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Why are so many good HP Hubbers so incredibly "PARAGRAPH PHOBIC?"


This is a plea for the Paragraph Phobic among you to (1) have mercy on your readers and (2) a suggestion that will increase your number of views/comments. As research has shown, reading a computer screen is taxing and tiring for the eyes and the brain. So providing "white space" at frequent intervals is essential. And in terms of both comprehension and enjoyment, material in paragraphs if much preferred over an interminable cascade of words and sentences all run together. Please break up your long sections of text. Multiple paragraphs will thrill your readers. Thank you!

 

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Natasha (Natashalh) says

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    Theresa Ast (phdast7) 4 years ago

    Thanks Natasha. There should be a "Like" choice for questions. :) I never thought about it before. Maybe some HP staff will read this.

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Aldene Fredenburg (AMFredenburg) says

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    Theresa Ast (phdast7) 4 years ago

    AMF, you have hit the proverbial nail right on its proverbial head. This is such great advice and some of our best Hubbers do this on a regular basis. Not sure why others don't catch on and do likewise. :)


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Bronwen Scott-Branagan (BlossomSB) says

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    Theresa Ast (phdast7) 4 years ago

    You are very welcome Blossom. Those are great ideas. I had forgotten all about using numbers to indicate major points within an essay. That is done a lot in college and research essays and it is very helpful. Thanks for commenting. :)

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    Theresa Ast (phdast7) 4 years ago

    Hi Lisa - You make some good points and I don't care for the snippet style either. As an academic and book-lover, I was suggesting that hubbers might try "moderate" length paragraphs. I use moderate on HP and long in my research papers. Thanks.


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Helen Murphy Howell (Seeker7) says

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    Theresa Ast (phdast7) 4 years ago

    I understand your frustration. We can always "hope" they see the question. :) Have a great day.

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Christin Sander (ChristinS) says

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    Theresa Ast (phdast7) 4 years ago

    Christin - You are so right. Writing well is important, a good topic is too. But a good hub also has high visual appeal and ease of readability. As you point out there are all kinds of ways to break up the text. Thanks for commenting.

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Bill Holland (billybuc) says

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    Theresa Ast (phdast7) 4 years ago

    Hi Bill - I used to offer to help. Like you, I may find a topic interesting, but it is too much strain on my eyes and my patience to read one four-page long paragraph. :) We can hope some hubbers willl see this thread.:)

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Liz Elias (DzyMsLizzy) says

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    Theresa Ast (phdast7) 4 years ago

    How refreshing to hear from someone who understands white space and skillfully breaks up their paragraphs. You are a blessing to us all. Like you I increase the computer font size And use my glasses. :)

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    Theresa Ast (phdast7) 4 years ago

    Excellent point RT. Going back and reworking older Hubs certainly trains you, so that before too long it is simply the way you write. My students are urged to write Paragraphs or 4-8 lines. There are exceptions, New Yorker, philosophy, etc. :)

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Jaye Denman (JayeWisdom) says

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    Theresa Ast (phdast7) 4 years ago

    Jaye - You are so very, very welcome. :) I tried to read 3 hubs and found them all to be way too dense and impossible to read without risking a migraine! I needed to vent and well, the rest is history. :) Thanks for commenting. :)

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    Theresa Ast (phdast7) 4 years ago

    Thanks Larry for taking the time to explain the other appoach - Journalism. I tend toward paragraphs of 5 to 10 sentences, but then I am not a journalist. Very helpful explanation. Our goal is the same to encourage quality writing and reading.


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GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA (gags3480) says

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    Theresa Ast (phdast7) 4 years ago

    Hooray!! We are all so grateful that you don't have this problem. :) Seriously, I truly am grateful.