Originally Posted by mattcarpet
Blogs already function as websites across the web, many "web designers" out there are simply clever manipulators of blog software. It's convinient to use blogging software for updates, and they do rank higher in search engines due to their frequently updated content anyway, generally speaking.
Anyway my site is an example of a blog that looks like a normal website, albeit laid-out in blog format...I've had several looks to my site in the past both in HTML and PHP, but using wordpress, while I may still change the look of it again in the future, is definitely my favorite so far.
Well said. A blog IS a website.
The main advantage to blogs, especially self-hosted Wordpress, is that they are viral right out of the box.
Easy maintenance and set up are a plus but you must realize that if you update your traditional website with an article, it could take months to be recognized as quickly as the same article posted on a WP blog.
Set up correctly, your posts and pages are immediately "pinged" to distribution sites, updated through XML sitemaps to major SE's, and submitted to Social Networks when published. This can easily be accomplished with a few free plugins.
Your Titles, descriptions, H1 and H2 tags, permalinks, and content structure are already set in your admin panel (or they should be).
With a traditional website, you need to work all this out using a editor of some sort, usually.
99% of the time... a well set up WP blog is your best business tool.