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They say the average
Span of a bloggers focus is very limited...I struggle with long posts..

posted by Offy on February 20, 2007 at 5:15 AM | link to this | reply

It is easier to read shorter entries
but then again some are so short they miss to make a point or lead to interesting reading. I think it is a fine balance between the two

posted by Tanga on February 20, 2007 at 1:31 AM | link to this | reply

Everything about the reasoning behind
shorter entires makes sense to me, but I tend to write to get things off my mind. This makes me a less successful blogger, but I'm okay with that.  I don't mind reading long blogs.  Well, I'm going to read your Valentine's day party entry.  Don't mind my comments, I'm still on strong cough medicine and I'm having a hard time writing. (I guess you could tell by my post-lol)

posted by Flumpystalls3000 on February 18, 2007 at 6:33 PM | link to this | reply

It is so true. You'd have to be a darned good writer to get me to read

past about 750.  There are a few of those great writers around here, but they get bored, I think, with having to write such short stuff and they find other stuff to do instead of blogging.

On the other hand, I try to make lemonade out of anything.  I could try to talk myself into thinking that it is an opportunity to make short, sweet pieces of the whole pie or enchelada, or whatever you'd care to call it when you try to write a WHOLE book.  Each piece needs to be succinct, focused, and at LEAST somewhat enjoyable....

posted by WindTapper on February 18, 2007 at 2:17 PM | link to this | reply

good post... and I agree with what Reni said below....
The breakup into smaller paragraphs helps with speedy reading.... we want to get to as much reading as possible, but something that's drones over a page long won't always get my complete attention. 

posted by -blackcat on February 17, 2007 at 12:57 PM | link to this | reply

joe,
that's very good reasoning and planning. I do break up my post into parts so that readers need to read a little bit of it at a time. And I also like to enumerate my points for easy reading and understanding.

posted by richinstore on February 17, 2007 at 7:36 AM | link to this | reply

Joe_Love...
 Good post.

posted by jacentaOld on February 17, 2007 at 6:24 AM | link to this | reply

Joe.....
Can you use the roll-over plan in writing?  If you're short a few on one you can add them on another?

This is sooooooo accurate!  Long, well-researched posts are doomed the minute you hit the Save and add button.......and sometimes thats sad.  But we are in a 10-30 second sound bite world....it's bound to influence reading habits, too..................


posted by Corbin_Dallas on February 17, 2007 at 5:28 AM | link to this | reply

Joe Love
You only went over by 129 words - I'm proud of you!  LOL  I tend to ramble in two of my blogs.  Once I have a thought I let it flow.  In my other 3 blogs I usually keep things shorter and to the point!

posted by Presley on February 17, 2007 at 5:21 AM | link to this | reply

Joe Love
excellent observations! I have never bothered with my word count, but maybe I should - of course, that may not be the only reason that readers are staying away in droves...

posted by Nautikos on February 17, 2007 at 5:21 AM | link to this | reply

posted by _Symphony_ on February 17, 2007 at 3:28 AM | link to this | reply

Joe

It’s absolutely true. Although we are here as “writers” and want to pour our souls and epiphanies onto the screen, if you want people to read it has to be relatively concise. Even with my poetry, if the poem is too long I think... “Ummm… this is too long – people aren’t going to get to the end and fully appreciate it”.

posted by Troosha on February 16, 2007 at 8:34 AM | link to this | reply

I just posted a blog that was particularly long (for me) at roughly 750

words.

However, I make a point of dividing up my posts with space and dialogue so that they read more quickly.  Long posts don't bother me, as long as my eye--and my mind--can pause from time to time.

Your post is a good example of this, which makes reading it much more enjoyable than reading a post of equal length (with no break-ups).

Gawd, I hope that made sense.  No coffee yet...

posted by Renigade on February 16, 2007 at 7:17 AM | link to this | reply

Hey Joe...you're just one of those who is going to get read no matter
how long your posts are!  Deal with it!    Sorry...I'm partial...your one the goodies who tickles me in my tickle spot!  XO

posted by ---Masky--- on February 16, 2007 at 7:11 AM | link to this | reply

but still...
breaking the entry up...

into several separate shorter ones...

can be very disconcerting...

Just imagine...

If I had put...

Each of these lines...

Into its own comment...

Carl Peter








posted by cpklapper on February 16, 2007 at 6:42 AM | link to this | reply

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