“I like big posts and I cannot lie…”
Any writer worth her salt knows it’s much harder to write short than it is long. I could write you a 1,000 word ramble in half the time it would take me to write you a nice, tight 250 word post. When you’ve got length on your side, you can get sloppy with words and take your time getting to your point but, when you’ve only got a small space to deliver your message, you’re going to have to work harder to make the most out of every word you can fit.
The experts say the ideal blog posts are between 250 to 500 words long. Ain’t no one got time for that. How can you possibly bang out enough blog posts to fill a blog all year/week/month if you have to take your time and watch your words like that? I’ll spend hours on 250 words for an article submission but for a blog post? Nah.
The average blog post on this very site is 642 and, frankly, I’m surprised it’s that low. Because when I have time to blog, I don’t have much time so I throw words down as fast as I can and do the bare minimum of editing so it’s readable. If I actually had to make every post conform to that ideal range, I’d never have time to post anything since I’d spend all my time editing.
But , then again, I’m that person that can’t deal with silence in a phone conversation and has to fill it with random blabbering. I’ve written books, novels. Maybe I just think in long form while there are others who can just naturally think in small, digestible blocks of text that make ideal blog posts.
What do you think? Do you find it easier to write compact, short blog posts or do you like to settle in and get a big old word pile stacked up before you hit post?
(I wanted to make this post under 250 words. It’s 371. I could edit it down to that but… nah.)