5 Reasons Why I Read Your Blog – No 5

Five reasons why I read your blog - part five.

5) You write long and interesting

There are many people whose lives are so busy, they do not have the time to actually read anything in depth. It seems we are all constantly advised how we should write for these ‘busy’ people.

Before you take that advice and start writing in the staccato essay style way that is so fashionable now, stop and ask yourself if you really want to write for people who are too busy to read.

It seems we are all constantly advised how we should write for ‘busy’ people. Click To Tweet

Would you talk to someone who is too busy to listen? There are many people out there who love reading long, entertaining and interesting blog posts. I am one of them. Some of us do still have the time and capacity to actually read in depth and enjoy it.

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Skim reading is the equivalent of telling someone you are too busy to listen to them and will only pick up the odd word here and there. Some people skim the surface of text or the spoken word without ever getting deep into the heart of what others are saying.

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I love a good long read.

The blogging world has its fair share of people who are probably like those we encounter in real life. The ones who are so busy thinking of the next thing they will say, they don’t hear what others are saying.

We live in a world where people are shouting over each other to be heard but no one is really hearing anyone else. The blogging world can be like that too which is why we should always be clear in our own minds what we want out of reading and writing and stick with that no matter what the ‘experts’ advise.

One of the greatest gifts you can give another person is to truly hear what they say. If a blog post is long and interesting, I will read it with the same concentration ability I use to read a book. It’s really not that hard.

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I would rather read two long blog posts that have depth and character, written by authentic writers, than 10 short, snappy posts with no real substance.

To me, pretty, short blogs with no substance are like gorgeous looking men with no personality. In the case of men (and women too!) like that, I have always turned back to the plainer, rough diamonds who make me shriek with laughter and who know how to hold a proper conversation. There is nothing like finding a really entertaining blog that I can settle down with for a good read.

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The reason I read your blog is  probably because it was one with longer posts.

All that glitters is not gold.

 

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True self-expression is more important than writing to please the masses. If you happen to do both - you are blessed.

We all write for different reasons. We all read the blogs of others for different reasons. The blogging world is made up of millions of people all with something to say to someone. In my tiny little corner of that world, I am pretty much alone. I don’t run with the crowd there because I never have done in life either. Being that way has got me places where the crowds don’t go and made my life experience unique.

Unless you are blogging to make a fortune (and if you are, good luck with that!) be careful you do not get bogged down in ‘rules’ that have been made up by people who may have different reasons to you for blogging. Maybe they need ‘rules’. Maybe you don’t - so think about it first. It is easy to get totally overwhelmed by all the shouting online with many voices screaming ‘Over here! Over here! Listen to ME! This is what you SHOULD do!’

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There are many other voices who simply want to tell you a story. Those are the voices I love the most.That is why I read your blog.

To read the previous blog posts in this series - click on the links below:-

http://www.anythingexcepthousework.co.uk/5-reasons-why-i-read-your-blog/

http://www.anythingexcepthousework.co.uk/5-reasons-why-i-read-your-blog-no-2/

http://www.anythingexcepthousework.co.uk/your-blog-5-reasons-why-i-read-it-no-3/

http://www.anythingexcepthousework.co.uk/five-reasons-why-i-read-your-blog-no-4/


 

18 comments

  1. I love this reminder that there are no rules in blogging. The only rule that has no exceptions is the rule that there’s an exception to every rule. I realize several people have said they’d rather not see an artificially inflated post and it’s also a rule in showbiz that you always leave ’em wanting, but just because conciseness is a virtue that doesn’t make having a lot to say a vice.
    When I think about how long posts can sometimes look intimidating I think of how in his books Lemony Snicket repeatedly implores readers to turn away. It’s his tongue-in-cheek way of saying, This may seem like a challenge but there are rewards if you stick with it.
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    1. Sir, I love your way with words so much! Reading your stuff (and some others like you) makes me realise I have a long way to go before I actually start writing some of the edgier stuff I REALLY want to write. I’ll get there. 🙂 I think I need to start reading a few more of you quirky male bloggers as well as the women who write like that. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  2. Gilly , I would agree with you, except that I struggle to write lengthy posts. This was the constant feedback I got from my English teachers too – ‘Too brief’, ‘Expand your answer’! If I am able get my message across succinctly, I’m happy. Does that make sense?
    On the reverse side of what you said, there are bloggers who’ll ramble on and on and you have to struggle to find what they’re saying!
    PS: Anything more than 500 words and my in-house editor (husband) starts to nod off! 😉
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    1. Hi Corinne, thanks for visiting and commenting. Yes, what you say makes perfect sense – why use 1000 words when 500 will do the job. The short blogs that don’t appeal to me are the ones that don’t really say anything but are dressed up to LOOK appealing. I love your posts because they actually offer something worthwhile and thought provoking. It’s the difference between a post that leaves me thinking ‘Is that it?’ Or – ‘That’s it!’

    1. Hi Sarah, thanks for visiting and commenting. I guess blog land is a bit like walking into a library, different texts give different value to different people. Your posts are valuable to people who want to eat healthier and your last post made me laugh which is always a bonus!

  3. What a nice post. Social media has got everyone running all the time and has affected our ability to focus and absorb! So it’s refreshing to read this – thank you. Even though we might be using our blogs to support and promote our businesses, I think the nicest blogs add value, are well written, have depth and sound authentic & personal.
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    1. Thanks Nichole – good to have you here. Yes I agree, even when blogs are used to support business, it is nice when they are kept real and human. Nothing turns me away quicker than sales pitches dressed up in superficial BS! Looks like congrats are in order from the title of your latest post! Just heading over now. Thanks again for your time.

  4. I definitely don’t want people to fluff out a 5-second story just so that it’s 5 minutes. If it’s a 5-second story, why not wait and group a few of them together? I don’t mind a short post I suppose, but then there’s not much to comment on or to feel a connection with that person.
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    1. Hi Jay – thanks for visiting – always pleased to see you here. Good points – you do need something substantial to feel connected and comment. Looking forward to your preppie post – heading over now…

    1. Hi Tammy, thanks for visiting and commenting. Don’t know about you but I can’t be assed to talk to busy people who can’t stand still long enough to hear the end of a two syllable word. I am partway through your lovely post about skin care and will be back tomorrow to read on and comment. Thanks again – good to meet you.

    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting Verushka – I must investigate that 30 day Challenge – it sounds a bit scary but I really should see what it is all about. I am just off to explore the blogs and so will be with you in awhile. Lovely to see you again.

  5. I love this. I love a good long read, too.

    When I first stumbled on blogs, I was excited to read them, and excited by the idea of them. Then I found that some of them were so short, I would just be settling down to enjoy the story, and then the post would be over.

    I love that you wrote this list, because the only feedback I’ve ever had from anyone on my writing, is that it should be shorter. “Edit, edit, edit.”. My answer is always no, because if I cut out any of it, it won’t sound like me.
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    1. Yes! Exactly. My biggest annoyance when I began reading blogs was being enticed in by an interesting ‘cover’ only to find fluffy nonsense that took two seconds to read, inside. Definitely don’t cut yours – those people are more suited to the superficial type posts and there are plenty of those to choose from. Leave muses, ramblers and meanderers alone!!! Having said all that, I have just discovered a blog called justbitsandpieces.com where she does a thing called ‘one minute mind’. Her posts are short but they get you thinking which is great because I find my mind takes over where the post ends. Looking forward to your next post whenever you get inspired to write.

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