Fandango’s Provocative Question #174


Fandango’s question this week is on a favourite subject of many bloggers, length of posts.

Do you have a preference with respect to the length of blog posts you read? Does the number of words in a post affect how you read it or even if you will read it? What is your average post length?

https://fivedotoh.com/2022/07/20/fandangos-provocative-question-174/

This time we’re talking more about the type of posts we prefer to read rather than the posts we write. I have to say that when I open a post by a fellow blogger the word count is not the first thing I think about. Of course I know the style of particular bloggers that I follow. I know whose posts will be mostly photos, which ones will be short, Fandango himself is usually Mr Brevity; some bloggers will post mostly photos and/or art, while others I know will have average to long posts. I’m usually more drawn to read a post by the subject matter than the word count. However, I do sometimes leave a post that I know will be long to read at my leisure rather than racing through it in the morning when I first check to see what you’ve all been doing while I was asleep.

There are some posts that are a bit long even for me though. These are usually posts of a political nature or something educational but where the writer is taking too long to get to the point or the point is buried amongst a lot of detail. I know I should read every word but sometimes I admit I just skim. This is not usually the case with the bloggers I follow but other random posts or articles that look interesting to begin with.

Photo by Canva Studio on Pexels.com

My average word count per post on this blog is 349. I think that I normally write much more than that. I used to, when I was first blogging, check my word count before I published a post. I don’t now but I’m probably between 500-800 words for an opinion type post. However, a lot of my posts are for photo challenges and for those I don’t write a lot so that probably brings the total down.

Taswegian1957

I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

2 comments

  1. Right. That average number averages writing with photo posts, so I figure my “real” number are about 150 words longer than the “average.” I also decide what to read either because it’s someone whose writing I almost always like — or because it’s a subject I find interesting. If neither is true, it’s probably going straight to the delete pile.

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