Welcome to our weekly BlogAnon meeting where we confess a particular blogging sin and turn to you for support, suggestions and that blogging bond so we know we're not all alone. Don't be shy. Read along and let us know if you identify with us this week.
One of the first things I was told over and over when I first started blogging was that posts should be short and concise. Lists or headers throughout were good because it segmented thoughts into easy to digest pieces. I was told that people have tiny attention spans and won't focus if posts are too long. I was told that people might not even READ a post if they see that it is more than two paragraphs. Basically, I was told that all those people out there in the blogosphere never really read anything at all because they have the attention span of an gnat.
I think this is what people say to scare people away from blogging so they can have more of the blogosphere all to themselves without having to compete with bright and thoughtful posts.
I also think that blogging lends itself naturally to verbosity. And that bloggers like to write, to share, to read. And that they would rather spend their time reading a few really interesting, thought provoking or gut busting posts that require scrolling rather than reading a bunch of quickies that scream out something without substance.
Am I wrong? Or am I just creating an excuse for my rambling tendencies? I do believe that there are ways to make lengthier posts flow better visually. But you don't need tricks to keep people reading. What you need is something interesting to GET people reading. If they like it, they'll stick around. If they don't, they won't. Simple as that.
I like reading what you have to say. That's why I save your posts in my Reader for when I have time to hang with you. I have the ability to be engaged. So I treat this blog the same way. I might not always have something you want to read. And that's OK. But I believe you have the ability to decide that for yourself rather than trying to trick you into spending time here via quick lists of thoughts that don't matter to you.
Are you a skimmer? Have you ever bagged reading a post just because it looked long? Do you try to limit your posts' length? Or do you just write the words you need to say and duration be damned?