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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Smaller Fish

How Long Should A Blog Post Be...

...if you want anyone to read it? I'm going to say one paragraph is pretty much what anyone is willing to read these days, with one exception. People will read anything, no matter how many pages it is, if it's salacious enough. It has to be really juicy and easy to understand. Something like, "Stuff I Overheard Super-Important People Say When They Were in the White House Restroom." That might be a pager turner. The key determinant is the time that it takes to read the paragraph, more than the meaning.

As much as I love a good tweetfest, I also enjoy reading longer texts, like books, recipes, newspapers, instruction manuals, and nutritional information. We live in an information overload kind of world where rapid-fire messages are passed along as tweets in 140 characters, or less. Texting reduces communications even further with acronyms like, 2BZ4UQT (Too busy for you, Cutie), 404 (I haven't a clue), and ABITHIWTITB (A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush), for the chronically cliché- impaired.

When I say paragraph length, I mean the kind of paragraph that college applications ask for. "In one paragraph, briefly describe why you are an asset to all of Humanity." That could be a very short paragraph, "Because, I am Batman," or it could be a very lengthy description of your existence on Earth and all of your achievements during that time, "I was born in a stable in Bethlehem on a starry night in December next to my pet goat, Jezebel, and my favorite donkey, Bart..."

For the attention-deficit crowd, the tweeters (including myself), people who surf during meetings, and for students, I give you...Mini-Post Thursdays! Friday is my day off from blogging, and Thursday is the end of the week, so it will be the shortest post of the week. If you don't have time for my regular posts, check in on Thursdays, and I'll make it brief and worth your 5 minutes (or less).