The difference between having a static website and maintaining a blog.
If I had to choose between one or the other, I’d choose a static website over a blog any day.
I know everyone is always rejoicing about how the search engines love blogs more than websites – I even wrote about it almost three years ago – but let’s think about the disadvantages of blogs for a moment, shall we?
- Yes blogs are super easy to install and set up, but static websites are becoming much easier to create as well. In fact, you can create a static website with WordPress.
- In my experience, blogs require regular updating to keep the traffic up. As soon as your posting frequency drops, so does traffic. Static websites don’t seem to feel this effect as much.
- If you want your blog to have a certain look, you’ll have to know more than just basic coding if you want to customize it yourself. Otherwise you’ll have to pay someone else to do it for you. That’s why you see so many blogs that look exactly the same.
- Blogs like to break when updating them. If you have quite a few plugins installed and it’s time to upgrade WordPress, cross your fingers and hope that the whole thing doesn’t implode.
Ultimately, blogs are easy to install and set up, and rather difficult to maintain for a long period of time. You might run out of steam and topics to write about, or maybe you just don’t feel like writing a bunch of blog posts every week. Maybe you’re sick of moderating the crapload of spam comments that blogs attract.
Whatever the case, it’s important to keep these things in mind when starting a new blog. Think long term. Is the topic you choose broad enough that you can continue to write about it for years to come? Is it something that will generate enough traffic to make it worth your time? Is there a way to monetize it so it will cover the costs of running it?
Blogging isn’t for everyone. If you aren’t excited about writing on a regular basis, you may want to consider creating a static website instead.