I've been reading a lot lately about different people's views on the length of posts. I have varied word counts and mostly don't even pay any mind to the number of words in my posts, but occasionally I'll read a post on someone else's blog and think "Wow, I could have been way more descriptive in that last post." I like the way some people write. Other blogs I frequent because I enjoy the topics they write about and not necessarily the writing style. I try to write stuff that is informative, or funny. My children give me a plethora of humorous stuff to post about, although I'm not sure anyone cares. Relate? Yes. Care? Probably not.
My point is that while I think I could do a better job of being more descriptive with my stories to leave the reader hanging just a little longer...I've come across several articles lately that really interest me, but after the 15th paragraph, I start to lose my interest. Not that the story isn't interesting, I just have to go make dinner, run to the grocery store, finish EC dropping (goal- 50 per blog x4 = 200)etc. I find myself not finishing the article. So I ask you, which is better? What is the ideal or target word count for a good post?
I struggle with this too. If you read mine sometimes I write a rather lenthy one because it's a story, but I try to follow it with a shorter post the next time. Alot of times I just skip right over long posts, so I try not to put them in too much. PS> you totally hooked me in with the title.ReplyDelete
I'm totally new to this but I have heard of the length versus girth argument. I guess with so many distractions a short, snappy post keeps people coming back - on the other hand it can be pretty hard to present a good discussion on something in 150 words. Surely diversity is the key.ReplyDelete