In my career as a forum antagonist, I know that I was guilty of, shall I say, going on a bit. I used to have a bit of envy for one poster, called oh_once, who was much better than me at getting a point across succinctly and economically. Also, arguably, the best blogs are the ones that keep it short and sweet. Bruce Gerencser, from Fallen from Grace, is asking for guest contributors, and he says:
…keep your post short. Usually, less than 2,000 words is best. Years ago, I wrote Op-Ed pieces for a local newspaper. The editor told me that it would be best if I kept my articles to about a thousand words. When I objected he told me, Bruce you can make it as long as you want. However, if you want people to READ it, keep it to a thousand words. Years later, I have found this to be good advice.
I didn’t start this with the intention of getting anyone to read it, but as it grows in content I will open it up. And 4600-word posts probably aren’t the best way of doing it.
So I’ll keep this one short.
When a post is published in wordpress they splash a screen telling you how many posts you’ve made, what your next target is and include a quote from some great.
The last one I thought was really good. It was from Blaise Pascal, of fascinating triangle and daft wager fame.
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter.
Sums me up, I suppose.