My goal was to write a short post.
My posts tend to be on the longer side, and while there’s nothing necessarily wrong with lengthier posts, I realized that it might be limiting my potential audience.
When I talk to my friends, I may ask them if they’ve checked out my latest post. Sometimes I’ll get replies like, “I haven’t had time to read it yet,” or “I got busy so I wasn’t able to read it all.”
I interpret these comments to mean either:
- “I have no interest in what you wrote.”
- “I like your blog, but I don’t like it enough to make the time commitment necessary to read a thousand words about G.I.Joe or Laser Tag.”
As captivating as my writing must be, I suppose that not everyone always wants to hunker down to read a long post. Some people want their blogs to be like their Easy Mac: Quick and easy to consume.
So while this blog will always contain its share of lengthier posts, I decided to make an effort to include more shorter, easy-to-read posts as well.
I picked a topic that I thought I could cover in under 500 words and began pounding away at the keyboard. (Pounding is a very accurate way to describe my typing style. Multiple co-workers have asked me if I was angry at my keyboard.)
I started getting into it. The words kept coming and coming, and when I finally came up for air, I checked my word count. I had already typed 565 words!
How did this happen? This was supposed to be a short post! Apparently, I either have too much to say (possible), or I need to learn to be more concise with my writing. (likely)
I suspect that my lack of formal writing training is the main cause of my wordiness. Aside from some college classes and an online course on creative writing, I haven’t had any real education when it comes to writing.
I could also use an editor. It would be nice to have someone offer suggestions like, “You’re being redundant,” or “This sentence is unnecessary.”
Since I overshot my goal so badly, I pushed that entry aside for the time being. In its place, I wrote this post which discusses my attempt to write a different post. I know, it’s all very meta.
One thing I’ve discovered: Some of the people who don’t have the attention span necessary to read my longer posts do enjoy skipping ahead to watch a video at the end.
So to all you short attention spanners out there, this teaser trailer of Anchorman 2 is for you!