Story of a lost journalist

August 26, 2008

Short blog posts winning over long! Hmph!

Filed under: Theory — Cris @ 21:30

I have found out something. People like to read short stuff more than long stuff. Analysis formed on the basis of studying a typical human’s behavioral patterns on reaching blogs. Typical human was me.

Come a short entry and my eyes welcome them with a smile. My eyes also read them with a smile. Unless the short entry decides it had seen enough smiles for a day and it was time to turn ugly. “I will teach that smiling idiot a lesson. I will be a completely nonsensical post. All words, jumble up and all sense, turn away and run, that’s an order!”

I learn my lesson and move with my eyes to other longer blogs. But eyes are in the habit of wrinkling and mouth in the habit of yawning on seeing lengthy posts. With a bored expression I start and after line 1, if unlike the shorter entries that has a thing against smiling readers it doesn’t turn ugly, I transmogrify into a happy reader. My downturned lips curl up, my eyeballs bulge out, my cheek bones dance.

Prejudice. Unjustified prejudice against length. Discrimination. I call it unfair. For though, I showed signs of depreciating longer entries, I am in the habit of churning them out. Study made on attracting readers to longer entries suggests making beginnings as juicy, err interesting as possible. Trap them. Put them in a situation where they can’t rest without knowing what happened to the remaining paragraphs – did they stay as paragraphs, did they look cheery or sad, did they jump around and sing. Make them ask all these questions. Michael Corleone if he was here would have smiled to say “Give them a post they cant refuse”.

Studies were good. But to study effect of first paragraphs, the typical human I chose may not be sufficient. So I invite volunteers to offer themselves as test materials. There wont be any tying up or gluing up to chairs as some competitor analyzers make their workers, err readers, do. There wont be nasty long blogs thrown at. All you have to do is sit idly, enjoy yourselves reading what you have always loved to read – my blog.



  1. I guess, short or long, blog entries if interesting would always have readers…
    Try writing a real lengthy entry and check out whether we read it or not! 🙂

    Comment by sajith — August 26, 2008 @ 22:11 | Reply

  2. i thot people spend roughly equal time on blogposts.. so, if u write short posts, people tend to read it fully.. and if u write long ones, they read it partially.. athreyullu ennaanu ente vinayapoorvamaaya abhipraayam..

    Comment by Deepak — August 26, 2008 @ 22:20 | Reply

  3. @sajith, true. Interesting is the one word that matters. I was just saying there is a natural prejudice against long posts, for most people

    @Deepak, argh!! So you leave all my posts half read!!

    Comment by Cris — August 27, 2008 @ 13:00 | Reply

  4. I realized this too and shrotenend my post….atleast tried to 🙂

    btw, pay me a visit son at delve 😛

    Comment by meghnak — August 27, 2008 @ 17:41 | Reply

  5. From my experience,indeed very short experience of hardly a month,i think people are irritated to read long posts..success is in conveying maximun ideas in the first 2 paras so that they get thmeselves interested to move on..

    Fortunately or unfortunately,i find most of my posts lenghty.but there is limiation as to compromise on the topic being talked about.I think including some images may help.I manage to get 80 visits on avearge,which may come down to 20- or sometimes 150+ (181 visits yesterday)..I think replying to comments made will help people always come back..

    I needn’t give lecture as you are a daily long time blogger ..I just started looking into it.

    Cris,you had been blogging since long and write on various topics..I wonder what made you not visit my blog ,inspite of many requests..Just asking offence meant…

    Comment by Nimmy — August 27, 2008 @ 18:09 | Reply

  6. Anyway making things concise is always a better option: we can convey much more in the time allotted for us.

    I think, the amount of attention that one get from audience/viewers/readers will depend on how much qualities you have that of a ‘showman’. That is a special ‘quality’ and you can only polish what you got when you were born. Everyone should have noticed that some people are simply boring, though they are lecturing on very interesting things. Why ? Nobody knows for sure !

    Comment by manu — August 27, 2008 @ 18:48 | Reply

  7. In my case – I have a set of blogs that I like and have subscribed. I always read them no matter whether it’s long or short. And when I write, I write for myself than for my readers. So length doesn’t matter there either 🙂

    Comment by Dhanya — August 27, 2008 @ 21:36 | Reply

  8. Unfair as it is, there is the sad truth– that majority of the people read shorter posts. Its psychological, I guess. The appearance of a long page of tiny words can be daunting to the average reader. Its for this reason, basically, that we divide everything into paragraphs. Some of the people might not have much time to go thru a long post.Some might have trouble making out the tiny words. U can’t judge the majority,sweetie. That’s just the way it is. As for me, I like to take my time and read the posts, long and short. So keep ’em coming Chrissie!!

    Comment by M.Rose — August 27, 2008 @ 23:57 | Reply

  9. @meghnak, wise of you kiddo!

    @Nimmy, good points. I have made visits to your blog Nims, but where I dont know enough to comment, I have to be satisfied being a silent spectator :-). All the same, glad to observe your growth as a writer 🙂

    @manu, I believe its a talent. Some people on the other hand make the lamest subjects sound interesting.

    @Dhanya, thats exactly how it should be. I wish I were like you, but sigh I am greedy for readers!

    @M.Rose, thanks dear. You are right about the paragraphs you know. Some posts have driven me away just by being a terrifying huge paragraph even before I start reading them. Hmm!

    Comment by Cris — August 30, 2008 @ 01:43 | Reply

  10. @Cris Some people can make the lamest subjects sound interesting. Some cannot make even the most significant ones interesting. That is what I mean. Then it is not a talent. But just a skill. Talent is all about “what” you say, not “how”.

    Comment by manu — August 30, 2008 @ 16:28 | Reply

  11. @manu, I agree on the first part of it but not the last. Thats perspective. For instance I like to read books mostly because of how they are written, it doesnt sometimes matter to me if it makes no sense at all if its written neat.

    Comment by Cris — September 4, 2008 @ 03:16 | Reply

  12. crissie, u spoke my mind in this post. was thinking just the same today. in the past few days, i’ve been lamenting about short attention spans … and now, think of it, blog readers also have short attention spans dont they !! they also probably awnt short and sweet posts. that’s why i’ve decided to do one long post and one short post a day. if and when i can. 😀

    Comment by Roop — September 10, 2008 @ 00:23 | Reply

  13. @Roop, orrrr we could split one long post into so many different short posts and noone will know a thing!

    Comment by Cris — September 10, 2008 @ 10:26 | Reply

  14. Hi,
    Long or short – I read all blogs fully. That is my way of acknowledging the effort. If I don’t like it, I don’t come back.
    Title also might be a good hook like the first paragraph.

    Comment by Salil — September 15, 2008 @ 08:21 | Reply

  15. @Salil, I guess its the same with me. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

    Comment by Cris — September 15, 2008 @ 18:37 | Reply

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