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What's the Difference Between a Blog and an Article: Content Explained

Created: 18 Mar 2009 • Updated: 17 May 2012 • 8 comments
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So, you’re wondering what the difference is between a forum post, an article or a blog. Or maybe you want to know what constitutes a download. Check the information below for brief explanations. Then, start contributing! All of the content types below are worth Connect Points. And hey—not that you need reminding, but here it is just in case:  All information MUST be your own, original work. Make sure that the information is not plagiarized or otherwise copyrighted elsewhere—cause that would just be wrong!

Forum discussion threads may be questions, or otherwise pertinent information that is of interest to the community and is intended to start a discussion. If you’re looking for the answer to a question, consider adding the following information to your post to help out those who just may have the solution.

  • Product Name and Version
  • Platform Name and Version
  • Exact Error Message
  • Describe the problem symptoms and history

Articles are generally approximately 1500 words and contain explanations, analysis and/or visuals (screen captures, illustrations, etc.) Articles are evaluated on the value of the content to the community as well as on accuracy.

Blogs are tips, general information, or otherwise brief information regarding the use and implementation of Symantec products. Blogs are generally between 100 and 500 words and are submitted to the site via the blogs area in the Symantec Connect community. Tips must relate to Symantec products. Blogs entries must be of interest to the Symantec Connect community.

Videos are screencasts or live videos that provide how-to support for Symantec products. Podcasts (video or audio) discuss Symantec products. When created by the contributor and posted in the video area of the community, points are awarded similar to videos.

Events are notifications of upcoming events that focus on Symantec products.

Downloads are files that provide support or help the end user more easily use Symantec products. To receive full credit for a submitted download, you must have created the tool yourself. If you are submitting a tool that is available elsewhere, you must give credit to the original source and submit a URL where that tool can be verified. (Previously posted tools will not recieve the full points of a self-created download.) If we find that the download is available elsewhere and you have not credited the original source, it will be considered plagarized and no points will be awarded and the post will be deleted.

Comments are feedback on any of the above kinds of content that solve, add to, or clarify previous statements that have been made.

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TimBurlowski's picture

I would like to point out that you have re-defined the term "blog" in a way that is inconsistent with the broader internet community.

Wikipedia defines it as follows.

"A blog (a contraction of the term weblog) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog"

Blog. (2009, March 19). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 15:13, March 19, 2009, from

In addition, the term blog references a series of items, while the term post or entry is an individual item in the series. It seems like the team responsible for this site also fails to maintain that distinction between blog and blog entry or posting.

I'm curious to see if your re-definition takes hold across the rest of the internet. Perhaps you are just ahead of your time.

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Tejas Shah's picture

When you logon to Symantec connect for the the first time (as a matter of fact on most of the blogs/forums) it loks too complicated.

Novice generally would like to get the simple solution to ever simpler problems they face on products.

This is difficult to find out.

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Srikanth Gubbala's picture


Finally i see and understand what is what...  i agree with TIM, before i saw your post, i am not able to get the right difference between a forum and blog, first thing i did is to to check my favorite Wikipedia :):):) , i have gone through it and not able the co-relate the meaning of General Blog with NetBackup Community blog.

also it would be great, if you post some guide lines for posting in the forums

at last, explantions given are really good.

regards, Srikanth.

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Pravs's picture

+1 Tim

whenever I post any Blog here (If it's in my capacity, I Will rename it to Log, Catalog or Slog whatever if it actually needs a log at the end but No Blog :P ), I need to convince my self if I am actually posting a blog-entry here.

Funny part is here. I will write one article first then prepand it with sentences like "Yesterday Morning when I was having my tea, xyz from abc company called me in and he was crying because his all VCB backups were failing. " or  "catching a specific fish in a big pond ain't too easy" .. etc etc. then goes my rest of article and I'll post it as bolg.

it gives me a good false feeling that I am not cheating to my self and I am actually putting a blog -entry.

Just one person saying to me, “You’ve made my day!” makes my day.

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Tejas Shah's picture

Forum / Article / Blog, in the new version simlify the meanings. Everyone may say it's very easy to differentiate, some defination is give on the site are well. However, think from the perspective of a novice.

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Tejas Shah's picture

Here are Symantec's definations of whatever that means,,,,

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Brandon's picture

Blogs should be renamed to Tips. The word seems to be used interchangeably in its own definition:

"Blogs are tips ........ Tips must relate to Symantec products. Blogs entries must be of interest to the Symantec Connect community."

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mon_raralio's picture

Forums are in a sense discussion rooms. This may start with a fact, an opinion or a question that lets other users be open to discussions and thus, an exchange of information or views take place.

Blogs. Are personal journals, they may be based on facts or opinions that is at least affecting the writer. This can be from the word 'log', which roughly translates to what journals/diaries are to people in the pencil and paper world. And what the old ship captains used to write or etch on (an actual log) so it will float during shipwrecks.

Articles are sources of information and should be based on facts, actual events or the summary of  studies. Articles should be unbiased unless backed with actual facts which can be from personal experiences.

An example could be:
Forums can start with: How can I get rid of [virusname]? or What does [virusname] do? or I did this to remove [virusname]
Blogs can be: "[virusname], how I dealt with it." or "Does [virusname] lived up to the hype."
Articles can be: "How [virusname] works", "the effects of [virusname]", or "the impact of [virusname]"

You get the picture.

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