Tech Teach: Blogs vs. Online Magazines
As you know, we launched AOE as the first “Online Magazine” for Art Educators a few weeks ago! It’s been an amazing few weeks, thanks to everyone for your positive feedback!
As a result of this change, some of you may be wondering: What exactly is an online magazine? How is it different from a blog? How is it different from a traditional magazine? In efforts to keep you up with the latest and greatest in the tech world, I will try to shed some light (It’s not that complicated) so you understand the important differences.
What are Blogs?
Early blogs were just an abbreviation of “web log,” They were simple records of people’s thoughts and interests. They were the equivalent of keeping a simple online diary. Usually blogs are posted by one author, and focus on that person’s account of a particular topic. Sometimes blogs will have guest posts by other writers, but usually blogs are authored by a single person or small team.
What are Online Magazines?
Online magazines are the newest way for people to get a lot of content, in one place, from a variety of authors. It’s a very young online model. As with traditional print magazines, they tend to be a mix of news, opinion, feature articles, reviews, interviews and case studies. Online magazines have a team of writers who are carefully chosen. Also like traditional magazines, online magazines also have editors (I serve as editor for AOE) who curates and edits the content in the best interest of the reader and the site’s purpose.
An online magazine isn’t the same as a traditional magazine with an online viewing option. That is a digital version of an existing publication that only comes out once a month, and you usually have to pay. You also may hear of Ezines, which are a collection of articles published online in one download periodically, but neither of these models is what we are truly talking about.
So Why Does This Matter to You?
AOE’s Online magazines benefits you because it’s more instantaneous. You can stop by daily, weekly, or monthly to read the articles. We can keep you up to date with issues that matter to you, (no waiting a year for editorail approval) Speaking of that, I am working on an article for a professional art ed journal and I think I submitted it 2 years ago and it’s now getting ready for publication. Although a very cool experience, Seriously? 2 Years? I hope the information is still relevant… This just affirms our quest keep you up with what is current on a daily basis. Best of all, our writers are available to answer your questions, and have a conversation on the spot about the topic. And it’s not stuffy. It’s Real. Candid. Sometimes Silly. Always Ridiculously Relelvant.
Many other genres are already jumping on the “Online Magazine” bandwagon, but we are the first in Art Ed. It’s fun to see people who are passionate about a particular topic come together and unite into one cause.
What types of articles are you looking for in your “Daily Dose” of Art Ed?
We are also planning some theme weeks in the future.
Give us your suggestions in the comments!