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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The reason I read your blog is probably because it was one with longer posts.
All that glitters is not gold.
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!’
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:-