I have been pondering the frequency and the brevity of blog posts.
It started when I read Om Malik‘s post on Creativity, brevity and on being concise, which was Freshly Pressed yesterday. It was beautifully written. He received lots of comments supporting his cause, but I found myself wanting to wave my hand and shout No!
Of course I understand concision is important, but I do have trouble with the world of sound bites and people with the attention span of your average two-year-old. Books are shorter, television programmes come in ten minute chunks interspersed with advertisements and then narrators spend three minutes of the next ten minutes reminding us of what happened before. We risk the 140 characters allowed on Twitter becoming the norm. Description is old hat. I doubt that either Dickens or Hardy would get a publishing look-in these days and as for Tolstoy – not a prayer. Shakespeare might be in danger too – do you know how long King Lear is?
I love great fat tomes of books. I read War and Peace in 40 minute slices whilst commuting to work. And I didn’t have to recap each morning and evening to discover what was going on. I’m a quick and avid reader. I don’t care how long something is. If you hook me, if I’m interested, I will sail with you for the long haul. However, I do recognise that other people may prefer shorter stories as opposed to lengthy Russian sagas. Shorter posts instead of my ramblings.
And then I began to think about the frequency of posting, which was a direct result of my beginning to balk at the size of my own in-box. (No, that is not a euphemism). I have subscribed to lots of blogs from you lovely, fascinating people and I love to read what you are up to, what you think I should be up to, your highs, your lows and your amazing writing tips. But I’m getting a lot and I want to read all of it, which takes me a while.
Which led me to wonder what you think about when I post. I get a bit enthusiastic (no!) sometimes and re-blog things from other people. Well, there is just so much good stuff out there, I’d hate for you to miss it. But if I then post my own
rubbish/thoughts as well, is it too much? Are you going to get sick of me cluttering up your in-box? That assumes that you subscribe by email, of course. It may be irrelevant and you may have stumbled across me whilst trying to find Patagonia on a map.
However you got here, I’ve decided to ask the questions and I would be delighted if you would let me know how you feel.
Should I be changing the way I post? When is too often too much; how long is too long? Is it broke/should I fix it? Should I post on three days a week, pouring out my heart or opt for frequency with brevity?
and only slightly related to what I’ve written, but interesting nonetheless: