I suppose this is a question every blogger asks of herself/himself when they are about to tap down on the Publish button. How long, or short, do I make my blog posts? Pictures? Straight text? A simple log of the day’s events or a recipe or an anecdote?
I realize this isn't exactly one of my normal post subjects. But I figured everybody is still recovering from their two-day drunk from New Year's Eve and might not be able to handle anything philosophical today like...is time really immovable when it comes to the seasons? Why does it seem we are getting more snowy weather in the later months, such as March and April (even May) than in the winter? Ahem. Anyway, just relax with your strong coffee and aspirin. Let me go off tangent today.
I find myself asking these questions whenever I am about to make a blog post. Just how much information am I going to put on the screen? Should I consider my readers’ precious time, knowing I am not the only person who has a blog and that I need to be a good little girl and give other bloggers their fair share of people’s attentions? Or should I hog it all to myself, because I am the greatest being on the face of the planet and people should fall to their knees while holding up trays of pot stickers and giblet gravy for me to feast upon?
Um . . . okay. I am not THAT self-absorbed. If I were, I would not be curious to know what other people think whenever they come across a long blog post. Do you cringe? Do you roll your eyes and skim over the text looking for certain keywords to draw your mind into the story - like money, sex, social security numbers, incriminating photos with naked senator aides, beer, football, George Clooney, sex with George Clooney, more beer, oh-please-someone-help-me-because-I-am-stuck-in-a-jail-cell-with-a-man-named-Claudia-who-keeps-winking-at-me-ahhhh!?
Or when you come across a long post, do you grab yourself something hot to drink, relax back in your chair with a happy sigh, and put on a zombie stare as you sink yourself into the story?
I think you can guess which one I am. I do not mind long posts, even if I am in a rush. I can always hit the older posts button and read the story when I have a longer moment to really appreciate someone’s post about fighter planes, playing in bands, getting the spices just right in a heaping bowl of gumbo, watching a photo show, and learning about new places with fascinating traditions.
Yet I do mind long posts when I am the person making them. I try (and usually fail) to keep my posts brief. I do keep myself on a limit of 1200 words. Of course I have gone over that limit with two particular posts, which happened to be the first chapter of my completed manuscript, averaging a whooping 2200 words. Two posts. One chapter.
So give me your opinions. Likes long blogs? Dislikes the rambling? Relaxing to read or too much info at one time? Wondering what happened to Claudia in the jail showers? Let me know!
*FYI - This post is about 460 words. I am so proud of myself today! I might just laminate this one!*