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Reading short posts and blogs – A matter of preference

“Guilty as charged.” I am too bad at reading long stories, articles, blogs, posts.

Are we in the same boat when it comes to reading long write-ups?

Even being a keen reader and a passionate writer, long excerpts haunt me like anything. I am too bad at giving a good read to a post that is two-plus pages long. Even in my school, college, university life, I remember, the lengthy chapter used to be an errand and I could barely go through the whole of it only once.

I can hear the inner voice of many of my readers thinking about reading a novel, series and so on. Let’s not categorize those in this section for your peace of mind and heart.

I always think about why to keep stretching the information when you can save your and others’ time by stating it straight and short. Let me share with you where I find difficulty in reading long posts;

Length – Long as Mont Blanc Tunnel

I never found lengthy writings attractive and tempting to dig deeper. Do you also scroll down pages after looking at a title? I do, I do. And guess what? Scrolling down 1, 2, 3 ……. and I am done. Either I completely cancel my plan to read it or I just go through the opening and conclusion paragraphs to understand the whole of it. At times, I prefer creating my own assumptive story based on the title and I find this even a better option instead of reading the whole thing.

As Hard as Nails Vocabulary

“Writers make sure their writing is easy to read.” -Unknown

In the last couple of weeks, after I decided to start up my own blog, I pulled out blogs on different niches to understand market trends. I was amazed at the choice of heavy cream dipped vocabulary, used by even food, travel and fashion bloggers, which I found really hard to digest. Some content writing does require the use of technical terms and difficult vocabulary matching the technical aspect of product but everyday simple articles do not need to be stuffed with hi-fi terminology. Simple words convey meaning to masses in a better way than assorted vocabulary. Do you like searching Wikipedia, dictionary, google for every third word? I don’t. I will prefer using “unpunctual” instead of “dilatory“, “eagerness” instead of “alacrity“, “habitual” instead of “inveterate” and so on. Why give your reader an ache when you have an option to keep things simple? Amateurs and a fun reader like me will get well along if the choice of vocabulary is simple.

Sentence and Grammatical Structure Inspired by Sudoku Puzzle

This one is so common. Unless you create a puzzling statement that makes readers read it thrice to understand the hidden meaning, you are not considered an experienced writer. But why? When the lives are complicated, Facebook statuses are complicated, why can’t we simplify something we can? Complex grammar, puzzled sentences never caught my attention.

Overloaded with Quatro cheese Information

All the cheese lovers! I am sure none of you would love to gulp four-five kinds of cheese all at once. The same rule must apply to writings. Often, the bombardment of information from east, west, north, and south makes the writing no less than a horror film. Minimal information if conveyed effectively is more than enough instead of overloading the article, blog, etc. with million chunks on info pieces. Again, absorbing too much of the information is not my thing.

A final note – style, requirements, vocabulary, structure vary from writing to writing.

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