Those of you who have followed the Penslayer for AGES know that I CAN GET REALLY WORDY. But on the internet, that is NOT a skill. It's an almost sure-fire turn-off for readers. So how do you cut to the chase and get readers to stick around? Glad you asked!
"I KNOW MY NAME. GET ON WITH IT!"
If you have backstory, KEEP. IT. SHORT. Do not repeat yourself unnecessarily, do not go into minute detail. People WILL get to know you! Especially if you keep things short + sweet and don't drive them away by a HUGE WALL OF TEXT OH MY LANDS RUN AWAY AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FO' DAT. Your personality and history will evolve and grow on the readership as you blog. Don't scare them off with text!
break it up + keep paragraphs short
Reading on the computer is GRUELING for the eyes. Keep blocks of text to a minimum length without sacrificing content, so your readers will stick with you. Break the post up into nice paragraphs - with headings! We love headings.
do not. post. millions of pictures. of the same thing.
You've got a camera. I get it. It's cool. But I do not want to scroll through over-large images of essentially the same damn image. Not cool! Show me one AWESOME picture that you took and I'm going to be coming back to your blog to see more awesome pictures (of different things).
don't hog the conversation
Chances are, if you (read: myself) do all the talking, no one is going to feel like that have room to chime in! Uh, no thanks! I know I want to hear what you have to say, so I'm gonna cut to the chase and have done and leave you time to chat! That's what blogs are for!
are you guilty of this? yeah, I know I am. here's to better things! and shorter posts...
image via pinterest. you saw that coming.