Thursday, March 3, 2011
When I started reading it, I had not realized it would be so long. The narrative started well enough and had me interested to see what was coming next. Then the author took a detour. In befuddlement I plodded on.
Did this author have any sense of an inner editor? There was this and then there was that. And then there was this that had no relation to that. On and on it went with no clear point in sight. By this time I had already invested so much time in reading that I was determined to finish.
Finally, after what seemed like hours, I reached the end. What was that all about anyway? I could only sigh deeply and shake my head in frustrated disappointment. That had to have been the longest blog post I've ever read in my life. And for today it would be the only blog post that I would be reading.
I've been guilty of this, I know. In April many of us will be trying to read more posts than usual and leave a comment on each of them. Those long rambling posts will become a liability. Readers may decide to just skip the long ones in favor of several more manageable posts.
Here are a few things you might want to consider in April and perhaps always:
1) If your post covers a lot of different topics, then maybe it would be better to turn it into several different posts.
2) If your topic covers many different points, then maybe you should turn it into a series extended over several days.
3) If you really have that much to say, then maybe you should write a book.
These are just some thoughts that I decided to toss out to you. What do you think?
Coming Saturday: Awards post.