A question

You will have to excuse my laziness and indulge me by answering this one question. I promise am not asking a question in the next post.

I enjoy reading blogs, some of these I follow, some are just random blogs. My problem is with the length of the posts. What do you think should be the length of a blog post. I know I have written posts as long as 1800 words but I know these aren’t the many.

How in the name of all that is unholy should people have a blog that is 10000 words? I kid you not, I have seen a blog that long. Who sits down to read 10K words in a blog? Or is it I who is a lazy reader?

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

135 thoughts on “A question

  1. archaeopteryx1 says:

    Mak, back when I had mine – in His own image – each of my entries were between 3000 and 4000 words, yet you read all 50 of them!


  2. archaeopteryx1 says:

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  3. nannus says:

    If posts on other peoples blogs are more than 1500 or 2000 words long, I sometimes plan to read them later but actually do so only in rare cases, if the topic is really interesting. If the stuff is divided into 3 or 4 posts of 500 words, I will read them. You get more readers if you manage to make several short posts instead of one long one. 250 to 300 words is OK, 500 is acceptable. 800 is critical. I sometimes write “specialist philosophical articles” which are much longer, but I know I will have only a few intersted readers anyway. If the topic allows it, try to divide things into small chunks. It is like a buffet with finger food. Many small servings instead of one big one.


  4. Arkenaten says:

    We all have different tastes I guess. So it is whatever takes your fancy.


  5. For me, the shorter, with punch, the better. I have too much reading to do on a daily basic and tend to scan or ignore long posts. If I had more time, I’d read more, but… 🙂


  6. Allallt says:

    I don’t think anyone plans to sit down and read (and process) 10,000 words when they make time for reading blogs, and I don’t think anyone is prepared for it either. It’s a blog, not a dissertation or short story). I also find a lot posts that extend past the 2,000 mark lack focus and could have made their point in closer to 1,000 (unless it’s a story, in which case it normally benefits from being serialised).
    I say that as someone who is guilty of sprawling a post well over 2,000 words on occasion (normally a book extract — of a book I’m writing, not plagiarism). However, some people can pull it off and remain interesting and punchy for 10,000 words.
    And to set it all in context, I’m becoming aware that this comment is too long.
    So it’s not laziness at all. It’s an awareness of context. We’re in the same sort of league as newspapers, not novellas.


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