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Short lenses are best

Updated on November 15, 2014

I Say Short Lenses Are Best

Short. Sharp. To the point.

Short lenses are focused.

Short lenses are easier to create.


This pointless paragraph is a waste of space to force this lens to comply with Squidoo's draconian practice of requiring more characters in the Intro Module. I disagree with this practice because Short lenses are best!

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Short lenses are best?

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  • Peter Murray 4 years ago from Izmir, Turkey

    Squidoo HQ says Less is More: How Editing Can Improve Your Lens

  • Penguinguy 4 years ago

    I completely agree. Nothing is quite as irritating as an excessively long post. They take forever to load and generally have to much information that is just thrown in willy-nilly with no logical structure.

  • SoniaCarew 5 years ago

    The majority of people do not read extensive copy online. So, it is just a waste of time.

    Also those long endless lenses not only look cluttered, they are also difficult and tiresome to read.

    I just skim over them, and try to find something to read.

  • ThomasJ4 LM 5 years ago

    As long as a short lens is packed with info in short sentences, then I do prefer quick and to the point. More bang for your buck so to speak

  • Intelliburg 5 years ago

    That depends on what your goal is. Short lens won't have much detail by nature.

  • shandigp 6 years ago

    Sometimes a long lens, such as a recipe with lots of step-by-step photos, is best. Usually, though, simple is better, especially since the average reader is not willing to read a long article.

  • Mary 6 years ago from Midwest

    I;m kinda in the middle on this. I like the long lenses that has so much info. that i can really learn a lot about that subject. On the other hand as long as the short lenses have very good right to the point info. it is easier for me to not get bored reading them.

  • kylemullens 6 years ago

    Couldn't agree more my friend. short and to the point FTW!!

  • divacratus 2 6 years ago

    I have a short attention span so I never end up reading long lenses completely! I love lenses that are short, precise and interesting. Because they are to the point, such lenses tend to stay on your mind for a longer period of time than lenses that just drag on and on. So my vote goes for 'yes'!

  • Alfiesgirl LM 6 years ago

    I agree that short lenses can be much easier to read than long-windedd lenses, however, although I do have a few rather long lenses, I didn't intend for them to be so long as they turned out. Now that I know other people think the short, sharp shockers are best, I shall try really hard to remember.

  • I-sparkle 6 years ago

    Yes. If it gets too long, I tend to lose interest.

  • Megal LM 6 years ago

    I would say "short" is the wrong way to describe it. So long as they are to the point all of the time, they are good. That's it.

  • rollintide 6 years ago

    If I can scroll down a lense and get the gist of what it is about, I am more apt to read the entire thing.

  • Lifealchemy 6 years ago

    As Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said: âPerfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away.â Most often writing nothing at all is perfection.

  • mcccmu 6 years ago

    Yes, but I would use the word 'succinct' instead of 'short'. You don't want to leave out any details, but you do want to make it as easy as possible for the reader to gather the information they're looking for.

  • Babe4u 6 years ago

    People only remember the first and last things they read. Everything in between doesn't make a difference, and lenghthy lenses? Boring and readers have lost the point.

  • Susan300 6 years ago

    Yes, because they load faster. Slow-connection people will give up on long lenses!

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    Until the're so popular that their comments section gets so big it isn't a short lens anymore.

  • Zuicy 6 years ago

    Agree! K.I.S.S.

  • bjslapidary 6 years ago

    I don't like the looong lenses. Like to check content and it it's interesting read it, but not have to take all day getting to the bottom of things. :)

No way, Monkeybrain!

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  • wrapitup4me 5 years ago

    You didn't give room for a third option - depends! I think it depends on the topic. I like short lenses when that is all that is needed. And I have seen lenses that run on and on and on. So, in short, the best answer is: it depends! I do think you raising this issue for debate is fun.

  • JS0425 LM 5 years ago

    I like making longer lenses, because generally they rank much better on Google, and have tons of natural keywords that I have created, However, I am starting a new niche, and may end up creating shorter lenses for this.

  • writerkath 6 years ago

    While I think lots of quality content is important (otherwise some lenses just look like an advertisement to me), I DO agree that if by "short" you mean "concise and to the point" ... Well, then you're right on the money!

    I think the really important thing is readability. Lots of "white space" and "bullet points" and pictures make a lens much better.

    Hmm. I guess I should follow my own advice! :) Kath

  • bboy131 lm 6 years ago

    More descriptive lenses are more appealing because they provide useful and interesting information. Just do not over-do it and create a 10 page story. Yawn!

  • TrebAllen 6 years ago

    I'm of the opinion that long might actually be the better ... BUT broken down into short bite size morsels for easier digestion.

  • nndadameah 6 years ago

    nope. especially if you want to make money from it.

    long lenses, a lot of adverts

  • nndadameah 6 years ago

    nope. especially if you want to make money from it.

    long lenses, a lot of adverts

  • MaxIkbal 6 years ago

    Short lens' are for lazy slackers. If you have anything of substance and are here to provide useful content, you would not shy away from writing.

  • JessicaWrites LM 6 years ago

    I love the printed word, on-screen or off. And I'm curious. Keep me interested and engaged and I'll page through to read a novel or long how-to manual. Too short? Unless it is haiku, I won't think you care and I'll return the favor. But, I probably won't call you a monkey brain.

  • norma-holt 6 years ago

    It depends on what the lens is about. I usually use at least 6 text modules to add good quality content to my lenses, plus a video or two, some poll modules and quizzes. That means they are never that short. But I notice a lot of people only use one or two text modules and fill the lens with ads which is boring and setracts from the content. Some ads are necessary but not to go overboard. So I have to say no way.

  • oktalBlizzard 6 years ago

    NO WAY!!!

    I am a strong believer in high quality informative content lenses which need to have enough information to be useful.

  • 'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

    I guess I come down on no because it depends. It depends on the subject matter, the intent, and the content. It depends on how you write. If you're doing a resource lens it will be longer. If you are doing a targeted approach that can still pack a targeted punch and deliver to the reader then it's shorter.

    Short can, and often does, leave the reader wanting. Long can, and often does, leave the reader exhausted. It's up to you, the writer/creater of the lens to make it work.

  • LTZoomer 6 years ago

    It isn't really the length of the lens its the quality it delivers.

  • knit1tat2 6 years ago

    not to me, but I enjoy a good read! Surprising though, you may be right for most other folks!

  • Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

    I think a mixture of short and long lenses is important to create a balance. I think some people get carried away with a topic which grows so much it should really be transformed into a few lenses, or a least include a few page breaks. I also think there are some short lenses out there that are just advertising, the person couldn't even be bothered to put in a proper introduction. There's no hard and fast rule though for proper length. Each lensmaster has to judge each lens and their concept accordingly. Long and short lenses both have their place but both need to be done properly.

  • SugarB 6 years ago

    Concise is great but there's also a problem with not enough info - you need enough scoop to know what the heck is being said.

  • Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

    You are right in a way, but most lenses can't be short to get the information to the reader. An example is my who-doesnt-love-fudge lens. If I kept that short and sweet, they wouldn't be able to really learn how to make homemade fudge.

  • mazbond 6 years ago

    Just how short is short? Concise is good but some short lenses don't say anything and are a waste of time.

  • anonymous 6 years ago

    Short lenses are ok if you can get your message across, but sometimes a long lenses is required to provide the necessary information.

  • Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

    Many of my lenses are too long. But there is a point where too short is too short. There is an in between and depends on the subject.

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