Blogging Insights is written by Salted Caramel and regularly poses questions about blogging. This week, after commenting on other people’s answers for a few weeks I decided to join in.
1. Do you prefer writing long form or short form content?
I don’t “prefer” one or the other. I start to write and see what happens. Usually I write a lot because if I am interested in the subject I can’t help myself. If I am not interested in the subject it is unlikely that I would write about it at all.
2. How long, in your opinion, is the ideal blog post?
I guess that depends on your motivation for writing it. If it is on a monetized blog there are certain things that the experts tell you. Don’t make it too short seems to be one. On the other hand, some people have short attention spans and if it is too long they will tune out. I think that it depends on the subject matter and the writing style of the blogger. If I’m enjoying a post I don’t care how long it takes me to read it usually. However, there are some posts, mainly political ones, which I find interesting but hard to read because of the length and the amount of detail and ideas to take in. I think that to engage the maximum number of readers it’s probably best to find a happy medium.
3. What do you prefer reading, shorter or longer posts?
I really don’t have a preference. As I said, if I am interested I don’t mind how long the post is. Blog posts are shorter than books and I read a lot of those. I enjoy a photo post which is usually short though and I enjoy short posts if they are funny or make their point without using a lot of words.
4. What are the topics on which you would like to read longer posts (say, more than 1000 words)?
Posts that are funny, travel stories, pet stories, personal reminisces. It often comes down to the writers style. I might read a long post on a subject I don’t usually pay much attention to if it is interesting. That’s how you learn new things.