Thursday, July 14, 2011

Less is More

After my two posts on best and worst writing advice, I got some advice about my blog. I don't know if it is good advice or not, so I'm going to try it out and see what happens.

Blog Advice: Shorter is better. Try to keep your posts to 500 words or less.

This makes sense to me. In fact, when I read through blogs I skim posts that look too dense, or I read the first paragraph and move on. I took a good, long look at my posts and realized I'd probably skim or skip them, too.

Goal: For the next several weeks, I will be brief but not shallow.

What is your favorite post length? When do you start skimming?

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Stephanie Humphreys said...

This is something I've been thinking about lately. I need to keep my posts short because I do tend to skim long posts if I read them at all. There just isn't time to read everything.

John Waverly said...

Stephanie - I wish you the best in your quest for brevity.

I'm still struggling with this, and come to the conclusion that I'm going to draft a long post. Then I edit it down by 60-70%. I do like the shorter length better, but it's hard to cut and cut and cut some more.

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