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Updated on March 29, 2012

Short shorts are fine, but short blogs?

Short shorts are great to look at when the wearer has a nice body, but can be quite offensive when worn by the wrong people.  The same thing goes for short bloggers...
Short shorts are great to look at when the wearer has a nice body, but can be quite offensive when worn by the wrong people. The same thing goes for short bloggers... | Source

Does length really matter?


*note; Come on, now! Get your mind out of the gutter, this is about the length of blog posts and how some bloggers post 2-3 sentence posts.


There seems to be a movement afoot that sees bloggers posting extremely short posts, and putting five to ten and more posts per day. Once they post one short post that garners a lot of views, they figure it will be a snap to earn a lot of money through revenue share programs by posting a lot of short posts each and every day. What happens is that the followers catch on very quickly and stop following them, which makes the bloggers post even more short blogs per day, looking for more followers and page views.

These short posters will start following other bloggers looking for reciprocating comments and page views, and it will usually work for a while. As the blogging community usually sticks together, posting comments on each other's blogs, some people will, of course, take advantage of this for their own profits. When the short posters start posting blogs of normal lengths, 200 - 300 and more words, then their followers don't come back because they had gotten fed up with going to that blogger's posts and seeing only one or two pictures with one or two sentences, at the most.

Another problematic issue is reblogging. Many bloggers will reblog a post that they like, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. When you are moved, impressed or just in love with someone's post, reblogging it is a form of worship.

What's wrong with promoting other's works?


Nothing!

The problem lies in only reblogging. Many people will find extremely popular posts with thousands of views and hundreds of likes. Then they reblog the post, hoping to get as many views. Now, under normal blog revenue earning programs like AdSense, this would garner a couple of bucks at the most in earnings, and possibly prompt a review by the hosting site if it is done repeatedly.

But of course there are some who take advantage of this. There always are. These people will reblog a post that they like, or just one that they came across that has a lot of views, and reblog it in their own personal blog. The thinking is that if the original post has lots of page views, all of those people will come and view what they reblogged.

The problem with this thinking is that those people already read the post. They read the post mainly because they are following the blogger, not the title of the post. When someone reblogs another blogger's post, the idea is to promote the other blog, not to garner your own page views.


Extra, extra, read all about it! Extra, Extra!

Extra! Blogger posts what's already been posted! Read all about it twice!
Extra! Blogger posts what's already been posted! Read all about it twice! | Source

How many short posts is too many?


When you decide to follow a blogger, you expect to see the same quality and tone with each post. When the blogger you're following starts reblogging with minimal introductions, posting one or two pictures with a couple of sentences, or just tell you what they're wearing today or having for breakfast, it is time to stop following them.

Three short posts within a week is too many. However, where a blogger has a daily feature that by definition is short, like my own "Word of the Day" feature (http://writersearningmoneyonline.com/2012/03/29/word-of-the-day-march-29-2012/) then the reader knows in advance that the post will be short and decides whether or not to follow it for the content and not the length.


Are short posts and constant reblogging the only problems?



No, no they're not!

You also have to look out for those who will post old articles from newspapers. Now, I know that this sounds rather idiotic and most bloggers would shake their heads in disbelief and not realize that many bloggers actually do this on a daily basis, but it happens all too often.

I have been following a few bloggers who started out following me, so I reciprocated with posting comments on their blogs (I know, I'm just nice that way!). But after a full week of reading nothing more than rewritten newspaper articles from 2-25 years ago, my limit has been reached and the Stop Following button is clicked.


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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      I'm always trying to find the perfect length...short enough that people get to the end, long enough to actually say something. Thanks for the great hub!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      And thank YOU back Marc for all of your comments, input and advice. I really do not think my 2012 would be the same without your friendship.

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      You're so sweet, thanks for everything you do to help this little old newbie! Great idea with the title, CB! I'll take another look - i should probably do that with a LOT of my hubs!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hey MB, I'm back to give this hub a needed share around the virtual world! I'm also thinking the hub title might be throwing off readesr.. perhaps they are thinking that the hub is about paper posters? Maybe rename the hub a title that includes the word 'blog' or 'bloggers' to give more reference. Something like 'short posts by bloggers'. Just a thought :)

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks for dropping by, Eddy!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Very interesting and thanks for sharing.

      Take care

      Eddy.

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      It can be a struggle, especially trying to have them all make sense and create some energy within the hub, but that's what WP and HP both state as the minimal number of pictures (videos count as one picture too) to make a post stand out.

      I probably have 5 or more pictures in less than 10% of my posts!

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      DMartelonline 5 years ago

      Marc I never seem to get to that 5 image option either. Sometimes that many images do not make sense ;)

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      A minimum of 5 pictures is supposed to be on any hubs and posts - i usually fall short of that, but i'm not in this for the money (all those pennies!)

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      sjwigglywoo 5 years ago from UK

      I find also that the more photos you have on posts the more popular those posts are.

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      I think as long as the post is long enough to engage a reader, not so short as to insult them, and not too long as to scare them away, the length is perfect. If you continually write posts of 1500 words and have fewer followers every day, i would suggest shortening them, but if your follower numbers rise, then keep it up! It's all about the numbers, isn't it?

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      DMartelonline 5 years ago

      Good job Marc! When I go to a blog, I want some "meat" in what I read. Your blog I love and the humor is awesome ;)

      I often wish I could make SHORTER blog posts because some of mine are over 1,000 words...just think if I cut them in half I'd be doing better than some of these "shorties" :)

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks for the visit, Christy! The worst part of short posters is that they reblog popular posts, hoping to cash in on someone else's work...

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great work on this hub MB! I am glad to see you are alerting the world to the works of those 'short posters' out there. As for the ones who recycle old work, I wonder how those 'writers' (if you can call them that) get any satisfaction out of their work at the end of the day! I'm glad we do follow each other's blogs :) Take care buddy

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks for the visit, Wiggly! Great to hear that you do updates, which is sorely missing in most of the posts today!

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      sjwigglywoo 5 years ago from UK

      I have a blog which I started this February and I do try and update it daily. It's a gardening blog so I usually have something to talk about. However If I have nothing to say then I will miss a day. I like to keep it interesting so people will want to come back. I must be very green as I did not know about half what you said goes on. Interesting article and I enjoyed reading it, thanks x

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