I’ve made this webzine into three categories for a reason. I wanted to create a juxtaposition between the way that a blogger writes, and the way that a journalist writes. The main difference, I think, is that blogs are all about the author sharing their personal opinions, thoughts, experiences… etc. A journalist or columnist, on the other hand, isn’t writing solely on their own accord. They have to constantly keep the reader in mind and make sure that what they are writing about is interesting to all those readers. They’ve gotta sell the paper, after all.
Over the past five years, the blogosphere has exploded with life. More and more people are reading blogs as opposed to newspapers or magazines. What is it about blogs that we like so much? They are often casual, and easy to read. They offer more images, that are better quality. They’re free. And they don’t bother with being objective. Instead, the blogger lets you into their life. It’s easy to feel like you know a blogger like a close friend, even if you’ve never met them.
Christa Wittmier, otherwise known as Super CW, is a perfect example of the lovable blogger. Her blog, Honolulu’s Nightlife Diaries, is fun to read and has so much personality in it that you feel like you’re her best friend. What makes her special is that her blog is so good that The Honolulu Weekly asked her to be their nightlife columnist. Now, she plays for both teams. Being a newspaper writer as well as a popular blogger, she has a unique understanding of the differences between the two. In other words, hers was the perfect brain for me to pick to delve deeper into the Blogs Vs. Newspapers battle. (more…)