That is a question I find myself thinking about for some time now. I do enjoy blogging but writing and reading other blogs are two different things in my mind. I type my posts out in Word and usually I fill ¾ of a page, title included, standard spacing. It comes down to 700 words per post. I add a picture and heading and boom … what I usually end up with is quite a lengthy post. I would call it a ‘medium’, not a small or a large one.
When I started blogging, I was contacted by other bloggers who sell courses on how to blog and how to grow your blog and off course, how to earn money with it. The length of a post was discussed quite often as I remember well. I also read that Google likes it when you publish lengthy posts, 2000+ words. It would be good for their crawling machines. So there were pros for shorter but definitely also for longer posts.
What does my reality say?
My friend Mr Bump, likes to write shorter posts. Shorter than mine, I don’t remember his desired amount of words, I guess it was around the 300. I find his posts just the right length to read. My friend Ashley from MentalHealth@Home publishes every day but her posts are also not that lengthy. Just right for my attention span. I also enjoy reading posts from Don’t Lose Hope, always short and to the point. I would love to read longer posts but can’t always find the energy.
As you see here, I myself write longer posts. But as my concentration is out of the window due to mental illness, I enjoy shorter posts to read myself on a daily basis. I have a blogging friend, Ceridwensilverheart, who publishes more lengthy posts. But she doesn’t publish that often and mostly in the weekends. When I see her post popping up in my reader, I know that it’s time to lean back and to take the time to be endorsed in the world of strange creatures. Just check her blog out, if I made you curious enough.
I guess I could conclude that a certain style or some predictability is in place with blogging. As a creature of habit, I like to know what to expect so I can adapt accordingly.
What are your thoughts about the length of a post? Do you prefer shorter or longer posts or maybe it doesn’t matter to you at all as long as the content is interesting. Do you read other blogs daily or just once in a while? How do find the fine line between writing, reading and commenting? Let me know in the comments!