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Short And Sweet Blogs

These days we are all sooo busy. We don’t have time for breakfast much less reading long-winded missives about a person’s personal life that is as dry as that piece of toast you forgot in the toaster, which may explain why you missed breakfast.

Most people scan over stories, unless they are lucky enough to be retired and have plenty of time to read drawn out blogs. Trust me, there are very few people out there like that; even retired folks have things to do.

So… you want to use brevity, shorten your work so people will stay on your page. I don’t mean you should write four sentences and be done with it but don’t keep your readers dragging along because eventually they’ll hit that “back” button and be gone.

The key to writing good blogs is to keep it short.

Read over your piece and see what words and sentences you’ve repeated. Eliminate all of those or at least replace them with something else that means the same thing. We don’t need to hear, “I was driving in my car,” four times, we got it, you were in your car when all this interesting stuff happened but telling us repeatedly where you are pulls us out of the story.

Use short paragraphs.

Long paragraphs are the equivalent of walking across a big desert looking for water. If we don’t find an end to this soon we’ll get frustrated.

It doesn’t matter if that entire section of work went together, you can still break it up making it easier to read.

Use bold sentences to break things up.

Those folks with busy lives and those with the attention span of a flea like to skim; using bold lines gives the basic idea of the paragraph helping them out a bit. Then if they want to read further to get a bit more information they can without feeling overwhelmed.

Add a splash of humor.

Within reason of course, if you are writing about your pet frog dying, naturally it will be a bit odd to put in funny stories unless you are remembering back to quirky things Mr. Hoppy did while still alive. The world is too serious and people like a little light hearted play now and then to lift their spirits.

Make it personal or entertaining.

Even though your blog is about you and your personal journey through life, people like to be able to relate on some level. If you went on a vacation you need to somehow make it informational so if your readers decide to go to Disney Land they can learn something from your story.

If not a learning experience, then make it entertaining. A long dry tale is comparable to someone pulling out a slide show of his trip; interesting to him but not so much to his audience. Fortunately, online readers don’t have to sit on his sofa being polite while falling asleep. The beauty of the Internet is that we can just leave. You the creator have no idea other than the fact your views show low numbers. Not good.

Views mean money

If you aren’t in it for income then it won’t matter to you and you can skim down past this but if you are trying to make your cute little living you’ll care about the amount of time people stay on your site. Why?

Because Google Add Sense as well as some other revenue companies look at how long a person stays on your blog. If your reader sees a large amount of text with very few breaks and he has to go to lunch in ten minutes he may hit that back button and look for a quicker read. Remember, people are busy.

Blogs with space breaking them up look shorter even if they aren’t. It’s a psychological trick you play on people getting them to stick around longer.

If they don't read the whole thing it helps busy people skim through and read the parts that interest them.

People like pictures.

Pictures break up your work making it more appealing. Don’t overdo it or were back to the boring slide show but if you have great graphics you can add, it can make everything look more interesting.

Videos can do the same thing if they go along with your story; sometimes even if they don’t, depending on what kind of blog you write.

In closing.

Oh dear, I’ve written a long blog after all and tricked you into sticking around. See how it works

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Lesleysherwood 5 years ago

Thank you for this page. I write far too long. I don't mean to but something always happens where I end up doing so. Which is weird because I always start off thinking I have nothing much to write on a subject and then I cant stop. So I'm really going to try, as it makes sense the point you make about seeing alot of writing - you move on. Look even my comments are too long. Boring. ha ha

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moncrieff 5 years ago from New York, NY

Good points. Sometimes there are subjects that I want to write about without even thinking of gaining traffic, etc., where I elaborate my thoughts in long dry paragraphs because it's not a fastfood material. But as far as my usual hubs, I try to keep it reasonably brief for readers.

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Teddletonmr 5 years ago from Midwest USA

So thats why no one reads my hubs, to long, to much useful information in one place, and not enough humor.

Thanks Pamala N Red you have such a way with words.

marellen 5 years ago

I agree that hubs that are too long just have me skimming through them. Some are borning too and if I'm not interested in the subject I don't read it. You have some good advice for sure....I notice people aren't voting as much too....

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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

I agree totally. Sometimes, when i come across long hubs i will be wondering why it is so long. Except on exceptional cases being that the story[is sweet and interesting] or information is so vital. I luv short, sweet hubs

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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Lesley, I try to let mine sit for a few hours and then come back and see where I can cut it back. Sometimes we can say the same thing with less words. If you are getting the readers you may not have a problem.

Moncrieff, we do live in a fast food world and unfortunately we have to adjust our writing accordingly.

Teddletonmr, the beauty of HubPages and some other online venues is that we can go back and edit if we aren't getting the traffic.

Marellen, some are and I try to skim past to the main points if I am short of time which is often.

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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

ubanichijioke, some are full of good information but if there are no visual breaks it's hard on the eyes.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I think your advice is excellent. I am pretty good about using pictures but I very easily get too long winded. I am so glad you talked about that aspect. This hub is very useful and I rated it up!

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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks, Pam. Some informational articles are different than a blog and need all that is in them but sometimes stories can be cut back. You do a great job.

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Hi, Pamela. I love this hub and I learn much from you about writing blogs tips. I love pictures and I am glad you put this in your tips. Well done, my friend. Vote it up!


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks, prasetio for taking the time to read.

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mayhollinger 5 years ago

I loved the part about the pet frog that died. Genius. Hilarious. Thanks.

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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great tips for people with blogs that cover any variety of topics.

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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks, mayhollinger, I try to add a little humor in when I can.

Thanks for reading, random.

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Jaymye Allen 5 years ago from Sherman, Texas

Pamela N Red, nicely done! I try to be short, but know I can ramble and the next thing I know my ADD has kicked in and I've gone somewhere else entirely! I also try to step back for a little bit (like you posted in one of the comments above) so I can either whittle down or change content entirely. Thanks for the amusing and useful insight. Voted up and awesome.

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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks for stopping by, Jaymye. We are all pretty busy these days.

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KeithTax 5 years ago from Wisconsin

I am guilty of writing too long. What starts as a nice idea comes out much longer as I flesh out the post. The good advice in this hub deserves an up vote and bookmark.

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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks for reading, Keith.

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jagandelight 5 years ago from Florida

Good advice, I tend to be wordy myself and I am trying to stop it.

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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Jagandelight, some of my articles are a bit long but I try to keep my blogs shorter so people won't get too bored.

Sophia Angelique 5 years ago

Personally, I have never done anything but die of boredom when reading a blog. Why on earth would anyone be interested in the minutae of a stranger's life?

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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Sophia, blogging isn't as popular as it once was here in America but in other countries it's really big. Some Bloggers write very good stories you just have to find someone who is good, not many are.

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ThePelton 4 years ago from Martinsburg, WV USA

Thank you for this. I voted it up!

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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Thanks for reading.

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CyberShelley 4 years ago

Thinking about starting a Blog but not about the minutae of my life, rather on a subject (niche). So thank you for this!

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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma Author

CyberShelley, blogs are fun. I enjoy writing them sometimes but tend to write more articles these days.

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