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Would you read a post this long?

  1. On some days it's just a few sentences, even just a picture. Then there's those days where it just keeps on flowing, though where to I don't know. I love reading long blog posts but I fear I may be the only one. Please have a look if you have the time.

    Thank you.

    The blog I need help with is smallestofthings.wordpress.com.

  2. Whoops, my apologies, this was in reference to my most recent post

  3. invisiblemikey
    Member

    500 or so words isn't long to me. Mine tend to run 700-1000.

    If I start to go over that length, I do tend to break the posts up into separate parts.

    2k words is about my limit, and it had better be way above average. I found your reminiscence about a memorable walk quite enjoyable to read though.

  4. Yeah, I would and did read it. That's not too long at all. All my posts tend to run around 1000 words.

  5. For me it is not so much the length as the formatting. In general, when I started I noticed I got far more comments and views on posts that were shorter. But since then I've discovered that no matter the length, people respond better to clearly formatted posts.

    In fact, online, people tend not to read so much as skim (there are a couple studies on this, I'll have to go hunt them down...) So making your points stand out is extremely important. I use, for example, shorter paragraphs, bold text for the important bits, and break up long posts into two or three pieces with sub-headings for each one. That way people can scan the page and pick up on anything that looks interesting. Since I started doing these things I noticed that whether a post was long or short really had nothing to do with whether people read it.

    So, to address your post specifically. . . While it's not actually that long, it is basically one big block of text that may make it hard for many people to read.

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