OMG it’s called the information highway, the age of simplicity, nobody has any patience, etc., so what the hell? Have you ever looked for an answer on the internet for a simple question? Jeebus most of the time it’s like wading through hieroglyphics. I have a huge beef about people taking three or more paragraphs to get to the point. i.e. how to remove grass stains, I do not want to hear some lame-assed story about how your little Johnny played such an awesome game of soccer you thought you were never going to get those stains out, a Tide commercial is more compelling (and p.s. it didn’t work, that’s why I’m here in the first place).
Even some of my favourite bloggers take three and four paragraphs to get to the point. You know what, I’m just going to skim through it anyway if I’m in search of a specific answer. If you want to wax poetic can you pah-leeze put all the facts and information up front and then saunter down memory lane or do your “creative” part afterwards? If I want to read long, winding, creative writing pieces I will go to a creative writing site, thank you very much. Also, not to be rude but – most of you can’t write per se, that’s why you’re blogging in the first place, trying to create some interest in another aspect of your wonderful self, like maybe your awesomely innovative recipes or how you can repair a bicycle with a paper clip. Most blog advice sites stipulate creating a niche market and attracting a specific core audience exactly because of this – they don’t want to tell you that just because you can string two words together does not make you a writer. In fact, many of the blogs I come across are atrocious – and for that I’m thankful, it just paints me in a better light.
So please, if your blog is offering some advice about X – can you put it at the top of said post Then, if you choose to, feel free to ramble on to your heart’s content. I don’t know about you guys out there, but if I am doing a search specifically pertaining to one question and I get to a site that rambles on and I have to seek out the answer that just pisses me off. Remember people, this is the age of immediate gratification and if you don’t give people what they’re looking for, they won’t come back. For an awesome example of advice and nothing more, see my “iPod Frozen” post of October 3rd. Or these guys when I was writing this paragraph and wasn’t sure about the word usage, now that’s succinct!
Your thoughts and comments are always appreciated by the way, oh and don’t feel you have to write ‘nice things’, if you know me at all, you should know better but remember if it’s particularly heinous (I just love that word), I will just leave it there … okay, I might laugh at it sometimes too.