Which Is Better: Long Blog Posts or Short?

As much as I would like to think that my longer, carefully plotted essays are the most popular items I write, such is not the case.

I get higher readership, more comments, and more reactions with shorter posts.

What may not be obvious is this: it’s often harder to write the shorter posts. This is especially true if you’re trying to write conceptual, idea-based material (a non-issue if you’re simply posting links, for example).

So, shorter posts it is.

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21 thoughts on “Which Is Better: Long Blog Posts or Short?

  1. I know exactly what you mean Ray! It’s very difficult for me to write a post that’s less than 800+ words with most being around 1000. We have to remember that our audience is attention challenged, and yet starved for meaningful content!

  2. Ray,
    That little dachshund is the cutest representation for a “short blog post” that I’ve seen! Quite creative visual imagery!

    I agree, shorter blog posts are much harder to write than long blog posts. The same holds true for short emails.

    -Lisa

    • Maybe. There’s a certain amount of subjectivity involved there. But on the whole I’m persuaded that shorter is usually (not always) better. For blog posts – writing for other purposes may yield a different answer.

  3. This has been an ongoing internal debate I’ve been having. Thus far, my experience has been the longer my posts are, the greater the need for special formatting (i.e. shorter paragraphs, section headers in bold print, etc…) . As a rule, I try to never go beyond 1000 words. Being concise and to the point is key.

  4. I think short posts are great if you’re trying to put out content every day. Seth Godin’s blog is a good example of how doing short posts can work really well.

    However I do follow a few blogs that put out longer posts, only they publish less frequently (maybe 1 or 2 times a week). There a balance between overloading people with information and not giving them enough.

  5. I am inspired, I will try to remove the verbosity and overuse of language from my future posts, rather focusing on short, minimal, to the point responses – furthermore my posts will be … oh exceeded word count!

    Good article Ray

  6. Good point! I type and talk more about my topic because I want to bring a point out there, and get others to respond. I generally type less when my brief messages are nonthreatening – it’s warranted, have merit, and reference to itself.

    Either way, a blog post, whether short or long, becomes boring, insignificant when a blogger doesn’t take the time to respond to the comments, or when the post is 2 – 3 months old and no one bothers to react on the comment section.

    In your case, I salute you for a short post and for continuing the dialog on a relational topic like this.

  7. Good point! I type and talk more about my topic because I want to bring a point out there, and get others to respond. I generally type less when my brief messages are nonthreatening – it’s warranted, have merit, and reference to itself.

    Either way, a blog post, whether short or long, becomes boring, insignificant when a blogger doesn’t take the time to respond to the comments, or when the post is 2 – 3 months old and no one bothers to react on the comment section.

    In your case, I salute you for a short post and for continuing the dialog on a relational topic like this.