This week's Tuesday Tumbling Terms for the writer is Blog/Website.
1. a Web site containing the writer's or group of writers' own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other Web sites.
verb (used without object)
2. to maintain or add new entries to a blog.
Origin: 1995–2000; shortening of Weblog
Computers. a connected group of pages on the World Wide Web regarded as a single entity, usually maintained by one person or organization and devoted to a single topic or several closely related topics.
As you can see they are basically the same, if you choose to use it this way. You can incorporate a blog into your website, if you want.
Yes, with a website you get your name as domain name. It costs money to register the domain. It costs money to maintain the site because if you are not a programmer fluent in html forget about it. Website designers make a killer of a living because charge for each additional update so the page basically stays the same. Sure, you can DYI it, but again there is a cost for the program and domain name.
People like change as in updates and possibly a new look when they stop by. They are a fickle bunch. They get bored easily. Why stop by a website unless you are going to buy something? If you are looking for something to buy, you don't care so much about how a site looks. For example, take a look at Ebay, or Amazon. Every decade or so they will revamp their overall look, but they basically stay the same. I've visited author sites that don't change unless they publish a new book and that's an add-on. Why would I want to keep coming back to the same information to reread? Today, the speed of information on the web changes by the minute or hour.
Wait, I get that with my blog too. (jomurphey dot blogspot dot com) It is mine exclusively as is The Murphey Saga. No two blogs can have the same name. No fee for domain or updates. I can update daily or several times a day if I want. I have full design control over what my background looks like. See my books in the background? Neato, huh? I think I finally found something that screams "memememe!" I can change the format, text size, and a host of other things with a click of my mouse. Do people return to my site often? You betcha. I always have something interesting to say...er, um, maybe.
So do you blog as an author? Send me your link.(Just so you know spams will be deleted)
Keep writing and loving the Lord.