When you want to write online, it can become confusing when there are so many different ways to publish your writing on the internet.
What is the difference between a blog, an email newsletter, or a social media post?
This question comes up all the time in the Courageous Bloggers Society, and I'm going to answer it for you today.
Here's my take on the roles your blog, email newsletter, and social media pages can play in your online writing.
I see your blogging website as the official library of all your posts, where each of your blog posts can be easily found by both you and your readers. The big benefit of putting your blog on a website is that your posts can be found anytime by anyone doing a Google search based on your topic.
Even years from now, people can find, read, and be benefited by the blog posts you publish on your website today.
Your email newsletter and social media pages, however, are spaces where you get to share you posts and announce to your readers that you have written something you would love for them to read. When you share your posts in these places, it lets your current audience know what's going on with your blog today.
In both an email newsletter and social media page you can either copy/paste the exact text of your blog post, or you can simply link to the post inviting people to go to your website and read it. The most important thing is that you let people know you have written something.
So, your website is your official home base, where all your posts can be found in the same place, so folks can search on Google and find you anytime. Your email newsletter and social media sites are the ways you let folks know about your posts after you publish them.
And, just in case the idea of having a blogging website completely stresses you out, especially if you haven't even started writing yet, I always tell my clients it's absolutely fine to grow your blogging platform in small steps.
If building a website feels completely out of reach for you, because you don't have the time, energy or inspiration for it, then it's totally fine to start with writing and sharing your posts just on a social media site. When you're ready, you can go through your posts and add them to your website later.
So don't let the idea of building a website stop you from starting to write today. You can build your process and platforms slowly over time.
P.S. If you'd love to find a way to write that feels safe and wonderful for you, download your free guide, 6 Steps to Calm Your Fear and Write Your First Blog Post.
Hi! I'm Emma Veritas,
I'm a writer, blogging coach, personal development teacher, and oracle card reader. I've been writing inspirational blogs, newsletters, and social media posts for 7+ years. This practice has grown me, and calls me ever deeper into healing everything that stops me from showing up as my true self. It has changed my life, and it changes the lives of my readers everyday.
I am the creator of The Courageous Bloggers Society, a vibrant community of women who want to inspire, help, and teach others through writing a blog. Try us out risk free with your 7 day free trial!
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