If you’re like me, you probably check out Freshly Pressed…it’s how I’ve discovered most of the blogs I follow. And it certainly shows all the ways there are to skin a cat, so to speak.
One thing I ponder over is blog length. I find in a text-heavy environment, I’m good for about one scroll-down, unless the body of the post is broken up with pictures or the author shows at least a nodding acquaintance with the use of the paragraph. Most of the style-type stuff I’ve read about posting in electronic media seem to bear out a general sense that the shorter, the better.
Of course, the style of the theme figures into all this as well. The style I have now is pretty narrow, so paragraphs tend to look longer, even if they are only two sentences.
So I’m always a little amazed that so many people will really post at what I’d call extreme length when it comes to their blogs. I tend to get started on a story and about the time my mouse-wheel overheats I’m wondering if there’s a salient point to all this, or if it is just a narrative that goes on forever.
Maybe my attention span is just getting shorter, but there’s so much to explore online that I find myself tending to move on once the rhythm is lost. Which reminds me to tighten up my writing (and get on to the next point!)
Comments…..I notice some of the same names posting comments on just about every Freshly Pressed blog I read. A good way to build blog kharma, but unless something strikes me as noteworthy I’m just reiterating what others have said.
Even with all the SEO and traffic-driving things that exist, I still think the best advertising is word-of-keyboard, so to speak. If someone subscribes, and tells someone else who checks you out, you’ll slowly build an audience. I tend to check out other peoples blogrolls. I need to tune mine up to include some of the good reads I’ve found.
Well, I’m hitting my self-imposed scroll limitation, so……..tell me what you think!