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Difference Between Forum and Blog

blogIn the internet, self expression has become the norm. People would like to share with everyone what they think and why they think that way. People from further back in time had a steep slope to climb if they want to do this, since the only way to do it is to build your own webpage that would hold your content. Nowadays two formats are arguably the king of self expression. The first is the forum, which is older, and then there is the blog. Both are very popular with their separate methodologies of expression.

A forum was once called a bulletin board due to the manner in which users say what they say. Each user’s comment can be placed in the thread that he wants it in and the thread appears to be a conversation, albeit a very long one, that could last a up to a few months or even years. Forums are usually niche specific so that likeminded people gather around the forums that they are most drawn to. There are forums that talk about computer technology, about motorcycles, even pets. There is probably a forum for every niche that there is. A forum needs to have a moderator who would be responsible for keeping the peace and ensuring that everyone follows the rules; especially because forums can often spark verbal fights called flame wars due to the very heated arguments.

The second one is the blog. This is like creating your own webpage but the blog site that you are using usually provides templates so that your page is automatically set up. You just need forumto change a few options so that it suits you or your personality. A blog is like an online diary than anybody can read and leave comments on. Although there are a lot people who use blogs for this purpose, most people who do make blogs usually discuss events or issues that have affected them. There are multitudes of blogs that discuss about politics, religion, and current events. Some blogs become very popular that some people are already following what the owner would say next.

If you just want to express yourself in the internet, a blog might be the right tool for you. But if you want to participate in discussions that can sometimes turn into debates, joining a forum is what’s for you. There are multiple ways of gaining internet presence; you just have to choose your position.


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  6. Wow this is great I was about to have my web guy upload a blog to my new site but now after reading this I think maybe forum is the way to go for me to get the consumer and the industry suppliers talking together and other clients of the suppliers.
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  7. my take is that, forums will loose steam over time. Blog are in and used much more.

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  10. According to me major difference is that blog is our setup or forums can’t our setup.

  11. Thank you so much this was a great help….Thanks again

  12. can anyone tell me which is better for me blog or fourm ??
    because i am so confused… about this..
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  13. I always was doubt what to chose- blog or forum. In some way they both looks similar to me- discussion about certain topic like here in blog comment. People has conversation. Better choice is unite both under WP. Put blog as main site page and make forum as additional service.

  14. hi,
    Thank you . . .for wonderful explanation of difference between blog and forum . Now. . . the upcoming question is that what is better for beginners?? i think blog has less sparking of verbal fights . . :-) So it’s better to have a blog at start and then they should move towards forum as forum has great competency of thoughts, hence may cause the complexity for beginners.

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  16. Thanks for clarifying the difference. But what I need to know is this: If I want to find knowledgeable or experienced people in a certain domain to enrich my knowledge and get help in solving a specific problems, What is the best place to do so? Forum or Blog??
    Thanks in advance… :)

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