There is an ongoing conversation among bloggers, writers, and readers, of online media regarding the length of a post. Some say that a post should be no more than 500 words, while others disagree, arguing that an engaging article provides more detail, has more “meat” to it, and more substance.
Personally I feel it really depends on the topic being written about. Some topics can be very to the point, while other topics need more explanation, or call for more flowery language.
What is your preference? Some suggest that in this busy, attention deficit world we live in that everyone wants instant gratification. I can attest to feeling this way often, and again, it depends on why I am reading, or writing.
Reading for facts, yes, I want clear defined answers, something that gets me to the point quickly.
Reading for pleasure, I want details, adjectives, color to the article, or story.
The thing is sometimes, especially in blogging, these lines cross!
A product review, for example needs to have specific points so that we can quickly determine if the product is a hit, or a flop. On the other hand, when reading reviews on things we also enjoy we tend to like a little added opinion, even hearing details of the writers personal experience.
Photos are key in review articles, or fashion and beauty articles, but then I begin to wonder, when aren’t photos necessary? Then I flip the other way and think to myself “self … we didn’t have the internet when you were young. We read books, with words, and were lucky if we had a few scattered illustrations! We were really lucky if those few illustrations were in color!”
Back in the day … we used our words to illustrate!
How do you feel about the length of an article, review, or story? Does it matter what the topic is?
Many media writers are refraining from using many words at all, using a lot of vivid photos instead. You may have seen these articles where there may be only 100 total words within a post of 15 photos! I understand that we are a visual society, especially today with all the tech we have at our fingertips, but at the same time, the writer in me does not want to see words go to the wayside.
Yes imagery can tell as powerful of a story. I am pretty sure National Geographic has more than proven this! Still, I like to find the balance.
So I am asking you, my readers, what is your preference? I can’t promise that I will change the way I write my blog articles, but I am curious!
I love both words, and photos! I do not plan to stop using either, and will go with what I feel on each article to determine how long, or short it needs to be, and how many photos I will use.
Below I have created a poll I would love for you to take, also feel free to leave comments, especially if the answers in the poll do not fit what you have in mind!
Thanks so much!