a new post I click on that to share it. You should do twitter multiple times throughout the day.

    Tomorrow I will have a blog award for you.
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

  7. I have both a blog and a website. I also am on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and GoodReads. I spend the most time at my blog. The website gets updated once a week. I do auto posts to Facebook. LinkedIn is pretty static and I only go on GoodReads occasionally.

    Glad your experience going only blog is working well for you.

  8. I had been thinking about a website, but I see no real need for it at the present time--the blog serves for what I need. I set up a FaceBook fan page or whatever it is. Not really knowing what to do with it, I've done very little and I'm rarely on Facebook anyway. No twitter either. Who has time to do all of this and be effective at it?

    Tossing It Out and the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2011