I have just written an article on the 2014 Sydney [Australia] siege. That was just a chronicle of events. I am now writing another one that touches upon hostages as individuals. This siege was a very dramatic, emotional event. One could easily write a book about it. Here we are writing articles. I believe that today's readers want bite-sized chunks of text,& lots of pictures. But there is much I need to write. I guess one needs to know one's readers, but we don't. So tell me pls, what "magic number" would you consider as too long in an article for HP?
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Thank you for taking the time VM. I know I am going to find it difficult to make it shorter, because it is about many hostages; so I will probably come back to your advice to remind me of the elements that need to be there.
Considering the articles I have read in the past, I believe the average number for an article is about 1600 words.
Thank you Alan Robert Lancaster for responding. I wish I was as confident as you about readers of HP articles. Reading on screen can be more difficult than holding a book. I think HP authors would mostly, but others?!?!?!
Marie, Rahim, 'RITES OF PASSAGE FOR A MODEL RAILWAY - 3: Base Boards...' has a total 5.425 words, images (including some of my own), diagrams, Amazon book offers, links and a book list. So far it's drawn 3,220 readers. What does that tell you?
Hi John Hansen, I appreciate your response. I think if truth be known, many people are just like you. I guess I am going to have to work more on this to bring it down to readable proportons. Thank you.
@MarieLB Divide the content up and make smaller hubs out of them. You can go back and link them together after you publish them.
Thanks Reinhard Beck for your answer. I seem to have a problem. My article goes way over that.
You know what peachy, I think you are right. I have noted that the more wordy an article [of mine] is the less views. I dont count the ones that bounce Pity my last one is much longer. I couldnt make it any shorter. But I will keep this in mind
Seven hundred words amounts to an intro. Almost as soon as you've started to read it you've finished. Some of my longer pages have had over 2,000 readers, one almost 3,000. It's the subject matter, not the length that pulls them!
Thank you Stargrrl for taking the time. I truly appreciate all the responses. I reckon who better to understand my query than other writers who also want to reach readers, whether these are fellow writers or not. I am noting all the responses, tks