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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Thanks Natasha. There should be a "Like" choice for questions. :) I never thought about it before. Maybe some HP staff will read this.
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. :)
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. :)
This is what I try to do, especially for adding photos. I like to provide my Hubs with eye candy, lots of it!
Beautiful photo of stained glass, BTW.
I understand your frustration. We can always "hope" they see the question. :) Have a great day.
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.
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. :)
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.
No argument from me there. My thing, though, is finding articles that look like a big, long, long-lined, free-style, poem. (lol). Of course, no-paragraphs isn't good is either. :) Hitting that perfect, please all/most, balance is tricky :)
You make good points, but I have to admit I was discouraged when I saw the large paragraph coming up as your 2nd paragraph. I muscled though it, but I see our tendency to first skim a daunting paragraph to see if we really want to invest time in it.
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.:)
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. :)
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. :)
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.
Different types of writing has different jobs to accomplish. Different fields of writing have different sets of rules/styles for their own purposes. Writing is like walking - often done differently for different purposes.