Comments: For the Love of God, or Transparency, or My Sanity... or Bacon is the Soul of Brevity

This might be a controversial suggestion but.. unsubscribe from feeds that are unnecessarily wordy? I had to unsubscribe from Scoble recently for this reason. There was just way too much.

Posted by Peter Cooper at June 7, 2005 07:21 PM

Not entirely necessary, Peter. I still subscribe to Scoble but pick out what seems interesting, its easier.. Robert knows the value of a headline becuase he too 'has to' 'read' hundreds of blogs a day... then again, 300 may be a bit much. ;-)

Posted by Devin Reams at June 7, 2005 09:49 PM

On my blog, CONTENTIOUS, my posts tend to be 500+ words -- a bit on the long side of the blog spectrum. However, I rarely post more than once daily, and I often take several days off at a time.

I think there's a pervasive myth that bloggers should post daily, preferably several times daily. Yuck. Quality over quantity, please! It's not so much about the length of individual posts (although that can be the case for some bloggers), but rather only blogging when you really have something worth saying.

IMHO, of course

- Amy Gahran
Editor, CONTENTIOUS

Posted by Amy Gahran at June 8, 2005 10:09 AM

Nice. It's not about word count, it's about making words count. Woodrow Wilson said it well:

"If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now."

It's not easy being concise, but it's worth the effort...!

Posted by Rich...! at June 12, 2005 03:13 AM

Some of us find that on our blog we are unable to prevent (withhold?) ourselves from being the essayists that we are . . . and the freedom of blogs enables and allows us to do so.

I tend to post essay-length entries. It has been suggested to me that this actually cuts down on my readership. No problem, I can live with that.

But the oddness of blogging is always there to surprise us. I write a post that I think will be of little or no interest or consequence, and it gets a zillion reads, via referrals, search hits, or other bloggers linking over. Then I don't post for days at a time, and the daily hits seems to go hog wild.

And then I post regularly for a period, and the daily hits seem to decrease. So what's the secret sauce here, to post lengthy essays once every four, five or six days?

Let the madness continue!

Posted by Dean Landsman at June 19, 2005 12:39 AM