Trimming Down Your Posts

What makes a good blog? There are so many answers to this question, you wouldn’t even know where to start. One thing is for sure, though, long winded posts are something that readers do not appreciate.

I was with another blogger friend the other day and we got to talking about deciding on what to post and what to cut out of the post. As he was narrating his experience, I suddenly had this image of a tree with so much overgrowth that it needed to be trimmed down in order for it to be pleasing to the eyes once more.

That is exactly what I think we should do with our blog posts – whether or not they are of a personal nature. For some people – like me – there is a tendency to ramble on and on. Though this style may be alright at times, it might turn off readers as well. Why would anyone want to read your thought processes anyway, when they can be spared that and given the end result?

Trimming one’s writing down can pose to be a problem, especially if long windedness has been a life long habit. It can be done though and you’ll get used to it after a while.

Here’s a test that might help you in determining if your post is trimmed down enough:

-Would you spend your time reading this post if another person had written it?

-More so, would you be encouraged to comment on the post?

If your answer is yes, then go ahead and publish it!

Originally posted on September 27, 2007 @ 2:34 am