For as long as people have created blogs, there has always been the debate about length of post, should it be long or short?

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The debate will always rage on, for as long as blogging exist, yet the key is really to make it as long as it needs to be in order to get the message across in the best clear way you can…

It’s not just what you say but how you say it. πŸ˜€

Let’s assume you wanted to know about backlinks, would you rather read aΒ 2000 word post which tells you all you need to know about backlinks, or a 200 word one that only skims the surface and hints that the writer actually knows very little about what he writes?

Should you feel you need to write long posts…

You have to then consider if you are boring your readers, that itself would be the worse thing, Β which you can see happening at times when you read a post somewhere and half way though you seem to stop reading it, it’s tapered off and bored you.

That is something I’ve seen with some of these so called big name bloggers and quite often, their content has got so boring I just stop reading and go elsewhere.

The answer for you may depend on your blog, it’s readers and your style of writing, yet the bottom line is, there is no right or wrong length, look at any of Seth Godin’s post and if done with clarity, they can very effective when short and sweet.

For me it”s really not the length, it’s the content itself and how it’s written that matters.

What about for you?

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Should your posts be long or short?
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6 thoughts on “Should your posts be long or short?

  • March 17, 2010 at 3:07 am

    I tend to write long posts. Occasionally I’ll write a short update about something or will share some bit of goofiness in less than 200 words. Most of my posts are in the 800-1,500 word range. That flies in the face of recommended norms, but it works for me and people don’t make fun of me TOO often.

    I generally find that short posts, with the exception of those that are pointing toward more substantive content, to provide me with little value most of the time. There are exceptions, of course, but they’re fairly rare.

    • March 17, 2010 at 1:45 pm

      Seems to be working out for you then, funny that people tend to say this, that should be done but what do they know really?

      They know what works for them, not you or anyone else. πŸ˜€
      .-= Rob´s last blog ..Happy Birthday Son! =-.

  • March 18, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Hi Rob,
    I completely agree that the length of the post will depend on a number of things….topic, author style, availability of images, intended message etc. To say that a post should or should not be a certain length is ludicrous. Look at the success that Hugh Macleod at GapingVoid and Jessica at Indexed have achieved.

    Personally, I like to mix it up.

    .-= Adrian Swinscoe´s last blog ..Guest Post: How to grow your business with Twitter =-.

    • March 18, 2010 at 11:50 am

      Hi Adrian,

      Good examples there, I think the whole argument about it is daft, it’s been going on for as long as the argument about blogs being monetised or not, the purist saying one thing, the reality being different.

      Mix it up, yeah, that’s the only way really. πŸ˜€

      Thanks for the comment, sorry about delay in approval, was during the night time for me that you posted. πŸ˜‰

  • March 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Hey Rob, I think if you can get your point across with a short post then it should be short but sometimes you just can’t. I would say if your post is going to be long make sure you captive your reader within the first paragraph or they are not likely to read the entire post.
    .-= Danny @ DoFollow Blog´s last blog ..DoFollow Vs NoFollow Debate =-.

    • March 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Danny,

      I agree, I think it should always be just enough to say what is needed to be said, any more and it’s waffling. πŸ˜‰

      There are some really long post out there I have started reading and they didn’t captivate me, so like you say, I only read till that point I lost interest.
      Happens alot.

      Shame, understandable when it’s a new blogger though, we all live and learn. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for the comment mate.
      .-= Rob´s last blog ..Make money online creating products =-.


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