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  1. I’m quite wordy as well, breaking the “500 words or less” suggestion of so many blogs about blogging tips. But, much like having to change oneself for their friends, do you really want people who can’t wrap their mind around so many words to become your blog readers?

    I’d think not. While it’s frustrating to take so long to bring up a substantial readership, would you really want those readers anyway? The hit-and-run “OMG SHOES!” crowd?

    If you don’t care about shoes in real life, why care about it in the place where you are meant to express yourself, and your thoughts? If you don’t have American Apparel or Pumpkin Spice Lattes on the brain, why write about it and pretend that you do?

    • I’d like to think that by writing lengthier posts it weeds out many of the individuals who aren’t interested in taking the time to focus on what I have to say. I try to talk about things I enjoy myself, though as I set the new site up, I may limit my topics a bit.

      By the way, congrats on being the first commenter on the new site.

    • SamanthaLily

      Most of my best AND most popular posts are over 1200 words. I don’t know who these people are, saying “500 words or less,” but they’re both wrong and using poor grammar.

      The best readers are the dedicated ones, anyway. Your blog will usually be more successful, even in terms of sponsorship and earning money (if that’s your thing), with a small number of loyal, involved followers than with thousands of pointless page views a day.

  2. Based on the title, I had expected a list of points followed by description, only to find this. I am pleasantly surprised. Having said that, I agree with your sentiment. I’m quite stuck on ideas to the point of not having written anything for almost two months. I could just fill up and fall back on what I consider to be cop-out ideas, but my stubbornness and a bit of pride prevents me from doing so. I tell myself if I have nothing substantial to write or say, express nothing at all.

    • Oh man, I forgot you hadn’t yet found my old blog when I wrote this post. I’m a huge fan of this rant, and when I moved sites, I figured it would be one of the best things to lead off the blog with. I’m sure whatever you post when you do come back will be very well written. Don’t stress yourself about it too much.

  3. It’s a little disheartening. I don’t always write lengthy, well thought out posts — but when I do, I’m proud of them. And yet I still get more comments/traffic when I post pictures of people’s bad tattoos and make dumb comments about them.

    It’s hard to be a real writer blogger in a world filled with fashion bloggers, photography bloggers, mommy bloggers, etc.

    • I really think I could start a blog tomorrow with nothing more than pictures of my cat as a kitten and my niece and hit 100,000 views by the end of the year. Partly because they’re both adorable, but mostly because of the phenomenon you’re talking about.

      I do read your blog fairly regularly (though I don’t comment much…if your blog had an option to give name and URL to comment, it would be easier, I believe), and I’ve noticed exactly what you describe in posts. It’s a shame that happens too, because you have some quality work. That said, I think every blog with longer pieces is prone to people clicking away or merely saying “tl;dr, so here’s a comment about your first sentence”.

      • I did not realize you couldn’t just give a name and URL. I’m only learning recently that the Blogger commenting tool isn’t so user friendly for non Blogger users.

        It really is a shame that people see a long post and immediately disregard it. And I will admit that I’ve done it from time to time (if I’m short on time I sometimes plan to go back and read a longer piece, but then I don’t get around to it), but I try not to let that discourage me. Some of the best articles/posts are the ones you that require a lot of background or detail.

        (PS – this is super delayed but I’ve been meaning to come back and reply to this for quite some time)

        • No worries about the delayed reply. I do my fair share of that as well. I feel as though the most difficult type of post to generate comments on is a short story post, even though those are some of the very same types of posts that require the most thought and work. It’s hard to get good, constructive feedback on a short story, partly for the length of the story, but also because it’s not (typically) an opinion-based endeavor.

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