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Do you like 'em long or short?

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    Beth37posted 4 years ago

    Someone was offering me advise on how to write better hubs. He said mine needed to be longer. When I first joined HP I was like a kid in a candy shop... Woah! So many great articles to read, you could get lost in this site. But there were SO many, I didn't want to spend all day on one. I like to get in, get the point and get out, but I like concise communication anyway, so maybe that's just my personality.

    Sometimes I think we tend to ramble, I catch myself scrolling down to the bottom of someone's hub just to see how much more time I'm going to have to commit. In my opinion, it's not the length of the article, it's the substance. If you can say what you need to say in one paragraph, why use two?

    What do you all think?

    1. Quilligrapher profile image87
      Quilligrapherposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Hello, Beth.

      Limiting the time you are willing to invest in a hub seems like a disservice to both you and the author. If you have to scroll down, the author has already lost your attention and the ultimate length is not important. In fact the length of a hub is neither a measure of its quality nor a sign of its shortcomings. The length is a matter of necessity.

      Professional writers are often assigned a topic and a length and must deliver both. Sometimes they have to pare and sometimes they pad if they want to be paid.

      On the other hand, literary lore claims Earnest Hemingway wrote a short story containing six words. {1} I doubt Hubpages would accept it today as a hub.

  2. 2uesday profile image83
    2uesdayposted 4 years ago

    Hi Beth, I think sometimes it is to do with keeping the search engines happy and that would be to do with  the time the visitor spends on the page, which is said to be something that they factor in. But who knows, when Google often communicates its preferences in slightly mysterious ways.

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      Beth37posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, I hadn't thought about that. Interesting... there is so much I have yet to learn about HP.

  3. ReneeDC1979 profile image60
    ReneeDC1979posted 4 years ago

    I think some hubs depending on the topic need to be cut and dry, and to the point.  I agree with you Beth - I will scroll down at times when hubs seem long to see "how long is this thing?"  I find myself writing my hubs and then rewriting a few more times to ensure I am not rambling.

  4. Angelique Newman profile image60
    Angelique Newmanposted 4 years ago

    I agree with you Beth, I too find some articles longwinded. 

    There are some exceptional writers on hubpages and you can read through their articles and not even realize how long they were.  The 1500 word count makes the writer's job that much more trickier to take an article like "snow shoes" and turn it into a attention grabbing hub that will take you to the end.  I wish HP had a table of contents where you can just click on what you want to know and it will take you right to the spot.  wikipedia has it so does Wikinut--it's a great feature.

  5. Better Living profile image61
    Better Livingposted 4 years ago

    I like short articles that get to the point. I like to find the info I need quickly.

  6. paradigmsearch profile image92
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago

    I'm still contemplating this thread title...

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      Beth37posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      lol...I have a bad side.

      Well Im glad Im not the only one who gets a little turned off by a repetitive or long winded article. Sometimes its not how much you know, but how succinctly you can present it, right?

  7. Paul Maplesden profile image78
    Paul Maplesdenposted 4 years ago

    There's some good research out there now that 'long form content' (i.e. above 1,500 words) does better on Google and readers find it more engaging. You can read more about it here:

    http://www.quicksprout.com/2012/12/20/t … nversions/

    Hope this helps,


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      Beth37posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Is it a long article? wink

    2. Petra Newman profile image60
      Petra Newmanposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Paul for sharing the link.  I had no idea.  This was very helpful smile